US (MA): Harper’s Farm offering early produce bumper crop

Flowers are blooming, and trees are beginning to bud, sure signs of spring along with farms across the region beginning to offer the fruits of their labor.

Harper’s Farm in Lancaster has been open every weekend this month and added Tuesdays starting this week. In addition to high tunnel greenhouse harvests, including spinach, carrots, scallions, arugula, radish, onions, lettuce mix, and micro greens, they also have lettuce, beet, cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower starter plugs available.

“I always really look forward to starting the farm up again in the spring,” said fourth-generation farmer Dave Harper, adding that although he enjoys “a little rest in the winter,” he’s not a fan of the colder months.

Harper oversees his family’s over 100 acres of multigenerational farm located at 1539 N. Main Street, which includes a farm stand that is filled with an abundance of fresh farm goodness throughout the season. He said early strawberries, beets, peas, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli rabe, and turnips are coming soon — the result of the high tunnels and unheated greenhouses in the field that they “started experimenting with during the pandemic.”


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