BY DEREK CHRISTIANSON
In southern Bristol County we’ve dodged the worst of the snowfall the past few weeks, at least in comparison to the folks north of us. We’ve taken quite a break from fieldwork on the farm and I’ve been appreciating our decision to delay winter CSA distributions originally scheduled for late January/early February. Leaving us plenty of time to catch up on office work (read: tax preparation ) and celebrate the winter season with our young daughters.
We were a bit slower reassembling our fieldhouse on the new farm last fall, so didn’t get the greens seeded down in November/December as planned; instead we’ll look forward to a nice bounty of later winter/early spring greens. Last week we were doing a final round of bed prep and came across more than a few spuds which escaped our harvest efforts last fall; our fieldhouse was sited on land which we planted potatoes in 2014. The potatoes under cover since early December were just breaking their dormancy and beginning to sprout ever so slightly. Although we typically reserve our fieldhouse beds for high value crops, I’ve been interested in trying an early crop of potatoes seeded down in late February… for harvest in early June (a la Eliot Coleman) – while not practical in most seasons, I reckon the late construction of the fieldhouse might give us an opportunity to see how potatoes can fair under cover. These would be “high-value” new potatoes sold by the pint before the summer solstice and likely still not compare to the value of greens. Over the years, we’ve kept detailed records of our planting dates in the fieldhouse and also yields (some years better than others) so that we can make decisions based on real world data Our plans for the tunnel next summer include 2 beds of late transplanted, late-blight resistant tomatoes (set out last week of June for harvest beginning around Labor Day) so the potato experiment should fit into the rotation quite nicely. Read more →
Below is a copy of the regulation that will go into effect on March 1, 2015.
This new regulation, “Big Reg,” encompasses many of the regulations that were the responsibility of the Massachusetts Food Protection Program within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. At the very end of the new “Big Reg” is a list of all the regulations that will be rescinded and now encompassed within this new regulation.
This new Big Reg requires food manufacturers to have recall policies and emergency plans.
Any questions can be brought to Joan Gancarski, a Food Safety Specialist with the Food Protection Program.
Phone: (617) 983-6764
BY JASON WENTWORTH
As anyone who has been that way would know, a drive through the Russells Mills neighborhood of Dartmouth would not be complete without a stop at Alderbrook Farm. Fresh off another successful Christmas tree season, the year round farm owned by Allen and Nancy Manley still has plenty of their homemade honey, some jams and preserves and fresh, freshly baked breads and pastries, and yummy local dairy products. Other assorted goods, like commemorative Dartmouth ornaments, soaps and books adorn the shelves in the farm store. It’s business as usual but, as is the case for all farmers, preparation is already underway for the upcoming season. Read more →
If you’re like most people, your New Year’s Resolution probably includes adopting a healthier lifestyle. We’d like to help you with your resolutions by always providing a guide showing where to buy the best fresh, local, and healthy foods.
Despite the frigid weather, there are still plenty of places to buy locally. There are quite a few wintertime markets in the area, including Attleboro, Carver, Easton (Oake Ames Hall + Simpson Spring), Marshfield, Mattapoisett, and Plymouth. If you’re willing to drive a little further, Pawtucket also has a thriving wintertime market, and Orleans has a nice market on the Outer Cape. I had the pleasure of attending the Orleans market this past weekend. For a small market, it drew in quite a crowd. In addition to a bounty of root crops including potatoes, carrots, beets there were also other items like butternut squash, meats, baked goods, herbs, and honey. This market also offered entertainment and a composting workshop. Read more →