Since 1956, visitors to Elia's Country Store have enjoyed the shop's cozy, country feel along with a butchery of pre- and custom-cut meats, natural beef steaks, platters, and ready-made meals. Behind the counter, pork, sausage, choice beef, and Brandt all-natural beef offerings such as the bone-in rib-eye cowboy steak ($9.99/lb.) carouse with marinated chicken breast ($3.99/lb.), creating a delectable party that mouths beg for invitations to. Thinly sliced delectables splay across party platters laden with more than 10 savory cold-cut favorites such as roast beef, capicola, and a variety of cheeses ($2.75/person). Consult the meat masters about a custom cut of boneless sirloin or pork loin, or ready dinner plates for a landing of barbecue-marinated chicken wings. Stomachs racing the clock can sprint by Elia's ready-to-cook items to place stuffed portabella mushrooms into home-oven bull's-eyes in record time.
In a bright space sparsely adorned with antique fishing equipment, Haven Seafood furnishes fresh oceanic fare for home-cooked meals or on-site savoring. Shellfish sizzles atop warm french rolls in oyster ($8.98) and lobster sandwiches ($12.98), and heaps of fish and chips ($8.98) offer aid to diners with hollow pelican beaks.
Housed within the antiquated Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum, the Andover Historical Society preserves artifacts and archival records from Andover’s storied 350-year history. Within the more-than-100-year-old building, visitors can experience what it was like to live as a middle-class family in the early 19th century or peruse the vast library archives. The society also hosts events within the community, including the seasonal Tree Time display and lectures on the town’s history.
James Alexander Wilson, W.M. Wilson, and their brother-in-law George Reynolds traveled from Enniskillen, Ireland in 1884 to establish Wilson Farm. Once settled in Lexington, the trio bought 16 acres of land and rented nearby farmland to start harvesting a variety of produce. Since then, their farm has been passed down through the generations and undergone a number of expansions, with a farm stand built in 1952 and an 8,500-square-foot barn and 37,000-square-foot greenhouse built in 1996 by the most recent proprietors, Scott and Didi Wilson.
Today, the farm harvests more than 125 crops year-round, which range from rhubarb to fresh peaches, and it also carries farm-fresh milk and eggs, freshly caught fish, and homemade baked goods. The garden center and open-air nursery flourish with flowers as fresh as a newborn in parachute pants, as well as vegetable starters and spring bulbs, planting containers, and fertilizers.
Childhood friends Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent own shops in locations from Maine to California. Each branch of The Meat House, though, is nestled into its respective community and filled with local ingredients. As Justin told FOX Business, "we try to source as many products as we can from within a 100- to 200-mile radius."
The display cases brim with marbled cuts of Prime and dry-aged beef as well as chicken breasts in lemon-pepper or sun-dried tomato marinades. When available, the butchers also slice cuts of venison, alligator, or boar. The Meat House's prepackaged rubs and marinades fill the air with the aromas of garlic, peppercorns, hickory, and molasses like exam time at Scratch-and-Sniff Sticker College.
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.