Looking for an escape from the city last weekend, we hoofed it an hour north of Boston to visit the lush pastures of Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton, Massachusetts. After chowing down on BLT's made with all local ingredients, we toured the farm and chatted with farm manager Andrew Rodgers.
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Owned by the Patton family (as in Major General George S. Patton), Green Meadows is a certified organic farm covering some 230 acres of rolling New England hillside. Only about 30 acres of this land is actually farmed.
While the farm certainly grows its fair share of fruits and vegetables, the real highlight for us were all the animals! These sheep are kept in pens bordered by solar powered electric fences, which are easy to disassemble and relocate as the sheep graze through a particular patch of pasture.
It was a humid summer day, and these hogs were very happy to lazing around in the mud. However, they did show some amazing speed when a farmhand showed up with leftover scraps and produce!
These turkeys are heirloom Bourbon Reds destined for Thanksgiving tables across Massachusetts.
Last but not least are the chickens. They were everywhere! Yet farm manager Andrew Rodgers says the chickens all dutifully return to the pen every night without fail.
The animals are all butchered locally and returned to the farm to be sold directly to customers.
Green Meadows Farms runs a CSA program, a farm stand and grocery co-op, and on-going events throughout the season. If your summer travels take you through northern Massachusetts, we highly recommend stopping by the farm and taking a tour!
• More information and directions are available on the Green Meadows Farm website.
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(Images: Emma Christensen for the Kitchn)