Earlier this month, Agricultural Resources Commissioner Scott Soares skied down a Wachusett Mountain slope to see the recently-refurbished Bullock Lodge Cider House located on the lower mountain and accessible by advanced and intermediate skiers (or you can hike up). It was a perfect spring-like day to visit this beautiful lodge and savor the great tastes of hot and cold apple cider, hot apple dumplings, cider donuts and an assortment of other local specialty items.
Senator Stephen Brewer was on hand to present a State Senate Proclamation to the owners of Red Apple Farm of Phillipston, a multi-generational family farm now run by Al and Nancy Rose. Both Al and Nancy are on the mountain almost every day baking and serving these wonderful local specialties. Another multi-generational family to help with the Bullock Lodge initiative was the Crowley family, owners of Polar Beverages in Worcester. They worked with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to get approvals to house Red Apple in the lodge that had been unused for years.
Representative Ann Gobi, Commissioner Soares, along with DCR State Parks Director Priscilla Geigis and DCR Wachusett Mountain Park Supervisor Denise Morrissey sipped cider and talked about the site that brings agritourism and the great outdoors together.
The View from Massachusetts posted on Sep 17
While Massachusetts can claim significant success in urban river revitalization, dam removal, cranberry bog naturalization and stream flow restoration, globally there are daunting challenges to restore highly impacted or vanishing ecosystems that will test the acumen of ecologists, engineers and politicians for years to come.
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September posted on Sep 12
September’s photo contest winner was Gary Kamen, who photographed Mount Warner Vineyard in Hadley. Mount Warner Vineyards is a farm-winery located in Hadley, a small town in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. Operated by Gary and Bobbie Kamen, their philosophy is to recognize the unique characteristics of …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: September
Calling All Shuckers! posted on Sep 3
Do you know where the oysters you ate at the raw bar last night were grown? Do you know how oysters are grown? Oysters naturally inhabited the eastern coast dating back to the 1700s, but due to over-harvesting, disease, and habitat loss, wild oysters have …Continue Reading Calling All Shuckers!