Hello! We are Eugenia Harris and David Nicewicz and we're the peony growers at Nicewicz Family Farm in Bolton, Massachusetts. Eugenia's a software engineer turned flower farmer - who weirdly lives in Austin, Texas - and David's a real farmer who doesn't even have an email account.
We planted the first peonies at the farm in 2001 and have been expanding ever since. We now have over 1500 plants, representing more than 100 different varieties.
Our peonies usually bloom starting in late May or early June, and continue as late as the third week of June, for a total of about 3-4 weeks - in years when the weather is “just right” (i.e., not too hot, not too wet) - and less if not.
Key takeaway: PEONY SEASON IS SHORT!
We sell the peonies as specialty cut flowers in season, through special arrangement with florists and event planners, and (for a limited time) via advance order from the website. We sometimes take them to Boston-area farmers’ markets as well, and we try to keep the self-service stand at the farm stocked during the high season.
In past years the peony fields were open to the public for guided walks, but those days appear to be gone unfortunately: the peony season is just too short and too hectic for us to keep up. (We do have a need for volunteers however, so that is one way to still get in!)
Nicewicz Family Farm has been in David's family since 1929, when it was purchased by his father's parents, shortly after they immigrated to the U.S. from Poland. David and his three brothers Tommy, Kenny and Alan run the farm now, with help from various family and friends, including sister Jo-Ann, resident artist Chath pierSath from Cambodia, and long-time family friend Dave Joki of Stow.
The farm's primary crops are fruit (apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, blueberries, cherries), produce (corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, basil, onions, pumpkins, gourds, etc.), and flowers (peonies of course, and usually celosia, dahlias, strawflowers, sunflowers and zinnias) - all of which are sold locally at the farm and at a few Boston-area and Worcester farmers' markets.
The farm's main season runs from Mid-July to November, with pick-your-own blueberries in July, and pick-your-own apples and peaches (and hayrides!) in the fall.
Oh and Nicewicz is pronounced NISH-WAY!