Chief of Staff, Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR)
Did you know that Massachusetts is home to a growing number of wineries? Today, there are 29 Bay State wineries that bottle over 235,690 gallons of wine, compared to 170,550 gallons just two years ago. These local winemakers produce a host of vinifera varieties including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, as well as American Hybrids such as Vidal Blanc and Cayuga. Westport Rivers Winery is hosting its annual holiday open house on Saturday, November 28, 2009 from 11 am to 5 pm at 417 Hixbridge Road in Westport. This is a fun-filled, family favorite featuring live music, hay rides, vineyard walks, kettle fires, kids’ activities, and more.
DAR’s MassGrown & Fresher recently published a Wine & Cheese Trail Brochure that features many of the diverse wineries (and cheese producers) open to the public for tastings. Click here for a complete listing of Massachusetts wineries.
2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July posted on Jul 1
July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July
Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition posted on Jun 18
Asparagus is one of the first spring crops we harvest here in Massachusetts. It found its way to Massachusetts in the late 1700’s by way of colonist from the Netherlands who settled in West Brookfield. In the late 19th century Concord began its agricultural focus …Continue Reading Asparagus: A Massachusetts Tradition
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June posted on Jun 12
June’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Liz West, who photographed two adorable dairy cows; a Guernsey and a Jersey at Stanley Farm in Boxborough. June is National Dairy Month, a time to celebrate and enjoy dairy products when milk production typically is at its …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: June