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Weekly Outdoor Events February 4 – February 10: Nature in Winter Posted on Feb 4

Weekly Outdoor Events February 4 – February 10: Nature in Winter

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio With the Superbowl over, it’s time to get off the sofa and back outside! On Saturday, February 9, head to Nickerson State Park at 9:45 a.m. to take a   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events February 4 – February 10: Nature in Winter

Weekly Outdoor Events January 28 – February 3: Groundhog Day Events Posted on Jan 28

Weekly Outdoor Events January 28 – February 3: Groundhog Day Events

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald’s Bio On Saturday, February 2, learn how to fish the “hard water” at the Snows Pond Ice Fishing Festival in Charlton! The Charlton Conservation Commission and MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events January 28 – February 3: Groundhog Day Events

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!

Celebrating “Green Friday” Posted on Nov 27

Celebrating “Green Friday”

Commissioner Gregory C. Watson Commissioner, Department of Agriculture Resources (DAR) View Commissioner Watson's Bio As residents across the Commonwealth contemplated whether to repurpose their Thanksgiving leftovers or partake in the madness of “Black Friday”, I decided to take the obvious best choice and head to   …Continue Reading Celebrating “Green Friday”

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.

Weekly Outdoor Events – October 22-28: Outdoor Family Fun! Posted on Oct 22

Weekly Outdoor Events – October 22-28: Outdoor Family Fun!

Jenny Dranetz Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Jenny's Bio Bring your entire family outside this week to experience nature. Here are some events everyone will enjoy: Start out your family filled weekend on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 pm   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events – October 22-28: Outdoor Family Fun!

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!

Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall! Posted on Sep 24

Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall!

Reginald Zimmerman Assistant Press Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) View Reginald's Bio With fall underway, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is hosting three events this week to celebrate the season that signals the start of cooling temperatures, changing leaves, pumpkin   …Continue Reading Weekly Outdoor Events: Celebrate the Beginning of Fall!