5 May, 2022

2022-05-05T23:18:05-04:00May 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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, [...]

15 June, 2021

Fields of 1,000 Hearts

2021-08-05T10:05:53-04:00June 15th, 2021|News and Announcements|

We're so excited to share a new installation at the farm, inspired by our 'Strawberry Fields Forever' Strawberry Festival theme this year. Our new 'Field of 1,000 Hearts' covers a portion of the farm with exactly 1,000 red and pink wooden hearts. It's a beautiful backdrop for fun summer photos, and we've decided to make it a philanthropic event as well. There will be a $2 entrance fee for each person wishing to use the Field of 1,000 hearts for photos. All of the proceeds from each month's entrance fees will be collected in a large mailbox staked by the [...]

8 September, 2020

Why Weekday Apple Picking is a Good Choice!

2020-09-08T11:32:41-04:00September 8th, 2020|CSA / PYO, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

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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