Whenever The Little Black Cat and I go adventuring in Newburyport, we almost always stop at Tendercrop Farm on the way home.
They’re open every day year-round. The produce is great, a lot of it locally grown depending on the season. They also do pick-your-own in season–and offer field tours for groups of 20+.
(Now THIS makes me want to eat my greens. Right?)
The more I read about the Monsantos of the world, the more important local and organic is becoming to me. All the GMO stuff in the news lately really creeps me out.
I took a bunch of pics recently when we stopped in and wanted to share with you guys.
(P.S., this isn’t a sponsored post. Just a little local love for a place I go regularly.)
Take a walk with me out on the grounds, by the petting zoo, around the first-floor market, and up on the amazing second-floor gift shop.
You gotta love a petting zoo
Tendercrop has an awesome little petting zoo. Animal lovers that we are, The Little Black Cat and I always stop here first before going inside.
I have two words for you: Mini horse.
Mini. Horse. (Ridiculously awesome.)
Love this greedy goat, who somehow managed to finagle his way INTO his food trough.
If you have kids, it’s a great place to visit. The animals are super friendly and will come right over to the fence to say hello.
They have a bunch of fancy-pants chickens running around loose. This one was definitely taking pot shots at the turkeys, who were caged up inside the little barn.
What a troublemaker, right?
Inside the barn, you’ll find a bunch of ducks, pigs, and goats.
This one was all, Hey giant mouse with the camera, who are YOU staring at? (Whatever, dude. You’re cute and delicious.)
Tendercrop also has a ton of potted plants and herbs for sale.
Inside Tendercrop Farm
So, the market on the first floor is designed to be really rustic and farm-standy. Note the dried branches with fresh produce clipped to them.
This is THE place to get dried flowers. More on that when we go upstairs in a sec.
I can always count on them to have raw, local honey, too. Which is a bonus. Especially when I make a big batch of my Elderberry Syrup during cold and flu season.
They also sell a bunch of really specific, gourmet-type stuff, lots of it local. (Hello, amaranth flour.)
I almost always get my maple syrup here, too.
Like I said, I really like that they tell you where most of their stuff was grown or produced.
Their bacon is also fantastic. (No offense to our little piglet friend from earlier…)
Their meat isn’t cheap, but the quality is really very good. Again, if you’re going for grass-fed, etc., you get what you pay for. Probably not practical or economical for every day, but great for a treat.
Tendercrop also has a really big bakery section.
You can also find random stuff like beeswax tapers, heirloom seeds, and old-fashioned honey sticks on the first floor.
Upstairs at Tendercrop Farm
Let’s talk about the gift shop upstairs.
I’ve never seen so many bunches of dried flowers and chili peppers. The rafters are positively lined with them.
They also sell a bunch of country gifts. Think shells, flower pots, candles, soap, etc.
Visit Tendercrop Farm
If you find yourself around Newburyport, MA, definitely stop in and poke around! It’s a fun and delicious place. Tell them The Hungry Mouse sent you. 😉