Nourse Farm in Westborough to celebrate 300th anniversary

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The Nourse Farm farm store sits on Jasper Street in Westborough. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – Nourse Farm will celebrate its 300th anniversary this weekend with a two-day schedule of events.

The 300th Anniversary Celebration will kick off on Saturday at noon with Congressman Jim McGovern, state and local officials and agricultural leaders in the state unveiling a tricentennial plaque. 

Eighth generation owner of the farm David Nourse said in a recent press release that the purpose of the weekend is to celebrate the legacy of the farm. 

There will be events throughout both Saturday and Sunday, including an oxen pull, petting zoo, cow talk, hayrides, strawberry picking and a film screening. There will also be music, tractor and agricultural displays along with a geology hike, walking tours and an opportunity to meet the farmer with Jon Nourse.

Guests are invited to check out the weekend’s various food options, including Nourse Farm’s food trailer VegOut @ Nourse Farm, Big T’s Jerky food truck and strawberry desserts in the farm store.  

The farm was founded by the descendants of Rebecca Nurse, who was unjustly hanged during the Salem Witch Trials.

It started as a small family farm before transitioning to commercial dairy production and now to fruit and vegetable growing. 

“The current local food movement creates a surge of interest in buying local, fresh fruit and vegetables, and Nourse Farm is proud to showcase its history and harvest,” the farm noted in an announcement previewing its celebration.

The Nourse family has continuously owned and operated its 140-acre location on the Westborough/Grafton border since 1722. As a result, the farm touts itself as one of the oldest continuously running businesses in the country.

Members of the eighth, ninth and tenth generation of the family remain active on the farm.

The anniversary program is supported by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council.

The celebrations will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and a full line up of the events, visit https://www.noursefarm.com/300th-anniversary-celebration-weekend.

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