A growing number of communities across the Commonwealth are “a-cluck” with backyard chickens, as home hobbyists try their hand at raising small flocks of poultry. There are more than 100 recognized breeds from which to choose and six well-cared-for birds will usually lay four to five eggs per day – perfect for a hearty egg frittata or deviled eggs!
For those less ambitiously inclined to raise chickens for egg production, there are nearly two dozen egg farms in Massachusetts where the public can go to purchase fresh, local eggs along with other available farm products. One such egg farm is Chip-in Farm located in Bedford, Massachusetts. Besides eggs, Chip-in also has a farm stand, a general store and a petting zoo! To find other egg farms go to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Mass Grown and Fresher page.
Speaking of wholesome locally produced food, Mass in Motion recently teamed up with DAR to produce a fun monthly newsletter featuring easy-to-make healthy recipes for families. Called ChopChop, the magazine features yummy recipes that use locally grown Massachusetts produce and products.
And what’s up for April’s ChopChop newsletter? The fantabulous high-in-protein egg of course! Click here to find fun facts and a great recipe for Baked Broccoli Frittata.
And for those looking for the Easter egg kind of fun, Bemis Farms Nursery is hosting its 12th Annual Easter Egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, 2012.
Calling All Insect-Loving Volunteers! posted on Jul 30
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
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
Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster posted on Jul 23
Everything that you have been told about lobsters is a lie. Okay, maybe not everything. But despite the popularity of the lobster industry (and it’s a very popular industry—bringing in over $53 million dollars in Massachusetts alone), many popular beliefs about the lobster’s existence are …Continue Reading Before the Boston Seafood Festival, Reconsider the Lobster