Most farm stands say prepared foods and other non-produce items account for about half of their sales. Many use the farm’s vegetables and prepare the meals on the premises. We sampled offerings from a number of stands. (For the sake of comparison, we tried to get similar items from each stand).
IDYLWILDE FARMS This farm stand does eggplant rollatini, rather than Parm, and the fresh-tasting rolls, with meat stuffing, are a nice change-up. Tortellini salad in pesto dressing features big chunks of colorful peppers but is too bland. Sweet, tangy beet salad is supposed to include goat cheese and mint; you can taste the cheese, but the mint is MIA. Thai chicken salad (Asian foods are a specialty here) is a nice mix of shredded veggies and chicken with a sprightly, spicy dressing. Gazpacho is salsa-like and chunky, with some heat and garlic. 366 Central St., Acton, 978-263-5943, www.idylwildefarms.com