Massachusetts Grown...and Fresher!
Your Gateway to MassGrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities!
Squash Fun Facts
Massachusetts is ranked 9th in the nation for squash production. There are several varieties of winter squash, which differ from zucchinis and summer squash because their outer skins harden. Remarkably, butternut and acorn squash can both be stored in a cool, dry place for up to three months. The butternut squash is the most popular winter squash in the US and loaded with Vitamin A and C, magnesium, potassium, and several B-Vitamins. Winter squash harvesting season in Massachusetts is in full swing so start cooking!
As the days get shorter and the weather cooler, it's time to make plans for your locally grown and produced Thanksgiving.
Reserve Your MA Food Plate
To reserve your plate and be counted towards that 1,500 mark, all we ask now is that you sign up HERE with your contact information - no payment is required at this time.
2015 Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar
Our annual calendar features photographs from 2014 contest winners featuring the diversity of agriculture in Massachusetts. Each month also includes "fun facts" and "teaching tips."
Harvest time at Farmers' Markets
Visit one of the many of over 250 markets across the Commonwealth to find an array of locally grown products.
Culinary travelers to Massachusetts can find an array of regional specialties that span from the Cape to Berkshires: delectable oysters, maple syrup, cranberry jellies, award-winning wines, farmstead cheese, to name just a few!
Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
12th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival November 22 & 23rd. FOOD, FUN, & MUSIC ALL WEEKEND LONG! Come share and taste New England's bounty.Includes live blacksmithing demonstrations, cider-pressing demo, farm animals and hay rides, local brews and wine in the beer tent, living history Civil War encampment. Over 40 local food vendors from cheese, cranberries, maple syrup, vegetables and most of all, turkeys. Bring a Massachusetts grown Thanksgiving to your home from the North Quabbin Region. Details here »
Faces and Places
Bob's Turkey Farm
Bob's Turkey Farm just celebrated their 60th Anniversary! Robert (Bob) Van Hoof started the business in 1954 with just 125 turkeys. Today he still makes daily visits to the farm to check up on the business which is under the watchful hands of his three children and dedicated staff. Richard Van Hoof, Bob's son, is now responsible for the breeding, hatching and raising of the turkeys, Susan Miner, Bob's daughter, is responsible for the retail part of the business as well as the bookkeeping, while Mary Beth Blanchflower, Bob's other daughter, runs the farm's kitchen. More here »