Dean Bruschi can trace his agricultural roots back four generations to his great-grandfather, who was a farmer in Northern Italy. Each generation thereafter passed down the family tradition of farming, and today, Dean stands proudly on his land, where strawberry plants creep across wet mounds of soil in the sun against the contralto babble of pigs.
From those fields drift the excited and curious shouts of guests participating in the U-Pick program. The visiting farmers wander the warm, furrowed ground, picking their own bell peppers and other veggies for dinner or dioramas depicting favorite X-Files episodes. Laden with fresh produce, patrons return to the shop, whose honey-hued wooden shelves brim with hot sauces, preserves, and a rotating array of fuji apples, bartlett pears, and tomatoes ripened on the vine. The shop gives one the sensation of stepping back through time into a small general store, and a soundtrack of happy chatter sometimes floats inside from Easter egg hunts, hayrides, and other seasonal events.
D and D Farms’ CSA boxes ensconce a medley of tasty veggies, which arrive to doorsteps or await pickup still covered in droplets of dew and carved with the initials of a loving plow, and specific vegetables for delivery fit seamlessly into recipes.