A Look Back Through Time on the Family Farm
SpringDell Farm is located on land that has been family owned and operated in the historic town of Littleton, Massachusetts since the 1700s. The farm sits on one of the oldest agricultural grounds in the area; known as 'Scratch Flat.'
In the Spring of 1931, James and Marea Theodoros purchased the land during the heart of the Depression. They were Greek immigrants who had a passion for farming and a love of the land.
In the first few years, it was a constant struggle to keep the farm, and for a while it was actually up for sale. During each of those tough, early years, James and Marea sold everything they produced from a piece of plywood on top of two milk crates outside the big, white farmhouse. At that time, Great Road was just a small, dirt path. Every once in a while a potential buyer for the farm would show up and each time James made sure they knew the soil was way too rocky to farm. By saying awful things about this great farmland, he successfully discouraged them from buying it. Doing everything they could to save the farm, they successfully rode out the Depression and kept their land.
Located in what was then the “Heart of Apple Country”, the land was originally a dairy farm and apple orchard. James and Marea worked together to convert the land into a fruit and vegetable farm. In the mid-1940s, James’ brother Tasso joined the family business. They added corn, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, watermelons, and many other vegetables. As the output grew, they added the white farmstand that we operate out of today.
In 1981, with James' health failing, his granddaughter Paula who had always worked by his side, took on a larger role in running the farm. Later that year when “Grampa Jimmy” passed away, Paula became the next generation to continue the family tradition. Along with Tasso, Marea, her father Gerry, and her mother Helen, they worked the land as a wholesale farm and sold to many supermarkets, other roadside stands, and sold only strawberries retail.
In the late 1980's, the farm shifted out of the wholesale business and opened the farm stand during the peak weeks of certain harvests. It proved to be the right decision, and they quickly developed a large and loyal customer base. Today, our number one priority is selling to our customers directly.
In 2006, Paula was joined by her daughter Jamie. Having worked with her grandparents, Uncle Tas, and her Mother from childhood, Jamie developed an early passion for the farm, ensuring her place as the next generation to work these fields. She was only 8 year old when she started her own flower garden, selling her zinnias at the stand. After graduating from high school, she quickly followed in her family's footsteps and started working the family farm. “I have always enjoyed planting a field, helping it grow, and putting a smile on the customer's face”.
Today, the family farm has both the fourth and fifth generations all working together to continue a true family tradition. Jamie concentrates on the produce and retail side of the business and her young sister, Jodee works alongside Paula while focusing on our livestock and meat production.
Our farm has changed a lot over the last 90 years, and every year brings new growth and improvement. We take great pride in our land, our animals, and all the work that we have done to provide our customers with local food raised with care and respect. We invite you to come and experience a true New England roadside stand, and meet the family that grows your food.
Marea worked the farmstand up until she passed away in 1996. Uncle Tasso, known to many as “The Corn Boss”, would drive by the field on his old 8N tractor, and from the seat he could tell you the exact day of when the corn would be ready to pick. He worked the land until 2005, when he passed away at the age of 101. Gerry delivered all the produce to the local supermarkets for many years, frequented the fields, and helped manage the CSA, distributing vegetables and an endless supply of farm stories, lore, and information. Gerry worked the farm until 2010.
In 2003, we began developing our herd of Black Angus beef cattle, which has evolved into something we only dreamed of. Keeping the animal's welfare number one on our list of priorities, we have produced some of the best tasting, grass-fed beef in the local area.