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Colarusso's Farm Stand Reading : New Store opening soon

Calareso's farm stand on Route 28 in Reading is opening a new store should be open in mid March the building looks quite impressive . It has the same look as Wilson and Verrill farms building but the difference is that this is next to the highway and not a farm so hope they will have some quality products. Also Just Desserts from Wakefield will have a location inside.
Great to have a yet another produce/grocery option off of Rt 128.

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  1. Correct name is Calereso's . . .Colarusso's is the bakery on 28 in Stoneham :-)

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    1. re: phonelady

      It's actually Calareso's. I wonder if Harrow's is going with them, or what's going into their old space?

      1. re: Chris VR

        To the best of my knowledge; Harrow's is staying put - there is a rental sign on the property - I am usually at Calareso's 1 or 2X a month.

        1. re: Chris VR

          harrows is staying- harrows actually owns the space, so I am sure they want another tenant!

      2. I sometimes stop there- they always heve great corn in season, and great pizza dought, too. Wilson is my go to place- but I would love it if Calereso's was just as good, I live in Melrose and Caleresos is much closer!

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        1. re: macca

          I would love to see a better variety of stuff there . . .

          1. re: phonelady

            I agree- I am hoping they are like Wilsons. Some of there stuff is good- but a few weeks ago, I picked up some grapes, and they were not at all sweet. And they stopped carrying the monkey bread- which was really good!

            1. re: macca

              They stopped carrying the monkey bread because the supplier, Karen's Bakery in Lynnfield, closed recently.

          2. re: macca

            Especially with gasoline predicted to be over $4.30 locally by Memorial Day (due to tensions in the Persian Gulf...). Caleresos is on a circuit for my local-ish shopping; Wilson Farms is very much not.

            1. re: Karl S

              I shop every few weeks at Wilsons, and fill in with Calereso, and with the weekly farmers market in season. Yike! $4.30 a gallon. Glad I have a car that gets great milelage- I will need it for my yearly trek to the Outer Banks this summer. The gas was around that price when we went in July 2008. But I only have to stop once for gas, and get almost 40 mpg on long trips.

          3. Yet this will be a produce store and garden center. Not a farmstand but hope they will carry local products beside produce local milk and breads would be nice , which they have not done too much of in the past. Wilson's also has lots of out of season and imported produce too.
            They no longer carry the monkey bread due to Karen's bakery closed.

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            1. re: collie

              Love Calereso but haven't been there in over a month. Where exactly will the new store be located?

              1. re: BlueMagic

                Just southh of the current store- across from the gas station and the new restaurant that used to be Wayside Bazzar. It looks big- lots of greenhouses. I have only driven by it, and am not sure hwere the parking lot is, or how to access the new lot if driving north on rte 28.

                1. re: macca

                  Should be plenty of parking. The original area before demolition was huge. I talked with one of the employees a couple of months ago and parking was one of the main advantages for moving. Can't wait!

                  1. re: powerfulpierre

                    Parking in their current place is horrible. I always think I am going to be rear-ended as I back out of my parking space. Didn't mean to suggest there would not be ample parking- I just could not see how to access the lot on my "drive by".

                    1. re: macca

                      Great..thanks for the info. So still on 28..? Before Redstone plaza?
                      Too funny. I agree completely with the parking at the current location. It can tricky for sure!

                      1. re: BlueMagic

                        Still on 28, just before the 128 intersection, on the same side, only a couple of hundred yards south of the current store.

                        1. re: powerfulpierre

                          That's it- if you are driving south on 28- you cant miss it.

            2. Sign was up today - March 13 opening day in new building!

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              1. re: phonelady

                What was the sign up for? i am signed up to get their coupons in the mail- but i dont think that is what you are referring to, as I have not gotten anything in the mail for a while. TIA.

                1. re: macca

                  I think phonelady means an actual sign, put up outside the store.

                  1. re: macca

                    The sign was up on the doors at the current location telling folks about the move and last day of operation at that locale - I, too, am signed up for emails, etc. and did not receive that info nor is it on their website, I just happened to be there on Sat.

                    1. re: phonelady

                      DUH-- sorry. I read you original post incorrectly, and guess I had myself a blond moment ( I can say that, as I am blonde!{)

                2. Drove by yesterday. Doesn't even look CLOSE to opening.

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                  1. re: shaebones

                    Was in the current location yesterday, you can tell it's winding down. The current location will be open through Sunday 3/11....will be closed Monday 3/12.....and the NEW store opens Tuesday 3/13!!!

                  2. The Reading patch (online newspaper) should have some info about a grand opening soon.

                      1. re: collie

                        I'm going to give it a few days to let the crowds die down. Looking forward to trying it out.

                        1. re: macca

                          Went on opening day and there wasnt really any hoopla or crowds. Pretty much business as usual.
                          MUCH bigger with huge aisles you can actually wheel a cart down! I wasnt there that long, just had time for a little checking it out but looked like basically the same stuff. I did enjoy buying the flowers at buy one get one free. Am enjoying my fragrant roses for 5.98 for 2 bunches...Are the baked goods any good there? Cuz i didnt love the muffin i got or the cookie samples.. But it is really nice to have this place around here and it was especially nice being that it felt like summer out... The parking lot was decorated with mini irises which was a sweet touch.

                          1. re: chompie

                            Not sure about the baked goods, though the cookies always look good!. I can say their pizza dough is great, and they used to carry really good monkey bread- it was made somewhere in Lynnfield which closed. I think I will take a ride by today. I have coupons from them for $2.00 off flowers, produce and meats.

                            1. re: chompie

                              Finally made it down there for time since the new store opened today. They have a lot more room, even outside for plants and flowers, We were thinking double the old space. Nice to see the way everything was laid out inside. Was also pleasantly surprised to see Mann's pies there since they are local to me. Loved the smell of the lilies walking in. Glad I had eaten lunch before I stepped inside since everything looked and smelled so good.

                        2. The new store is very nice has a bard like feel and very open. Though it is just the same as the old store as for products. Went on opening day and everything was very fresh and of high quality. Other than produce they still had the breads, Dom's meat and a few other little items. Not as much local items as other "farm markets" the only option for milk was Hood. Overall still a great addition to the area with better quality than large grocery stores. Just hard to compare it to other store such as Wilson, Verril or Tendercrop as this is not a farm.

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                          1. re: collie

                            Just got back. Prices were great- not sure if that is for the opening or not. I also like that the baby spinach comes in small bags- just enough for one meal. The curly lettuce, tomatoes, oranges, cabbage were all priced great. Larger bread and baked goods selection than the old store. The only baked product I bought was a gluten free brownie for my neice who has celiac. Not a bargain at $2.99! Tonight will be Doms steak tips on the grill, asparagus and spinach salad. I had three coupons (worth $6.00), which had expired at the end of Feb, but they let me use them.Once I got home, I found the newer ones. As collie said, nice addition to the area. Once the warm weather is here, Wilson, et al, will beat them on product offerings.