Fall means two things at Fletcher Farm: school field trips and pick-your-own pumpkins. The season brings a steady flow of youngsters who come for tractor-drawn hayrides, baby animal visits, introduction to dairy farming and pumpkin picking in the award-winning patch. They also do a brisk winter business in wreaths, gift items and Christmas trees bought in from another Massachusetts farm.
The busy farmstand provides regular opportunities for the Fletchers to connect with their neighbors. “One of the things I love about our farm is the support we get form the community,” says Cheryl Fletcher. “They want to buy local products and they love to take photos and watch the milking cows in the pasture along the main road. Customers want farms like ours to be part of the Massachusetts landscape.”