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A List of Cape Cod’s Many Farms
Today, Cape Cod’s economy is sustained by tourism and home building. But, historically, agriculture was its mainstay.
The Wampanoag tribe sustained itself on corn, beans and cranberries along with fish. As Europeans arrived here, they shared their more modern farming methods with the Native Americans.
With construction of roads and railroads on the Cape, a farming infrastructure developed to take advantage of relatively favorable weather and soil conditions. During the last century, Barnstable County was considered a farming “hot spot,” according to the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, with dairy, fruit and vegetable farms operating across virtually every town.
In fact, each town developed a special identity based on their farm products. Falmouth was known worldwide for several varieties of strawberries that thrived in its rich medium loam soils, according to the APCC. At one time, Falmouth was the largest producer of strawberries east of the Mississippi. Bostonians would come to the Cape for a vacation just to pick strawberries on Falmouth farms.
Eastham, with more sandy soils that drained quickly, became known for its root vegetables, especially its turnips, which to this day are known around the world. They are considered especially sweet. Their white appearance with a pale purple top was recognizable around the world.
Here is a small sample, compliments of APCC and Sturgis Library of our Cape Cod towns and their most identifiable historic agricultural products:
Barnstable – cranberries
Brewster – fiber and wood
Chatham – shellfish
Dennis – cranberries
Eastham – asparagus, turnips, carrots and cranberries
Falmouth – strawberries, oysters, cranberries and cattle
Harwich – cranberries
Mashpee – cranberries
Orleans – ducks and cranberries
Provincetown – fish
Sandwich – grains, dair and woodlands
Truro – grains, fiber and cattle
Wellfleet – fish and shellfish
Yarmouth – cranberries and shellfish
Over the last six decades, farming has declined significantly on the Cape. Soil and wind erosion has played a significant role in this trend, along with population growth and construction.
New occupational opportunities competed with farming. New generations chose less strenuous and risky pursuits.
As roads and railways expanded, so did tourists; and with tourists came new ways to make money off the land.
So many of us are relatively new to Cape Cod that we either have forgotten or do not know that as recently as 1930, there were only about 30,000 residents here. Today, that number exceeds 215,000. That doesn’t include tens of thousands of other second homeowners.
It’s an imprecise calculation, but in 1925, there were about 30,000 acres on the Cape devoted productively to crops, pastures and woodlands. Today, that number has dwindled to about 3,000 acres.
But, that doesn’t mean farming has disappeared. To the contrary, there are scores of individuals and families devoted to the land and sea. Farms can be found from Sandwich to Truro.
The Luxx Concierge has visited many farms and farm markets.
Brick Kiln Farm
Plants and tomatoes
254 Brick Kiln Road, Falmouth
Cedar Spring Herb Farm
59 Long Pond Drive, Harwich
Chatham Shellfish Company
Cobb Webb Farm
525 Osterville West Barnstable Road, West Barnstable
Fruits and vegetables
277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth
80 West Road, Orleans
Brook Kiln Road, Falmouth
Organic produce and plants
2 Truro Center Road, Truro
Eldredge Farm, Brewster
Vegetables, fruit, livestock
3 Squantum Path, Harwich (by GPS)
First Crush Winery, Yarmouth Port
527 Main St, Harwich, MA 02645
Great Cape Herbs
Herbs, teas, balms
2624 Main Street, Brewster
Vegetables and fruits
21 Upper County Road, Dennisport
Hawk’s Wing Farm
Cranberry bogs, apple trees, hard cider
41 Hawk’s Wing Rd, Yarmouth
Miss Scarlett’s Blue Ribbon Farm
Chickens, pork, greens
555 Route 6A, Yarmouthport
Not Enough Acres Farm
Vegetables, herbs, honey
107 Sesuit Road, East Dennis
Pleasant Lake Farm
2 Birch Drive, Harwich
508 432 1992
Resilient Family Farms
Fruits, vegetables, herbs
2342 Main Street, Brewster
76 Harwich Road, Brewster
Sprout Farm, Mashpee
97 Quinaquisset Avenue, Mashpee
The Casual Goat Family Farm
Goats, chickens, eggs, vegetables
58 Cross Road, East Falmouth
Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod
11 Shore Rd, North Truro
Tuckernuck Farm, West Dennis
Vegetables and herbs
89 Fisk Street, West Dennis
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