Springdell Farm is located on land that has been family owned and operated in the historic town of Littleton, Massachusetts since the 1700s. The farm sits on one of the oldest agricultural grounds in the area.
In the Spring of 1931, James and Marea Theodoros purchased the land during the heart of the Depression. They were Greek immigrants who had a passion for farming and a love of the land.
In the first few years, it was a constant struggle to keep the farm, and for a while it was actually up for sale. During each of those tough, early years, James and Marea sold everything they produced from a piece of plywood on top of two milk crates outside their farmhouse. At that time, route 119 was just a small, dirt path. Every once in a while a potential buyer for the farm would show up and each time James made sure they knew the soil was way too rocky to farm. By saying awful things about this great farmland, he successfully discouraged them from buying it. Doing everything they could to save the farm, they successfully rode out the Depression and kept their land.
Located in what was then the “Heart of Apple Country”, the land was originally a dairy farm and apple orchard. James and Marea worked together to convert the land into a fruit and vegetable farm. In the mid-1940s, James’ brother Tasso joined the family business. They added corn, strawberries, raspberries, grapes, watermelons, and many vegetables. As the output grew, they added the old farmstand that we operate out of today.
In 1981, with James’ health failing, his granddaughter Paula, who had always worked by his side, took on a larger role in running the farm. Later that year when “Grampa Jimmy” passed away, Paula became the next generation to continue the family tradition as head operator. Along with Tasso, Marea, her father Gerry, and her mother Helen, they worked the land as a wholesale farm and sold to many supermarkets, other roadside stands, and sold only strawberries at the farmstand.
In the late 1980’s, Paula persuaded the family reduce the wholesale business and open up the farmstand for the entire growing season. It proved to be the right decision, and they quickly developed a large and loyal customer base. Today, our number one priority is selling retail – working directly with our customers.
Marea worked the farmstand up until she passed away in 1996. Uncle Tasso, known to many as“The Corn Boss”, would drive by the field on his old 8N tractor, and from the seat he could tell you the exact day of when the corn would be ready to pick. He worked the land until 2005, when he passed away at the age of 101. Gerry delivered all the produce to the local supermarkets for many years, frequented the fields, and helped manage the CSA, distributing vegetables and an endless supply of farm stories, lore and information. Gerry worked the farm until 2010.
In 2003, we began developing our closed herd of Black Angus beef cattle, which has evolved into something we only dreamed of. Keeping the animal’s welfare number one on our list of priorities, we have produced some of the best tasting, grass-fed cattle around.
In 2006, Paula was joined by her daughter Jamie. Having worked with her grandparents, Uncle Tas, and her mother since childhood, Jamie developed an early passion for the farm, ensuring her place as the next generation to work these fields. She was only 8 years old when she started her own flower garden, selling her zinnias at the stand. After graduating from high school, she quickly followed in her mother’s footsteps and started working alongside the family. “I have always enjoyed planting a field, helping it grow, and putting a smile on the customer’s face”.
Today, the family farm has both the third and fourth generations all working together to continue a true family tradition. Paula’s son, David, works as the farm mechanic, and with Jodee’s interest in the animals, we’re all sure that she’ll realize her dream of someday taking over the cattle business and becoming the head herdswoman.
Our farm has changed a lot over the last 80 years, and every year brings new growth and improvement. We take great pride in our land, our animals, and all the work that we have done to provide our customers with local food raised with care and respect. We invite you to come and experience a true New England roadside stand, and meet the family that grows your food. Jamie worked hard to transfer the family business into a new era; remodeling the farm stand, offering a wide variety of farm share programs and really focused on getting consumers down to the farm to learn about their local food system, get to know their farmer and eat healthy.