Holliston’s MacArthur Farm opens pop-up farm stand in West Roxbury

HOLLISTON — Ousted from the Roslindale Farmers Market over produce sourcing, MacArthur Farm has set up shop just a short distance away. 

For the past month, the Holliston farm has been operating a pop-up farm stand from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday in the parking lot of B&M Auto Service, 1942 Centre St., West Roxbury. 

The pop-up is about 2 miles away from the Roslindale Farmers Market, where MacArthur Farm had been a mainstay for 36 years until market management found it couldn’t determine where the farm sourced all its produce. The farm has denied the claims made against it. 

MacArthur Farm soon reached an agreement with owners of B&M Auto to allow it to use the parking lot of the auto repair shop. 

“We don’t work on weekends and we have a big parking lot here,” said B&M Auto co-owner Bruce Lovely. “We said it was all right if (MacArthur) came here.” 

MaryBeth Pavilonis, a regular at Boston farmers markets and a friend of Lovely’s, helped set up the agreement.  

Katie MacArthur, daughter of MacArthur Farms owner Peter MacArthur, rings up a Boston customer at the Holliston farm's new pop-up market in the parking lot at B&M Auto Service on Centre Street in West Roxbury, Aug. 7, 2021. The farm was a mainstay at the Roslindale Farms Market for 36 years but was notified over the winter that it was no longer welcome after failing an inspection that found it was too challenging to determine whether the farm had grown all of its produce.

In June, she visited the MacArthurs at their Holliston farm at 137 Concord St. and told them she was dismayed the farm was no longer a vendor at Roslindale. She wanted to help. 

“I thought it was a little unnerving and sad to see a farm get kicked out of a farmers market after (36) years,” she said. “So I asked them if I could get (Peter MacArthur) a spot would he come back to Boston.” 

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