Barb's goal is to provide the best local cut flowers possible and promote a field-to-vase approach that maximizes local varieties and produces long lasting blooms and beautiful seasonal arrangements.
This is the time of year to jump head long into the bounty of summer veggies. Carrots, squash, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant... and the list goes on. Even better, get your veggies from a local farm like Siena Farms in Sudbury, MA
"There's an old joke...never leave your car windows open in August in New England, else you come back to find your car filled with zucchini."
- Joanne, trying to keep up with squash harvest in Maine
"We wash, sort and pack up our summer carrots and store them in the barn cellar for the winter. It is cool and dark under there which keeps them fresh to use for months. It's like pulling out a little bit of summer whenever I bring some up from the cellar."
- Jamie, farmer growing organic vegetables for local chefs
"Today we took in about 800 lobsters, an average day for us now at the beginning of August. I actually prefer going out to pull the traps in October and November and the colder months. The air is cool, the work is busy and our catch is more."
- Matt, lobsterman along side his uncle, Gloucester, MA
"I started lobstering about the time I quit my paper route."
- Mark, lobster boat fisherman for 40 years, Gloucester, MA
"Our sunflowers are cut in the field first thing in the morning. We then get them to our markets in Boston the same day so they are as fresh as possible."
- Mike, Field Manager, Siena Farms, Sudbury, MA
"I like to keep my bathing suit on all day so I am ready to swim or play with water whenever. You never know when you will think of a fun new game to play in the water and need try it out."
- Abigail, 10, happiest in the water
"I noticed this nest in a bush in front of our house. This past spring a bird family used it and there were little chicks in it chirping all the time. I looked in on them everyday until one day it was empty and they had all flown away. I am keeping it because I love how it is built."
- Mary, 12, future biologist
"I have a love/hate relationship with blackberries - they grow wild behind our house and are the most prickly, difficult brambles to cut back. On the other hand, they make a great pie!"
- George, lives in NH, loves pie
"The smell of the rose hips right now is amazing! Whenever I am at the beach I close my eyes, inhale and try to remember this smell so when I am down here in January I can think of summer."
- Ruby, daily beach walker
"We love to be out on the deck. It's like where we spend most of our time when it's nice out. My dad said I need to help him re-stain it but I'm planning to avoid the subject for as long as possible."
- Nathan, 15, not looking for summer work
"We always seem to loose at least a couple pairs of flip flops at the beach every year. Or rather, ONE flip flop, leaving us with lots of lonely, single flip flops with no mates."
- Elizabeth, mom of four
Boston Honey Company has 30 field locations around Massachusetts that support 968 bee colonies. Bees are fascinating and essential members of the local food ecosystem and as I learned on my visit, you could spend a lifetime getting to know them...
"To me, block printing is different than other printing methods because of the carving process. I'll have a design ready to go on paper and in my mind, it doesn't become art until I transfer it onto the linoleum block and start carving."
- Brenna Wilson, printmaker, entrepreneur