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2016 Steve & Joan Verrill

Verrill Farm, Concord, Massachusetts

Verrill Farm has been in operation since 1918, when Stephen’s parents established a successful dairy business. Steve and Joan assumed operation of the farm in 1957.

Verrill Farm was the last commercial dairy farm in Concord, Mass. In 1990, Steve and Joan sold the dairy herd and started developing a market garden operation. It started with pick-your-own strawberries and vegetables as well as selling at farmers markets. They opened their first retail farm stand in 1995. The business expanded to include sale of milk, eggs and baked goods with a cutting edge kitchen.

After a devastating fire destroyed their operation in 2008, they opened a new state-of-the-art farm stand in 2009. Their largest crops are corn and tomatoes with over 50 crops raised and more than 200 varieties planted. Their farm consists of 200 acres in Concord and Sudbury, Mass. 100 acres are prime farmland, leaving the other 100 acres for wildlife habitats, woodlands and wetlands.

They have incorporated many green features throughout and are the very definition of the Farm-To-Table initiative. They grow heirloom tomatoes and everything from arugula to winter squash. They offer a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), capped at 250 families, and make deliveries to about 40 area restaurants and caterers four times a week. Green features include recycled wood, solar panels, reflective roofing, LED lighting, radiant heat in the floor of the greenhouse, natural convection ventilation, natural weed control methods and recycling. The building itself is supported almost entirely of components produced from recycled wood.

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