Young Farmer and City of Salem in a Pickle

Author: Guy Steucek
Published: April 2018

"Back in the era of the Salem witch trials most of the residents were farmers and farming was a primary use of the landscape. Today, the only farm in Salem feels almost as if it’s on trial, struggling to gain acceptance as a commercial agricultural operation. Maitland Mountain Farm has been producing agricultural products for about a decade without issue." Read the full article here.

City Council rejects change in zoning rules for urban farms

Author: Dustin Luca
Published: February 26, 2018

"The #Pickle-gate saga may have reached its end. City councilors on Thursday shot down a change to city zoning rules that would have supported urban agriculture by knocking a lot-size requirement down from 5 acres to 2. The change was based largely on updated state rules that have not been adopted locally." Read the full article here.

Farm's pickle business draws hearing fire

Author: Dustin Luca
Published: January 17, 2018

"Some call it meaningless, others necessary. But there's another word now going around for Maitland Mountain Farm's single-digit zoning request: Pickle-gate." Read the full article here.

Trapped in committee: Farm's request one of more than 100 unresolved issues before subcommittees

Author: Dustin Luca
Published: November 20, 2017

"Maitland Mountain Farm sought a change in the city's zoning rules this past July to help keep the business up and running. But the issue sat neglected in a City Council subcommittee until last week — without a single discussion scheduled in four months." Read the full article here.

Pickle People

Published: November 2016

"Even residents of Salem are hard-pressed to imagine where a farm fits into the city’s urban landscape. However, sitting on a hill near the Swampscott border, just a stone’s throw from Vinnin Square and surrounded by modest ranch-style homes, Maitland Mountain Farm fits neatly into the surrounding neighborhood. But behind its residential façade is a smartly diversified two-and-a-half-acre business growing specialty greens, horseradish, and flowers, as well as producing a line of savory, crave-worthy pickled products." Read the full article here.

Urban farm in Salem cans pickles on the side

Author: Gillian O’Callaghan
Published: October 13, 2015

"Maitland Mountain Farm, this city’s only urban farm, is a bit of a conundrum. How can there be a farm and a mountain in this seaside city with almost 5,000 residents per square mile?" Read the full article here.

Maitland Mountain Farm

Author:Heather Atwood
Published: June 13, 2012

"The Maitland Mountain Farm family – Heather, Holly, Andy, baby Jett, and Peter (not pictured) – from Salem, MA remind us that local foods can be extraordinary, exceptional, and worth tracking down." Read the full article here.

Maitland Mountain Farm: Urban Oasis and Pickle Heaven

Author: Lauren Bell
Published: April 19, 2011

"It’s a pickle phenomenon. Holly Maitland and Andy Varela have been making pickles for some time now, but they can hardly keep up. Supplying restaurants and farmer’s markets, Chive Events caterers and the habits of all of their friends, they’ve had to begin ordering cucumbers wholesale through the restaurant Holly works for. Otherwise, there aren’t enough cucumbers in the city of Salem to cover their needs." Read the full article here.