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.
Home of one of the country's largest bonsai nurseries, Bonsai West features a sizeable selection of indoor bonsai trees, a gargantuan garden, and a staff of friendly instructors intent on spreading their specialized arboreal love. Dive into the world of tiny tree trimming with the Intro to Bonsai class, a 2.5-hour seminar that provides students with bonsai fundamentals and all necessary materials, including a tranquil bonsai specimen who won’t laugh if you hold your pruning shears backward. Under Bonsai West's expert tree tutelage, small classes of 8 to 15 students learn basic design techniques and how to care for their pint-sized plants. Bonsai beginners become proficient in applying moss, landscaping with rocks, and reassuring their diminutive flora that size doesn’t matter. Once the class concludes, newly graduated arboreal authorities get to take their bonsai trees home for further doting. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
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.
Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.
Blanchette Gardens—a family-owned operation for the past 30 years—grows about 80,000 containers of perennials each season, supplying customers' yards with both exotic and classic varieties. Easy-to-grow coreopsis verticillata variations such as Crème Brulee, Moonbeam, and Zagreb (12–18", $6.95) thrive in sunny gardens and resist droughts on desert islands, and Carin eupatorium decorate moist soil with silver-pink blossoms (72", $8.95). When exposed to the sun, Pippi Longstocking's leafy twin, the umbellata bluebeard, sprouts freckles on its flowery face. Little Drumstick allium (8", $6.95) are also primed for planting, and can easily fill rock gardens with pale-purple blooms and, if squeezed, the scent of fried chicken.
Trombetta’s Farm furnishes an 18-hole mini golf course in a greenhouse, bedecked with a hand-built stone waterfall. Mini golfers of all ages defy dexterously designed challenges, including bridges, tunnels, and chutes that lead to other dimensions. A rock-lined riverbed and well-stocked garden center add some greenery to the greens, and soft-serve ice cream helps to replete depleted athletes. Soft-serve enthusiasts can choose from 11 flavors, including cotton candy, mocha cappuccino, and the refreshing yet simple ice flavor. Each serving boasts 95% fat-free content and a healthy helping of sprinkles. When the soft-serve offer expires, dessert devourers can help themselves to kid-sized homemade ice cream, also adorned with sprinkles.
No matter the season, Wagon Wheel Nursery and Farmstand helps homeowners spruce up the household with seasonal decor, flowers, fruit baskets, and produce. In the nursery and garden center and award-winning landscape division, you can find annual and perennial flowers and shrubbery. There’s also brick, stone, or gravel to accentuate your yard or theater production of The Three Little Pigs. In fall, the nursery stocks healthy supply of pumpkins. Come by in the colder months and Wagon Wheel becomes an outpost for seasoned firewood, as well as holiday decor such as fraser and balsam fir Christmas trees and custom-made decorated wreaths and kissing balls.