Highlighting Long Hill Farm

I recently had the pleasure to meet with Robert McCulley & Cait Bagby of Long Hill Farm located at 96 Long Hill Road in Bolton.  I can hardly put into words the amazing job they have done on the extensive restoration of their 1810 home, farm and fruit & vegetable garden!

Robert & Cait grew up in Pepperell, MA and spent some time living abroad before getting married and moving to Carlisle, MA where they bought a run down abandoned home and spent 2 years renovating it, the majority of it themselves.  After 5 years of living there, they again decided to set their sights on another renovation project and found the perfect opportunity in Bolton.  They bought the 1810 dairy farm on Long Hill Road in 2016, and began a complete restoration of the home and grounds.

After completing an extensive, sometimes frustrating, year and a half remodel of the home, they moved on to restoring and re-imagining the grounds. Their focus is on organic farming and they started first with adding chickens in 2017 to have fresh, free-range, organic eggs.  This quickly led to opening their egg stand, which has since expanded to include vegetables.  To help them with their organic approach, they rescued three goats from the MSPCA to help clear the land and provide fertilizer for the beds.  2018 has been their test year and so far so good!  They have been specializing in heirloom and historical variety vegetables all grown organically including, but not limited to, Italian zucchini, Ukrainian zucchini, summer crookneck squash, French radishes, French red lettuce, Australian Swiss chard, Genovese Basil, Italian arugula,Lemon Basil, and Cilantro.

Robert & Cait’s future plans are to renovate their barn and turn it into a full time farm stand and also expand their offerings to include plums, peas, cherries, apricots, walnuts, and almond varieties from around the world.

Robert & Cait will be selling their organic eggs and vegetables, including a 1000 year old variety of Guatemalan squash at the Backyard Bolton Farmers Market.  Stop by and purchase some of the truly unique produce they offer.

Highlighting Schartner Farm

Continuing the Bolton Economic Development Committee’s series on highlighting local farms and promoting our “Backyard Bolton” market being held on the Town Common several Saturday’s during August & September, I recently sat down with Eric & Kristen Schartner of Schartner Farms located on West Berlin Road in Bolton.

The farm was started in the late 1800’s by Eric’s great grandfather & grandmother, Julius & Marie who settled in Bolton after moving here from Austria.  In 1902 Eric’s grandfather Henry took over the farm and changed the name to “Schartner Farm”.  Eric’s uncle Herb took over and transitioned the farm from a dairy business to a fruit & vegetable farm.  Eric’s father and mother, Robert and Sandee, ran the farm from the early 1990’s until Robert passed away.  Eric & Kristen took over the farm in 2009 and live on the property in the original farmhouse, which was built in 1773.  They have a total of 100+ acres which includes woodlands,ponds,animal pastures, apple & peach orchards, pumpkin patch, and extensive corn maze that Eric and his brother started in 2010.  It’s hard work keeping up the farm and starts with pruning the trees in January, spraying in April, and the busy fall season ending the last weekend in October. Family members help out at the farm stand, including Eric’s mom and their 2 children, Julia and Jack.

In addition to apple and pumpkin picking,hay rides, and the corn maze in the fall season, Schartner Farms hosts many other events throughout the year including the Bolton 5K on October 6th, Taste of the Maze on October 27-28th, Evening Maze for the Berlin Memorial School Fundraiser, Private Corporate Functions, and Team Building Events for Sales Groups.

In 2014, Farm & Ranch Magazine nominated Schartner Farm as “Best Farm of the Year”!

Kristen will be at the “Backyard Bolton” market selling the excess bounty from her home garden as well as hand painted signs that she makes and sells in the farm store.

Newgrange Farm: Highlighting Small Farms in Bolton

In the weeks leading up to Backyard Bolton on the Bolton Town Common, the Economic Development Committee wants to highlight some of our local small farms who will be attending the market.

I recently sat down with Conor and Annemarie Nagle and their children who own Newgrange Farm located on Green Road. The farm is named after an ancient tomb in Ireland, from where the family is originally from.

Prior to moving to Bolton, Conor & Annemarie lived in Acton,MA. They wanted to get a dog but decided to get goats instead. Since buying the farm in Bolton the herd has grown and they now raise dairy and market goats, chickens and bees.

Newgrange Farms sell the eggs at their farm stand on Green Road for $4 a dozen.  With the goat milk, they produce all natural goat milk soap which they package and sell at Bolton Orchards, Pole Hill Provisions, & Harvard Alpaca Ranch.  They also do custom order soap for events such as weddings and baby showers.

Newgrange Farms will be selling their eggs and soaps at the Backyard Bolton market. Stop by to say hello and check out the soap and eggs they offer!  There may even be some baby goats on show!

The Bolton Economic Development Committee is excited to be hosting “Backyard Bolton”, a community Market held on the Town Common on August 25th, September 8th, and September 22nd, which will help to promote our small farms, back yard growers, and small batch products produced in town.  Crafters and makers of in home produced items such as jam’s, soaps, eggs, honey, etc… are welcome.  Our hope is that this will be a great opportunity for us to come together as a community and help small farms and in home businesses which are the backbone of Bolton and deserve our support.

Highlighting Steward Medical Group Bolton Primary Care of Hudson Road

Steward Medical Group Bolton Primary Care of Hudson Road

The EDC would like to spotlight the wonderful team at Bolton Primary Care (BPC) of Hudson Road, a Steward Medical Group practice that is an affiliate of Nashoba Valley Medical Center and Steward Family Hospitals. We recently sat down with them to learn more about the
practice and positive impact they are having in our community.

First and foremost, it’s abundantly clear that BPC is deeply committed to the wellness of   its patients, and they truly enjoy their work. Whether it’s spending ample time during appointments, carefully referring patients to their extensive network of specialists, or thoughtfully answering questions after hours, they always think of their work from the patient perspective.

The quaint facility located at 146 Hudson Road is supported by a close knit team of 5 led by Dr. Prativa Basnet. They have ample parking, 3 welcoming exam rooms, and an in-house lab with support from Quest Diagnostics for prompt results. In addition to the Bolton location, they are part of a network of Steward Medical Group practices located in Groton, Townsend and Lunenburg. Booking appointments, including same day, is easy through ZocDoc. Once in the office, patients can opt to check-in at the front desk, or through a modern portal via an iPad. If more specialized care is needed after your visit, they have quick access to a group of amazing specialists throughout the area, all just a phone call away.

When not in the Bolton office, the BPC team is busy fostering relationships with caregivers in the Nashoba Valley Medical Center network, engaging in the local community through the Assabet and Nashoba Valley Chambers, and participating in activities like the Hunger Run 5K to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. It’s evident they have a passion for high quality patient care and enjoy collaborating with local communities to support and advance a range of health and wellness initiatives.

Our conversation left us with an overwhelming sense of gratitude to have the BPC team in our community. Formally Bolton Family Medicine, Bolton Primary Care opened in 2016 and continues to provide small town hospitality with big city care.

For more information on Bolton Primary Care, click here, call 978-391-5054, or stop by their office on Hudson Road.

Bolton Global Capital Fits Beautifully into Bolton’s Landscape

Have you ever driven past the 495 interchange towards Bolton’s historical center and admired the majestic white colonial residence and beautifully restored barn that is home to Bolton Global Capital? If so, you can thank founder and CEO, Ray Grenier.  This historic property is a Bolton landmark and featured attraction of New England fall foliage tours.

I recently sat down with Ray to learn about the history of this amazing property.

The residence and barn sit on 23 acres and includes several outbuildings that were originally built in 1784 by Samuel Blood, a Revolutionary War Captain in the Continental Army.   Blood was a successful hat merchant and farmer in his later years.

Ray bought the complex in 1997 with the intention of making it the home office to Bolton Global Capital, which, at the time, was housed at 563 Main Street.

Since purchasing the property, Ray has completely renovated both the main residence and barn to make them the remarkable structures we see today.

It was an extensive and costly renovation that included all new electrical, plumbing, installation of an elevator, and a state of the art gym for his employees.  Ray managed to keep the buildings true to their original character and you can see evidence of that today in the offices that still resemble horse stalls.

Bolton Global Capital provides independent wealth management services to a global clientele. Bolton Capital has grown its business from a small firm operating in the Boston area to a major institution with offices and clients across the US and around the globe. Today, the firm has more than 50 affiliated offices worldwide managing over $7 billion in client assets.

Ray Grenier and Bolton Global Capital has greatly enhanced the Character and Charm of Bolton by renovating this property, which is a gateway to the Community.