Concord’s purchase of McGrath farm will keep tradition going

Volunteers harvested the last crops and staffed the farm stand on Barretts Mill Road in Concord after owner Patrick McGrath (bottom left, in family photo) died  last year at age 64. The McGrath family recently sold the farm to the town.
Volunteers harvested the last crops and staffed the farm stand on Barretts Mill Road in Concord after owner Patrick McGrath (bottom left, in family photo) died last year at age 64. The McGrath family recently sold the farm to the town. photos by Brian Feulner for the Boston Globe/file 2012

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Ending a 100-year family tradition of farming, the last parcel of land owned by the McGraths on Barretts Mill Road has been sold to the town.

But while the family will no longer sell fruits and vegetables from its farm stand, the land will continue to be used for farming for generations to come.

The town of Concord recently purchased nearly 2 acres of land and farm buildings from the McGrath family, and will now renovate the house to provide affordable housing for a new farmer to work the fields.

The farm’s importance to the community was clear to all after McGrath died, when neighbors and longtime customers joined together to volunteer at the farm stand so that his final crop could be sold.

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