Agriculture is a 24/7 365-days-a-year kind of business and farmers are reminding snow lovers this winter season that local products are available in the colder months. School vacation week is a good opportunity to explore winter agricultural tourism (agri-tourism).
Recently DAR’s Melissa Guerrero went to visit Al Rose, owner of the Red Apple Farm of Phillipston. He and staff have been serving hot and cold apple cider, hot cider donuts and an assortment of local specialty items at the recently-refurbished Bullock Lodge Cider House at Wachusett Mountain. Here, skiers, snowboarders, and hikers are treated to the delectable aroma and taste of tangy apple cider and spice-laced apple cider doughnuts.
Re-opened in 2010, the Bullock Lodge was built in the 1930's as an economic stimulus project by the Civilian Conservation Corps and served as the original base lodge for the ski area. After 50 years of vacancy, this lodge was renovated and is now a showcase for the farm’s local products.
The Bullock Lodge is located on the lower mountain and is generally assessable by advanced and intermediate skiers stopping in during the middle of their runs. It is managed by the Rose Family, and is only accessible by foot, skis and snowboards.
For more information, or to find an Agri-tourism destination such as The Red Apple Farm near you, visit DAR's interactive agri-tourism Google map.
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