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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!

Hey Market: A New, Fresher, Location Posted on Aug 4

Hey Market: A New, Fresher, Location

Looking to get some fresh produce on your way home from work in Boston? Maybe you just want to try some free samples of chocolate? In the past you might have gone to the farmers’ market in Government center. But, due to construction, it has   …Continue Reading Hey Market: A New, Fresher, Location

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! Posted on Jul 30

Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

I always thought wasps were the bad guys growing up. But smokey-winged beetle bandit wasps (Cerceris fumipennis) are actually the good guys – used to kill off an invasive species. This specific type of wasp (that does not sting) catches Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a   …Continue Reading Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers!

A Whale of a License Plate Posted on Jul 28

A Whale of a License Plate

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

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown Posted on Jul 21

Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

The town of Watertown, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be opening a Braille Trail and a Sensory Garden, one of the few parks of its kind. Breaking ground on July 21st, this project hopes to be completed by late   …Continue Reading Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence Posted on Jul 15

Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

In late April, Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan joined Mayor Dan Rivera and Senator Barry Finegold to make an exciting announcement.  Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment in Lawrence’s Ferrous Site to acquire a three acre   …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July Posted on Jul 1

2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at  Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July

Mopeds? More like No-peds. Posted on Jun 27

Mopeds? More like No-peds.

If you are thinking of riding your moped or motorcycle to the office on bike to work day—don’t: it doesn’t count. Despite the fact that mopeds and other motorized scooters might seem more fuel efficient than a normal car (and to be fair, on average,   …Continue Reading Mopeds? More like No-peds.

Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition Posted on Jun 18

Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition

Asparagus is one of the first spring crops we harvest here in Massachusetts. It found its way to Massachusetts in the late 1700’s by way of colonist from the Netherlands who settled in West Brookfield.  In the late 19th century Concord began its agricultural focus   …Continue Reading Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition