The harvest season may be drawing to an end, but that does not mean that there are not still great opportunities to sample the local flavors of Massachusetts. The pumpkin season is underway, and a warm and sun filled summer has lead to a bountiful crop this fall. Mild temperatures this fall have been ideal for visitors of pick-your-own pumpkin patches, allowing for a great opportunity for parents and children to pick out the pumpkin that is just right for their home. There are over 100 pick-your-own pumpkin patches in Massachusetts. Often these farms have other outdoor activities like hay rides and corn mazes.
Pumpkins are not only Halloween decorations but they can make a nutritious tasty snack, dessert, or meal. Pumpkins have high levels of anti-oxidants, beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A), potassium, and many other nutrients such as Vitamins C and E. If you do intend on turning your pumpkin into a Jack O’ Lantern though, try saving the seeds. Pumpkin seeds can be baked or roasted into a tasty snack, and can either be salted or seasoned any way you like.
If you are looking to go pumpkin picking but aren’t sure where in your area patches are located, check out DAR’s easy-to-use pumpkin patch finder by selecting "pumpkins" from the "crops" menu on the interactive map.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April posted on May 14
A lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. Photo by David Cawston April’s contest winner was David Cawston who photographed a spring lamb at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton. The Cummings School of …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: April
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: March posted on Apr 23
Girard’s Sugarhouse in Heath, MA. 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 Heath. 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