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Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun! Posted on Mar 25

Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio   On Saturday, March 30, head over to the Blue Hills Reservation at 1:00 p.m. for Project Bluebird! Build and “adopt” a Blue Bird box for our feathered friends   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events – March 25-31: Easter Weekend Fun!

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 8-10: Celebrate Maple Month! Posted on Mar 5

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 8-10: Celebrate Maple Month!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio March is Massachusetts Maple Month and all this month we’re having events throughout the state to celebrate! This weekend celebrate Maple Sugar Festival at the Blue Hills Reservation in   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events – March 8-10: Celebrate Maple Month!

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More! Posted on Feb 27

Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio It’s Maple Sugar Days at the Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park this weekend! On Saturday & Sunday, March 2 and 3, 11:00am – 2:00pm, park staff and   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events – March 1-3: Maple Sugar Days and More!

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community! Posted on Feb 13

Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Editorial Contribution by Division of Agricultural Markets Staff Julia Grimaldi and Bonita Oehlke I don’t know about you, but the fact that there are now so many opportunities to savor the bounty   …Continue Reading Visit Your Local Winter Farmers’ Market for Taste, Convenience and Community!

Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies! Posted on Jan 23

Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies!

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Watson's Bio Thinking about Massachusetts-grown vegetables usually has folks thinking summer outdoor farmers’ markets and farm stands. But there is in fact an impressive array of fresh root vegetables available throughout the cold   …Continue Reading Beat the cold with piping-hot-roasted locally grown veggies!

Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore! Posted on Nov 9

Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore!

Anna Waclawiczek Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) View Anna's Bio Thanks to David Webber, DAR staffer, for his contributions to this blog about winter farmers' markets! Enjoy! Traditionally thought of as a summertime activity, shopping at the local farmers’ market is becoming   …Continue Reading Farmers’ Markets – Not Just for Summer Anymore!

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.

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