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BY KENDRA MURRAY
It isn’t hard to find a farm when driving around Southeastern Massachusetts. With over 1,700 farms across Bristol, Plymouth, and Norfolk counties and the continual growth of farmers markets, it’s easy to find fresh, local, and delicious ingredients. What about dining out, though? Stumped as to where you can find local lunch and dinner (without having to cook it yourself)? Read more →
As daylight wanes the farmers work stays steady. Cool season crops are starting to take shape after another dry summer. The Cranberry Industry and the apple growers have spread the good news that the yield will be stellar for these fall crops. The time to celebrate the harvest is upon us for late season corn and tomatoes to apples, peaches and farm fresh meats. Our local farmers have provided a great, local feast again.
SEMAP has worked hard over the past few months to reach out to farmers from all our territories; Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk Counties. We have reconnected with some old friends and made some new connections as well. One focal point is our Member Benefits Package for farmers; we are very excited to share the details and we are also still polishing the General Membership benefits. Farmers will be getting the 2016 membership form in the mail soon if it hasn’t already arrived. Membership is just one of the things we count on for financial support. In return for your membership we want to be sure you know the value of what your membership does for SEMAP and what you get in return. The details are outlined in the new membership flyer. If you’re a farmer, or know a farmer, who didn’t receive the mailing then please reach out to Kendra and we’ll send a copy of the flyer. Read more →
BY TODD SANDSTRUM
Off of Route 1A in Wrentham, up and over the hill, down a windy road, sits a fall destination farm and a gem of Norfolk County. Known as ‘The Big Apple,’ the Pine Hedge Orchards has been a longtime autumn sweet treat, but this farm offers so much more. The 100 plus acres are still home to some of the original apple trees dating back to the former owners, George Gilman and Mrs. Osie, during the 1840’s. These majestic trees are still producing apples alongside the 26 other varieties now spotting the hill side. Read more →
BY JASON WENTWORTH
Rich soil and a favorable climate were the main objectives for Bob and Carol Russell. The year was 1982 and the Russells had been growing grapes in Dighton for years. Their goal, however, was to find the right combination of soil quality and climate to begin larger scale growing grapes and producing high quality sparkling wine, so they began to search across the world for the perfect place to begin. They searched in France. They searched in California. Fortunately for all of us in Southeastern Massachusetts, they didn’t have to search for long…or very far.
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