Wilson Farm

10 Pleasant Street
781-862-3900

About Us:

Founded by Irish immigrants, Wilson Farm has been in operation at its present location since 1884. James Alexander Wilson, W.M. Wilson, and brother-in-law George Reynolds came to Lexington from Enniskillen, Ireland. Here they were able to buy 16 acres of land and rent some of the surrounding fields for farming. James A. Wilson was the salesman, and the other partners worked the farm, growing vegetable crops and plants. Included among them were: cabbage, white turnip, celery, carrots, and beets.

In the late 1800's farmers from Lexington and nearby towns had to take their produce to Boston to sell at Quincy Market. In the evening many small farmers would bring their product to James A. Wilson, who would combine the partial loads in order to fill the market wagons. These market wagons were pulled by teams of road horses, as the work horses were retired for the day. On the return trip from market, the wagon would stop at the Boston area hotels and pick up garbage to be used to feed the pigs. If the driver fell asleep (as this sometimes happened), the horses knew the roads and could find their own way home. During the winter months, trips to the market were less frequent, thus vegetables were stored in pits. These pits were covered with salt marsh hay and boards - maintaining the temperature at 34-36°F until all the vegetables were sold at market. Slow winter days were spent in the barn repairing equipment.

As James Alexander Wilson's sons joined the family business, the other two partners lost interest. W.M. Wilson and his family went into a successful textile dyeing business. George Reynolds sold his interest to James to pursue other ventures, leaving James and his family as owners and operators. About 1920, James Alexander turned his farm over to his two sons, Walter and Stanley. They operated the business in much the same way James had, until the early 1950's. At that time their sons, Donald and Alan, took over the farm and opened a retail farm stand.

Today the farm has expanded from 16 acres to 33 acres in Lexington; and to an additional 500 acres in Litchfield, New Hampshire.



Reviews

Karen Riek

Rating:
Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
There is something about Wilson farm during the peak of the growing season. All the signs that say grown by Wilson farms. The abundance of all their own corn and tomatoes. Flowers and hanging baskets and gorgeous arrangements everywhere. Plenty of employees and the right parking spot IF you time it right. The area outside the stand is full of delightful treats......oh and blueberries. This is summer.

Gillian Teixeira

Rating:
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
This is a great farm with lots of locally sourced meats, veggies, fruits and bake goods. Every thing I have gotten from here has been great. They also do events like farm tours for kids and adults. We always have a fun afternoon at Wilson's farm

brian

Rating:
Saturday, June 23, 2018
great place good fruit and produce and they have special events with free samples of food they make right there.. their bakery is very good with fresh hot bread. the only negative is their meats are expensive but i wouldn't come here for that anyways.

Sherie Bartlett

Rating:
Saturday, July 21, 2018
I like to get there early on Saturday or Sunday morning before the rush. They have beautiful fresh flowers and vegetables grown right there on the farm. I had the best yellow squash last week and it was only $.99 a pound. Some of their prices are higher than I like to pay, especially the meat. You can get dairy, meat, fruits, veggies, flowers, cheese, baked goods, prepared foods, dog treats.

Steven Puzikov

Rating:
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Fresh produce. Kind staff. Best events of any farm in eastern Massachusetts. Both kids and adults will love all there is to do at Wilson Farm!