On the westerly side of a drumlin known as Gibbet Hill, existed an 80-acre parcel of land known as Half Moon Meadow.
1684: Jonas Prescott purchased a parcel of meadows from Jonathan Lawrence for 1 pound 10 shillings.
1828-1855: Joseph Hall farmed the property.
1897: Major General William A. Bancroft bought from Sarah A. Boutwell 34 acres, including the entrance across from Town Hall and the land of John Moyle, 13 acres on Martins Pond Road. He bought 9.72 acres from Everett Gerrish and 5.3 acres from Emma Shumway, who lived next door to the Boutwell house.
1919: The property was deeded to Dennis Connolly.
1928: The property was then deeded to Joseph Connolly.
1947-1952: Gibbet Hill Farm property operated as a dairy farm and was sold to Barbara Danielson, and then to her daughter Marion Danielson Strachan.
2000: Gibbet Hill Farm was sold to Steven and Nancy Webber.
2001: An 80-acre parcel, known as Half Moon Meadow, was sold to Daniel McElroy, proprietor of Groton Center Farms.
Photo credit: Subroto Mukherjee Photography
Groton Center Farms is a family privately owned facility. We give the best care to our happy free-range animals, feeding them only the highest quality of food. The farm is home to our farm raised chickens, sheep, goats, and cows. Several honeybee colonies gather nectar from the wild flowering plants and produce sweet clover honey that is harvested twice a year. We also grow a variety of produce including apples, peaches, rhubarb, and blueberries.
We hatch our own chicks, using a state-of-the-art Brinsea laboratory incubator that is equipped with an automatic egg turning cradle, humidity control and exact temperature levels that imitate the conditions of a natural environment. The chicks dine on non-medicated chick feed. The docile chickens happily run free range. They are always energetic after a restful sleep. We turn the lights off at night so the chickens don’t have the increased stress of laying 24/7. This way, they have the freedom to lay when they want. White eggs are from white chickens and brown eggs are from dark chickens, and both reside here at Groton Center Farms. The eggs are gathered daily so they are always fresh.
The apple orchard is mainly Macintosh and Cortland apples, however there are several red delicious and yellow delicious apple trees in the mix. Macintosh apples have a great taste for snacking and Cortland apples are great for cooking and baking. The apples are usually harvested in late September and early October.
Groton Center Farms is proud to provide you with freshly picked blueberries when they are in season, usually starting in July. The blueberry patch is not sprayed with any chemicals to ensure a natural crop. So enjoy these blueberries and their many health benefits. These little berries are jam-packed with incredible nutrients and health promoting benefits. Blueberries protect against macular degeneration, ovarian cancer and colon cancer. The fruit promotes gastrointestinal health and protects the brain from oxidative stress. All research proves that this fruit has profound health benefits.
Local honey is the result of the bees collecting nectar in a radius of 2-3 miles. The happy bees, who are busy producing honey, are born right here on the farm. They enjoy living in 25 different colonies and produce over 1000 pounds of honey. Our bees collect nectar from a variety of sources including our own apple, peach and blueberry blossoms; there are also acres of clover and wildflower. The honey combs are collected from the hives twice a year during the late spring and early fall. The combs are then spun, releasing the honey and cold filtered before bottling. Honey is a natural sweetener with health benefits.
A garden provides seasonal vegetables, such as zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, butternut squash, carrots, green beans, and tomatoes. Our farm stand, located on Mayfield Road in Groton, Massachusetts sells farm fresh eggs, pure maple syrup, honey, jam, and apparel.