Durocher Farm was established in 1943 by Hervey and Marie Durocher after relocating from Nashua NH. From then till now the farm continues to undergo change and innovation. (See photos of early farm below.)
Farm Evolution. In its earliest days, Durocher Farm was a small start-up operation consisting of some chickens, a couple of cows, a borrowed horse, and a used truck. Over the years, the farm evolved into a large poultry farm followed by a 150-acre vegetable farm with its produce trucked to the Boston wholesale market. All eight of the Durocher children worked on the family farm.
PYO Farm in 1975. In 1975, Hervey’s eldest son, Hervey Jr., established the pick-your-own farm together with his wife Joan and three children, and the help of his brother Ray. The farm specialized in strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. The last strawberry harvest was in 2001, the last raspberry harvest in 2011, and the last blueberry harvest in 2020.
Farm Today. The farm is owned by members of the Durocher family and is sectioned into separate corn and hay fields.
Marie Durocher and five of her eight children in the hay field shortly after acquiring the farm in 1943. Left to right, baby Claire with Marie, and on the truck, Ray, Claudette, Cecile and Hervey Jr. The other three children, Maurice, David and Denise, came along later.
From left to right on the borrowed horse are Claudette, Cecile, Ray and Hervey Jr. with their dad, Hervey Sr., standing.