Farmer Smolak

5 May, 2024

Farmers Blog Update: A Year of Growth

2024-05-05T00:21:03-04:00May 5th, 2024|Farmer Smolak|

What a difference a year makes! With a wide grin on my face, as captured in the pictures, I'm thrilled to share the incredible bloom on our peach trees this year. It's a promising sight, and we're keeping our fingers crossed for what could be our best crop in years. After a challenging year where nearly every crop felt the impact of weather events, this abundance feels like Mother Nature's way of making amends. Our orchards are on the brink of bursting with life as apple trees, strawberries, raspberries, plums, and blueberries prepare to blossom. This weekend, the pollinators were [...]

9 November, 2023

Holiday Wreath Making at Smolak Farms (21+ event)

2023-11-09T08:50:36-05:00November 9th, 2023|

Get into the holiday spirit at Smolak Farms! You are invited to join us for a fun night of wreath decorating, light fare, and holiday spirits! Available dates are November 30th, December 1st, and December 2nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Farm Stand. Buy your tickets Tickets are $75 per person, and this 21+ adult experience will include the following: One bare wreath All of the decor you need A glass of wine or mulled cider Some charcuterie board appetizers Instruction (if needed) Space is very limited and no walk-ins will be taken at the time of event.

11 June, 2023

The State of Agricultural Operations (June 2023)

2023-06-15T07:31:34-04:00June 11th, 2023|Farmer Smolak|

The past year has been a period of highs and lows not just for Smolak Farms, but for many other farms in the state and across New England and New York. It began back during Covid when the pandemic had a marked affect on the flow of business. Weddings and functions rescheduled and, in most cases, canceled. Many businesses were forced to close their doors. We were fortunate to stay open and persevere during some of the darkest days. Our hearts soared during that time when so many would visit our Farm and thank us for being open and for [...]

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 [...]

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