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Italian immigrants Frank and Mary Napoli began a new life in America in 1898 when they purchased 40 acres of land to harvest vegetables, poultry, and eggs. With their three sons in tow, the Napolis began a pushcart delivery business that evolved into a produce stand dubbed Idylwilde. Nearly 90 years later, that small-town stand has blossomed into a booming grocery business run by a third generation of Napoli brothers. Together, the trio designed the current store, which was built in 1985 from 100 tons of ash and pine and includes a Dutch barn and greenhouse.

From beneath the wood rafters and high ceilings of Idylwilde's store, carts of fresh, seasonal produce such as cape cod cranberries, english peas, and squash glisten under the lights. The deli houses the farm's own freshly made turkey burgers and daily delivered Scottish salmon, as well as Creekstone Farms Black Angus beef and Boar's Head meats. In the bakery, fresh-baked breads and jumbo cookies fill the air with the sweet scent of the hearth. Joining Idylwilde's proprietary stash of goods are items from other well-known vendors, such as Hogan Brothers coffee and Silver Cloud Estates spices, as well as special dietary foods including gluten-free breads. The market also carries an extensive stock of craft beer and wines ready for pairing with gourmet New England cheeses from their enviable pantry.

366 Central St
Acton,
MA
US

Volo Farm is located on 24 acres in Westford, MA. We are dedicated to providing a safe, educational environment for you and your horse. We are a full-service facility offering training board, riding instruction, summer camps, on-site horse shows and an extensive show schedule at East Coast hunter-jumper & dressage shows.

84 Powers Rd
Westford,
MA
US

Nestled on a 34.5-acre tract of pastureland and wooded trails, North Gate Farm invites riders of all ages and abilities to improve their equitation on the backs of resident horses. The farm’s lesson program develops well-rounded horsemanship in each of its students, encompassing proper riding form in addition to effective grooming, tacking, and handling techniques. The farm conducts its lessons Monday–Saturday in either the outdoor riding arena or inside the 72'x170' riding arena, which offers protection from inclement weather and horse thieves who have learned how to hang-glide.

999 Concord Rd
Sudbury,
MA
US

Ensuring lawn lushness since 1993, the full-time technicians of Lucas Irrigation install and maintain residential and commercial landscape watering systems with reliable components, and they are kept up to date with Lucas's commitment to continuing education in industry trends. Each new installation is custom designed to accommodate the property's unique landscape conditions, water pressure, and plumbing concerns. Seasonal services kick on sprinklers in the spring, adjust watering patterns for midsummer months, and prepare systems for winter conditions to prevent damage caused by freezing pipes or hibernating gophers.

10 Sibley Rd
Weston,
MA
US

As Jessica Carroll explained to WFSB, her gardening center was never originally meant to be a business. It actually started out as a scenic storage space for a landscaping company she started with her brother. The two chose a pond-flanked plot of land in Marlborough as the storage grounds for their plants, and their well-tended blooms began to attract admirers, particularly in the summer. Soon after the siblings decided to help these visitors cool off, so they opened an ice-cream stand. These days, visitors to Jessica's Garden can take home their own plants, composts, and soil enhancers such as microscopic nematodes, rather than simply admiring the Carrolls’. Bass leap from the pond's waters, which are also used to nourish shrubs, flowers, or thirsty camels returning from desert jaunts. A rope swing and outdoor picnic tables make an ideal setting in which to enjoy the ice-cream stand's 21 flavors. As an added draw, the stand also serves lobster rolls in both the hot buttered and chilled mayonnaise and celery variety.

198 E Hampton Rd
Marlborough,
CT
US

Since 1982, The Veron Company has dispatched talented technicians to lawns and homes for professional maintenance and beautification projects. The team was assembled from a pool of experts with decades of experience in landscape design and lawn care. Summoning the power of Gamgee, the God of Outdoor Design, they magically transform outdoor areas into lush landscapes with services such as organic lawn maintenance, mulching, and irrigation. The team also handles seasonal projects such as snow removal, installation of ice-melting systems, and professional holiday lighting.

112 Forest St
Marlborough,
MA
US