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.
Wedging rich deli meats and cheeses between 13 types of bread, the helpful staff at Gloria Food Store curbs appetites with a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and gourmet Italian specialties. Behind the deli counter, staffers assemble the turkey carver sandwich ($6), which preempts regularly scheduled Thanksgiving with roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy atop marble rye. In addition to nestling hot and cold deli meats inside rolls, wraps, and focaccia, the staff mixes up greens, protein, and veggies in gourmet salads such as the ginger-chicken salad with noodles and mango salsa ($8.50). Dinner platters such as meatloaf or roast pork ($9) fend off hunger with foot soldiers of bread and butter, vegetables or coleslaw, and your choice of rice pilaf, french fries, or mashed potatoes.