Pick up fresh produce, plan a meal, and savor the season at our picks for the best farm stand in every New England state.
By Yankee Editors
Apr 26 2022
Walker’s Roadside Stand has been a fixture in Little Compton for more than 40 years.Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
We’ve never met a farmstand that we didn’t like, but some spots really roll out the red carpet when it comes to not just a mountain of local produce, but extras like eggs, meats, baked goods, gifts, flowers, prepared meals, and more. Here are our editor-approved picks for the best farm stand in every New England state.
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At the height of the season, you’ll find nearly 100 varieties of produce to choose from, along with fresh eggs from free-ranging hens. The stand also carries a curated assortment of items from other local producers, including bread and honey.
Before Cape Elizabeth became known as a well-to-do bedroom community of Portland, it was largely farmland. Jordan’s Farm put down roots here in 1948, and the family-run farm stand has only grown over the years. Jordan’s is known for its sweet corn, but that’s only a fraction of what it sells; an expansive selection of vegetables, fields of cut-your-own flowers, and locally raised and harvested meat and fish are also available.
If Verrill Farm’s name sounds familiar, it could be because you’ve seen it on a local menu. In operation since 1918, the farm supplies plenty of restaurant kitchens, but at the farm stand you can score the same ingredients for yourself, ranging from strawberries to squash to 30-plus varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Don’t feel like cooking? Verrill also has take-home meals and prepared foods, sandwiches, and a bakery that stocks the stand with homemade pastries and other sweet treats.
The flagship location of Lull Farm is open year-round and has something special in every season: vegetable starts and colorful annuals in spring, pick-your-own strawberries and abundant produce come summer, apple cider doughnuts and farm-raised turkeys in fall, and Christmas trees and homemade soups for winter. The farm store also sells farm-raised beef and chicken, pies from Lull Farm’s own bakery, and anything else you might need for a farm-fresh dinner.
At this sweet, seasonal roadside stand, the jewel-like vegetables are piled into wooden crates, big bouquets of vibrant dahlias are crowded into buckets, and it’s very hard to leave empty-handed. Even if you’re just passing through with no plans to cook, it’s still worth a stop to sample the brownies from the on-site bakery, or to grab a few pints of berries to eat at the beach.
While Hudak Farm’s greenhouses might be what lures folks here in spring, they return to the farm stand throughout spring, summer, and fall to stock up on vegetables picked that day, as well as farm-raised pork and seasonal treats such as fresh-pressed apple cider and house-made maple syrup.
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