Next week is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week. It’s the height of the local growing season and markets are overflowing with a wide variety of vegetables and fruits.
Nothing says local more than vine-ripened tomatoes! To find the best of this season, go to Boston’s City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market on Monday, August 23rd when Massachusetts farmers will go stem-to-stem at the 26th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest. Starting at 10:30 am, over 20 judges, including Chefs Chris Douglass of the Ashmont Grill and Tavalo in Dorchester, Jason Bond of the Beacon Hill Bistro and Tim Wiechmann of TW Food in Cambridge will join Boston area food writers, produce buyers, and cookbook authors to award a coveted tomato trophy to some of the area’s best tomato growers.
But the festivities don’t end there. Over 20 farmers’ markets from across the state will hold special events in celebration. Cooking demonstrations with local chefs, music, and kids activities are just some of the events being held to celebrate the contributions farmers’ markets make to local agriculture and communities.
Massachusetts Farmers’ Market week is sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, Federation of Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets with support from Massachusetts Edible Magazines.
Bloggers: Take part by participating in the first Farmers’ Market Week Blogathon Loving Local: Celebrating the Flavors of Massachusetts. Hosted by In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens with support from DAR and Mass Farmers’ Markets, the Blogathon will promote locally grown foods and raise funds for Mass Farmers’ Markets, a non-profit organization that supports local farmers’ markets. To get involved, link to the Blogathon Facebook page or publish a post during the week of August 22-28 focused on Massachusetts locally grown food on topics from herb or vegetable gardening and summer recipes to agricultural policy or food critiques. The post should mention the Blogathon, include a link to In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens and encourage readers to donate to Mass Farmers Markets.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.