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I am moving to the Hudson/Marlborough area in Mass, I love to cook at home. I'm trying to find a good butcher, fish market and even a farm stand in the area. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Also I initially posted this on the southern new england board with no responses...I suppose Hudson and Marlborough should be considered greater boston area?

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  1. Have you tried Kennedy's market?

    1. there's an okay fish market in Northboro called Captain juds. Otherwise the best bets for meat and fish are either Whole Foods in Framingham or Wegman's. I haven't found a real butcher shop out here, so if someone can mention one they like, I'd love to hear about it. (I have been to O'Driscoll's in Northborough once or twice, and found it no better than the supermarkets).

      For vegetables, I like Berberian farms, on Otis St in Northboro. They are particularly good for corn and salad greens, and heirloom tomatos. they don't carry much fruit however.

      You may not be too far from Idylwilde Farms in Acton, that's a great stop for fruits, vegetables, and gourmet foods.

      None of these is actually in Marlborough or Hudson, but not too far off.

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      1. re: ChinaCat

        I think O'Driscols closed. A casualty of Wegmans.

      2. Small Farm in Stow isn't very far on 117 and grows organically. They also sell Curcubit Farm corn from Acton which is the best around. Central market at the rotary makes Portuguese sausage and Silva's bakery is pretty good.

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        1. re: trufflehound

          Yes, Small Farm is great in the summer! There is also Ferjulian's in Hudson; they offer a mix of their own produce and other items.

          1. re: trufflehound

            Small farm is on 62, not 117.......

            However, I like Bolton Spring Farm on 117 in Bolton and Indian Head Farm in Berlin better.

            The sweet corn at Indian Head Farm in Bolton (Just north of the rotary beyond Solomon Pond Mall) is better than any corn sold at Small Farm.

            1. re: trufflehound

              Small Farm is on 62. Applefield Farm is on 117 in Stow and also grows organically - they are not far from the Hudson line. They are bigger than Small Farms. Terrific greens, etc. Be careful on Saturdays because they do sell at a bunch of Farmers Markets and can sometimes seem wiped out at the stand while the trucks are out at the market.

              Agree with the comment below that Quarterdeck fish is excellent. The Maynard Farmer's Market is nice too, and right across the street from Quarterdeck. I had a friend who liked a butcher in Clinton, not sure if they are still around or if anyone knows the name.

              I love Idylwilde, you might find that worth the trip especially once the local stands close in fall/winter.

            2. Awesome, thanks for the info! I will certainly check those places out. Kennedy's looks awesome!

              I love getting fresh foods from smaller stores owned by families...gotta support them. :-)

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              1. re: wildinisrose

                do NOT buy Kennedy's delmonico potatoes. They are both addictive, and bad for you :) :)

                1. re: ChinaCat

                  Now I want some!

              2. Also try Loews in Northborough or the Country Sooper in Upton for meats.

                1. we live in marlborough,so here's a few suggestions-kennedys is good,especially their fish,but they are expensive. quality is very good,tho. for butchers,go to lowes meat market in northboro. takes 10 minutes to get there and they also do prepared meals,fresh bread,soups,and sandwiches. what we really like about them,is they do freezer packages for meats if you have a large(or extra freezer). they'll also do it with the fish. not really any good fish markets around here,unfortunately. stay away from price choppers fish-comes in frozen. sudbury farms in sudbury has good deli counter and good fish selection. try silvas store-small family business,but good meats and you can do larger orders and they'll cryovac the meats. really nice family and it's good to help a small business. it's on the left heading toward home depot.(after burger king and across from walgreens) farm stands-ferjulians is pretty good-small selection and they open late in the season for fruits and vegetables. middle of may and they only have flowers and plants. berlin orchards,bolton orchards,and verrill farm are pretty good,especially verrills.(have flowers,vegetables,fruits-all reaaly good selectios,too. they also have stuff for kids(shows,animals) and cooking classes,etc. just google them for directions-none are that far. sorry if i rambled,but hope this helps a little.

                  1. I buy my fish at Quarterdeck in Maynard. We think the quality is very good. Not sure if it's too far for you. They have an email you can sign up for that lets you know what fresh fish came in that day.

                    1. Indian Head Farm in Berlin is my go to farm stand. Family owned - great veggies. They have fresh asparagus out now

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                      1. re: ginny726

                        Hi! For local meat, try Balance Rock Farm in Berlin (next town over from Hudson). They have their own meat frozen. You're now also only 15 or 20 min from Wegmans, in case you want to splurge on dry-aged prime beef. Their fish dept is great, too. Late spring to fall, vegetables are superb at Small Farm, Indian Head, and Applefield's. (Indian Head also has great strawberries, raspberries, blueberries.) And for a little later in the season, Derby Farm on 117 in Stow has the best peaches and then apples, and then excellent unpasturized cider...