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Jul 18, 2007 10:36 AM

Favorite Farm Stands in New England?

Hi, we had a chance to visit a couple Farm Stands in Little Compton, RI, and in metro west in Boston a couple weeks ago. We had a great time, and enjoyed the little farm stands we hit along the way. It got me wondering - do you have favorite Farm Stands in the area? What do you love about them? Where are they? Thanks!

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  1. I still love to visit Hanson's Farm Stand in Framingham, MA. on Nixon Road.
    We would always stop there on our Sunday drive (remember those?) on our way to the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. It hasn't changed that much over the years, still housed in the same barn, run by the same family. The have events based on seasonal fruits and vegetables, hayrides at Halloween, etc. Nice if you have children.

    1. Dowse Orchards in Sherborn, Mass on Rt. 27 (where I worked for years!). They are best known for their apples and cider, but they grow lots of summer produce and have wonderful fresh eggs.

      And now, my new favorite is Clearbrook Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Big, healthy flowers and plants in addition to great produce and local Vermont products.

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      1. re: dukegirl

        Where is Clearbrook Farm dukegirl, on 7A or off of it?

        1. re: Harp00n

          On 7A, across from the Chocolate Barn.

          1. re: dukegirl

            Oh sure, right across from the Chocolate Barn. No wonder you "discovered" it then!

            1. re: Harp00n

              One cannot live on organic broccoli alone. =)

              1. re: dukegirl

                I could live without broccoli, or it's kissing cousin cauliflower, at all!

        2. re: dukegirl

          Clear Brook gets my vote. It's a 37-mile drive from here...and I'm happy to do it weekly!

          1. re: GG Mora

            I go to Clear Book about twice a week. They have the best strawberries I've ever tasted in my life (no joke).

            1. re: KnittingShaker

              It's true. I've picked s'berries at many many places around here and their's were the best. They've got their own corn this week. Yippee!

              1. re: dukegirl

                Had some of that corn for dinner tonight...superb!

                Also, I have a small jam business; I buy the berries for my Sun-Cooked Strawberry Jam from Clear Brook...8 flats this year! Look-a-here:

                1. re: GG Mora

                  Have you gone raspberry picking at Mad Tom Orchard in Dorset? One of my favorite places lately!

                  So, we are in the same business, I see! =)

                  1. re: dukegirl

           THAT'S who this “dukegirl” is! I'll stop and introduce myself next time I check in at the Manchester FM...I'm at the Londonderry market on Saturdays.

                    1. re: GG Mora

                      Excellent! Could you bring me a jar of your strawberry jam? I'd love to try it!

            2. re: GG Mora

              What town is Clear Brook in? Thanks!

              1. re: chowciao

                Like dukegirl states in her first post, Shaftsbury, Vt on 7A across from the Chocolate Barn.

                1. re: Harp00n

                  I got lazy and didnt look close enough at earlier posts. Thx!

          2. I would have to place Wilson Farm Lexington in this catagory even though it's quite a large enterprise. We love it for all the obvious reasons.
            (We've also visited their Litchfield NH farm stand


            Also Tendercrop in Newbury on Rte. 1A.
            This is where we buy all our meat and poultry plus their own vegetables and fruit.

            Another is Connors Farm in Danvers on Rte. 35.
            Here we buy all their berries and VGs in season and their annual flower starts for the season....
            Likewise Marini Farm in Ipswich on the Linebrook Rd.

            Lastly, we always stop at Canaan Farm on Rte 1A in Wenhem several times a season, just because.

            As you can see, we feel very strongly about supporting our local growers. When we travel back and forth to Vermont we stop at farm stands along the way as well.

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            1. re: Gio


              We're new to Vermont (live in Burlington). Travel to CT frequently. Any farmstands you can reccommend?

              1. re: beccaboo

                There's one just outside of Woodstock ( a long drive for you, tho) I can't remember the's on Rte 4 west. They sell VGs, plants and local produce. Then there are the Shelburne Farms organic stands. Here's a list of farms stands in Chittenden County. Good luck on your hunt. It's a fun thing to discover the perfect market for your family.

                Just scroll down to get to Chittenden.

                In fact, click on any county you drive through on that map to see what's available along your trip.

            2. I'm fond of Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, MA (north central MA). Like so many farms they've had to add hayrides, baked goods, etc. to keep profitable, but it's still pretty low-key. They don't have much available yet (but maybe more than their website shows); high period is late summer through the fall.

              1. In Central Mass., we go to Conoyer's Farm in Paxton and Davidison's Farm Stand in Northboro.

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                1. re: MUGger

                  MUGger -

                  Sorry I don't mean to correct you .. but I believe it's Davidian's Farm stand, on Otis Street. It's across the street from Armeno Coffee roasters.

                  1. re: Lilibet

                    It's actually Berberian's..

                    ...wonderful greens as well as other veggies.

                    1. re: Lilibet

                      The Branch Davidians, post David Koresh, have a farm up here?