Upcoming Holiday Farmer’s Markets & Harvest Festivals Near You


Officials from the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) are encouraging consumers to buy ingredients raised, produced and processed in Massachusetts for their holiday meals. “Thanksgiving is the perfect time when families can celebrate the bounty of Massachusetts grown and produced products,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Buying locally all season long promotes Massachusetts businesses and connects [...]

A New Place to Bike in Greater Boston

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Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and Departmemornt of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Commissioner Edward M. Lambert today joined local elected officials and residents at the Henderson Bridge on the Arlington/Somerville line to celebrate the completion of the Alewife Greenway Bike Path Project. “The Alewife Greenway Bike Path Project is one more example [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces 27 Grants For Energy Projects At Massachusetts Farms

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The Patrick-Murray Administration awarded 27 grants totaling $325,000 to Massachusetts farmers to implement renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency on farms. “These grants will give our farmers the resources for economic success and drive our clean energy future,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “They are a step in delivering on our goal to make Massachusetts a leader [...]

Massachusetts Protected Open Space Now Exceeds Developed Land

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Governor Deval Patrick today announced that the Patrick-Murray Administration’s ambitious land conservation efforts have protected more than 100,000 acres of open space in just five and a half years. The amount of protected open space now stands at 1.25 million acres, for the first time exceeding the amount of developed land in Massachusetts. “I am [...]

Massachusetts Tomato Contest Winners


Tomato farmers from across the state converged on City Hall Plaza today to display the fruits of their labor at the Commonwealth’s 28th Annual Tomato Contest. A highlight of the kickoff celebration for Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, this year’s festival drew 84 entries. Top prizes went to E. Cecchi Farms of Feeding Hills, Kimball Fruit [...]

State Energy Officials Present Green Communities Awards To Tisbury And West Tisbury


Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today presented more than $284,000 in grants to fund clean energy projects in the towns of Tisbury and West Tisbury. “Tisbury and West Tisbury have joined the over 100 Green Communities across the Commonwealth in making smart investments [...]

Governor Patrick Proclaims August 19-25 Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week

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Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed August 19-25 Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week, calling farmers’ markets across the state “essential to the vitality of Massachusetts farms.” The week will officially kick off on Monday, August 20, when Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) Commissioner Greg Watson reads the proclamation at the 28th Annual Massachusetts Tomato Contest at Boston’s City Hall [...]

Celebrating the Expansion of the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail


Governor Deval Patrick today joined officials from Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) at Hardwick Winery to celebrate the expansion of the Massachusetts Wine and Cheese Trail, bringing the number of stops on the statewide trail to 29 wineries and 18 cheese businesses. “Massachusetts boasts a growing number [...]

Vt. Ski Resort Opens Rider-Friendly Bike Trail

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DOVER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s Mount Snow has opened a new, rider-friendly, three-mile downhill mountain biking trail. Mountain Bike Manager Justin Hongell said the course was designed to be just challenging enough so that it gives people a taste of what the sport is like without scaring them off. Earlier this month, Hongell said successfully [...]

DCR to Offer Accessible Kayaking in State Parks this Summer


The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Universal Access Program (UAP) is offering accessible kayaking for individuals with disabilities, their families, and friends at several locations during the month of July. Kayaking opportunities will take place at Hopkinton State Park, Douglas State Forest, D.A.R. State Forest, Charles River and Walden Pond. Adaptive equipment, teamwork [...]

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