BY KENDRA MURRAY
Situated in the back of a brick plaza on Route Six in Westport, it’s easy enough to drive by Revolution Lobster without even noticing it. However, if you have been driving by, you’re missing out! If you’re looking for sustainably caught local seafood you can feel good about eating, Revolution Lobster is the fish market for you!
BY KAREN SCHWALBE
Hoffmann Farm might literally be the new kid on the block, with its establishment in Franklin in 2013, but Nick Hoffmann has years of solid dairy experience behind him. Starting a new dairy enterprise is a rigorous endeavor – there are so many regulatory hurdles to achieve – zoning, building and health requirements to meet – on top of building a customer base and establishing the physical infrastructure of the farm itself. So when Nick, his wife Jeanine, and two children decided to pull up roots from New Braintree, Massachusetts and move closer to his wife’s family, it was not a small decision. Interested in moving from wholesale to direct sales, an area like Franklin made much more sense, with fewer farms and a denser population and a reasonably priced property in the family made the transition possible. Read more →
BY KENDRA MURRAY
If you’re plugged into the local agriculture scene, you’ve probably heard talk about a meat processing facility being built in Southeastern Massachusetts. It’s no secret that livestock production in the area is down, mainly because there isn’t anywhere local for farmers to take their animals to be processed. With many folks traveling out of state and up to 3 or 4 hours to get to a USDA inspected facility, it is clear barrier to raising animals for meat. A couple of years ago a group of producers put their heads together to try to find a solution to this problem and the Southeastern Massachusetts Livestock Association (SEMALA) was born.
Strawberries are an earthly delight and the first fruits of the season have ripened to delectable sweetness. Their flavor is tantalizing after a drab winter and this chilly spring but the long, cool season has given plenty of time for the fruits to ripen to peak flavor. Knowing that anticipation Spring Rain Farm, in East Taunton, aims for an early start to the pick-your-own season. Strawberry picking starts early here: Memorial Day/Early June is their traditional start for the three-to-four-week period.
BY KAREN SCHWALBE
On a chilly March morning, the smell of fresh-baked muffins and even fresher coffee wafted out the door of Reed’s farm stand – the home of Under the Sun Farm. It was a welcoming first impression to a new business in North Dighton. Milton Teixeira, along with his wife, Caitlin, have recently opened in the location of the former Reed Brothers Produce and Garden Center, a fixture in the Dighton/Rehoboth area. The farm stand is open and stocked with the basics, including the all-important coffee and on-site bakery, to accommodate longstanding regular customers. Under the Sun Farm sells both its own produce as well as more traditional merchandise making it a destination market for the neighborhood. This past weekend the greenhouses officially opened with flowers, seedlings, baskets and bedding plants. I was able to catch up with Milton and Caitlin as they were preparing for the upcoming season.
Milton has been farming since the age of eight and his passion for it hasn’t diminished. A graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Milton is obviously very good at what he does. Read more →