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 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!
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?