The Eileen Smolak Mauck
Emmanuel College Scholarship Fundraiser
Family, Friends and Classmates of Eileen Smolak Mauck cordially invite you to The Eileen Smolak Mauck Emmanuel College Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, June 16 from 5 – 9 PM at The Barn At Smolak Farms.
Enjoy an authentic Farmhouse style buffet dinner of Eileen’s favorite recipes, Silent Auction, Cash Bar serving wine and beer, Eilleen’s Cook Book available for purchase, and a raffle.
Please make checks payable to Emmanuel College with the designation Eileen Smolak Mauck ’71 Endowed Scholarship Fund.
From the Host Committee:
Mary (Morris) Anderson ’71
Chris (Piekos) Patterson ’71
Mary Beth (Lyons) Bell ’71
Christopher Leonardi ’07
Paula (Henderson) Von Euw ’71
Carol Smolak Leary
Meet Your State Senator Bruce E. Tarr at Smolak Farms!
Bruce E. Tarr is the minority leader of the Massachusetts Senate.
Come and meet Bruce on Monday, April 23 2018 at 10 am at Smolak Farms!
The Senator has been a big help to the agricultural community and this is an opportunity to speak with Bruce and help him in his endeavors.
Bruce has been a member of the Senate since 1995, representing the 1st Essex and Middlesex District, consisting of the city of Gloucester and the towns of Boxford, Essex, Georgetown, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by- the-Sea, Middleton, Newbury, North Andover, precincts 5 to 8, inclusive, Rockport, Rowley, Wenham and West Newbury in the county of Essex; and the towns of North Reading and Wilmington in the county of Middlesex.
Expanded Story and Craft During April Vacation
Looking for fun activities during Massachusetts April vacation week?
Smolak Farms has just what you’re looking for!
From April 16 – 20 2018 at 10 am, join us in tour historic barn where we will be reading read a back and then make a craft.
A snack of a cider donut and lemonade will be provided for paid participants and a hayride will be available at the end of the event.
Activities start promptly at 10:00 am and preregistration is required.
Please note that the farm can be muddy in the spring and the barn is unheated, so please dress accordingly.
We will be holding Expanded Drop-In Craft events during Summer Vacation, as well!
We look forward to seeing you there!
4/16: We will read ‘Are You a Bee?’ and make a bubble wrap beehive. Purchase tickets here.
4/17: We will read ‘Make Way for Ducklings’ and make a quacking duck cup. Purchase tickets here.
4/18: We will read ‘The Worried Little Lamb’ and making doily sheep. Purchase tickets here.
4/19: We will read ‘Lenore Finds a Friend’ and make paper plate peacocks. Purchase tickets here.
4/20: We will read ‘Billy Goats Gruff’ and make goat paper bag puppets. Purchase tickets here.
Congressman Seth Moulton to Visit Smolak Farms!
On Monday March 19 2018, Congressman Seth Moulton will be visiting Smolak Farms!
Join us at 10:15 am as Congressman Moulton tours our farm and speaks with Farmer Smolak and some local elected folks about the priorities for North Andover.
And, we are sure he will sample some apple cider donuts, too!
Seth Moulton was first called to service when he joined the Marines in 2001, days after graduating from college and months before the attacks on 9/11. As the leader of an infantry platoon, he was among the first Americans to reach Baghdad in 2003. He served four tours in a war that he didn’t agree with – but he was proud to go, so no one had to go in his place.
After returning home from Iraq, Seth earned joint degrees in Business and Public Policy at graduate school, and then worked in the private sector in Texas to build the country’s first high speed rail line. But it wasn’t long before he was called to serve once again – this time in his home district in Massachusetts.
Seth ran – and won – on a platform of bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington, becoming the only Democrat to unseat an incumbent in a primary in 2014.
In the two terms since he was first sworn in, Seth has worked tirelessly to uphold his commitment to bipartisanship. He has passed several bipartisan bills, including the Faster Care for Veterans Act and the Modernizing Government Travel Act, and was named the most effective freshman Democrat by the Center for Effective Lawmaking. He has also concentrated on spurring economic development in Massachusetts, creating the first intergovernmental task force focused on growing the economy of Lynn, the biggest city in his district.
Today, as a member of the Budget Committee, Seth is focused on creating a new economic agenda that will make a difference for American families. He also sits on the House Armed Services Committee and is the top Democrat on the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.
Seth lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife Elizabeth.
Smolak Farms Is Hiring For This Season
We are currently hiring both part-time and full-time positions in our Farm Stand and Ice Cream Stand.
If you are warm, welcoming, friendly, outgoing and “people person” who likes to have fun at work, then we’d like to talk to you.
Duties To Include:
*Greeting and servicing customers at our farm stand with a smile.
*Keeping our farm stand areas clean.
*Providing outstanding CUSTOMER SERVICE to all our visitors.
*Shift leader positions also available.
*Ideal for a mature person.
*Seasonal hours vary throughout the year with September and October being extremely busy.
*Some weekend work is required – weekends are our busiest days!
*Please only apply if you will be available for the entire season.
*Must be 16 years old or older.
*Compensation commensurate with experience.
*Please contact email@example.com for an application.
SOLD OUT: Smolak Farms 2018 Easter Egg Hunts
Join us this March for festive Easter egg hunts at Smolak Farms!
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 24 at 10 am
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 24 at 12 pm
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 24 at 2 pm
SOLD OUT! Sunday, March 25 at 10 am
SOLD OUT! Sunday, March 25 at 12pm
SOLD OUT! Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 31 at 10 am
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 31 at 12 pm
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm
SOLD OUT! Saturday, March 31 at 2 pm
Each participant will receive 12 plastic eggs of their choosing filled with candy, chocolate, or other fun prizes.
Each egg hunter will also receive an egg carton to decorate and a Smolak Farms Easter bunny headband. One egg per hunt will contain a voucher for a grand prize.
The Easter bunny will be onsite, so be sure to bring your camera!
* Egg hunts take place rain or shine in our historic, unheated barn.
* Please purchase tickets in accordance with the age of participants, as our tiniest hunters get to enter the search area first.
* Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, so please be certain that you are able to attend the hunt you choose prior to purchasing tickets.
This is a SOLD OUT event.
February 18 2018: A Message from Michael Smolak
They talked about the negative consequences of manufactured and processed food versus fresh food from the farm in terms of health, obesity and the environment.
ABC’s final comment was: “Eat from the farms and not the factory.”
I don’t think it can be put any better or directly than that.
As we get ready to start planting our CSA crops, we are very excited. We have the best plan for this year’s CSA and great people on the CSA team.
We expect a dramatic improvement with our offerings this year.
For those of you who have been past customers, welcome back and for those new customers, you are due for a pleasant surprise.
Expanded Story and Craft During February Vacation
Looking for February Vacation plans?
We have a week full of fun, educational and exciting activities!
From February 19 -22 2018 at 10 am, we will holding an Expanded Drop-In Craft event. In addition to our book and craft, ticketed guests will enjoy a snack of a cider donut and lemonade.
2.19: We will be reading “Book, Book, Book!”, making paper plate pecking chickens and getting a visit from one of Smolak Farms’ barnyard friends.
2.20: We will be reading “Skunks!”, making paper heart skunks and decorating cookies.
2.21: We will be reading “Taylor Rabbit and the Seeds of Wisdom”, making paper strip pumpkins and getting a visit from one of Smolak Farms’ barnyard friends.
2.22: We will be reading “Beaver Gets Lost”, making paper bag beaver puppets and decorating cookies.
2.23: We will be reading “The Cat Who Lost His Purr”, making traced handprint cats and getting a visit from one of Smolak Farms’ barnyard friends.
Space is limited, so purchase your tickets now!
We will be holding Expanded Drop-In Craft events during April Vacation, as well!
January 31 2018: A Message from Michael Smolak
As we move through winter, there are many things we are focusing on.
Last year was a very challenging year in running a business. We need to now focus on the areas that we know need to be worked on, and we are doing just that.
Our Chef, Michele Jones, has been creating wonderful grab-and-go meals along with wonderful soups.
A main focus for our farm stand is a total overhaul of our customer service, as last year left much work to do. Good workers – and we have many – are very hard to find, but we are doing just that.
Tina Claydon is working on our CSA and we expect vast improvement over last year and she will post updates soon.
We are also adding an herb garden and cut-your-own-sunflower field in front of the main house near the pond.
The farm stand addition is being worked on and hopefully will be in place this year.
You, the customer, are our most important focus this year. Please give us feedback as we roll out our changes.
-H Michael Smolak Jr
SOLD OUT: Chef’s Table – Smolak Farmhouse Valentine Supper
February 14, 2018
Join us on Valentine’s Night at 7 pm and enjoy chef Michelle Jones’ three course gourmet dinner which will be hosted by Michael Smolak.
Tickets are available online or at our farm stand for $47.95 per person.
This is a BYOB event.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to specify your choice for each course.
Winter Waldorf Salad
Shaved fennel, poached pear, butter lettuce, maple pecans & crème fraiche
Maine Lobster Bisque
Homemade Old Bay Cheddar Crackers
Red Wine Braised Beef Shortrib
Parsnip risotto, broccolini & horseradish gremolata
Slow Roasted Airline Chicken Breast
Cauliflower Yukon potato puree, wilted spinach & roasted garlic pan jus
Flourless Chocolate Torte & Berry Mascarpone
“Kitchen Sink”Hot Fudge Sundae
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Meet Michelle – Smolak Farms’ Farm Chef
My name is Michelle Jones and I am pleased to announce that I will be preparing rustic “farm-style” supper entrees, sides and soups to-go from scratch in the farmstand bakery kitchen.
I have been steadily working in the restaurant and catering industry for 27 years starting out in Seattle, WA, and Jackson, WY. My journeys have landed me here in the beautiful Merrimack Valley.
I have been passionate about cooking and being in the kitchen since I was a young child learning beside both my Korean and Jersey Italian(!) grandmother’s sides.
I have worked as a chef de cuisine, caterer, personal chef and juice bar manager/chef at a health club, as well as event chef at a music museum in Seattle. More recently I was a pastry and sous chef at Tryst in Arlington, MA and Summer Shack in Cambridge and Hingham.
My mantra has always been “Food is Love”. I hope I can make some, if not many, bellies “happy” this season during the cold months and up-coming (soon I hope!) warmer weather, as well!
My focus will be healthy comfort foods using seasonal produce, less oils/fats, more greens and leaner proteins for hot entrees, soups and more vegan/vegetarian options. I myself am trying to eat a more plant-based diet.
I will be testing out some healthier crackers and whole grain breads -to accompany the small batch soups from scratch of course! I will also add some updated versions of good old-fashioned bakery favorites…. a little butter and chocolate here and there never hurts…
So I hope that you can taste the love I put into my cooking, and of course ,I will offer tasty bites and samples.
If you hear crazy laughter, I am probably in the kitchen and I am more than happy to chat.
All The Best,
WeddingWire 2018 Couples’ Choice Awards® Winner
We are excited to announce we are a WeddingWire 2018 Couples’ Choice Awards® Winner!
Smolak Farms represent the top 5% of wedding professionals on WeddingWire.
The Couples’ Choice Awards® honors the exemplary work we’ve done over the past year and the highly regarded reputation we’ve established with your clients.
Are you interested in having your wedding, social event or corporate outing at Smolak Farms? Contact our Events Director, Ashley Piazza at email@example.com or at 978. 697.1723.
January 9 2018: A Message from Michael Smolak
I am especially proud of Ashley Piazza, our Wedding and Events Director, for her fine efforts in bringing this program for Smolak Farms to a very high level.
She has been acknowledged for making the Smolak Farms venue “Simply The Best” for the most important event of a lifetime.
We are also featured in the Northsore Magazine January/February Wedding issue. We have been honored to host countless weddings and events over the years and we look forward to a busy 2018 season!
January 4 2018: A Message from Michael Smolak
Happy New Year to everyone!
We are very excited about 2018 and have many things we are working on. We encourage you to let us know what you might like to see here at the farm.
Today, Thursday (1/4) we are closed due to the weather, but expect to be open as normal tomorrow.
We want to encourage people to come out to the farm and snow shoe and cross country ski now that we are getting a good base of snow.
After being in the snow, come warm up in the farm stand with a coffee or hot chocolate paired with a a breakfast sandwich or made from scratch bakery item.
Stick around and have a cup of Michelle’s homemade soup and a delicious sandwich.
We are working on a trail system that will be two miles in length that will begin with on the farm and connect with adjoining trails systems.
During the winter, these can be used for skiing or snow shoeing. For the rest of the year, they will be used for hiking, cross country running, our education programs.
There will be informational signs along the way, and we targeting these to be done sometime during the latter part of the year.
Our winter hours are from 7 am – 5 pm every day of the week!
Stay warm and safe!
$5 Winter Drop In and Craft Events
Our $5 Winter Drop-in Craft events are a great way to get out of the house this winter!
Starting January 3rd, join us every Wednesday from 10 am – 11 am as we read a Children’s book followed by a fun craft.
Our first Drop-In and Craft event for 2018 will feature one of the famous Aesop Fables ‘The Ant and the Grasshopper’ and our craft will be making fun marshmallow ants!
Make sure you follow our Facebook page to learn about our weekly $5 Winter Drop In and Craft Event!
December 25 2017: A Message from Michael Smolak
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a belated Happy Hannukah.
At this time of the year, farmers become very reflective. We look back at the past year
with all its highs and lows; all its successes; and the work we still have left to do with a future look forward that is shining as brightly as ever.
We remember those who have passed and who have left a wonderful legacy to us and the community.
We are so very grateful for our family, friends (old and new), very hard workers, neighbors and very loyal customers.
Now we set our sights on 2018 and we can’t wait for you to see the new things we are planning.
Smolak Farms is like a chameleon, ever changing and hopefully improving.
December 15 2017: A Message from Michael Smolak
As Winter quickly approaches – and I believe it is already here – our thoughts turn to next year.
We met with Ken Fine,a sales rep from Johnny’s Seeds in Albion Maine, and we looked at a variety of vegetables for the coming year for our CSA.
We saw some great new additions that we will be adding to our CSA for 2018. I think my favorite was the spotted potato.
Tina will be showing you what new things we will be adding. We also will be offering some of these products to our customers at the farm stand.
Stay tuned and remember before the Spring always follows Winter.
October 25 2017: A Message from Michael Smolak
Halloween is around the corner and the apple season is winding down.
Apple crops are cyclical, meaning one year is heavy and the next year lighter.
We had a very heavy crop last year and most of New England had a light crop last year.
This year our crop was very good – but lighter. That means, if we are lucky, our crop should be heavy next year.
Now we are on to Thanksgiving and Christmas – and boy have we got a lot of things planned!
Our pies are the only ones made entirely from scratch from my sister, Eileen’s recipes. No one made them better than her!
Our Christmas postings will be online soon and we have a full schedule of events from our Christmas Tree Lighting to visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
This is in addition to Choose- and- Cut Christmas Trees to all the trimmings that come with it.
Oh, just so you get an idea of how this goes, we planted 4,000 Christmas Trees this spring and another 2,500 trees are being planted now.
This is to help make up for losses due to the drought last year.
October 11 2017: A Message from Michael Smolak
We made it through Columbus Day Weekend – although there were times we were fairly wet!
This does impact our business significantly when we have rain, so we look forward to next sunny weekend.
I also think of Columbus Day as the hump for the busy season.
Our apple orchards have plenty of apples. We will have pole pickers available this weekend for those hard to reach apples.
You might have to walk a bit further, or stretch a bit higher, but the supply is still quite good.
While there are many apples available, our more popular and rare varieties have been picked totally.
Through the course of the busy weekends, it is difficult to know exactly what varieties are available and the current inventory. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our busy season.
We are excited this year to have Smolak Farms’ Not-So-Scary Monster Safari Hayrides which is geared to an audience that want to be child friendly. The hayrides start this weekend and run to October 29.
So again, thanks for your patience, and look forward to welcoming you back.
And mostly, thanks you for helping us to be a part of the community and keeping our farm viable.
October 4 2017: A Message from Michael Smolak
On behalf of myself and the staff of Smolak Farms, would like to thank all of our customers for the patronage and their patience.
We are very lucky to have a very good apple crop and the weather has been by and large favoring us.
As growth has occurred, it has brought on new sets of challenges and we are facing them as we go along.
The September and October months have a whole different life to them and we try to manage it as best as we can. In spite of our best efforts, we do have long lines and some information issues. We appreciate your patience as we try to train our employees as best as we can.
It is not a perfect system, but almost every day, customers and neighbors thank myself and my staff for being here and those words fall on very fertile ears.
It is you, the customer, neighbor, employee, family or friend that has allowed us to be here and it is with humble gratitude that we all thank you, for without you, we also would not be here.
Watch Smolak Farms on Chronicle!
The episode will air at 7:30 pm EST on September 28 2017.
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