The interest and momentum for ‘locally grown’ has morphed from trendy buzz word to an intrinsic core to what living in Massachusetts is all about.
From this food lover’s perspective, the interest in locally grown produce is pretty self evident i.e., why wouldn’t there be demand for freshly baked breads, locally-made goat cheese or local grapes fermented at local wineries?
With increased demand, a growing number of farmers’ markets are opting to stay open year-round. Some markets are also offering winter workshops to consumers interested in learning more about the benefits of integrating wholesome local food into one’s daily culinary experience.
The Westford Farmers’ Market is offering a workshop next weekend about how to bring the great outdoors inside with a winter windowsill garden of fresh salad greens and herbs. The Winter Indoor Salad and Herb Garden Workshop is on Sunday, March 7th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information about the Westford Farmers’ Market winter workshops.
P.S. DAR’s Megan Megrath who suggested I write about raising chickens let me know that even Boston’s Museum of Science is offering a course on raising chickens by Susan Orlean, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the Orchid Thief. The event is this Wednesday, March 3. Click here for more information about the museum’s lecture series.
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
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A Whale of a License Plate posted on Jul 28
Wish your license plate was more identifiable? Want to save whales? Well, there is a way to achieve both of these at once. Perhaps the old saying about hitting two birds with one stone should be “do two cool things with one easy payment to the …Continue Reading A Whale of a License Plate
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster