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.
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.