The Food Farm was an early Shrewsbury supermarket


The Food Farm was an early Shrewsbury supermarket
The Food Farm was one of the first supermarkets to open in Shrewsbury, during the 1950s.

SHREWSBURY – In the early to mid-1950s, Shrewsbury was undergoing a transformation in the way its residents bought groceries.  Unlike today, when people purchase groceries through Amazon or any number of computer apps, stores used to be mostly family-run small markets. 

This all changed when the new “supermarket” type stores started appearing. Among these were the A&P, at the corner of South Quinsigamond Avenue and Route 9, and the “new” Orlando’s market, which was next to the old store located on the first floor of the family home at the corner of Route 9 and Edgewater Avenue. There was also Julio’s, which put a modern market behind what had been a market that was part of a house at the corner of South and Main Streets, and, of course, the Food Farm, advertised here in the photograph of an original shopping bag from that era.  

All of these changes took place starting in the early to mid-1950s. The Food Farm, as can be seen from the photograph, was located “in Fairlawn in Shrewsbury on the Pike.”  It was in operation into the 1960s, when it was replaced by the Grace Furniture store (in the same building).  Today, the building is occupied by the Trippi’s Uniforms store.


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