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New Year’s Eve Safety Posted on Dec 26

New Year’s Eve Safety

Whether you’re in the Berkshires, Boston, or somewhere in between, New Year’s Eve celebrations and events can be found across Massachusetts. While the holiday offers us a chance to ring in 2016 with friends, family, and fun, there are a few safety tips everyone should   …Continue Reading New Year’s Eve Safety

Tips to Prevent Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving Posted on Nov 19

Tips to Prevent Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving

Every Thanksgiving, families across Massachusetts come together to give thanks and share a great meal. But all the hustle and bustle of this joyous holiday can also pose some serious risks. More fires at home occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.   …Continue Reading Tips to Prevent Cooking Fires This Thanksgiving

Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local Posted on Nov 17

Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Massachusetts has a special relationship to Thanksgiving — the first feast was celebrated by early American settlers in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation after a successful   …Continue Reading Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts Posted on Oct 8

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. The pumpkin may be the quintessential symbol of fall in Massachusetts. New Englanders associate the squash with a change in temperature, shorter days, and Halloween.   …Continue Reading Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit Posted on Sep 10

It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. The fall months are all about apples here in the Bay State. Apple growers across the Commonwealth produce more than 25 million pounds of apples annually,   …Continue Reading It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets Posted on Jul 9

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Crates of sweet cantaloupe, juicy tomatoes, and fresh potatoes — the buzz of a farmers’ market on a sunny afternoon. What could be better? Shopping at farmers’ markets is a fun way to stock up on nutritious, locally grown food. Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance   …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Posted on Apr 15

How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90 to 95 percent of cases of diabetes, in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are too high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The good news is that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, even among people   …Continue Reading How to Delay or Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips Posted on Mar 5

Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Healthy eating is essential for a better quality of life, and following proper nutrition guidelines can help you feel more energetic, control your weight, and reduce your risk of certain diseases. With these five tips from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS)   …Continue Reading Five Nutrition and Healthy Eating Tips

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here