Last week, Jeanine gave us five reasons to buy locally-grown plants. Several New England farms sell plants at farmers markets throughout the city. But there are still a few garden centers here in town where Bostonites can get their blooms and greens. One of our favorites is Allandale Farm.Located on the border of Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Allandale Farm is Boston's oldest — and only — working farm. For over 250 years, they have tilled the soil in this bucolic corner of the city using organic methods. The farm specializes in hardy annual and perennial plants, cut flowers and vegetables in season, bulbs and seeds, containers, soil amendments, gardening tools, fresh native turkeys and Christmas trees. For folks in the area, they have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, shares of which include produce, eggs, meat, and flowers.
During the summer, the farm provides a day camp for children ages 5-10 with hands-on exposure to farm operations in this truly magical outdoor environment. In addition to camp, they offer demonstrations and workshops in everything from seeding and pruning to cider- and scarecrow-making. So the next time you're in the market for plants, consider a visit to one of your neighborhood garden centers. Not only will you get healthier plants, but you'll be helping to keep the urban farming community alive and well.