Russo's Easter Menu

Let us cook for you! See our Easter Menu below.

To order or ask questions, please call Victor at (617) 719-4107 or call our main number (617) 923-1500. Or email krusso@russos.com with your selection of Menu items, then we will reply to confirm your order and payment.

Thank you.

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Thanksgiving at Russo's

Our Thanksgiving Menu is now available! Please review the menu and call 617-923-1500 or email krusso@russos.com to place your order. We also take special requests. (When emailing, please write your desired menu and phone number and we will call to confirm).

See our Turkey order information below, too.

And don’t forget to order flowers for your table!

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Order flower arrangements for your Thanksgiving table!

Click here to see more floral creations - or call our florist at 617-923-1500 x 104 to design your own!

White Pumpkin and White Flower Wooden Box Arrangements at Russo’s

White Pumpkin and White Flower Wooden Box Arrangements at Russo’s

Turkeys are now available for order at Russo’s! Place your order today in-store or call 617-923-1500.

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Russo's News

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Farmer in Focus:

This week we had a wonderful visit to Plainville Farm in Hadley, Massachusetts. Wally Czajkowski, 62, has been farming this land for more than 50 years (do the math - he started working very young!). Wally’s grandfather, an immigrant from Poland, began the farm in the early 1900s.

At Russo’s we receive assorted vegetables from Plainville Farm throughout the year. Wally grows a mix of conventional and organic products on 250 acres, including broccoli, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, beans, asparagus and tobacco (we don’t carry tobacco at Russo’s).

Wally Czajkowski in his field of (delicious!) spaghetti squash.

Wally Czajkowski in his field of (delicious!) spaghetti squash.


One of Wally’s favorite products is asparagus. Historically, Hadley has been known for its incredible asparagus, but several decades ago, a soil-born disease destroyed the asparagus crops. Today, there are many asparagus varieties grown which resist this soil issue and farmers like Wally can grow incredible asparagus in this fertile region.


“Asparagus is the first sign of spring,” he said. “It’s a vegetable full of eternal hope. It comes up, and we cut it off. It comes up, and we cut it off. How’s that for determination? It continues that way for six weeks. And it tastes so good.”

Asparagus planted for next spring. Wally said it looks beautiful during the winter when it is covered in frost.

Asparagus planted for next spring. Wally said it looks beautiful during the winter when it is covered in frost.


Wally showed us around his farm, pointing out the asparagus which is already planted for next spring. He spoke eloquently about photosynthesis and preparation for the spring harvest (but due to our lack of understanding plant science, we were slightly confused).

In today’s economy, Wally said that it can be challenging for young farmers to purchase enough land to make a living. He said that young farmers could buy less acreage and focus on organic farming, which generally pays more per acre. “That’s the way to go,” he said.

Tony Russo speaks highly of Wally’s excellent products which we enjoy at our store.

At Russo's this week, we have locally grown apples, tomatoes and eggplant. See more of our specials here!

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The final crop of broccoli of this season at Plainville Farm in Hadley.

The final crop of broccoli of this season at Plainville Farm in Hadley.

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This week we had a wonderful visit with Susan Macone and Anthony J. Rogers at Macone Farm in Concord! Macone Farms sells its fresh cut flowers, award-winning tomatoes and other vegetables like butternut squash exclusively to Russo’s.

Susan grew up on the farm but after college worked two full time jobs - as both a software engineer and a farmer. She retired from software engineering in 2005 and has focused on the farm ever since.

About five years ago, Susan started to grow cut flowers. Her colorful rows are full of zinnias, celosia, snapdragons and more.

“There is so much competition for farming tomatoes and vegetables, but not many people are doing cut flowers and I enjoy doing the cut flowers,” she said. “I do it because I enjoy it.”

Susan walked us through her rows of tomatoes, handing us one delicious variety after another. She has several varieties including chocolate tomatoes (which do taste like chocolate!), Sunpeach (which are delicious!) and her famous Sungold won Best in Massachusetts!

Tony Russo asked when the amazing tomatoes will arrive at Russo's. The answer is...today!

Macone Farm is not a certified organic but Susan said she does not spray anything on her 12-acre farm.

“To me, this is my backyard garden and you don’t spray where you live.” Plus, she added, “I’m the one picking and I don’t want spray where I pick.” She said she is okay with the fact that her seasons may run shorter than others because bugs or blight get her crops. It is safer that way, she explains. “If the bugs eat ‘em, that means you can eat ‘em,” she said.

At Russo's this week, we have locally grown tomatoes, eggplant and corn. See more of our specials here!

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Susan Macone in her field of flowers.

Susan Macone in her field of flowers.

Macone Farm tomatoes for Russo's 

Macone Farm tomatoes for Russo's 

Locally grown eggplants at Russo's 

Locally grown eggplants at Russo's 

Russo's Food News + Specials

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This week we introduce you to our love for local blueberries. Here at Russo’s, we have a special not-so-secret extra love for Kelso Homestead Farm blueberries which have just arrived at our store from Chester, Massachusetts! 

"They pick them at the perfect time, every time, which is really hard to do in our business," said Tony Russo.

We wait all year for this perfect part of the summer when these special blues become available. Kelso Homestead Farm was established in 1779 by the family of Jim Gilman who is the 9th generation of his family to grow these blueberries. Russo's has a longstanding relationship with Kelso Homestead Farm and has been selling these blueberries for more than 40 years!

We recently spoke with one of Kelso Homestead's newest growers, 15-year-old Tommy Engwer, who works with his father Tom Engwer on the Kelso Homestead Farm. Tommy said the recent rain followed by warm days has been terrific for the blueberries this year.

“We have seven different varieties of blueberries at the farm,” said Engwer. “The sweet ones are very large and about the size of a half dollar. There are smaller ones if you want the more sour flavor.”

It is fortunate that Tommy works on a blueberry farm because “they are my favorite fruit!” he said.

Russo's has Kelso Homestead Blueberries available now and the farm is open for Pick-Your-Own blueberries.

Below is our latest Tony Tip on local blueberries, plus some photographs of Kelso Homestead Farm.

Also at Russo's this week, we have a special arrival of fig trees and a new Tony Tip all about them!

 

Tommy Engwer at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer in the blueberry fields at Kelso Homestead Farm

Tommy Engwer in the blueberry fields at Kelso Homestead Farm

Fig Trees have arrived at Russo's!

Fig Trees have arrived at Russo's!

Russo's Food News + Specials

This week we wanted to introduce you to one of our favorite farms, The Buckle Farm in Unity, Maine. Owners Jim and Hannah are a very hard-working husband and wife team who grow beautiful organic products.

Here is our First Farmer Interview

Russo’s: What is your favorite product to grow and why?

The Buckle Farm: We love to grow Snap and Shell Peas, Potatoes, Flowers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Garlic, Winter Squash and a wide variety of onions. These are our biggest plantings on the farm, we enjoy them because we all work hard on them together. Planting, harvest wash and pack require a full team to get them to market. Team spirit is high during the working of these crops and we can really see the fruits of our labor! Often they are the crops most enjoyed by our customers and that always makes it great.

Russo’s: What is the hardest part about farming in Maine? What are the hardest products to grow?

The Buckle Farm: The hardest part of farming in Maine is the lack of local markets for all the food being grown up here. We have one of the fastest growing populations of young and new farmers. While the land here is affordable and the support it very strong, it is still not enough to sustain all the farms in the state. The shorter season is a challenge, but there is so much research on season extension and seed varieties for Maine. This research has allowed small farms like ourselves to be more successful.  

Russo’s: How does your work get separated out and who is in charge of what?

The Buckle Farm: The work is done by a team of 5. Hannah and Jim do all the planning and coordinating the business needs, Along with the harvesting, and managing the fields. We do less of the weeding and picking these days but still spend a good amount of time with our hands in the dirt. Frances, Ryan and Max are the field hands. They do most of the dirty work and almost anything on the farm. This winter we did three farm planning workshops with them to include everyone as much as possible. We do not put people in change of any one specific task and have a morning meeting everyday to list out the tasks and assign them to the crew as a group. We keep a rotation of jobs so no one feels too burdened by something they do not enjoy. This also keeps us all learning throughout the summer.  

Russo’s: The Russo family members are huge animal lovers. How important is it for you to have a farm dog?

The Buckle Farm: Lemmy the farm dog is the real boss and we love having her here on the farm. She has a few specific jobs on the farm one of which is keeping the ground hog population down. Her natural instinct as a Blue Heeler is to heard and protect, so she spends a good amount of time with our pigs watching them and moving them up and down the fence lines. Lemmy loves our crew and greets them all as they come in the barn each morning and for lunch, we think she is trained to know they are eating in the morning and there are crumbs to grab! Her sweetness is the best, she can tell when you are having a bad day and makes you feel better. She like to chase a ball and would keep you for hours if you let her.   

Russo’s: What makes you the most proud of your profession?

The Buckle Farm: It is honest work, work you can be proud of, people respect and is an important foundation to life. Delivering to our customers is when it all becomes worth it.  People smile when they see what we have grown them and enjoy the freshness and flavor of the products. We are proud that we employ three people, pay them well and support them at work all we can.  If we can spend the rest of our days on the farm with people who enjoy working here and growing food for people who enjoy it, we will have done something right.

Russo’s: How did you meet Tony Russo?

The Buckle Farm: I meet Tony Russo first in 2004 working managing Allandale Farm in Brookline. I was struck by just how much produce went through the warehouse and his passion for the products. When I moved on from Allandale he continued to buy what crops I had. He has certainly shaped how we have grown our farm, Tony's in-depth knowledge of produce, and sales has nudged us to grow more of certain crops and begin to really specialize in the wholesale market.

Russo’s: Where was your first farm located? Was it organic?

The Buckle Farm: The Buckle Farm was first started in Dighton, Massachusetts (2011) and we were there for two and a half years. We started the process of being certified there but did not farm long enough for the three-year waiting period to obtain certification. The farm then moved up to Unity, Maine, where we were able to obtain certification on some of the ground here and some ground we had leased. We are happy to say that the entire farming operation is certified organic. We get certified by The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), great organization and a place we volunteer our time. Our farm is limited in size, so we lease a few other fields around our neighborhood, putting more and more ground into organic production, MOFGA has been a huge help in getting this land into organic production. We are also very happy to say that our farm is in the Forever Farm program in the state of Maine. This ensures a future for our farm, keeping it from development and kept in agricultural production for eternity. Along with the organic rules we have many to follow in the Forever Farm program. Yearly inspections and long-term planning to ensure the future of this wonderful piece of land. We would not choose to farm any other way.

See the below photos of Jim and Hannah from The Buckle Farm, their wonderful farm dog Lemmy and Jim, Hannah and Tony Russo with their freshly-grown sunflowers which we carry at Russo's!

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Have a great weekend!