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To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley. Posted on Oct 30

To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley.

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Sara Grimaldi & Cheryl Fletcher They don’t call it the “Happy Valley” for nothing! The Pioneer Valley made up of three counties: Franklin, Hampden & Hampshire; collectively feature much of New England's   …Continue Reading To “Happy Valley” for Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins…and Barley.

Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall! Posted on Oct 10

Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Nothing’s better than taking a walk on a crisp, fall day surrounded by beautiful scenery. Check out the following programs that get you outside to experience fall. Take part   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Explore Fall!

Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest! Posted on Oct 3

Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio Thanks to Illissa Palmer, our intern from Simmons College for her contributions to this blog about Massachusetts cranberries! Enjoy! Did you know that Massachusetts is one of the largest   …Continue Reading Celebrate the Cranberry Harvest!

Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On! Posted on Sep 27

Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio What do Governor Deval Patrick, Sarah (pictured in the blue shorts) and little Aaliyah have in common? All love locally grown Massachusetts apples! This year’s apple crop yield is a good one    …Continue Reading Massachusetts Apple Picking Season is On!

Celebrate harvest with agricultural fairs this September Posted on Aug 20

Celebrate harvest with agricultural fairs this September

Maia Fitzstevens Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Maia's Bio This September, agricultural fairs across the Commonwealth will showcase the bounty of our local harvest and offer fun and entertainment for everyone, in addition to being a cultural and historical   …Continue Reading Celebrate harvest with agricultural fairs this September

Save the date for agricultural fairs this August Posted on Jul 18

Save the date for agricultural fairs this August

Maia Fitzstevens Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Maia's Bio   An amazing number of agricultural fairs are held throughout Massachusetts each summer. Most of them have been happening for over 100 years and are deeply rooted in the cultural   …Continue Reading Save the date for agricultural fairs this August

Weekly outdoors events: Farmers market feature Posted on Jul 16

Weekly outdoors events: Farmers market feature

Hannah Brunelle Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Hannah's Bio Support your local farmers' market and enjoy some fresh, Massachusetts-grown food this week at some great farmers' market events happening across the state. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy   …Continue Reading Weekly outdoors events: Farmers market feature

Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries Posted on Jul 3

Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Sarah Jordan loves to help out at her family’s farm located in Rutland, Massachusetts. Sarah recently joined her grandmother, uncle, aunt, and cousins to pick blueberries for delivery to farm stands and   …Continue Reading Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries

Raise your glass of milk to June Dairy Month! Posted on Jun 5

Raise your glass of milk to June Dairy Month!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Julia Grimaldi, DAR’s Massachusetts Dairy Promotion Board Coordinator, and I want to wish you Happy June Dairy Month! Did you know that milk is the top source of calcium in the diet?   …Continue Reading Raise your glass of milk to June Dairy Month!

Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Posted on May 15

Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna’s Bio Each year, 45 agricultural fairs are held all across the Commonwealth, from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. While fair activities differ from event to event, most include live music, farm exhibits, arts   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs