On May 5th at Smolak Farms, the North Andover Historical Society honored Michael with the Society’s Lifetime Preservation Award. The Lifetime Preservation Award was established in 2014 to honor North Andover residents who have shown an exemplary commitment to the preservation of the town’s historic heritage and/or open spaces. Here is what the North Andover Historical Society said about Michael's impact on the local community. "Michael lives at the family farm acquired by his grandparents in 1927. After his father’s death in 1971, he ran the farm with his mother part time while in college. He has run it full [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Apple Season is finally here, and we have got a spectacular crop for you this season! The Apple Crop Scout we have says that this is the biggest and the best apple crop he has ever seen in years. With these unusual times, we’re encouraging patrons to visit us during non-peak hours, to fully enjoy all the farm has to offer without all the crowds! So we’ve compiled our best list of reasons to come pick on a weekday, some serious, and perhaps some a little silly… enjoy! Reasons to visit and pick on a weekday Far fewer people to [...]
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 [...]
As you might expect, fall is a very busy season for those who work on a farm! With a bounty of apples and pumpkins and cider donuts and lovely fall weather, it's a great time to enjoy the outdoors in New England. As such, we're looking for some seasonal (and some ongoing) help on the farm! Please see below for our open positions. We look forward to hearing from you! Fall Festival Help, Birthday Party Hosts, and Educational Tour Guides Farm Stand Shift Leaders Production Bakers for FT or PT hours Event Staff - Set-up and Closing Assistant Manager, Education [...]
Happy National CSA Day! In honor of the holiday, we're offering 10% off all CSA packages for 2019 today through 2/24! You can see those offerings here! We also thought today would be a fitting time to introduce you to the two people who make our CSA possible. Tina Claydon is our Retail Operations Manager, which means she is responsible for everything pertaining to the farm stand, bakery, ice cream room, CSA, and PYO. It's quite an exhaustive list, and Tina is never bored! Jeremy Tackett is the farm's agriculture manager, and is currently leading the charge in overhauling our [...]
This year, in addition to our pre-decorated Valentine's Day cookies, we also have CUSTOM Valentine's Day cookies available to order! Have a favorite nickname, saying, song lyric, or something else that's a special secret between you and someone you love? We'll write them on a cookie (or cookies) for you for an extra-special gift. You can order online here, or call the farmstand at 978-682-6332.