North of Boston is a family farm in Boxford, Massachusetts. Its name is a nod to Robert Frost’s 1914 book of the same title.
We leverage nearly 350 years of family farming experience to grow and raise the highest quality food, from the finest tasting heirloom vegetables and fruits to heritage-breed pork and beef. We work hard every day to provide compelling and delicious food, and we broaden our offerings by sourcing from local farmers and cooperatives we know and trust—some of whom have been farming alongside our family for over three centuries. Here at North of Boston,.
Our mission is clear: To cultivate relationships with local food.
Our vision is awesome: To grow a thriving local food culture that’s inclusive, accessible, and resilient as hell.
Our guarantee is simple: If our food isn’t the best you’ve ever had, simply let us know and we’ll make it right.
We’re not a third-party shipping service or cooperative. We’re not another app on your phone. We are a farm that provides exceptional food and exceptional service to.
We custom pack your order and deliver it exactly as you specify. You’d like delivery to your workplace, your apartment on the 22nd floor, or to your boat slip? We can do that. You’d like your order unpacked in your kitchen or left under a shade tree in your back yard? We can do that. You’d like three baseball-sized beets, seven small gala apples, and the largest pork shoulder we have? We can do that too. With North of Boston, you’re not limited.
How Does Our Delivery Service Work?
- Choose your town, and then a list of available delivery options will appear.
- No delivery fees. No order minimums. No commitments
- Your order summary is emailed to you immediately after placing an order (check spam).
- The day before delivery, we weigh and freshly pack the order to your specifications.
- You’ll be invoiced through email, and can pay via a secure link through Square.
- An itemized receipt is attached to the invoice–just click it to see details.
- One of us will deliver the order to your home, your work, or wherever you specify.
- A 1½-hour delivery window is emailed to you the evening before delivery, and you’ll receive real-time updates by text message beginning 30 minutes before our driver arrives.
- If you won’t be home, we can place your order in a cooler, pop it inside your door, leave it with a neighbor, or place it on a back porch. Just tell us in the notes section.
- If you leave out last week’s packaging materials, our drivers will collect them.
More About our Delivery Process
Our trucks and our drivers; no 3rd-party
distribution service or cooperative.
Weather-resistant waxed produce boxes;
FDA-compliant bags; refrigerated vans.
Remote temperature monitoring.
Food safety is paramount.
Delivered, not shipped.
The distinction is great.
Exceptional food and exceptional service.
We currently service 74 communities in the North Shore, Boston and its suburbs, and Metro West. As we grow into our new and improved delivery service, we add more and more communities to our service area. If you live near our service area and would like your community to be added, please.
We offer the following delivery times:
- Wednesday evening delivery
- Thursday delivery
- Friday delivery
- Saturday delivery
- Sunday delivery
* Order pickup available at this market
We are proud to bring our fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat to farmers markets throughout the North Shore.
How Does Market Pickup Work?
- Place your order here for all market pickups.
- There is a $45 minimum and no other fees.
- If you miss the deadline, please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Currently you can find us at:
The Farm Market at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, Sunday 10-1pm: Year Round
The Farm Market at Mill No. 5 in Lowell, Sunday 10-1pm
Annisquam Farmers Market: Fridays, June 17 - August 26
Annisquam Farmers Market
Fridays, June 17 - August 26
Our Farm Stand: Wednesday through Sunday 10:00-6:00
Our Farm Stand
Wednesday through Sunday 10:00-6:00
How We Grow
North of Boston produces fresh food while maintaining a strong focus on soil health and natural resource conservation. We are USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Farm #1675
Here are a few examples of how we do things:
We do not spray our crops. We have no pesticide licenses, and we don’t own a sprayer. We’d rather lose a crop, and replant, rather than deal with poisons and nonsense.
All our seeds and plants are non-GMO and are sourced primarily from High Mowing Organics, Johnny’s Organics, and Holmes Seeds with preference always toward heirloom varieties, as well as those we’ve maintained in our family’s thirteen generations of farming in Massachusetts.
We maintain year-round cover crops to increase soil health, to increase our farm’s biodiversity, and to attract pollinators while providing a valuable corridor to surrounding conservation lands.
We use cow manure, chicken manure, and commercially produced nitrogen-rich fertilizers.
We do not use chemical herbicides. We use straw mulch, hand tools, mechanical cultivators, and ground fabric for weed control.
How We Raise
We specialize in heritage breed animals. We never use antibiotics, growth hormones, or other shortcuts. Rather, we respect animals and raise them as our family has for generations–outdoors in the sun, on grass. We also co-raise animals the same way with our longtime friend, Farmer Tom of Sanford, Maine.
North of Boston is nothing like a factory farm and it shows in the quality of all our products.