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Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts Posted on Dec 5

Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts

  While performers serenade shoppers with upbeat or easy-listening music, farmers and food producers sell a wide variety of local food throughout the winter at over 40 winter farmers’ markets this season. Those who have not yet visited a winter market might be surprised by   …Continue Reading Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts

Calling All Shuckers! Posted on Sep 3

Calling All Shuckers!

Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have   …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!

History of Pickling Posted on Aug 11

History of Pickling

Looking for an easy way to preserve the delicious produce you bought during Farmer’s Market Week? Read more on the history of pickling. Served crispy as an appetizer or spicy as a snack, pickled green beans, more commonly known as “Dilly Beans”, can even be   …Continue Reading History of Pickling

Boston Seafood Festival 2014: A success! Posted on Aug 8

Boston Seafood Festival 2014: A success!

Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the Boston Fish Pier, the Boston Seafood Festival, despite the rain, was a huge hit. People came from all over to celebrate seafood and art and participate in informative discussions and crafts. Locals and residents from the surrounding area enjoyed   …Continue Reading Boston Seafood Festival 2014: A success!

Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster Posted on Jul 23

Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster

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

Massachusetts Craft Beer: Supporting Farmers and Tourism Posted on May 8

The days are getting longer and spring is here, making it a perfect time to shrug off winter and enjoy all that Massachusetts has to offer, including the more than 60 craft breweries across the state. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) teamed up   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Craft Beer: Supporting Farmers and Tourism

Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dip Posted on Apr 20

Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dip

These lamb meatballs are a favorite of mine that I adapted from Gourmet Magazine. I kick it up with cumin and cinnamon and sources out local ground lamb whenever possible. They go great with a simple yogurt dip, similar to tzatziki. Serve these meatballs as a crowd-pleasing appetizer over the holidays   …Continue Reading Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dip

Massachusetts Agriculture Day Posted on Apr 4

Massachusetts Agriculture Day

  On Wednesday, March 26th, agriculture once again took center stage at the State House in Boston. Agriculture Day, also known as “Ag Day,” is the one day a year where farmers come together to focus legislative attention on agriculture.  The day is organized by   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Agriculture Day

Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake Posted on Mar 14

Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake

Maple syrup is not just for putting on your pancakes! With Maple Month officially here, enjoy this delicious recipe featuring one of nature’s finest sweeteners.  This recipe is courtesy of Chef Carolyn from Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen, one of the chef instructors who has joined Appleton   …Continue Reading Upside-Down Maple Pear Pancake

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses Posted on Mar 4

MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23:  A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses

Having visions of steam wafting from a warm, cozy sugarhouse? Anticipating the delicious taste of maple syrup? Then get excited, because March is Maple Month and all of your maple-centered madness will culminate at the first ever MA Maple Weekend on March 22 and 23.   …Continue Reading MA Maple Weekend March 22 – 23: A perfect time to visit maple sugarhouses