Randall’s Farm was founded over 50 years ago by Elsie & Bill Randall. Starting as a roadside seasonal egg farm & fruit stand, it grew to a flourishing Produce and Greenhouse business. In 1962, with the help of Bill’s father, John B. Randall, Sr., local politician and entrepreneur, they built the first Retail Farm Stand which became Elsie’s Creamery in 1998. This building housed the entire operation which revolved around fresh local fruit and produce, eggs & fresh chicken. Much of this was grown right here on the farm. The store continued to expand with the help of various family and extended family members as well as a large number of community employees. The store became a year-round produce venue and a convenient stop for bread, eggs, and everything local. A Beer and Wine store (Center Package Store) and a large Retail Greenhouse were added as well as fruit baskets, and a variety of groceries. Local produce, especially “Our Own”, was always the lifeblood of the business. Throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, strawberries and tomatoes were the featured crops. Over 40 acres of land were farmed, growing a wide variety of vegetables, strawberries, and raspberries.
More milestones followed when eventually, their oldest daughter, Karen, joined Bill and Elsie for what was planned to be one summer. That summer turned into many, many more and Karen eventually bought the business in 1987. This evolved into a new era and in the summer of 1997, Karen opened the present expanded facility at the same location, in Ludlow.
The 20,000 square foot post and beam Produce Store and Greenhouse and half acre Garden Center offer the area’s finest quality plants and produce year round. The Bakery/Deli offers a wide variety of high quality bakery favorites, homemade salads, gourmet entrees, and Boars Head meats and cheeses. Elsie’s Creamery, the newest feature at Randall’s boasts the finest homemade premium ice cream, made on the premises.
Karen’s sisters, Tammy Marquis and Anna Arciszewski, joined the business with the planning, opening, and management of the new facility. They continue to remain key to the everyday operations of the business.
The greenhouses are home to a wide variety of flowers, vegetable plants and hanging baskets when in season. On the farm and in the garden center there are several agritourism events throughout the year.