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Welcome to Clearview Farm

The 200 year old farm with the "Clearview" of Mount Wachusett has been in our family since 1906 - five generations. 
We welcome you to share the New England Fall Harvest of fresh produce and related products from August through the holidays.

CSA

We are excited to introduce a CSA for our customers this year. The CSA runs from July through November, 2014. Please sign up by May 31st.
At this time we are unable to process credit cards online, so please send us an email clearviewfarm@comcast.net or call us at (978)422-0442.

Joining our CSA (community supported agriculture) is mutually beneficial. The money up front helps us better manage and forecast the items we grow through the season, and it gives you a great value for your money. Every week you will get the freshest and best of the crops guaranteed to equal the weekly value of your CSA share plus an additional 15 - 20% beyond that. Each week we include an information sheet on prepping and storage of the produce packed in your box. Also available is our weekly blog listing tips and recipes for the items of that week

Members understand that farms are at the mercy of Mother Nature and there are risks that some crops may fail in a season. Members take on the risk that some of the fruits or veggies they were hoping for may not be available, but our members will always receive beyond the value of what they paid for their CSA. To guarantee that value, we offer our CSA members the following perks:

  • A Clearview Farm shopping tote.
  • 10% off all purchases in the farm store and bakery on pick up day.
  • A weekly members only discount bakery item list in each CSA box.
  • Full Share $700
    $35/week Family of 4

    Half Share $475
    $23.75/week Family of 2

    Flex Vegetable Share
    (Full Flex $38/week - Half Flex $27/week)
    This share provides flexibility for those who are away for a time during the summer. Sign up for the number of weeks that will fit your busy schedule and choose the specific weeks by June 15.

    Premium Share (additional $5 per week)
    You get to choose the items you prefer to be included in your box each week! We send you an email of the produce that will be going into the CSA boxes that week 2 days in advance. If you don't really care for the radishes and beets expected that week, no problem. Just select the items you'd like to substitute for the unwanted ones and email us back 24 hours in advance. We'll pack your box with extra volume of the items you want, and omit the ones you don't want, giving you more control over your CSA share so it better suits your family's preferences!

    Our History

    In 1906 Caswell and Etta Wood bought the property which consisted of a traditional farm house with all post and beam barn and wind driven well. Their only surviving child, Edith Wood, a well known elementary school teacher in town married “the boy next door”, Norman Sawyer, from the Sawyer farmstead of Mary Had a Little Lamb fame. In the 1940's Norman planted the standard orchard of mostly macintosh apples still used today for PYO and cider apples. Norman and Edith’s oldest grand daughter, Diane, and her husband Rick moved here in 1989. They were the first to make it a retail farm operation. It started with a single PYO pumpkin patch for their 3 daughters to earn enough money to have a horse. The farm has changed and grown with the family

    Now Clearview Farm is a 32 acre seasonal orchard and farm stand run by Rick and Diane Melone. It is located at 4 Kendall Hill Road in Sterling, Massachusetts. This farm has an interesting historical background because of it’s ties to the home of Mary E. Sawyer, the little girl in the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” A statue in the center of Sterling commemorates Mary and her lamb. Diane is a sixth generation descendant of Mary and currently owns the Sawyer homestead. Rick still farms some of the original Sawyer farmland. This site has been a farm for 200 years and in this family 6 generations. The farm includes: 20 acres of apples, 4 acres of peaches and nectarines, 12 acres of pumpkins, 6 acres raspberries and blueberries, 2 acres of other vegetables. In addition, 17 acres leased orchards and fields. Farmer Rick is a very capable orchardist and adds about 60 trees per year to upgrade the orchards and reflect the changes in consumer demand for variety. The farm currently has 27 varieties of apples. The farm is not certified organic due in part to the fact that orchards don’t lend themselves to crop rotation, an essential part of organic farming. Rick is certified in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods and uses them to grow their orchards, fruits, and vegetables. IPM promotes minimized pesticide use by using environmentally sound practices. This combined with crop rotation and natural fertilizer use helps Clearview Farm produce a healthy product.

    Our Mission

    For our customers and their families to experience traditional farm culture; purchase fresh, healthy local produce and related products as well as value added activities and services to enhance the feeling of being in an authentic rural farm atmosphere. Our business values are customer satisfaction through consistent quality, education and friendliness.

    Our Products

    The farm stand opens mid August with peaches, blueberries, corn, and other seasonal vegetables. The farm stand stays open through the holidays, weather permitting. The stand sells apples, peaches, pears, nectarines, blueberries, raspberries, vegetables, non-pasteurized cider (pressed on site), pumpkins, squash, gourds, maple syrup, cheese, eggs, jams, baked goods, crafts and gift items. The Melone’s also sell potted plants, primarily hardy mums. Rick, his wife, Diane, their 3 daughters, 1 son and two workers supply labor. The workers are men who come from Jamaica to work on the farm from May to October.