Massachusetts Grown...and Fresher!
Your Gateway to MassGrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities!
Massachusetts ranks 6th in the US with number of farms offering CSAs (421 by the USDA 2012 Census). April is a great time to look for a CSA near you. They offer you the freshest produce, the opportunity to connect closely to your local farmer, and the ability to be involved in various ways. Each one is different. Some offer pick-your-own, some offer planting or weeding times, along with a variety of CSA options from fruit, herb, and meat shares. It is an opportunity to educate yourself and your family to all the bounty of crops we produce in Massachusetts. Learn more and find a farm near you CSA farms here »
May is the Time to Plant Something
Mother's Day kicks off the Planting Season. Plant something with Mom and you will both benefit from the experience. Find a garden center near you.
Annual Photo Contest
Each year we invite the public to send in their favorite farm and crop related pics for selection in the 2017 MA Agriculture Calendar. Deadline June 1st.
Massachusetts markets are starting to open with flowers, herbs, and plants. Check the map for dates and times for a market near you.
Boston Public Market
Features Massgrown and New England vendors five days a week in a permanent year-round market in Boston that provides fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels.
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!
Faces of Ag
Volante Farms is a fourth-generation family farm in Needham, MA. Siblings Dave, Teri and Steve Volante own and operate the business today along with help from their parents Melodie and Al. Following in their ancestors' footsteps, the fourth generation brought many innovations to the farm. In 2007 they opened a new state of the art retail greenhouse with water and energy efficiencies made possible by state and federal grants. During the regular growing season, they grow fruits and vegetables on three fields in Needham totaling just over 30 acres. More on Volante's Family here »
Without pollination, we'd have no apples, tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, grapes, squash and many more food crops. In fact, over 75 percent of food crops—and about 90 percent of all plants—rely on pollinators to reproduce. But the population of bees, butterflies, bats and other pollinators that fly from flower to flower, fertilizing plants by distributing pollen, is in drastic decline. While the decline is still being studied, we do know that loss of habitat, invasive species, climate change, and overuse of pesticides are some of the possible causes. We can make a difference! If everyone in MA takes even one step to "bee the change," we'll be helping to reverse the decline—and breathing easier, growing our economy, and making our state even more beautiful in the process. More here »