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HOMEGROWN Life: The cantankerous Steve “The Farmer” Parker






Hello all you simple minded people out there!
For those of you that don’t know me, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Steve “The Farmer” Parker. I include “The Farmer” part because that is what people inevitably end up calling me, along with a whole host of other less savory names.

I grow about 35 acres of vegetables out here in Lunenburg,Mass, a small town located about 40 miles outside of downtown Boston. Being so close to town allows me to direct market all of my crops at retail at the Central Square, Cambridge and Union Square, Somerville farmers markets, as well as through my 200 member CSA.

I am a bit tired right now, being about halfway into the season, so I am going to keep this very limited. I am a single Dad, having my 5 year old son, Stephen, Jr. half time, and I am trying to keep tabs on him as I write this.
Other quick facts about me:

  • I have been farming for 19 years.
  • I play guitar and sing in a band,”Steve the Farmer and The Murder Balladeers”. We are quite bad.
  • My favorite ex-girlfriend story as of late has been about one who called me and told me “I went to see my therapist to talk about your drinking. She says you’re an alcoholic because you drink enough to get to sleep, and then you wake up early because the alcohol wears off”, to which I replied: “well, lets see…I have three drinks a night and am getting 5-6 hours sleep, I think I will have 4 so I can get 8”. We promptly broke up.
  • I dont care what anyone thinks, my beer of choice is Bud (cans, of course).

All right all, time to sleep!

More about Steve: “Common Ground: The Farmer and the Musician“. Parker Farm’s Facebook page is here.


Steve Parker, Parker Farm

I grow vegetables on 35-acres in Lunenberg, MA. My farm – Parker Farm – has been operating for 19 years and, if it doesn’t kill me, I’m planning to farm this land for many years to come.

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5 Responses to “HOMEGROWN Life: The cantankerous Steve “The Farmer” Parker”

  1. Charming and endearing as usual, Steve.
    What people should know about Steve is that he grows some of the finest vegetables in Massachusetts. Pretty much by himself (young Stephen helps). You may be a brusque first encounter, and an all-round New England character, but we’re grateful for your tireless work to grow good food for your customers.

  2. Larry Snyder Says:

    You can’t be that cantankerous if you drink 3 beers. Maybe 4 you’d be lovable. Besides to be cantankerous you have to be oldddddddddd.

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  4. I don’t care what they say about you, Mr Parker.
    You sure grow the @&$%€£# outta that food, and I know you do it all. And I thank you for that!

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