Northeast Harvest is a Buy Local program representing Essex and Middlesex counties supported by the Essex Agricultural Society. Northeast Harvest works to help sustain the farmers and agricultural producers of both counties in Massachusetts. We work in collaboration with many other organizations as well as individual growers and agricultural producers to highlight the number and variety of farms and food products that are available in northeastern Massachusetts.
Whether you live in a city or rural township, a farmers’ market is easy to find today. Not so not too long ago! Back in 1977, there were only 7 farmers markets in the entire state. Today there are hundreds and 55 of them are in the NortheastHarvest region.
Alfalfa Farm Winery is a family-owned and -operated vineyard in rural Topsfield, Massachusetts. We produce a variety of hand-crafted wines and host customized wine tastings for up to 80 guests in our tasting room. We are open for public tastings in the summer on Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and in the fall on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
The history of Griggs Farm goes back to 1943 when Gilbert Griggs moved to Billerica from Georgetown, Massachusetts. The farm was first a chicken farm and an apple orchard. In 1955, Gil stopped raising chickens and focused on fruits and vegetables. Gil’s son Billy went to school for horticulture and came back to the farm after college. He built the first greenhouse in 1981.
Foxbarn Farm grows and brings a variety of vegetables to local farmers markets. We specialize in fresh-picked corn, hard-stem garlic, garden chard and kale, a colorful spectrum of sweet cherry tomatoes, as well as Carlisle Honey (available year round).