Tangerini's Spring Street Farm Keeps the Spirit of Family Farming Alive in Millis MA
Article and photos by Eric H.
Just the turn of the car from suburbia into wide open farm land at Tangerini's Spring Street Farm in Millis MA transforms our daily suburban world into one that we thought left us a long time ago.
Suddenly, the air becomes fresher and the plants,
produce and expansive fields with accessible walking trails take on
colors that contrast against the often dull haze of the east coast industrial belt. It's almost like going from the black and white scenes of Kansas in the Wizard of Oz to the vibrantly colored land of Oz.
The whole scene truly comes alive with beautiful sunsets gracing those open lands with a dimension that makes one seem like they are somewhere in the Midwest when the reality is the Boston city line is just a half hour away. Fall time is also quite colorful, as the bright, well-formed pumpkins will get one into a New England autumn state of mind in no time.
Whether autumn, spring or summer, Tangerini's
embodies a family-run business that is open to the public and practices
responsible farming in the best sense. Organic farming yields some of
the best produce and herbs around, as evidenced by a stroll through the quaint, old farm stand.
For those that want to venture beyond plant life
and foods, there's even a local fisherman on the premises selling the
catches of the day!
Families and households can also sign up at Tangeriniâ€™s Farm to become a "shareholder" of the upcoming seasonâ€™s harvest. Here, participants are part of the farming process and its byproducts, including "U-pick opportunities, pesto making, tomato picking, onion topping, sauce making, potlucks and volunteer days!"
Tangerini's goes way beyond produce, however, with beautifully grown plants and flowers are sold in the 4,000 square foot greenhouse and outside nursery with its amazing colors and fragrances. Here, you'll find hanging baskets, container plants, annuals, perennials and other seasonal plants.
Tangerini's also features an ice cream stand with 30 flavors of hard serve ice cream, 30 flavors of soft serve, sundaes, floats, frappes, fresh fruit smoothies and homemade lemonade. Perhaps the best flavor here, though, is "New England" with beautiful farm views everywhere you look. Enjoy the scenes from a picnic table, or out in the field!
Special events like a "Gardeners Lecture Series," birthday parties and hayrides, field trips for local schools and a one-mile walking trail through fields of vegetable and cut flowers make for a wonderful time at this idyllic location. One visit is not enough -- coming to Tangerini's could easily become a way of life, part of a special, wholesome weekly regimen.
A family run
business in the best sense, Tangerini's proves that simplicity yields a
wonderful quality of life. The farm has been around since the early 1800s and you can sense its "good bones" no matter how much development has occurred surrounding the property. The Tangerini family has operated the business since 1995, responsibly growing its farm stand as sensibly as its produce (translation: this is not a tourist trap!). It's clearly evident
that the Tangerini's take care of their property with the utmost care
and passion. They don't have to say "I love my job," it's shown already
in the way they interact with their customers, their livelihood and
their staff. It's really a way of life here, not a job.
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm is our pick as one of suburban Boston's best run farms. Everything here is so real and down to earth and the produce, events, ice cream and a place to commune with nature create a place where you look forward to returning to the minute you leave --- the sign of a great farm stand business.
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, 139 Spring Street, Millis, MA. Tel. (508)376-5024. Always call ahead or log onto the Tanergini's web site to see what is currently offered!
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