Bringing home the bacon with 4-H

2018-09-14T15:42:33+00:00September 14th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by Courtney Llewellyn

LANCASTER, MA – When one hears the name “Lancaster,” often the first thing that comes to mind is the bucolic town in Pennsylvania renowned nationwide for its old school agrarian practices. This Lancaster, located in northern Worcester County, is known as the “mothertown” to most of eastern central Massachusetts. (more…)

The Woodstock Creamery

2018-09-04T08:30:23+00:00September 4th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by George Looby

In 1888 a group of Woodstock, CT, farmers decided that the time had come to pool resources and construct a building to be used as a creamery in which to store their milk prior to its being shipped to a processing plant in Worcester, Providence or Hartford. Being a rather innovative group, they decided to call the business the Woodstock Creamery. (more…)

Cheese can take the humidity: Grace Hill Farm

2018-08-20T07:54:07+00:00August 20th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

CUMMINGTON, MA – High humidity, the kind that sends people running into air conditioned cars and offices – who needs it? Cheese does; 90 percent humidity, in fact, the kind experienced early this August, is exactly the kind of humidity that cheese needs to ripen and allow cultures inside it to mature and enhance its flavors. (more…)

The power of great beef and the internet

2018-08-20T07:50:24+00:00August 20th, 2018|New England Farm Weekly|

by Laura Rodley

SHELBURNE, MA — The power and importance of the internet as a business tool was apparent on the last weekend in July when Carolyn Wheeler, who owns Wheel-View Farm with her husband, John, sent out an email invitation to folks to visit their 30-by-60 foot Farm Store/Farm Museum/Tasting Room that is open only occasionally this time of year. After alerting the mailing list to take advantage of the sales, 150 people showed up. (more…)

Something to Cook About

2018-08-20T07:27:02+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by RD Vincent, author of the Donbridge Series

Walking along the country roads of my parents’ farm, I decided to stop off at my grandmother’s house. I could see her pruning her peony bushes in the late summer sun. As I walked up to her yard, the house phone rang loudly, and she quickly dropped her shears and headed to the house to answer the phone, all the while unaware that I was near. (more…)

Staying safe around dairy cattle

2018-08-20T07:21:29+00:00August 20th, 2018|Eastern Edition, Mid Atlantic, New England Farm Weekly, Western Edition|

by Sally Colby

Dairy cattle don’t have a reputation as being dangerous farm animals because they’re handled frequently and are usually placid. Despite their easy-going nature, dairy animals have the potential to seriously hurt or kill humans, so it’s important to understand how they perceive their surroundings and how to handle them. (more…)