We have seasonal Pick Your Own Fruits: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches and apples. Our garden vegetables are ready in July and we harvest thru early fall. Then our winter squash and apples carry us thr December.
Visit our bakery for delicious cider donuts, hot mulled cider, cold cider and coffee. Make time to browse through our holiday filled farm store and take in the warm, inviting atmosphere. We have many unique gift ideas, holiday decorations and ornaments, baked goods, soy candles, fudge, candies, and gift baskets.
While here visit our barnyard animals, take in the beautiful views, take a deep breath and relax.

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ABOUT OUR FARMERS AND STAFF

The farm is managed by 3 full time employees. Seasonal workers are brought in to help with planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables, and other daily jobs. We have both local workers and Jamaican workers for the fields, along with a staff that works inside the farm store. We depend on our dedicated seasonal employees, who help make it a fun place to work and to visit.
Thanks for your support!

Patrick Kriksceonaitis, Farm Manager since 2007
I oversee the farm operation, my main focus is the production and harvesting of the crops. Fruit growing is our biggest attraction with 27 varieties of apples, 4 varietes of pears, many varieties of peaches, both sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. We also grow 5 fields of row crops that produce summer through early fall. All sizes of tomatoes, hot, colored, and green peppers, all colors of eggplant, summer squash and winter squashes fill most of the fields. There's also smaller plantings of melons, pumpkins, tomatillos, beans, cucumbers, and cut flowers.

We practice a strong IPM( integrated pest management) program to give us a healthy growing environment. This allows the farm to produce healthy vegetables and fruits for everyone to enjoy.

JoAnne Roden Assistant Manager since 1995
My main focus is managing the farm store, along with planning events, birthday parties, and field trips in the fall. As it goes on the farm, there's always work to be done, so I help out where ever needed. In the spring there's pruning of the raspberry and blueberry bushes. I also get the plants started in the greenhouse for our spring sales and for our own gardens. In closing, I can say that I really love what I do. I don't think of it as a job, rather as part of my life. Thanks to all of you who have been our customers for many years and to those of you who have just discovered us at Brooksby farm!

Jason Girard Assistant Manager since 2009
You’ll mostly find me outside in either the orchards or the gardens. My jobs differ as the seasons change. In the spring, I help prepare for new orchard plantings, get the gardens plowed and ready for planting, along with mowing the orchards. During the summer I oversee the field crew with picking the gardens and harvesting peaches. In the fall, it’s mostly picking, packing and shipping our apples and produce to local markets and schools. The winter is a lot of maintenance and planning. I take care of tractor and vehicle overhaul, pruning the orchards, and planning for next years crops.

I grew up on a farm, so I understand the hard work and long hours necessary to keep the farm operating. You always have to be ready for the unexpected and quickly able to adapt to the challenges of Mother Nature.
Its hard work but, I love going to my job… everyday is different from the next day.

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The History of Brooksby Farm From the King of England to the original parcel of land was granted to John Thorndike from the English monarch in the 1600's. At that time, Brooksby was known as Hog Hill, and passed throughout the years to several private land owners, Austin Smith the last of these .

THE PRESENT
Purchased by the City of Peabody in 1976, Brooksby Farm is 232 Acres in size, with over 110 acres of orchard and vegetable gardens, and 100 acres of hard woodland evergreen forest. There's over3.7 miles of scenic trails which wind throughout farm and woodland, allowing visitors a unique natural vista amidst the North Shore. There are barnyard animals that call Brooksby Farm their home. The farms 3 ponds provide for irrigation, wildlife habitat and recreation areas. Picnic areas are conveniently located near the farm store.

AND THE FUTURE
To insure that Brooksby Farm will always provide the residents of Peabody and local communities with valued conservation, agriculture, recreation, and education opportunities, we ask for your cooperation. We value your suggestions and ask you to be good stewards of the farm.

FARMER PAT says
As the farm looks to the future, a more diverse offering of small fruits are in the picture. An increase in strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are planned. An acre of everbearing strawberries will be planted this year, allowing us to harvest throughout the summer. Blueberries will be increased next year and raspberries the year after. Our sweet cherry planting was increased this year, with a planting of 230 Regina cherry trees. Our apples have always been a big part of the farm, and they will be just as big in the future. This year, we will be harvesting a new variety from one of our young orchards, you may have heard of it. Gingergold!! Another young orchard should produce Baldwins, an old-time favorite and some Honeycrisp, a new favorite. Each year we will try a new variety and see how well you like them.

Pick Your Own Fruit   (hover over fruit for information)

Pick your own Strawberries Pick your own Raspberries Pick your own Blueberries Pick your own Peaches Pick your own Apples

Apples: Ended for the season.
 Come and visit the
      Brooksby Farm animals




• Llamas
• Pigs
• Peacocks




• Goats
• Sheep
• Chickens
  Plus Others







      
Farmstore

Farm store is now closed for the winter.
We thank all our customers for their support for another great year.


Weddings

at the Felton-Smith Historic Site. The Smith Barn is the perfect setting for your special day. click for details  


Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

2013-2014 Tentative Schedule Read



Flower yard and Greenhouse

We plan to have our flower yard and greenhouse open with flowers and vegetable plants in Mid May.