BY JASON WENTWORTH
While preparing to write my first SEMAP Spotlight, I figured it would be a good idea to visit C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater early afternoon during a weekday. Anyone who has traversed across Southeastern Massachusetts during the autumn in search of fresh fruits and vegetables is well-acquainted with just how active farm stores and stands can be on the weekends. What struck me as I walked into the farm store was how many people were out shopping and picking midday…not a deluge, but a good, constant stream. “Come on the weekend,” the cashier said. “The cider donuts are legendary.” Ma’am, you had me at “cider donuts”. Putting aside my daydream of the farm’s homemade apple cider donuts, I met with Chris Smith and Caryl Guarino, the brother and sister duo that run C.N. Smith Farm, our SEMAP Spotlight Farm for October. Read more →
Although this coming weekend’s forecast might feel a little more like summer than autumn, it’s still perfect weather for some fall related farm activities. Last weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Lynn and Peter Reading’s farm in Plympton. Billingsgate Farm not only has great organic produce, but pick-your-own pumpkins and a huge, 3½ acre corn maze. This year’s maze theme is “Pirate Adventure.” When starting the maze, you are given a worksheet with a word game and picture find. As you go through the maze, there are several check points where you can find the answers to these puzzles. Adding this “scavenger hunt” to the maze was really fun (and educational!) Read more →
The Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network today released its new report, the Southeastern Massachusetts Food System Assessment, which presents a wealth of baseline data on the many facets of the region’s food system.
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This Saturday, I braved the weather and headed out to the Original Easton Farmer’s Market to set up a lovely SEMAP table. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people willing to trek to the market in the rain! Seeing the turnout on a crummy day, I can’t imagine how many people attend on a sunny one! I had the pleasure of chatting with Janet from Bridgewater Village Bakery, who had a line at her stand until she ran out of bread! Her sourdough breads are organic and quite possibly the most delicious I’ve ever tasted. Janet has a passion for eating locally and promoting sustainability. She’s only been selling breads for three years, but she’s established quite the following. Read more →