Saturday, September 27, 2008

Autumn Fun at Hanson's Farm

The rural country roads in northwest Framingham are one of my favorite places in town to bring visitors, particularly those who think of Framingham only in terms of the asphalt sprawlscape of Route 9.

In my opinion there's no better time than autumn to enjoy the scenic vistas in this undeveloped corner of town, as the changing leaves offer a painter's palette of colors, and the air is crisp and cool after the heat of summer has passed.

While Hanson's Farm and and its popular farm stand, at 20 Nixon Road, is a pleasant destination in the summer months for pick-your-own berries and fresh produce and flowers, autumn is when things really get fun. In addition to picking your own pumpkin out of the fields, you can go for a weekend hayride, or get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze. And every Friday and Saturday night in October, the Haunted Hayride is very popular as well.

In these days when family farms are becoming a rarity, the century-old Hanson's has wisely diversified to make their beautiful property a welcome destination for much of the year, for those who want a taste of the town's agrarian past.

Support your local farmer!


veganf said...

We belong to Stearns Farm (adjacent to Hanson on Edmands Rd.), but always buy a few items from the Hanson booth at the weekly farmer's market. We are lucky to have all of these in our town.

The Hamster said...

Yes, Stearns Farm is a treasure as well. I'm on the waiting list - I got hooked on the Community Supported Agriculture concept when a friend who is a member let us pick their share while they were away on vacation.

RL said...

Rumor has it that Hanson's is going to a "share" system as well but I haven't heard any info on this yet.

The Hamster said...

Contact Tom Hanson at Hanson's Farm for more information on their 2009 CSA program.

His email is