With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, I thought it would be a great to share a quick recipe that should be on every kitchen table!
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Plimoth Plantation Farmers Market. At the market, I was set up in the same room as the cooking demonstration, so I learned how to make a quick and easy cranberry sauce. Melissa from Fresh Meadows Farm put on the demonstration. Fresh Meadow Farm is located in Carver and one of the only certified organic cranberry growers in the state. Although Melissa’s farm stand is closed for the season, you can still find her berries through several local restaurants, markets, CSAs, and bakeries or you can call her to place an order . Not in Carver? Cranberries can be found all over the state. Massachusetts is the 2nd largest producer in the USA aside from Wisconsin. With almost 12,000 acres of bogs in Plymouth county alone, it’s easy to find farm fresh berries around here! Read more →
BY JASON WENTWORTH
The crisp airing biting as you pull the blanket over your face…the feeling when your feet first hit the cold floor in the morning…scraping that layer of frost from your windshield. Yes, November mornings in our little corner of heaven have all the subtlety of an ice bucket challenge. The only thing on most of our minds is the first coffee of the day (and, perhaps, some of us have drawn plans for the second by that time). Don’t feel bad: by the time most of us have reached for that first cup, the folks at Dufort Farms in Rehoboth have already been up for several hours applying their craft. Read more →
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 →