Make Lanni Orchards Your Last-minute Shopping Stop
If you have some last-minute holiday shopping to do, stop by Lanni Orchards for a taste of something local to put under your tree.
Lanni Orchards, 294 Chase Road in Lunenburg, will have its monthly Taste of Local event Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“It’s important for us to do this, and we’ve been doing it for a while because it gives people the opportunity to come in, try local things and support local businesses throughout the state,” said Lisa Lanni, manager of the farm.
Sip on hot cider, warm up by a campfire and try a sample of all of the locally made products the orchards carry in the farm stand year-round. It meets a variety of needs, from pies and cakes to meats and dairy.
“You can really make a nice little gift basket if you want to do a local theme for somebody,” Lanni said. “It changes it up a little bit and they make good gifts.”
Lanni Orchards has been holding the tasting event monthly for the past four years so people can try before they buy. Everything featured is made in Massachusetts, including the orchard’s own pies.
“We have everything from apple crumb, apple crisp, blueberry, cherry, and then we get into things like strawberry rhubarb, blue raspberry -- the list goes on,” Lanni said. “And we can make it fresh for you in an hour.”
The farm stand also features different kinds of popcorn, fudge, tortilla chips, salsa, salad dressing, Smith’s Country Cheese, Dom’s Meats out of Canton, jams and much more.
“It’s also a way for us to stay open in the wintertime. It gives people a reason to come out to the farm,” Lanni said.
Santa Claus will also stop in each day to greet everyone.
“If people want to come and take pictures, we have a nice, warm greenhouse set up for different photo op areas,” Lanni said.
When the ground isn’t frozen, the farm grows all kinds of vegetables and fruits.
The farm has more than 90 acres of land and more than three generations of experience -- and a fourth working as well. Lanni’s father-in-law is one of the original owners along with his three brothers.
“Their father came from Italy, purchased the farm and ran it more as wholesale, shipping apples to grocery stores and different places throughout Massachusetts,” she said.
Although it doesn’t sell at the wholesale level anymore -- it’s strictly retail -- the orchard’s commitment to staying local has never changed. The farm regularly hosts events along with pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pears, peaches, pumpkins and more.
“It is nice to have it in my family,” Lanni said. “My kids have grown up their whole lives knowing that the farm is here and coming here and working here and helping out and what-not. It’s really nice to have something like this -- most people don’t get this kind of opportunity.”
Lanni Orchards is living up to its motto -- “If You Want Fresh, You Want Local!”
“We’re here even if it’s snowy and cold outside,” Lanni said. “We still have produce and still carry lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers.”
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