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Yearly Archives: 2013

Seasonal Recipe: Mixed Berry Pie Posted on Dec 24

Seasonal Recipe: Mixed Berry Pie

Does the winter weather have you feeling the blues? Well cheer up, buttercup! We have something that may put you in a summery mood. Though berries are harvested through the summer and fall, we think of berries as more of a summer treat. So, let’s   …Continue Reading Seasonal Recipe: Mixed Berry Pie

Give Local This Holiday Season Posted on Dec 23

Give Local This Holiday Season

Stumped for last-minute holidays gifts? Not ready to cave into convenience store knick-knacks? Looking for a touch of local pride wrapped beneath the holiday tree? Lucky for you, Massachusetts agriculture has several options for those looking to delight friends, family and coworkers. We’re encouraging everyone   …Continue Reading Give Local This Holiday Season

Welcome the Snowy Owl Posted on Dec 19

Welcome the Snowy Owl

A wintry delight has found its way to Massachusetts by flight this winter. No, Santa’s sleigh has not arrived early and no, a big superstar has not landed at Logan Airport (that we know of).  An abundance of Snowy Owls have migrated to Massachusetts and   …Continue Reading Welcome the Snowy Owl

Ice Safety Awareness Posted on Dec 17

Ice Safety Awareness

With winter fast approaching, colder temperatures will soon turn our lakes, ponds and streams into a winter wonderland.  Though they can provide wonderful recreational opportunities, it is important to use caution and be aware of the potential dangers that these icy conditions can bring. Here   …Continue Reading Ice Safety Awareness

Don’t Deck The Halls With Invasive Species! Posted on Dec 10

Don't Deck The Halls With Invasive Species!

Our friends at Mass Wildlife and the Department of Agricultural Resources are educating people about invasive plants in their November issue of MassWildlife News, so we thought we would help them spread news, not species (especially invasive ones)! With the approaching holiday season, decorations all   …Continue Reading Don’t Deck The Halls With Invasive Species!

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27! Posted on Nov 25

Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

The signs that winter is approaching are here: colder temperatures, shorter days and public skating! That’s right – public skating begins at Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) rinks on Wednesday, November 27th. DCR owns 42 rinks across the Commonwealth and this year, many DCR   …Continue Reading Winter is Coming: DCR Ice Rinks Open Nov. 27!

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie Posted on Nov 18

A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

“Many wild edibles can be found as close as your back yard, the vacant lot down the street, the edge of the school ball field or along a bike path.” Wise words on unexpected foodstuffs from Russ Cohen, a rivers advocate for the Massachusetts Department   …Continue Reading A Woodsy Walk Could Lead To Baking A Pie

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders Posted on Nov 4

The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

It’s that time of year again: temperatures outside are dropping, and to some insects, this is an open invitation to enter your home and hunker down for the winter. Here are three you may likely see around Massachusetts this fall:  1)    Western Conifer Seed Bug   …Continue Reading The Scoop on Stink Bugs and Other Home Invaders

Pumpkin Whoopee Pies Posted on Oct 30

  Apple-picking has been grand and all (if you didn’t get out to an orchard it’s not too late yet!) but instead of focusing our attention up in the trees, it might be time we turn our head down and see what the ground has   …Continue Reading Pumpkin Whoopee Pies

Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration Posted on Oct 23

Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration

Ever heard of Food Day? Soon to mark its third year on October 24, Food Day is the nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The Food Day movement calls attention to consuming nurturing, “real” food for the benefit of farmers, animals, the environment,   …Continue Reading Food Day: A Nationwide Celebration