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Meet Liza Bemis of Hutchins Farm in Concord

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liza Bemis.

Liza, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Hutchins Farm is a family farm. My father and my uncle started this farm in 1973 as an organic vegetable and fruit farm. What started as a small self-serve cart on the side of the road has grown into a very busy seasonal farm stand. Hutchins started with just a few acres under cultivation and grew quickly through the 70’s and 80’s to now having 45 acres under cultivation in any given year. The main farm is 65 acres and our farm stand looks out over about half of them. We primarily only sell what we grow – so throughout the season our stand slowly fills as the organic produce starts coming in from the fields.

By August the stand is filled to capacity with what our beautiful land can produce.

I grew up living and working here, but when I left for college I didn’t think I would return.

Yet 10 years later I found I missed working outdoors, and missed the connection to people that a small business can provide. I came back in 2008 part time, and went full time in 2011 managing our all our sales. We sell primarily through our farm stand in Concord, but we also attend three weekly farmer’s markets in the Cambridge/Somerville area and do a small amount of restaurant wholesaling.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Farming brings constant challenges, from lack of rain to too much rain. There is never a season that is smooth sailing.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Hutchins Farm – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
We are known as being one of the oldest and largest certified organic farms in the area.

We are especially known for our greens and the beautiful view from our stand. We are different than a lot of farm stands in that we do not buy in other products to fill our shelves – we are a true farm stand, not a grocery store. This means customers have to be flexible – but the connection to the land, the seasons, and the quality of produce is worth it.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Currently we are working to get through this wet season and keep the fungal diseases at bay! One step at a time!

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Image Credit:
Liza Bemis
Ben Carmichael
Brian Cramer
Dan Kamen

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