Central Mass Grown

Central Mass Grown A coalition of farmers, advocates and community leaders promoting local food and products.

Personal space is overrated.#alpacalife #gottreats Visit the girls and boys at Harvard Alpaca Ranch today! They can’t ...
06/02/2019

Personal space is overrated.
#alpacalife #gottreats
Visit the girls and boys at Harvard Alpaca Ranch today! They can’t wait to see you!!

June is Dairy Month! 👏 Get your glass of milk and block of cheese at the dairy farms with the farmers themselves and ...
06/01/2019

June is Dairy Month! 👏 Get your glass of milk and block of cheese at the dairy farms with the farmers themselves and get rewarded for doing it!

We are beyond excited to be partnering with our friends just over the state line in Connecticut to celebrate June as National Dairy Month. Take a look!

Your local Cabot Creamery Co-operative Dairy Farm Families invite you to visit our farm stores during National Dairy Month. Your visit to Woodstock Creamery at Valleyside Farm in Woodstock, CT, Farm To Table Market at Elm Farm also in Woodstock, Whittier Farms in Sutton, MA, and Fort Hill Farms in Thompson, CT could make you a winner. Get your participation card (available at all four farms) stamped with a $5 or more purchase at each of our farm stores then submit your completed card for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to each of our farm stores plus a block of Cabot’s 5 Year Centennial Cheddar! That’s $100 to spend at your local farms and our award winning cheddar.

We hope you'll take a ride to all of our farms this month for ice cream, cheese, milk, mac and cheese, skyr, and much more!!

Shop your local farmers market! 2019 Market Directory 👇👇👇**The HIP program restarts for the spring season tomor...
05/24/2019

Shop your local farmers market!
2019 Market Directory 👇👇👇
**The HIP program restarts for the spring season tomorrow 5/25 at many of the markets listed below**
Edits:
Douglas Farmer's Market address: 36 Locust St, Douglas

Green pastures and blue skies☀️ #sheeplife
05/22/2019

Green pastures and blue skies☀️
#sheeplife

The sun is shining and your farmers are planting 🌱In a few short weeks these #kale will be as big as your hand and re...
05/21/2019

The sun is shining and your farmers are planting 🌱
In a few short weeks these #kale will be as big as your hand and ready for harvest. Find them at the #sterlingfarmersmarket grown by Mike Pineo!
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#eatkale #springgreens #farmersmarkets #farm #farmer #spring #greens #sterling #centralmassgrown #buylocal #eatlocal

Happy Sunday!! Go shopping. 🥓🥬☕️
05/19/2019

Happy Sunday!! Go shopping. 🥓🥬☕️

Come to the Princeton Farmers Market!! Here until 1!

Visit us TOMORROW on the oval! We will have local food guides, farm brochures and more to keep you in touch with our loc...
05/17/2019

Visit us TOMORROW on the oval! We will have local food guides, farm brochures and more to keep you in touch with our local food system 🌱

Come for the seedlings, stay for the fun! Stop by the Worcester Common this Saturday to buy plants for your garden. Stay to enjoy live music & performances, a petting zoo, food trucks and more! See all event info at: 10th Anniversary! REC Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale.

The best thing about Spring is the abundance of golden yolked eggs! If you’re not eating local eggs, now is the time t...
05/16/2019

The best thing about Spring is the abundance of golden yolked eggs!
If you’re not eating local eggs, now is the time to start 🥚🥚🥚
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#eggs #goldenyolk #localeggs #chickeneggs #goodasgold #farm #farmstand #farmersmarket #chickens #chef #cheflife #centralmassgrown #centralmass #massachusetts #buylocal #eatlocal

Brewed in Worcester with Pure BS Maple Shack sap! 🍻🍁
05/15/2019

Brewed in Worcester with Pure BS Maple Shack sap! 🍻🍁

🎉NEW BEER!🎉

First came The Birds and The Bees. 🐦🐝
Then came The Flowers. 🌸
And now - you guessed it - The Trees! 🌳

The Trees, our maple sap altbier, is 100% brewed with fresh maple sap from the amazing Pure BS Maple Shack in Auburn, Mass.

Guess what? It doesn't taste like pancakes! The Trees features notes of dark cherry, plum, raisin, toasted bread crust, and hints of caramel and coffee. With a crisp and slightly bitter finish, The Trees is full-flavored up front yet remarkably drinkable.

Curious why a maple sap beer doesn't taste like maple? Our head brewer explains it all in our latest blog post. Check it out: https://www.redemptionrock.beer/blog/2019/5/15/about-the-beer-the-trees

Your voice matters! Call your Senators office.
05/13/2019
MA Food System Collaborative

Your voice matters! Call your Senators office.

ACTION NEEDED TODAY! Call your State Senator and ask them to cosponsor Senator Gobi's amendment #544, which would fund HIP with $8.5 million in the next fiscal year. If your senator has already signed on, call them to thank them! We especially appreciate the early support from Anne Gobi, Senator Jo Comerford, Senator Eric Lesser, State Senator Michael D. Brady, Brendan Crighton, Senator Jim Welch, State Senator Ed Kennedy, Senator Jamie Eldridge, and Senator Mike Moore! For more details on how to call in follow the link below.

Mother’s Day calls for flowers! 🌷🌺🌸🌼 Clover Hill Farm has them.
05/09/2019

Mother’s Day calls for flowers! 🌷🌺🌸🌼 Clover Hill Farm has them.

HANGING BASKETS FOR SALE $30 each.
Who’s Mom wouldn’t love a Basket for Mother’s Day?! There hanging baskets are $30 each while supplies last! Find them Saturday and Sunday At our Farm Store. Photos below showing colors we have available.

It’s another gray morning ☁️ but it feels like sunshine in the Douglas Orchard & Farm greenhouse 🌱These beautie...
05/05/2019

It’s another gray morning ☁️ but it feels like sunshine in the Douglas Orchard & Farm greenhouse 🌱These beauties will be planted out in the field very soon- especially with the predicted warm temperatures this week!
Visit the farm for freshly harvested kale, duck eggs and more!
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#ducks #duckegg #farmstand #kale #wintergreens #greenhouse #seedlings #transplants #growingvegetables #springplanting #farm #farmer #buylocal #eatlocal #douglas #massachusetts #centralmassgrown

Asparagus season is here!! 👏🏻👏🏻Fresh, grilled, steamed or sautéed. There really is no wrong way to enjoy th...
05/01/2019

Asparagus season is here!! 👏🏻👏🏻
Fresh, grilled, steamed or sautéed. There really is no wrong way to enjoy these green trees!
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#asparagus #spring #springishere #grilling #asparagusseason #asparagusishere #vegetables #cookingvegetables #vegecooking #recipes #buylocal #eatlocal #centralmassgrown #indianheadfarm #berlin #massachusetts @indianheadfarm

Smile friends 🧡
05/01/2019

Smile friends 🧡

A smile from Regalo to start your day. Share with someone who could use a smile....

In our State we truly do choose to Buy Local🌱 💚Massachusetts has 7,241 farms on 491,653 acres 👨🏽‍🌾Has 2...
04/30/2019

In our State we truly do choose to Buy Local🌱
💚Massachusetts has 7,241 farms on 491,653 acres 👨🏽‍🌾Has 22,828 farm employees
🌷Produces an annual market value of over $475 million in agricultural goods
🍒The average farm produces $65,624 worth of agricultural products on 68 acres.
🥓Massachusetts ranks 5th in the nation for direct market sales with over $100 million
🍏We rank 3rd in the nation for direct market sales per farm at $55,384
🚜Direct market sales account for 21.1% of the state’s total sales of agricultural products
🦙Massachusetts ranks 8th in the nation for direct sales per capita.
🍉Small farms account for 94.2% of farms in Massachusetts
🥒Family or individually owned farms account for 79.7% of Massachusetts farms.
🌲The average age of a Massachusetts principal operator is 59.1 years old.
👩🏻‍🌾Female farmers represent 38.5% of all principal operators

“We only sell what we raise using organic practices. All our animals are treated humanely and as nature intended” -W...
04/30/2019
Open for Business: Wind Eagle Farm

“We only sell what we raise using organic practices. All our animals are treated humanely and as nature intended” -Wind Eagle Farm

NAME OF BUSINESS: Wind Eagle FarmOWNER: John D. CookADDRESS: 70 Whitney St., WestminsterPHONE NUMBER: 978-855-5701TYPE OF BUSINESS: Farm producing organic

This pea plant will be a few feet long and heavy with snap peas soon enough! Can’t you feel the *crunch*?!
04/29/2019

This pea plant will be a few feet long and heavy with snap peas soon enough! Can’t you feel the *crunch*?!

Today it was sunny and dry and for that we’re grateful. Transplanting and getting more plants in the ground lifted our spirits as this wet weather makes it hard to get much done in the fields. Here’s to more sunshine & crunchy sugar peas in our near future ☀️

04/28/2019
US National Weather Service Boston MA

Finger crossed, row covers on 🤞🏻
Hoping you all stay frost free tonight.

Light rain will be quickly ending this evening from west to east. Clearing skies thereafter will allow temperatures to drop well into the 30s. A Frost Advisory has been issued for southeastern portions of southern New England, where the growing season has begun.

CMG celebrates every new and growing farmer in Central Mass, thank you Worcester Telegram & Gazette for showcasing Lilac...
04/28/2019
Farms are falling, but more 'young producers' in Central Mass.

CMG celebrates every new and growing farmer in Central Mass, thank you Worcester Telegram & Gazette for showcasing Lilac Hedge Farm LLC, Cotyledon Farm and Douglas Orchard & Farm We are proud to have you in our community!

HOLDEN — Ryan MacKay never had time to develop any romantic visions of a farmer’s life. At 24, Mr. MacKay acquired 350 acres off Bond

Whittier Farms knows how to start the day off right! 😂
04/25/2019

Whittier Farms knows how to start the day off right! 😂

Cow kisses to start your morning

That’s an Apple bud friends! @raggedhillcider orchard is showing their pink! 🌸🍎 ..#spring #springblooms #orchard...
04/24/2019

That’s an Apple bud friends! @raggedhillcider orchard is showing their pink! 🌸🍎
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#spring #springblooms #orchard #orchardbloom #appleblossom #cider #cidery #local #fruit #centralmassgrown #westbrookfield #massachusetts

Our favorite time of year! 🌱🌷
04/23/2019

Our favorite time of year! 🌱🌷

It’s almost time! We will be opening Saturday May 4 at 9:00AM. If you need information before then or would like to place an order before we open, please contact Lisa at 978-821-1117.

04/22/2019
Amendment #476 to H.3800

Thank you to our Worcester County Representatives who have signed on in support of FULL FUNDING for the Healthy Incentives Program to sustain the program for uninterrupted use throughout the year!

Representatives Kane of Shrewsbury, Donahue of Worcester, Schmid of Westport, Ashe of Longmeadow, Haddad of Somerset, Velis of Westfield, Blais of Sunderland, D'Emilia of Bridgewater, Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, Ferguson of Holden, Cassidy of Brockton, Pignatelli of Lee, Poirier of North Attleboro...

“As the spring season arrives, the Williams family, and a separate nonprofit organization they formed, are working to ...
04/22/2019
Williams family looks to buy back Overlook Farm in Rutland

“As the spring season arrives, the Williams family, and a separate nonprofit organization they formed, are working to keep the property as farmland and restart the educational agricultural aspect of the Heifer property”

Support them on Saturday May 4th at their Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser in Rutland!

RUTLAND - For 35 years, most of the property Bill Williams donated to the Heifer Project International was a busy place, with visitors learning about

04/18/2019

Too many places to add to the list!!! More places to find the 2019 Farm & Food Guide in Worcester 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
✔️Goodfellas Barbershop
✔️On The Rise Baking
✔️Salons in Tatnuck Square
✔️Tatnuck Meat
✔️ Bean Counter Coffee Bar and Bakery
✔️North Main Provisions
✔️Sweet Jane's Designer Consignment
✔️Discover Central Massachusetts
✔️ Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
✔️Wormtown Brewery
✔️Redemption Rock Brewing
✔️Volturno Pizza
✔️Axe to Grind Barbershop & Supply Co.
✔️NU Kitchen
✔️Emerald Meats Butcher Shop
✔️Kalamos Greek & Mediterranean Market
✔️Ideal Americana Tattoo Company
✔️ deadhorse hill
✔️Worcester Business Journal

Where can you find copies of the 2019 Farm & Food Guide? Post photos of the guide at your farm or business, tag us and w...
04/18/2019

Where can you find copies of the 2019 Farm & Food Guide? Post photos of the guide at your farm or business, tag us and we will share it!

Thank you all for an excellent Annual Meeting last night! We were very happy to spend time with each of you! Thank you t...
04/16/2019

Thank you all for an excellent Annual Meeting last night! We were very happy to spend time with each of you! Thank you to our hosts Redemption Rock Brewing!

Our 2019 Farm & Food Guide is here! Members can pickup cases of them at the #annualmeeting tonight at @rr_brewingco 👏...
04/15/2019

Our 2019 Farm & Food Guide is here! Members can pickup cases of them at the #annualmeeting tonight at @rr_brewingco 👏🏻

Opening day at Davidian's Farm in #northborough 🙌🏻 The festivities continue tomorrow- go visit and get a scoop of ...
04/13/2019

Opening day at Davidian's Farm in #northborough 🙌🏻 The festivities continue tomorrow- go visit and get a scoop of ice cream from Lilac Hedge Farm LLC while you’re there! 🍦

Central Mass Grown
04/13/2019

Central Mass Grown

04/13/2019

Central Mass Grown proudly promotes and educates farmers across the region 👩🏻‍🌾👨🏽‍🌾

These beauties are facing the sunshine and anxious to spread their roots in the soil ☀️ ....#spring #growingvegetabl...
04/07/2019

These beauties are facing the sunshine and anxious to spread their roots in the soil ☀️
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#spring #growingvegetables #organic #seedlings #greenhouse #farm #farmer #charlton #massachusetts #centralmassgrown @abundancefamilyfarmmass

04/06/2019

Today we are building our marketing skills for a successful 2019!

Congratulations Curt and Halley of Still Life Farm on receiving the WBJ Family Business of the Year
04/04/2019

Congratulations Curt and Halley of Still Life Farm on receiving the WBJ Family Business of the Year

04/04/2019
State Representative Hannah Kane

We were honored to join Rep Kane, Rep Donahue, Winton Pitcoff of the MA Food System Collaborative, Liz Sheehan Castro of the Food Bank and John Lebeaux of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to discuss the importance of HIP to our farming community.

Please watch my latest episode of Conversations with Hannah where I am joined by 5 great panelists to discuss the Healthy Incentives Program! My panelists include State Rep. Dan Donahue, Commissioner of Agricultural Resources John Lebeaux, Director of the MA Food System Collaborative Winton Pitcoff, Worcester County Food Bank Director of Advocacy Liz Sheehan-Castro and Central Mass Grown Ex. Director Mackenzie May!

04/03/2019
Sauls Farm

Sauls Farm welcomes spring with a shearing for their woolly gals!

Shearing time!

To Rye or not the Rye?
03/30/2019

To Rye or not the Rye?

If your farm suffered severe damage or crop loss in 2018 you may be eligible for disaster relief assistance. See if you ...
03/30/2019
USDA Designates Six Massachusetts Counties as Primary Disaster Areas

If your farm suffered severe damage or crop loss in 2018 you may be eligible for disaster relief assistance. See if you qualify:

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated six Massachusetts counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Berkshire, Bristol, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties who suffered losses caused by excessive rainfall and moisture that occurred ...

03/28/2019

We visited Hollis Hills Farm for the annual Worcester County Farm Bureau legislative briefing and toured their #sugarshack - it was sweet! 😂

We had an excellent day at the #statehouse visiting with our legislators to encourage legislation to benefit our #farmer...
03/27/2019

We had an excellent day at the #statehouse visiting with our legislators to encourage legislation to benefit our #farmers!
Thank you to Walker Farm At Whortleberry Hill for joining us to share how being apart of Central Mass Grown and CISA benefit her farm business!
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#boston #massachusetts #lobbyday #agday19 #nonprofit #network #legislativeday #legislators #champions #farm #farmer #testimony #buylocal #eatlocal #centralmassgrown

Happy Ag Day at the State House! Today we are knocking on doors, visiting with legislators and advocating for legislatio...
03/27/2019

Happy Ag Day at the State House!
Today we are knocking on doors, visiting with legislators and advocating for legislation to support our farmers. Each and every one!

We had an excellent day at the State House with our dearest legislators advocating for full funding of the HIP program t...
03/21/2019

We had an excellent day at the State House with our dearest legislators advocating for full funding of the HIP program to allow it to operate throughout the year without interruption.
This program has directly put $9million dollars into the hands of farmers across the state. We are proud to be partner champions for it!

03/21/2019
HIP in Massachusetts: Nourishing Families, Sustaining Farms

We are at the State House right now asking our legislators to support healthy families and sustainable farms year-round with $8.5 million for HIP! We’re premiering our new HIP video as well - watch it here!

Support healthy families and sustainable farms year-round! Learn more about the Campaign for HIP Funding at www.hipma.org

Interesting article. What is the solution? We would love to hear your thoughts.
03/19/2019
Why Are So Many Farmers Markets Failing? Because The Market Is Saturated

Interesting article. What is the solution?
We would love to hear your thoughts.

Farmers aren't producing enough to keep up with the number of smaller markets that keep popping up, often in close proximity to others. This results in fewer customers, unsold food and maybe closure.

Did you know one third of all our nations farmers are women?  💚 Happy Women’s Day to all the amazing farmers out th...
03/08/2019

Did you know one third of all our nations farmers are women? 💚 Happy Women’s Day to all the amazing farmers out there!

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