- Brox Farm Stand in Dracut. The small red house sits just off Broadway Road; a wooden sign hangs out in front to let passers-by know what kind of locally-grown produce is filling its shelves. In fact, nearly all of the offerings were grown across the street or only a few miles away at Farmer Dave's, 90 acres of farm operated by Dave Dumarsesq. If Dracut isn't part of your travels, Dumaresq also sells his fruit and veggies at East Street Farm Stand -- a renovated old schoolhouse transformed into a seasonal produce paradise -- in Tewksbury, and at nearly a dozen farmers markets across the state. He also offers a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program) that allows members to receive a weekly share of what's in season.
- Fresh-picked local food. Ninety-five percent of Dumaresq's crop is grown without being sprayed or is only sprayed with organic products. "If you can (grow) without spraying, why not? It's healthier for everybody," he said.
- Wooden crates filled with colorful produce sitting next to hanging scales so customers can weigh their purchases.
What you're eating
- Corn. Nothing says summer like a good ear of corn and Dumaresq's is so fresh you can eat it raw, right off the cob. Looking for a vitamin boost? Kale and swiss chard are the most nutritious veggies you can find and I bet you didn't know they were growing right down the street in Dracut! (Note: Swiss chard greens sautéed with olive oil and garlic make for a great, healthy side dish). Beets and tomatoes will be mainstays at the stand through October. Looking for something sweet? Locally grown berries -- blackberries, blueberries, raspberries -- are making their way to the shelves along with watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches and nectarines.
Who you'll see there
- Generations of local families both shop and work at the farm. Customers are often greeted on the weekends at Brox Farm Stand by interns. The college-age interns -- students of agriculture from Brazil, The Republic of Georgia and the Ukraine -- spend the entire season at the farm to gain experience in all aspects of the operation.
- Keep an eye out for upcoming garlic, tomato and apple events at the farm.
Brox Farm Stand, 1276 Broadway Road, Dracut, 978-454-3434, open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; East Street Farm Stand, 460 East St., Tewksbury, 978-851-2048, open Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit farmerdaves.net.