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Cranberry Vine Catering and Events new 2018 Thanksgiving Menu and order form is available below. Let us help you create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner! All orders must be received by Friday, November 16, 2018.
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November is a month for gratitude – for a season of good harvests, strong farm businesses, happy customers, and improved access to healthy food for our community members who are struggling. These are the things that SEMAP works, plans, and fights for and we are thankful for the opportunity to work for the region.
The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) has been a significant reason to be grateful. The program is offered to Massachusetts users of SNAP (formerly food stamps) and is a 1:1 match for fruits and vegetables bought from local farmstands and farmers markets. The incentives have been extended to February 28, 2019 instead of closing next week as previously announced. Farmers started the year planning on a full season of matching incentives but the success of the HIP has made the program a bumpy one. The program will resume in the spring of next year.
By Karen Schwalbe, SEMAP Executive Director
The warm weather growing season is winding down and some of the region has seen its first frost but the fall greens are getting sweeter and livestock are fattening up on the lush fall growth, thanks to the long-awaited rain. The bounty of produce available at this time is amazing. Look for lots of lovely varieties of fall vegetables at your local farmers’ markets. And please stop by soon as many markets will finish for the season at the end of the month. It is the most colorful and flavorful part of the season – don’t miss it!
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By: Brian Wick, Executive Director, Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
The 2018 Massachusetts cranberry harvest is forecasted to be a good crop. With the warm fall, many growers held off starting harvest, waiting to attain the minimum color levels that most handlers require. As a result, the harvest is a little behind what is considered “normal”, although, with the ever-changing climatic conditions in the region, it’s becoming harder to determine what normal is. With the rains and humidity that inundated the region in the late summer and continuing into the fall, fruit quality remains a concern. So far, deliveries have been good in quantity but some quality issues have popped up. This may be more of a case of growers bringing in their problematic beds before they get worse and not necessarily a trend for the season. Read more →
Quarter, Half, and Whole Pig shares are available from Spring Rain Farm in East Taunton.
Each pig is a mix of several tasty rare heritage breeds raised in the meadows and forests overlooking our cranberry bogs, free to romp and root under a canopy of wildflowers, pine, and oak. In the fall, they are fed cranberries from our farm and other forage, such as apples and acorns. We will have farm field days in the fall for shareholders to see how the pigs are raised.
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