New Farm Stand: “Local Is Our Top Priority”

by Chris Wangler

July 19, 2022

A new farm stand offering sustainably sourced goods is open at the former Waltham Field Station property.

The Waltham Fields Community Farm Stand is open to the public and operates Wednesday through Saturday at 240 Beaver Street [see below for hours].

The store originally ran in conjunction with the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which offers locally grown produce.

“In the last couple years, it has morphed into more of a grocery store where shareholders can come and get their essentials,” said farm stand and distribution manager Ana Strayton.

“As they’re picking up their produce, they can get extras for dinners,” she said. 

Baked goods, cheese, coffee, cold drinks, eggs, meats, spreads and much more are sourced from all over New England. “Local is our top priority,” Ana said. 

Ana recommended Bali Marle traditional Indonesian sambal sauces from Worcester and gluten-free currant fennel crackers made by Rhode Island–based Beth Bakes.

 

The store also offers produce from Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) and other local farms.

Back in March, the city bought the 28 acre Waltham Field Station property from the state, including Waltham Fields’ 10 acre farm, for $17.4 million.

After years of uncertainty under UMass control, it was a relief for roughly a half dozen sustainable agriculture tenants on site.

 

But the city has not yet made any official communication with the tenants about their leases or plans for the property.

At a Waltham Chamber meeting last month, mayor Jeannette McCarthy said, “We’ll get to it very shortly.”

Waltham Fields Community Farm (WFCF) executive director Stacey Daley is eager to work with the city, but said the delay has prevented the farm from taking advantage of some much-needed grants.

  

“Tenants are eager to see the process advance so that we may establish an official relationship with the City of Waltham, stabilize our tenancies and strengthen our local/regional programs and resources for many years to come,” Stacey said.

 

Farm Stand Hours

Wednesdays: 2:30-6:30 pm

Thursdays: 2:30-6:30 pm

Fridays: 1:00-4:00 pm

Saturdays: 9:30 am-2:30 pm