Local produce

Established in 2005, the mission of the Ipswich Agricultural Commission is to support and provide a voice for the significant agricultural community and resources of Ipswich.

Alprilla Farm is located in Essex, Massachusetts on the edge of the Castle Neck and Essex River estuaries. Our ecologically grown vegetables, grains and beef are available through our WINTER CSA, restaurants, natural food markets and other venues around the North Shore. We strive to grow the most delicious and nourishing food for Essex and our neighboring towns and cities by working respectfully with our farm’s ecosystem.

Appleton Farms CSA: To connect people with the rich history of farming at Appleton, a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was established in 2002. Vegetable CSA members buy a share of the produce grown each season and share in the risks and rewards of farming, taking home a rich bounty of fresh produce, flowers and other farm products each week during the summer and fall. Today, we grow 600 shares. We are currently sold out and accepting new members on our waitlist only. The Trustees meat CSA runs from fall to spring and offers sustainably-raised, grass-fed and pastured meats from Trustees farms. CSA shares include beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, as well as an add-on option for eggs.

Asa Stone Farm, eggs and honey. Healthy, happy, free-range chickens lay incredible eggs. The shell is stronger, the egg white thicker, and the yolk brighter. This means more taste and nutrition. You’ll never want another pale yellow watery store-bought egg again. Here’s how they compare: Real pastured (or free-range) eggs have 5 times more vitamin D / 2 times more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids / 3 times more vitamin E / 7 times more beta carotene than commercially raised eggs.

Gordon Florist and Greenhouses: The Gordon family started the business back in 1922 with the name Samuel C. Gordon and Sons. As a fifth generation family business our knowledge and experience comes from the lessons of past generations. The foundation of our business was built on quality service and an honest relationship with our customers. Now as Gordon Florist and Greenhouses we use the same glass greenhouses built in 1922 to grow our own mums, poinsettias, pansies, geraniums, and perennials. We have a large selection of specialty plants that we carry year round, including air plant varieties, succulent gardens and single pots, pileas, fiddle-leaf figs, and terrariums. Our full service flower shop includes weddings, events, and funerals, and is complete with a walk-in cooler for customers to pick out their own bouquets. In our gift shop we carry lots of local artwork and locally made gifts including cards, candles, and jewelry. Open year round, daily.

Ipswich Shellfish: Direct Wholesale Delivery of America’s Finest Seafood. We are the leading wholesale seafood processor and distributor offering direct store delivery of the full line of fresh and frozen seafood and specialty restaurant products. We are the source of fresh IPSWICH CLAMS (steamers and frying clams) since 1935. We offer MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified sustainable species and locally harvested and processed products. .Call us today 800-IPSWICH (477-9424)

Iron Ox Farm: Solving global climate through our food, grown renewably, using technology. The fresh produce we grow is delicious, nutritious, and vibrant. We deliver to nearby retail outlets within about a day of harvest, ensuring optimal freshness and taste. Best of all, it’s grown with an unprecedented level of environmental responsibility.

Marini Farm: Marini Farm is a family run business in its third generation. Today, Marini Farm grows over 200 acres of mixed fruits and vegetables. This produce is supplied to local supermarkets and sold at the retail farm market on Linebrook Road. The farm also leases property around the area and this allows them to grow over 100 acres of sweet corn – their most popular crop. The vegetables are still picked daily in the early morning to ensure quality and freshness. The farm uses many different growing techniques including raised plastic beds, drip irrigation, row covers, and frost control. These techniques allow them to harvest their crops earlier in the season and later into the fall. Each year the spring season starts with an acre of greenhouses where a beautiful assortment of annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetable plants are grown. These are sold both wholesale and retail.

Marshview Farm was acquired in 2016 in order to preserve and protect the unique and vital landscape within the Great Marsh. Our 500 acres is comprised of woodlands, fertile fields, tidal marshes, and fresh water ponds. All of us at Marshview Farm believe strongly that vegetables harvested from a living soil that is chemical-free is what’s best for our tables, our land, and our customers. CSA shares run for 20 weeks from the week of June 1st through the week of October 12th. Our share is a “mix and match” share; besides one or two limited items, our members will decide how to fill their bags from the 9–15 different crops we’ve harvested each week.

The 1634 Meadery is a small artisan style honey-wine maker located in picturesque Ipswich, Massachusetts. We make small scale batches of wine in a manner that helps capture the true honey, fruit and spice tastes and smells of our local ingredients. Mead is an ancient drink, dating back thousands of years. It was supplanted by beer, cider and wine over recent history, but is finally making a deserved comeback. Come and join the fun at our tasting room, and sample some of the wonderful delights this special drink can provide!

With locations in Ipswich (243 High St.) and Wenham (66 Cedar St.) theNorthern Lights Farm Stand has seasonal vegetables and flowers, and offers numerous Amish farm products. They also have Fall and Spring plants & Xmas trees,and are open year round.

The acreage behind the barn is bursting with cutting flowers, tomatoes, and monarch butterflies. Owner Peter Johnson has planted eight varieties of milkweed to help them on their journey south, and Northern Lights has received official designation as a monarch butterfly tracking farm. Come check us out.

Plough in the Stars Farm is a tiny diversified vegetable farm located in the neighborhoods of Argilla and Northgate Road. We focus on growing specialty crops for local restaurants, such as The Market and Short and Main. For the 2017 season, you can find us alongside Iron Ox Farm at the Cape Ann Farmers Market on Thursday evenings. We love being a part of the vibrant local food producers scene on the North Shore.

The Russell Orchards property has a long history as a working farm. The first trees were planted in 1920 by Dr. Joseph Goodale as a pastime for his son. The orchard continued to thrive and was farmed successfully, with the fruit sold primarily at market in Boston. The Russell Family purchased the farm and in the year 2000, the name was changed from Goodale Orchards to reflect the more than twenty years of Russell ownership and all the improvements and changes made over that time. As the third family that has owned the farm since its creation in 1920, we are honored to continue its long tradition.

Three Sistersbegan in 2012, when a group of local organizations came together with an idea to address the social, environmental, and food justice challenges on the North Shore. The Sisters of Notre Dame, Gordon College and The Trustees of Reservations wished to create a community farm on the Sisters’ dormant Saracen dairy farm. The land could become a working laboratory for college students and others to promote justice through growing and distribution of healthy food. At the same time, the Town of Ipswich released an agricultural study that called for an increase in local food production, the revitalization of underutilized farmland, and community involvement in agriculture. A home base and organizational structure was needed to nurture this vision. The Cuvilly Arts and Earth Center, also located at Saracen Farm, graciously offered up its campus and support, and the Three Sisters Garden Project was born.

Pure raw honey from Touchstone Farm provides relief for many people who have seasonal allergies. We use natural, unfiltered beeswax for creating our handmade candles. Honey and Candles make a lovely hostess gift for the holidays, or a gift for those who seem to have everything. You can never have enough honey! TouchStone Farm honey and candles can be purchased at 978-890-5104 or email thetouchstonefarm@gmail.com. You can arrange for pick up or local delivery when you place your order.