A Visit to Tendercrop Farm (Newburyport, MA)

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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?)


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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.

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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.

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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.

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I have two words for you: Mini horse.

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Mini. Horse. (Ridiculously awesome.)

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Love this greedy goat, who somehow managed to finagle his way INTO his food trough.

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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.

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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.

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What a troublemaker, right?

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Inside the barn, you’ll find a bunch of ducks, pigs, and goats.

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This one was all, Hey giant mouse with the camera, who are YOU staring at? (Whatever, dude. You’re cute and delicious.)

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Gorgeous greenhouse

Tendercrop also has a ton of potted plants and herbs for sale.

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I was tempted to grab some chives, but really don’t have any more room in the garden.  IMG_1223

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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.

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This is THE place to get dried flowers. More on that when we go upstairs in a sec.

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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.

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They also sell a bunch of really specific, gourmet-type stuff, lots of it local. (Hello, amaranth flour.)

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I almost always get my maple syrup here, too.

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Like I said, I really like that they tell you where most of their stuff was grown or produced.

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Their bacon is also fantastic. (No offense to our little piglet friend from earlier…)

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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.

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Tendercrop also has a really big bakery section.

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You can also find random stuff like beeswax tapers, heirloom seeds, and old-fashioned honey sticks on the first floor.

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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.

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They also sell a bunch of country gifts. Think shells, flower pots, candles, soap, etc.

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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. 😉

Tendercrop Farm

108 High Road

Newbury MA 01951

(978) 462.6972

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I think I could spend a couple of hours there. Love everything. Next time in in New England…

    Great pictures, too, by the way! 🙂

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE Tendercrop Farms. I am living in Newburyport for the summer and I kid you not I go every single day to get my ingredients for dinner!

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