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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

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February Posted on Feb 25

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February

February’s contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed her llamas, goats and horse from Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara Buckley-Leclerc is a champion of land stewardship and sustainable agriculture. For approximately 15 years, along with her husband Scott and their three children, she has managed 130   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February

Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach Posted on Feb 21

Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach

This warm and comforting dish is perfect to come home to on a cold night. While this dish looks quite traditional at first glace, it’s got just the right amount of smoky heat from the chili and paprika. Butternut squash is a nutrient dense source   …Continue Reading Butternut Stew with Pork and Spinach

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January Posted on Jan 31

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

Each month, we will post the 2014 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar’s photo of the month. Featuring photos of Bay State farming, the calendar is available for purchase. All photos were taken by amateur photographers who won the annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest. Proceeds from the   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January

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

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!

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