Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Meadow Mist refer to themselves as a "Non-chemical Farm" versus an "Organic Farm"?
Meadow Mist Farm is extremely proud of the traditional and sustainable farming methods that are used to grow some of the cleanest farm-to-table food in the local metrowest MA area. We have committed ourselves to farming approaches that avoid the use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, hormones or conventional fertilizers.
The term "organic" in the United States still allows for a range of crop/animal management substances to be utilized (and this list of "National Allowed & Prohibited Substances" is always being updated). Since absolutely no crop/animal growing additives are used at Meadow Mist Farm (and we rely on only on crop coverings, crop rotation and onsite life-cycled composting) we label ourselves a "Non-chemical Farm".
Does Meadow Mist offer "Pick-your-Own" fruits or vegetables?
Yes! We love sharing the bounty of our lovingly grown fruits and vegetabels when they are in season! Please visit our "Pick-Your-Own" page for details on what is in season, average range of pricing and to schedule your visit to pick your own delicious food!
Why is pricing for produce and meat higher at Meadow Mist than my local grocery store?
There are a number of factors that play into the seasonal changes of pricing for the highest quality and most natural foods that Meadow Mist Farm produces.
Current cost of crop/packaging supplies (ex: sheet covers/glass jars) & farm feed (ex: quality hay for lambs/cows)
Yearly cost of irrigation water
Crop yield (highly weather dependent -> lower crop yield = higher pricing)
Manual labor for harvesting (we hand pick, process and package ALL of our crops! No equipment is used)
Meat processing vendor costs (Fuel + Time + Processing)
Highest quality health lineage of crop seeds and animals (read more about our mindful choice of chicken and lamb lineages HERE)
Why do Meadow Mist Farm eggs and chicken meat taste SO GOOD!
There are two types of chickens that are raised at Meadow Mist Farm - egg laying hens and meat chickens.
The chickens at Meadow Mist Farm are truly special - from their unique lineage to what they are fed for their daily meals, the difference is clear when you eat the eggs and meat from our farm.
The meat chickens we raise are specifically from the Brittany and Burgandy regions of France. These chicken types have won the highest culinary awards over the years. They are slow growing birds which is important for two reasons...
Slow growth allows for appropriate muscle mass which makes the final meat taste better
Slow growth offers a more healthy standard of life while on the farm (unlike modified bred fast-growing birds which causes health issues and a lower quality of daily life for chickens as they mature)
Does Meadow Mist have Pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries (insert other produce type here) in the Winter months?
Meadow Mist Farm follows the natural seasonal cycles, so we only provide pick-your-own when fruits and vegetables are actually in season. You can download our seasonal growing schedule HERE.
Can I purchase a whole or half section of beef or sub-cuts of chicken?
Meadow Mist only offers meat purchase in the following ways:
Beef/Lamb --> Sub-cuts of meat only (no full or half livestock purchases available)
Chicken --> Whole chicken purchase only (no sub-cuts available)
Does Meadow Mist Farm offer a yearly CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) program?
Meadow Mist currently only offers a quarterly Egg CSA and not a produce or meat CSA.
Does Meadow Mist currently host birthday parties or guided team building events?
Meadow Mist is a privately owned farm that is run by Lauren and a few local volunteers, so we currently do not have the resources to support programming such as children's birthdays and/or formalized team building programming.
I have never heard of Meadow Mist Farm - how do I get there?
Meadow Mist Farm is a true hidden gem of Lexington, MA - we are off the beaten path from the main road so we can understand the confusion on a first visit!
What makes Meadow Mist tomatoes (and jarred tomato sauce) so amazing?
Meadow Mist tomatoes are a specialized type called San Marzano tomatoes - the finest tomato from Italy (particularly matched for sauces and pizza making). San Marzano tomatoes first originated in Naples, Italy. They are not just a staple in our family’s recipes, but are considered to be the best tomatoes in the world to use in sauces! These tomatoes are set apart from others because of their rich, sweet flavor and lower acidity. We also make sauce from Heirloom Tomatoes and Yellow Tomatoes as well.
Check out our SHOP PAGE to schedule a purchase/pick-up of this season's batch of delicious Meadow Mist Farm Tomato Sauce!