BY KENDRA MURRAY
It isn’t hard to find a farm when driving around Southeastern Massachusetts. With over 1,700 farms across Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties and the continual growth of farmers markets, it’s easy to find fresh, local, and delicious ingredients. What about dining out, though? Stumped as to where you can find local lunch and dinner (without having to cook it yourself)? Read more →
BY TODD SANDSTRUM
Off of Route 1A in Wrentham, up and over the hill, down a windy road, sits a fall destination farm and a gem of Norfolk County. Known as ‘The Big Apple,’ the Pine Hedge Orchards has been a longtime autumn sweet treat, but this farm offers so much more. The 100 plus acres are still home to some of the original apple trees dating back to the former owners, George Gilman and Mrs. Osie, during the 1840’s. These majestic trees are still producing apples alongside the 26 other varieties now spotting the hill side. Read more →
Rich soil and a favorable climate were the main objectives for Bob and Carol Russell. The year was 1982 and the Russells had been growing grapes in Dighton for years. Their goal, however, was to find the right combination of soil quality and climate to begin larger scale growing grapes and producing high quality sparkling wine, so they began to search across the world for the perfect place to begin. They searched in France. They searched in California. Fortunately for all of us in Southeastern Massachusetts, they didn’t have to search for long…or very far.
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Farmers are an indispensible part of our civilization. Despite the fact that all too many in this day and age are unaware of how their own food systems work, everyone becomes very aware when the price of things like oranges, tomatoes, eggs and milk go up because of production issues. We become more acutely aware of those things when we are deprived of them. Our farmers and growers make sure we can feed our bodies. The folks at Colchester Neighborhood Farm in Plympton are doing that, and then some. They’re working to provide independence and purpose as well.
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As the “Buy Local” movement grows and the market for locally grown agricultural products expands, more and more people are stepping out of their comfort zone and trying unique products previously unfamiliar to them. Joining a CSA may mean you’ll receive fruits and vegetables and other items that you may not have used before. Exposure to a greater diversity of agricultural products is one of the great benefits of buying locally, and raw milk is certainly a part of that.
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