Massachusetts Grown...and Fresher!

Your Gateway to MassGrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities!


Fun Facts

There are 7,755 farms in Massachusetts working on over 523,000 acres to produce $492 million in agricultural products. At nearly $48 million, the state ranks 5th in the nation for direct market sales and 3rd in the nation for direct market sales per operation. Direct market sales account for 10% of the state's total sales of agricultural products. learn more here.

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September brings us Apples!

It's a banner year for tree fruits! Set your calendar to pick at your favorite place or try a new place.

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Honey and Beekeepers

Massachusetts is home to 4-4,500 beekeepers managing between 40-45,000 hives. Pollinators are so important for our farmers.

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Farmers' Markets

Massachusetts has over 235 farmers markets across the Commonwealth. Farmers offer fresh flowers, produce, plants, eggs, meats, and more!

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Boston Public Market

Features Massgrown and New England vendors in a permanent year-round market in Boston that provides fresh, healthy food to consumers of all income levels. Open 7 days a week 8am - 8pm!

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Culinary Tourism

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!

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Faces of Ag

Bar Lois Weeks and Russell Powel

Ellen and Mark Parlee

Bar Lois Weeks joined New England Apple Association in 2009 as manager of its Apple booth in the Massachusetts State Building at The Big E. She was then named executive director of the nonprofit in 2011. Her hometown of Cheshire, Connecticut is an historic apple-growing region with four commercial orchards, plus good-sized orchards in neighboring Meriden, Southington, Wallingford, and Middlefield.

Senior Writer Russell Steven Powell has worked for the Association since 1996, and served as its executive director from 1998 to 2011. Both of his grandparents, Alger Powell and Lee Boyce (of Elm Hill Farm, home of the original Elsie the Cow), grew apples in Brookfield in central Massachusetts, where Powell was raised. More here »




Spotlight

Fairs Season

Fairs

This weekend brings us Sterling Fair. Then others in September include Belchertown, The Big E, and lastly Topsfield Fair. These fairs offer traditional events such as showing animals ranging from cows, sheep and rabbits and more. Each fair also offers their unique events: demolition derby, amateur log sawing, giant pumpkins, pig races, and more. It's also a chance to meet farmers and learn about agriculture. Fairs offer the annual opportunity to connect with your community in various fun ways. Check our map of all the 44 fairs across the state. Mark your calendar for a new fair to experience this year. Click here »