Posts Tagged ‘Andover Farmers’ Market’

Legacy: Osgood Farm

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Osgood Farm holds a significant place in Andover’s farming history. The oldest part of the Osgood House was built in 1699 for Stephen Osgood and Hannah Blanchard, but it was not until 1739 that their son Isaac expanded it. In later years, Isaac’s son Jacob, who fought in the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War, became a reputable farmer in Andover.

Osgood Farm House

After inheriting the land from his father, Jacob became quite the agricultural entrepreneur and philanthropist. He frequently went into to town and gave milk away to the poor. However, Joseph’s specialty was in apples, specifically cider.

He built a cider mill, which he used to make cider from freshly picked apples. The cider was stored in barrels in Joseph’s cellar, ready to be sampled by visitors. Jacob, very social and open, often invited people to visit the farm and help themselves to his product.

One of the more well-known visitors of Osgood Farm was famed Revolutionary War veteran James Otis, a close friend of Jacob’s brother David. Otis lived at Osgood Farm during the last days of his life, when he was killed after being struck by lightning. The account of his death is a popular topic in Andover history, as the Osgood house eventually became known as “The House Where James Otis was Killed.” Ironically enough, Jacob Osgood always maintained that if Otis had not wanted a drink of cider, he would not have been struck by lightning while exiting the house to go to the cider mill.


Straight from the Market: Chicken, Beef, Eggs, and More!

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

It’s time to break out the grill!  If you haven’t already, come to the Andover Farmers’ Market and stop by the John Crow Farm stand for all of your barbecue needs.  At John Crow Farm animals are “pasture-raised.” They let their animals live in an environment where they can eat plants that are nutrient rich and easy to digest. This practice allows farmers to produce tastier and more nutritious meat and eggs than factory farms. John Crow Farm takes pride in the fact that its animals are 100% grass-fed and hormone-free.

What can you purchase from John Crow Farm while visiting the Andover Famers’ Market? Well, just about anything that is meat or poultry. Their meats include pork, goat, beef, lamb, and rabbit, all available in a variety of cuts. For poultry, they offer Cornish rock grass chicken, Cornish game hen, as well as a variety of turkeys.

Looking for something a little more creative? Try one of John Crow Farm’s specialty items! They include turkey bacon, an array of pot pies, poultry sausage, smoked pork, and last but not least, seasoned chicken wings.

Do you have a dog? Treat your canine companion to one of John Crow Farm’s specialty dog treats! The treats are derived from dehydrated, grass-fed meat with no additives and are a great source of protein.

John Crow Farm along with a variety of other local vendors provide specialty products and tasty produce weekly at the Andover Farmers’ Market, every Saturday from 12:30-3:30 p.m.  For more information regarding the Andover Farmers’ Market hosted by the Andover Historical Society call 978-475-2236.  And, as always, happy grilling!


Legacy: Potatoes Come to Andover

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Many believe the potato was first grown in Europe, but it was actually in South America where this hearty vegetable was discovered.  Originating from Peru and Chile, potatoes were regarded as an important crop by the natives. Now, potatoes are currently the most frequently produced crop in the entire world given the variety of foods that require their use.

The potato was planted in Italy purely for decoration, but was extensively harvested for food in Ireland as early as 1663 and in Scotland around 1740. Scotch Irish Pioneers were responsible for bringing the crop to North America, specifically Londonderry, New Hampshire, which they founded in 1719. However, they spent their first North American winter right here in Andover, one of the first places in America where the potato crop was planted.

One particular account of these Scotch Irish immigrants is provided by author Edward L. Parker in A History of Londonderry. Parker claims that the Scotch Irish planted potatoes before leaving Andover to settle in Londonderry.

Excerpt from A History of Londonderry:

“On taking their departure from one of the families with whom they had resided, they left a few potatoes for seed. The potatoes were accordingly planted; came up and flourished well; blossomed and produced balls, which the family supposed were the fruit to be eaten. They cooked the balls in various ways, but could not make them palatable, and pronounced them unfit for food. The next spring, while plowing their garden the plough passed through where the potatoes had grown, and turned out some of great size, by which means they discovered their mistake.”

Parker claims that these settlers accidentally harvested potato crops left behind by the Scotch Irish. While staying with a local family, some of the Scotch Irish began growing potatoes, but left Andover long before these crops could flourish. The Andover family unknowingly harvested the potatoes the following spring while tending to their own crops. What they were left with was a healthy, bountiful crop, which could be used to compliment a variety of meals.

How about that? Andover’s first encounter with the potato was an accidental discovery of the crop during the spring of 1719!

Get fresh local pototoes at the Andover Farmers’ Market located on the property of the Andover Historical Society every Saturday from 12:30-3:30 June  30-October 6.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Pick up some fresh apples at the Farmers’ Market

Autumn is apple time!

We’re into the last few weeks of the Farmers’ Market….and what a season it has been!  Many thanks to our Museum Educator and market manager Deb DeSmet and her team of fabulous volunteers for all they have done to make this year’s market a success.  The days are growing cooler and that means apple time in New England.  Come on down to the Farmers’ Market and pick up some fresh, crisp, local apples.


What’s Your Favorite Market Recipe?

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

After returning home from a visit to the Andover Farmers’ Market, how do you use your favorite market ingredients?  We are proud to host a variety of vendors who offer unique fruits, vegetables, and specialty goods.  Some things you may have never seen before!

Let us know what you make with your farmers’ market produce by sharing your recipes with other Andover Farmers’ Market customers.  Send your best recipe using ingredients found at the Market to

Kale, Swiss Chard, and Argula!

Pick up ingredients this weekend to try Baked Kale Chips


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
  3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Courtesy of allrecipes


Farewell Students, See you next Summer!

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

It’s time to thank the Andover High School students for a great season at the Andover Farmers’ Market as they return to school. The High School Students will have their final season day on  Saturday, August 27th.   Over a year ago, Melanie Cutler, a science teacher at Andover High School, wanted to help students appreciate quality grown produce by creating an opportunity for students to grow organic vegetables.  In partnership with the 1420 Foundation, a non-profit organization, she developed a successful learning strategy for students by building a sustainable garden.  The students created an organic sustainable garden that benefits our society by “thinking globally and acting locally.”

Andover High School Sustainable Gardren Project

A number of classes from the high school worked together to build the garden in the school’s courtyard in 2010. The project truly utilized diverse talents, skills, and interests of the students. Geometry students calculated the area of the garden, environmental science students tested the soil for needed amendments, art students built a sculpture, AP Biology students built a greenhouse to be used throughout the seasons, environmental science classes studied sustainable agriculture and gardening, and journalism students helped record the progress while promoting public awareness.  Spanish students used their language skills to communicate with Costa Rican students that also have a sustainable garden supported by the 1420 Foundation.  By sharing their insight, students have gained a strong view on multicultural diversity and developed bonds with students from another country.

Garden Produce at the Andover Farmers' Market

The Garden is located in the courtyard of the Andover High School.  This year, student John Scarborough, repaired the greenhouse rooftop and added gutters and rainbarrels to make it more sustainable.  During the market, students sold vegetables, flowers, and herbs.  This was the Sustainable Garden Project’s second season at the Andover Farmers’ Market and we look forward to their return next summer.


Director’s Blog: What can you do at the Historical Society this week?

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Buy some fresh tomatoes at the Farmer’s Market

Hot tomatoes at the Andover Farmers' Market

The growing season is well underway and the Farmers’ Market is overflowing with tomatoes and other fresh local produce.  While you’re here, wander the grounds and enjoy an afternoon in downtown Andover.  You can also visit the Dirt of Argilla Road exhibit and learn about Andover’s agricultural roots.  Or take a tour of the Amos Blanchard House.  Tours will be given at 1:00 and 3:00.  Meet up with Saturday Museum Assistant Adam or Jim at the front door for your guided tour.

The Historical Society runs the Andover Farmers’ Market on the grounds of the Blanchard House  12:30-3:30 pm every Saturday until October 8th.  You can visit the Market website to learn more.


Andover Farmers’ Market Canned Food Drive

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated for this event

In an effort to curb hunger in our surrounding communities, the Andover Farmers’ Market is collecting non-perishable food items during Market hours on August 20th,2011.

In the most recent exhibit at the Andover Historical Society, The Dirt on Argilla Road, a display case filled with canned food asks the question “Where does your food come from?”  In this exhibit, Andover’s long agricultural history and generations of Andover farmers’ who once lived off the land are remembered.  The Farmers’ Market takes place surrounding the Amso Blanchard House in Andover, which was once a working farm.  It is important to support local farmers whose labor provides healthy options in a world filled with fast food.  The contributions to the canned food drive are a small step towards the preventable epidemic, hunger that plagues an estimated 1 in 6 Americans today.

Andover Farmers' Market

Please bring donations during market hours from 12:30-3:30 to collection bins at both entrances of the Farmers’ Market and the entrance to the Andover Historical Society.

All donations will be  given to Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering at the Andover Farmers’ Market or if you have questions about the canned food drive.  Please call 978-475-2236.


Join our Team!

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Would like to support the Andover Farmers’ Market? Join our team as a volunteer!  We are looking for volunteers to assist with the market.  We have a variety of opportunities, helping with set-up and take down on Saturdays before and after the market, assisting with children’s crafts, vendor placements, and much.

Do you have an interest in sustainable food, or supporting local economies by shopping at Farmers’ Markets?  Come help with the weekly production of the Andover Farmers’ Market newsletter The Marketer.  We are looking for bloggers and editors that are interested in working with design and computers.  Search for recipes or find out what’s happening at the Market.  Help with photography or show your musical skills and perform during a market Saturday.  If you have an interest in marketing or just want to get involved contact the Andover Historical Society at 978-475-2236 or email

Enjoy the Market!


Got Eggs?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Farm Fresh Eggs from Boston Hill Farm

Join us at the Andover Farmers’ Market every Saturday through October 8th from 12:30-3:30 rain or shine.

Enjoy farm fresh eggs, jams, bread, fruits and vegetables from Boston Hill Farm, and many other delicious products from a variety of local farmers and specialty food vendors.

This Saturday, July 16th, visit with health professionals from New England Community Accupunture.  Returning vendors Taza Chocolate, Quinn’s Canine Cafe and Jess’ Jams will be at the Market too!

Jess Roberts of Jess’ Jams will be introducing a new Jam this week, Triple Berry Jam made with raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.  YUM!

Jess' Jams

See you at the Market!