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It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts! Posted on Oct 12

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

The pumpkin is a well-known symbol of fall in New England. Whether you love carving jack-o’-lanterns or baking delicious fall-themed desserts, pumpkins are a staple of the season. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S.   …Continue Reading It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit Posted on Sep 15

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. Apple growers across the state produce more than 28 million pounds of apples annually, with roughly $20 million in sales. According to the United States   …Continue Reading It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets Posted on Jul 21

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 Program   …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better Posted on Mar 15

Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

For many people in Massachusetts, eating healthy food isn’t easy because of limited resources or mobility. If you need help putting fresh, nutritious food on the table, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) offer several nutrition   …Continue Reading Find State Nutrition Programs to Help You Eat Better

Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy Posted on Mar 8

Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Did you know that March is maple sugaring season? Maple syrup is an important crop for many Massachusetts farmers and is one of the season’s first   …Continue Reading Learn About the Massachusetts Maple Economy

Massachusetts Farmers: At Work All Winter Posted on Feb 16

Massachusetts Farmers: At Work All Winter

This is a guest blog from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Ever wonder what farmers do during the winter? To find out, we asked a few Massachusetts farmers. Although it’s cold outside, the ground is frozen, and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Farmers: At Work All Winter

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