Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Rick LeBlanc, who’s in charge of the DAR’s MassGrown and Fresher program, just emailed me with a really great tip for a Thanksgiving festivity that must be shared!
Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, over 20 local farms and businesses come together at Red Apple Farm in the North Quabbin Region (Phillipston) to offer a mouth-watering array of food products that will satisfy even the most discerning of Thanksgiving dinner tastes, as well as all sorts of family-friendly activities. Rick has been taking his family to Red Apple Farm for many years and reports that it keeps getting better and better. They have added Harvest X-Games that include a World Wood Stacking Competition, Archery Turkey Shoot, Hay Bale Tossing Championship (see photos above), and the Homebrew and Hard Cider Competition!
Red Apple farmer Al Rose does a great job making this a wonderful fall family event. You can warm yourself in his barn beside a grand fireplace while sipping hot cider and listening to music. There are also walking trails and hay rides. This year’s harvest event is November 21st and November 22nd. Go to 7th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Event, Red Apple Farm, Phillipston to find out more.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Simsbury, CT. The sugarhouse was built in 1887 and produces around 250-300 gallons of syrup annually. Photo by Michael Girard March’s contest winner was Michael Girard who photographed his family’s sugarhouse in Health. Michael Girard has been a sugarmaker since 1961 when he …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January