Thank goodness the barn door never closed on the family-owned Cook’s Valley Farm in Wrentham, Mass.
With farming in the Cook family dating back to 1664, this ancient, welcoming farm stand certainly looks weathered, but that doesn’t matter — the real draw here is in the produce. Unlike some other mom and pop farms that are more of sentimental value than practicality (tradition vs. good inventory), Cook’s offers a surprisingly good variety of produce. I’ve been to some locally-owned farms where an already limited variety of produce in the morning means virtually nothing left at the end of the day. Many of us can’t get to the farm stand until later in the day, so the drive is often an exercise in futility and a waste of precious gas (we’re talking about the car, not the person here).
Although unassuming in appearance, Cook’s really comes through with farm-fresh produce. I recently drove there 20 minutes before its 6:00 closing and found a wonderful variety of fall produce, including apples, beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, gourds, various greens, leeks, melons, onions, peppers, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, scallions, summer and winter squash, tomatoes and watermelon. I also found local honey, eggs and jams and jellies.
The produce is affordably priced and the staff humble and grateful for your business. That’s a nice combination, but what impresses me most is that the produce often looks like it was just picked out of the ground. You can smell that earthy aroma and the colors and proper shapes of the produce clearly suggest some wonderfully unaltered (translated: produce without too many chemicals) fruits and vegetables.
Cook’s does not offer any fall apple picking, but that’s OK, it’s just nice to come home with a diversity of fresh produce instead of just focusing on one fruit. The bags of apples are just fine, obviously picked fresh and much better than what you often find at the grocery store.
Cook’s is open from mid-June through December, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. It’s especially nice in the fall with some excellent foliage and nice “farmscapes” in this semi-rural Wrentham neighborhood of quiet, scenic Sheldonville. I hope you get to enjoy visiting this authentic farm and farm stand during the fall in this beautiful area of southwest suburban Boston that also borders some very pretty areas of northern Rhode Island.
Cook’s Valley Farm is located at 2200 West St. in Wrentham MA. Tel. (508) 883-6709
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