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2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September Posted on Sep 12

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September

September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August Posted on Aug 25

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August

Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.

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

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May Posted on May 12

2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

May’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Shirley Burdick, who photographed a bumblebee visiting a dahlia in Massachusetts. May is an important month here in Massachusetts. Not only do we welcome the warmer, sunnier days that spring has to offer, we also begin to plant   …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: May

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

If There’s A Market, There’s A Way Posted on Sep 26

If There’s A Market, There’s A Way

Every season a market that’s pleasin’ is within a distance of reason. The markets of farmers are sure to always be charmers. Offering fresh and local produce; don’t be a silly goose by venturing to the grocery store when there are community-based vendors to explore!   …Continue Reading If There’s A Market, There’s A Way

Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21 Posted on Apr 18

Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio On Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., head over to the Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehoboth for a day of gardening workshops and demonstrations. Spend Saturday brushing   …Continue Reading Weekend Outdoor Events: April 19-21

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!

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!

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!