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Verrill Farms: one of the top 10 reasons I love living in MA

So I was perusing old posts this AM about where to go to lunch in the Lexington area (had to go to Expo in Burlington) and found a recommendation for Verill Farms (in Concord) as they have a deli/bakery for lunch items. Wow...it was so fun, delicious, rural and so close to home. I felt like I was on vacation miles away. For those who haven't been, they have a farm stand (inside and outside) with mostly local (and mainly from their farm) produce and a deli/bakery. Outside there are tents with picnic tables. What a fun day!

If there's anywhere else nearby that's similiar I'd love the recommendation.

Thanks for the tip as always, CH'ers!

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Verrill Farm
11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

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  1. It's not nearby for you, but it is close to me and qualifies as one of the top 10 reasons I love living in MA.

    I'd never really known about it until last year, so please allow me to spread the gospel about Ward's Berry Farm in Sharon. They use IPM (integrated pest management) which means they use the least amount of pesticides possible, and they are the type of place you need to support, along with CSA's.

    I found out about them because in the winter, they have a mailing list for their Organic Buyer's Club, which is a weekly pickup of organic veggies and fruit that they bring in from wherever they can find the best stuff available. Not cheap, but a wonderful alternative to Whole (Paycheck) Foods.

    In season, they have great fresh veggies including the best corn I've ever had.

    http://www.farmfresh.org/food/farm.ph...

    614 South Main Street
    Sharon, MA

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    1. re: tbiscaia

      will check out, I assume no deli/bakery though (didn't see on their website)?

      1. re: gramercyfoodie

        They do indeed have a deli and bakery, the lunch/deli counter is usually buzzing, but I haven't tried their sandwiches yet since I usually am there to get stuff to make at home.

        "specialties include home-baked goods, artisan breads, gourmet cheeses, homemade jams & fruit baskets made to order. We also have a very popular sandwich counter & deli, smoothie bar w/ soft serve ice cream & slush."

        Another feature that seems to bring in a high percentage of their clientele is the kid/family-oriented stuff they offer, which I also haven't explored.

        1. re: tbiscaia

          ah great! thanks...i'll add it to my list!

          1. re: gramercyfoodie

            I live very close to Ward's Berry Farm, and I go there at least 3 times a week during the growing season. They have excellent tomatoes, the best I've ever had in Massachusetts, including at least 8 kinds of heirlooms which they grow. They grow about 7 or 8 varieties of corn, and usually have 2 or 3 available at any one time. They make fresh smoothies, which are very good. Their sandwiches are great, huge, and all around $6.50, but big enough to share (my wife loves the grilled eggplant and mozzarella, served warm.) You can pick your own blueberries this time of year, and we picked 3 pints last week that were fantastic.

            Definitely check it out before the end of September!

      2. re: tbiscaia

        This is near my sister and BIL, and we often go in autumn - great apple selection. Their pumpkin butter is SO good!

      3. In Mid August, Verrill Farms has a corn and tomato festival. Numerous varieties of both as well as some prepared foods. You pay a small fee ($5, maybe) and it's all you can eat. It's a lot of fun and full of summer deliciousness.

        1. I just love Verrill Farms. I feel so lucky to have it right down the road from me. They have beautiful cut flowers too - very reasonably priced and they keep for ages since they're fresh cut just yards away from the stand.

          1. I was at Verrill Farm yesterday also! Got delicious blueberries, peaches I haven't tried yet, and life-alteringly fantastic tomatoes, OMG. Black Prince and the giant yellow ones, Rainbow Something. I really love their baked goods too.

            1. I grew up working on a family farm in Hingham, MA when I was younger and I thought we had the best corn in the world. Well, that farm closed years ago and I can tell you one thing, Verrill's corn is light years better than ours was! I cannot get enough of it. They offer at least two variety's everyday.

              One of my favorite places to visit not only for all their fresh veggies & food, but for the memories of my youth.

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              1. re: mjg0725

                Curious how long ago, as I grew up in Hingham buying corn from a stand until they closed (by the Jr. High). so good. Haven't found a farm stand to replace it yet...

                Live in braintree now, and this thread has me looking for an option. Looks like Milton may have something based on the farmfresh.org link above (though no corn!). keeping my fingers crossed. anyone have any thoughts for my general area? I'm not very optimistic, as I don't see many farms around here...

                1. re: goose

                  Yes that was it, Push Cart Farm. My grandfather died years ago and the family did not carry on the tradition. You probably saw me there every summer you came.

                  Penniman Hill farm is close by. They grow their own corn. I cannot speak to the quality or the consistency of it though.

                  1. re: mjg0725

                    Well thanks to you and your family for all the great corn as I grew up...it will always be my point of reference for farm stand. we never found Penniman to be quite the same