28 April, 2022

2022-04-28T13:30:43-04:00April 28th, 2022|Farmer Smolak|

Our work as stewards of the land is our passion and always ongoing. We are excited to announce exciting news about Small Oxx Farm! Small Oxx Farm, located between Ipswich Road and Main Streets in Boxford, consists of approximately 50 acres of land. Of that land, approximately 10 acres is flat growing land, 15 acres is recently cleared land, and 25 acres is woodland with varying topography. It was purchased in 2004 from the Estate of Otis Curtis through and with concurrence of his daughter Janis Bailey. What was important to Otis and his family was that the property be [...]

13 April, 2022

Our Animal Family is Growing!

2022-04-13T12:40:40-04:00April 13th, 2022|Farmer Smolak, Uncategorized|

Welcome to the family! Some adorable creatures arrived this spring! The ancestors of these Sebastopol Geese are from Crimea, and we are honored to bring a part of the Ukrainian culture into our Animal family. They are a bit tuckered out after their long journey to North Andover, so they will be tended to with love and care by our team before we introduce them to the rest of our animal friends and guests. Growing our farm and our animal community is a priority for us! We are pleased to announce that despite rising prices and inflation, we are able [...]

28 October, 2021

Reflections on a Great Fall Weekend

2021-10-28T15:18:35-04:00October 28th, 2021|Farmer Smolak|

A note from Farmer Smolak as this fall season wraps up... This year has been an incredible one for our apple crop. With the season nearing it's end and Veteran's day around the corner, we decided to combine our apple excess with this celebratory day, and offer a free peck back of apples to all veterans and active-duty military. We scheduled this promotion to run over two weekends, October 23-24 and October 30-31. Last weekend we kicked off the first of our two military weekends, and had a wonderful turnout of veterans and active military at the farm.  They came [...]

3 August, 2021

Farmer Smolak update: August 2021

2021-08-03T07:14:38-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Farmer Smolak, Uncategorized|

Hello Smolak Farms family! Can you believe it’s already August?! This summer is surely flying by. It has been a busy one here, and if we haven’t seen you yet, we hope we will before it’s back-to-school time, temps are dropping, days shortening, and the fall season settling back in. It certainly seems like summer just began, and yet here it is almost passing us by! A lot has been going on at the farm. We had one of our biggest strawberry crops ever, a long and abundant cherry-picking season, and now we’re working our way through PYO blueberries, raspberries, [...]

1 September, 2020

Farmer Smolak Update: August 2020

2020-09-01T21:30:22-04:00September 1st, 2020|Farmer Smolak|

Summer on the Farm As summer rolls along, so do things at Smolak Farms. The crops so far this year have been amazing, and we expect them to be that way for the rest of the year. We had an appraisal done of the peaches a few days ago, and it is the largest crop we have ever had! The apples look like they are in line with the peaches, and have had a good year in terms of minimal insects and disease which has cut down our use of control methods. The CSA, which has doubled since last year, [...]

18 June, 2020

Farmer Smolak Update: June 2020

2020-06-18T21:22:20-04:00June 18th, 2020|Farmer Smolak|

It's PYO Fruit Season at the Farm! There have been many challenges this year as we all deal with a multitude of issues and uncertainty, but as I say, one thing at a time. This year has and will continue to be a learning experience in a number of ways. On a very positive note, all of our crops are looking very plentiful and clean. Everything from strawberries, to cherries, to raspberries, blueberries and so on. We have made changes in how we conduct pick your own to ensure the safety of our food supply and customers, which you can [...]

12 May, 2020

Farmer Smolak Update: May 2020

2020-05-12T20:28:43-04:00May 12th, 2020|Farmer Smolak|

Spring has Sprung, and Lots of Crops are Coming! Spring has certainly arrived, though in typical New England fashion, some of these early-May days still feel like March. At this time in the season, pollination has occurred on the stone fruit trees and the apple trees are showing their incredible beauty with pretty white blossoms. They continue to keep the bees very busy! The bees are back in the farm stand in the observation hive where they are acclimating to their new home. We continue to add more fields of produce, and we are planting an additional acre of strawberries [...]

6 January, 2020

Farmer Smolak Update: January 2020

2020-01-20T14:23:51-05:00January 6th, 2020|Farmer Smolak|

A Look Back at 2019 for Smolak Farms As winter continues to strengthen its grasp on us, we have a chance to pause and reflect on this past year, and to think about the year ahead. First of all, I would like to deeply thank all of you, our customers, for helping us to continue in business for the past year, and hopefully well into the future. If it were not for all of you, we would not be here. Secondly, I would also like to deeply thank my staff for their hard work and patience during this past year. [...]

16 December, 2019

Farmer Smolak Update: December 2019

2020-01-20T14:24:34-05:00December 16th, 2019|Farmer Smolak|

Christmastime at Smolak Farms The Christmas Season is now upon us, with all the happiness and joy that it brings. Our holiday season, although shorter than last year, started off with a bang and has yet to slow down. We were fortunate enough to welcome Channel 5 WCVB to the farm in early December to do a story about the Christmas tree shortage, and they were able to include some footage from the St. Bernard Club of New England visit – one of our most popular holiday events! (You can see the Channel 5 video piece here.) It is just [...]

12 November, 2019

Farmer Smolak Update: November 2019

2019-11-14T10:29:54-05:00November 12th, 2019|Farmer Smolak, Uncategorized|

The Changing of Seasons at Smolak The apples are off the trees and the frost has fallen on the few remaining pumpkins. This fall we were very fortunate with the weather and had a busy and consistent season. At a farm like ours, we are very dependent on these weekends in September and October to create a positive balance sheet ahead of the slower winter months. We had some challenges to deal with in 2019 besides the weather in terms of being very affected by the gas crisis as well as some structural and permitting issues, so we're glad to [...]

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