Farmers’ markets aren’t just for summer anymore!
Buying local gets easier this winter with approximately two dozen markets starting up over the next few weeks. From one-day holiday festivals to weekly markets, many farmers’ markets are moving indoors, and local growers are gearing up to keep their customers supplied with local produce and other Massachusetts-produced foods until spring.
Massachusetts farmers have found many innovative ways to keep pace with the demand for local food during the colder months. Some growers are extending their seasons by producing more storage crops like carrots, beets, parsnips, and potatoes. Others are growing vegetables in greenhouses or high tunnels (the white domed greenhouses pictured above). You can also find an array of pickled foods, jams, jellies, and honey that will be sure to enhance your fresh baked farmers’ market bread.
Find a complete list of winter farmers’ markets.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.