Down on the Farm

By Mary Stanley, PR and
Marketing Coordinator, Mary Stanley

On the last day of February, as the mercury in the thermometer inched its way up to 60 degrees, we couldn’t help but to think about the upcoming spring season and look forward to seeing the daffodils and crocuses that would soon pop their heads up from the ground. We could certainly feel spring in the air.

Nobody is more excited about the change in the weather than Farm Manager Jim Lough. He has eagerly been preparing for his first planting season with Colchester Farm. That’s not to say that he was idle during the dark days of winter. Since taking over the reigns as farm manager, Jim has been busy injecting life into this Baystate Certified Organic farm. In December, he and the individuals who work on the farm, sold Christmas trees and decorated the barn, preparing it for young guests who attended our annual Community Christmas event. Then in February, he and his friend Nate Wallace put on a free concert for people in the community. Jim played the guitar while Nate played the fiddle, filling the barn with the sounds of Blue Grass music, entertaining the standing-room-only crowd who brought their own drinks and snacks to the event.

Jim is now in the process of planning a family-friendly Easter Egg hunt for children in the community, complete with plastic eggs filled with candy hidden throughout the property as well as an egg coloring activity.

Some changes have been made to the CSA shares and among these changes is the ability for customers to choose what they want, how much they want, and when they want it. The hours of operation for the farm stand have also changed—it is now open every day in the winter from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the summer. In addition to these changes, there will be a little more variety at the farm stand, including grass fed beef, sweet corn, peaches, plums, apples, and pasture raised chicken and pork. Goat cheese, garlic salt and pure honey will also be available for sale.

With so much in the offering at Colchester Farm, there is certainly something to whet everyone’s appetite. Visit the  Colchester Neighborhood Farm website today to order your CSA share for this year.


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