Massachusetts Grown...and Fresher!
Your Gateway to MassGrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities!
Christmas Tree Fun Fact
Did you know that it takes 7-10 years to grow a full size Christmas tree? They are the last crop in Massachusetts for the year and the Baystate has over seventy farms to visit. Christmas trees are the environmetal choice for a tree during your holiday season. trees actively cleanse the air we breathe by absorbing carbon dioxide and emit fresh oxygen. In addition, Christmas tree plantations beautify the landscape, prevent soil erosion, preserve open space, and provide homes for bird habitat and wildlife. More here»
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time for making your tradition visit out to a local tree farm to cut a tree for your home. It is the envirnomental chioce over a plastic tree and makes your home smell wonderful!
Holiday and Winter Farmers' Markets
Over 35 pecial holiday and winter farmers' markets are open across the state starting in December.
MassGrown & Fresher has teamed up with Mass in Motion’s ChopChop Newsletter – a new resource to provide local health foods to Massachusetts families.
Massachusetts boasts a growing number of award-winning dairy specialty products including farmstead cheeses. The industry offers a large variety of cow and goats' milk cheeses at 21 locations.
2014 Agriculture Calendar
The 2014 MA Agriculture calendars are now available. Features winning photographs by MA residents of crops and farms from across the state. The calendar also includes local agriculture facts, teaching tips, agriculture and horticulture related events and websites, as well as a chart showing the seasons of local crops. Proceeds go to MA Agriculture in the Classroom. They make a great gift for a friend or relative. Winning pictures and details here. Next year's contest entry form.
Faces and Places
Leo and Barbara Hanley
Barbara Hanley, President of the Massachusetts Cheese Guild is pictured with her husband Leo, a partner in Shy Brothers Farm. Barbara has been the major force behind the development of the Massachusetts Cheese Guild, officially “kicked off” after over a year’s worth of effort in October, 2013 at an tasting event at Verrill Farms in Concord. Massachusetts cheese makers craft over 100 different artisanal cheeses, and have won more awards than any state in the nation for artisanal cheese. Click here for more »