Smolak pointed out that his farm as well as the others that are surviving have had to expand beyond growing fruits and vegetables to stay in business. When Smolak graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and started running his family farm 40 years ago, he said, there were 40 working farms in North Andover.
Today there are only five, he said.
The board approved an alteration of premises license so that China Blossom restaurant, 946 Osgood St., can add outdoor seating.
“We want to serve our customers better,” said David Yee, whose family has owned and operated China Blossom for more than 50 years. He said they want to put the outdoor seating to the left of the restaurant, as one views it from the front.
Patrick Duffy, of 59 Surrey Drive, whose backyard abuts the China Blossom property, asked if music will be played when the project is completed.
“I don’t anticipate too loud music,” Yee said. A 7-foot fence, he said, should keep the noise level down.
“I am here to work with you,” Yee said.