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.
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.