Manheim Farm in South Deerfield opens first farm stand

  • Manheim Farm opened its first farm stand on May 1 on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Hugh Manheim has spent 35 years on his farm in Whately, and said he thought running a farm stand “would be a good opportunity.” Manheim Farm opened a farm stand on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield last month. STAFF PHOTO/CHRIS LARABEE

  • Fresh flowers and local strawberries at Manheim Farm’s new farm stand on Routes 5 and 10 across from the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Customers can create their own flower arrangements at Manheim Farm’s new farm stand on Routes 5 and 10 in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 6/9/2021 4:22:56 PM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Another site to buy fresh strawberries, asparagus and other produce has opened on Routes 5 and 10.

Manheim Farm, after operating in Whately for about 35 years, opened its first farm stand on May 1.

“It was an idea,” Hugh Manheim, the farm’s owner, said of opening the farm stand. “We’ve been selling vegetables for the supermarket chains for the last 35 years and we just thought it would be a good opportunity.”

The farm stand, identified by its roadside sign that says “Manheim Farm Market,” is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It sells fresh produce grown on the farm and features a build-a-bouquet area for flower arrangements. The flowers are sourced from local florists.

Manheim said the biggest obstacle in opening the stand was coming up with a way to execute his plans.

“The biggest challenge was just trying to figure out what to do. It’s still a work in progress,” Manheim explained. “We’re going to open up the inside, hopefully soon, and maybe have ice cream or something.”

He said the farm stand provides another way to share his produce with the region.

“It’s another outlet for us to sell,” Manheim said.

Manheim hinted at having seasonal products and events such as maple syrup or pumpkins in the fall. He also said Manheim Farm will keep the store open year-round, even in the dead of winter.

The asparagus has been the most popular item thus far, but Manheim said he expects corn to overtake that when the harvest begins.

The longtime farmer said feedback about the farm stand has been overwhelmingly positive and that cooperation with other farmers across the valley has been common.

“Everybody really thinks it’s kind of trendy, kind of fun,” Manheim said. “We’re all friends in the valley.”

Meg Cooper of South Deerfield said her visits to the farm stand have been great.

“I’ve been a couple times,” Cooper said. “We always love having local programs and farms to support.”

Cooper was holding what she called “the biggest marigolds” she’s ever seen, and said her favorite product is the asparagus.

“I’m hoping these strawberries are great,” she said, gesturing at the box of strawberries she had purchased.

Greenfield resident Arlene Bensch said having another place to stop for fresh produce is great and that the ever-changing inventory makes it a worthwhile trip.

“I love all the little stands I can stop at along the way home,” Bensch said. “Every time I come there’s new stuff.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or at 413-930-4081.




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