Who We Are

First Root is a little vegetable farm with a big heart. We are young farmers who grow food with love. We love to eat, we love to cook, we love working outside, and we love sharing it all with so many wonderful folks.

Founded in 2009 by two enthusiastic, dedicated young farmers, First Root has grown into a thriving community farm. We grow vegetables and flowers on 4 acres of historic farmland in Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. We run a 120 member summer CSA, a smaller winter CSA, attend local farmers markets, and sell to several neighboring restaurants.

We use organic and sustainable growing practices because we want this land to be fertile and healthy for generations to come. We host monthly community work days and farm potlucks because we believe connecting folks to each other and the land and the food we all eat is what makes farming so much fun.

As a successful start-up farm, we hope to inspire other farmers (young and old) to take the plunge and make their own farm dreams come true.

The farmers, Nina & Laura, do American Gothic

The farmers, Nina & Laura, do American Gothic.

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Bulk Produce Availalbe This Week!

Posted by Laura :: Sunday, December 14 :: 12:41pm

Did you miss our Holiday Sale? Do you have a big holiday meal to cook in the next few weeks? Do you just want to stock up for the winter?

We had an abundant crop of root vegetables this season! This week, we're offering you the chance to order bulk quantities of winter produce, for pickup at the farm this coming Saturday, Dec. 20th, from 1-5pm.

Crops Available for Bulk Purchasing:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Watermelon Radishes
  • Leeks
  • Popcorn Bunches
  • Popcorn (ears)

Check out our Bulk Produce store and place your order here.

Thanks for a wonderful season!

2014: Year in Review

Posted by Laura :: Saturday, December 6 :: 7:20pm

The 2014 season is coming to a close. Our last winter share distribution and Holiday Sale is coming up this Saturday, Dec. 13th, from 2-5pm in the big white barn. We hope you'll join us, to stock up on great winter veggies, as well as popcorn bunches, dried flowers, and beautiful cayenne pepper strings.

Those long, hot summer days, full of buckets of eggplant and truckloads of peppers, seem far away now. December is when we start to reflect on the past season and plan for the next one. As I begin to pour over harvest records, I've been remembering what a truly amazing season it was: the work that went into it, the food we produced, the connections we made, the new veggie celebrities we came up with, everything we learned, all the people whose creativity and generosity and time and talent and money and sweat and passion and encouragement combined to make 2014 our best season yet.

Thank you to everyone who is a part of the First Root community. We could not do it without you!

2014 at First Root Farm: The Season in Photos

Cheryl and Nina with the keys to our new tractor!

The very first crops of 2014--pea shoots in our newly leased hoophouse!

The tractor hard at work--hauling rocks and plowing up one of our new fields.

Cheryl with the first field harvest of the season--our favorite butter lettuce, panisse.

One of our awesome apprentices, Bethany, with an early-May stand of buckwheat cover crop.

The new pick-your-own flower field in May.

Beautiful spring share: red and green lettuce, radishes, kale, napa cabbage, kohlrabi.

Transplanting sweet potatoes, early June.

First Root garlic in early June.

Our other fantastic apprentice, Jeffrey, in the tomato house.

Garlic scapes!

Mid-June broccoli bounty.

Young nightshades: tomatoes and potatoes.

Apprentices hiding in the peas.

Mid-July transplanting.

Lush stand of oats and peas in the sunlight, lush stand of arugula under cloudy skies.

Summer evening.

Beating heart.

Eggplant, straw, stormy summer sky.

Shallots and leeks, July.

Gorgeous planting of summer squash.

July bounty at the Lexington Farmers Market.

This is what July looks like on a farm.

First flowers!

Garlic harvest 2014.

Summer summer summer!

Cukes in the hoophouse reaching for the sky.

Tomato harvest 2014!

Buckets of sunflowers, bounty of vegetables. August!

Rainbow of cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers.

The most beautiful Striped Germans, Benny with a ducky tomato.

Team bean!

Tunnels of fall greens.

Potato harvest!

Truckload of flowers for Ag Day.

Shallots drying in the field.

Jeffrey at market in October.

Popcorn harvest!

Beautiful baby kale.

Fall field.

The most beautiful spinach.

Flowers drying for winter.

Two perfect watermelon radishes.

Brussels harvest!

Last regular CSA pickup.

Beautiful leek harvest.

So much cabbage!

Prepped beds, ready for planting garlic.

Amazing volunteer crew, bringing in the last of the beets and carrots, late October.

Hombre the hoophouse cat: driving the truck and stealing Laura's vest.

Pre-Thanksgiving sale 2014!

Lexington Thanksgiving Market.

Celebration dinner with the whole crew, at our favorite restaurant, 80 Thoreau.

Thanks for an incredible season!

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