Combines Agriculture, Education, and Entertainment!

Smolak Farms of North Andover, Massachusetts combines agriculture, education, and entertainment in a very special way. The land was carved by glaciers, settled by prehistoric Indian tribes, colonized by English settlers and now farmed by the product of the wave of European Immigrants. Parts of the historic homestead are about 300 years old. Today the descendants of Martin and Magdalenna Smolak and their son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Helen Smolak, continue to farm one of the most progressive and beautiful farms nestled in the hills of northeastern Massachusetts. In 1982 the Smolak Family preserved 107 of the 160 acres in cooperation with the State of Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program, insuring that this area would forever remain open land, never to be developed.  For the past 35 plus years, H. Michael Smolak, grandson of Martin Smolak, has overseen the development of the farm from a dairy farm to the extraordinary farm that it has now become.

 

Farm Stand and Greenhouse

The Farm Stand was opened in 1985 on the site of an old chicken coop that was built by Michael Smolak’s grandfather. The wood that was used in this and all other buildings was from trees that came from the farm and were milled by the Farnum Sawmill on Farnum Street and the Adams Sawmill that was on Milk Street near the Drummond Playground in North Andover. The farm stand was originally used as a garage for their trucks and for storage. There was a pasture behind the stand and a shelter attached to the back for cows that were pregnant with calves. Mrs. Smolak had a flower garden on the side of the Farm Stand that is now a parking area. The Smolak Farm Bakery began in 1985. With the request for pies and muffins, the baking began and launched into what people from all over New England travel for…our cider donuts! The Greenhouse was built in 1992 as an extension to the stand, for growing a few plants, and for sitting and relaxing with a cup of coffee and a delicious treat from our bakery. In 2004, the Smolaks added an ice cream stand, now window customers, as well as Smolak Farms birthday party guests, can be seen enjoying a cool ice cream or sandwich any day!

Today, visitors come to pick fruit from our orchards and shop at the farm stand and bakery. Children can go on one of the many types of educational or entertaining hayrides, have a birthday party, attend our summer programs and visit the animals.  Families come to our festivals from metropolitan Boston and beyond throughout the year. Our pine grove area and site on Orchard Hill are the perfect place for a function. Mostly, people come to relax and enjoy the beauty of the land and nature!

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Q What are your hours of operation?

The farmstand is open 7 days from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The animals and playground are open during regular hours, and the Ice Cream window is open from 11 AM to 5 PM in season (and closed in the winter). During the summer months of June, July August, the Ice Cream Stand is open until 9:00 pm.

Q Is there a fee to park?

No! Parking is always FREE at Smolak Farms.

Q Where do we get those cider donuts?

Donuts are for sale at the Bakery Counter in the Farm Stand.

Q Do you serve lunch?

Yes, we serve breakfast and lunch in the Farm Stand.

Q What credit cards do you accept?

We take VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express. We also accept Debit Cards.

Q Is there an ATM at the farm?

No, we do not have an ATM on the farm at this time.

Q Can I bring my dog?

Yes, but dogs must be on a leash at all times, and are not allowed in the farm stand or any of the berry picking areas or apple orchards by law. Please pick up after your dog; there are several trash bins located around the farm.

Q What kinds of animals do you have?

We have a herd of fallow deer, ducks, chickens, guinea hens, goats, fainting goats, alpaca, llama, cows, pigs, sheep, rabbits, peacocks and other fowl.

Q Where do we go if we want to pick apples, peaches, berries, etc.?

During the weekend, follow the signs to the pick-your-own stations. During the week, check-in at the farm stand for bags and directions.

Q Is Smolak Farms handicapped accessible?

The farmstand is handicapped accessible with a handicap parking space in front of the farm stand and others in the lot next to the farm stand. We have one orchard closer to the farm stand that is wheelchair accessible.

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