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A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocal

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Natick Community Organic Farm and Brothers Marketplace

Yesterday we spent a beautiful summer day with family and blogging friends at Natick Community Organic FarmBrothers Marketplace hosted a lunch at the farm to celebrate their connection to local food and farms, and it was wonderful to get a tour of a working, local, and sustainable farm. While we had visited the farm before, and I knew they had a great camp program, I didn’t know that they have a year round farm stand, organic turkeys at Thanksgiving, and chicken coops that you can rent by the week. And everyone there was friendly, incredibly dedicated and passionate about this bucolic oasis which is about as far away from my house as Boston is, but entirely a world away.

We started the tour in the fantastic flower garden. The entire farm is organic and these beautiful blooms are available at the farm stand and both Brothers Marketplace locations (Medfield and Weston).

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Next we visited the chickens, pigs, turkeys and cows. The pigs were snoozing in the heat and we learned how all parts of the farm work together from leftover staff lunches and flowers being used as feed for the animals to the making of and use of compost. Now my family wants to be on the list to buy a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving.

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Here are the turkey facts:

  • NCOF raises 175 turkeys every year.
  • They are fed organic grains from their day of hatching and allowed to roam and graze on the Farm’s organic pastures.
  • Dressed turkeys weigh between 16 and 35 pounds.
  • Turkeys will cost $4.75 pound, based on the cost of organic grain this year. They are sold fresh.
  •  More info here).

And chicken coops (chickens included) can be yours for a week or more. What a great family activity! The farm delivers the coop, and you get fresh eggs (okay, there is some work involved in the caring of the chickens). You can download more info about the fantastically named chicken tractor here.

After the tour, we were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the chefs at Brothers Marketplace, and everything was made with farm fresh ingredients, and a gorgeous fresh mozzarella (made that morning) in the tomato salad.

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We also got to see a demonstration of making mozzarella cheese – check out Stowed Stuff for the complete video.

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I have been a fan of the Brothers Marketplace stores for a while now and I’m happy to share with you a $25 gift card.  Just share in the comments below – What is your favorite local summer treat?

So Eat, Drink and Be Local – Head to Brothers Marketplace (Medfield or Weston) for great, fresh, local food that supports local farms and manufacturers.

Follow @BrosMarketplace on Twitter and Brothers Marketplace on Instagram. #eatdrinkbelocal

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education to all ages, year-round. Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the Farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs and volunteer opportunities for workingthe land. NCOF is open to the public daily during daylight hours with no admission fee for visits and purchases. http://www.natickfarm.org. Follow on Twitter @natickfarm

Thank you to Brothers Marketplace and Natick Community Organic Farm for the terrific event and lunch, and Iggy’s Bread, Nola’s Fresh Foods, Tortilleria La Niña, Grillo’s Pickles, and Spindrift Soda for the yummy treats.

I was not compensated for this post but did receive a goodie bag and a gift certificate to Brothers Market place to give away. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.

 

 

What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

What to do this weekend? Fun Family Activities

Family Fun Activities Boston capabilitymom.com

Family fun activities abound this weekend! I read, well, sort of all the time, so in my travels I might find stuff to share. First check with Boston Central – it’s a great resource for families. Then I read my inbox (some of it) and status updates – here’s what I found so far.
Head of the Charles Regatta 50th Anniversary – Cambridge
The Head Of The Charles Regatta® will mark a momentous milestone this October, celebrating its 50th occurrence with a gala celebration to cap off the historic two-day race event along Boston´s iconic Charles River.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 – Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Boston Museum of Science
8th Annual Archaeology Fair – Boston
Explore the exciting world of archaeology through a variety of interactive activities and games like Underwater archaeology, Roman legionaries, flintknapping, glass blowing, simulated digs, ancient languages, & more.
Friday, Oct 17, 2014 – Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
MIT Science on Saturday: How Computers Think – Cambridge
Demos on stage by MIT students, followed by activity booths with hands-on experiments. Open to all elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as their parents and teachers.
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Parent Talk Used Toy, Clothing, and Equipment Sale – Needham
ParentTalk’s annual Fall Sale is coming up Join us to shop for gently used strollers, pack’n’plays, high chairs, baby equipment, nursing equipment, linens, baby and kids’ clothing (including upscale brands) for ages 0-8, and toys
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014
Charles River School Family Fair and Craft Show – Dover
The Charles River School Fair and Craft Show in Dover, MA offers twice the fun Over 50 juried artists will display handcrafted treasures. Families can enjoy rides, games, photo booth, pony rides and more
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014

King Richard’s Faire Come and escape YOUR reality at King Richard’s Faire! Entertainment, exciting rides and skilled games abound on the Faire’s enchanting 80 acre wooded site. You’ll be dazzled by acrobats, aerialists, and jugglers! Captivated with our minstrels, dancers and puppeteers and instantly enthralled by fire eaters, exotic tigers, and the majestic white lion. Hundreds of talented performers perform non-stop for you throughout the day when visiting any one of our eight vibrant stages.

  • Weekends August 30th thru October 19th 2014
  • Gates open at 10:30am and close at 6:00pm

The Six Flags Food Truck & Beer Festival

Come enjoy some of New England’s best gourmet food trucks at Six Flags New England on October 18th from 12pm – 11pm! This festival will be combining roller coasters, haunted attractions, beer and wine, and over 20 food trucks!

Tickets to the theme park and the Food Truck & Beer Festival will be $49.99, which will include parking, theme park admission and access to the Food Truck & Beer Festival. Tickets can be purchased here!

Spooky Hayrides – Lexington

Wilson Farm hosts it annual Spooky Hayrides, no charge and fun for the whole family. Ride one of our farm tractors through our fields filled with spooky displays.
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun from Oct 6, 2014 – Oct 31, 2014

Salem Haunted Happenings 2014 – Salem
You’re invited to Salem’s annual Halloween Festival. It happens every year during October in the bewitching seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. Nobody celebrates Halloween quite like Salem, Massachusetts. Here’s a list of top favorites from The Thrillist. You can drive, take the commuter rail but check out the fast ferry from Boston Harbor Cruises.
Now thru Friday, Oct 31, 2014

FIND A LOT FOR LESS AT FORT POINT OPEN STUDIOS (source – Bargain Bin – Ami Albernaz – Boston Globe)

369 Congress St. will be a spot for bargains at this weekend’s Fort Point Open Studios. Artist-designers on the second floor will have prints, ceramics, knitwear, and more at 15-75 percent off retail prices. Find lamps, bowls, vases, and trays from Jill Rosenwald; funky earthenware lamps from Lawrence McRae Ceramics; colorful prints, maps, and iPhone cases from JHill Design; and hand-knit hats, mittens, and scarves from The Third Piece. The sale happens Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 369 Congress St., second floor, Boston.

And from OurNewton.org:

Halloween and more in Newton!

Harvest Fair, October 18 and 19

This weekend! Kiddie amusement rides, face painting, international craft vendors, ethnic food, live entertainment and MORE! For details read more. . .

>GREEN SOLUTIONS EXPOSunday October 19, 10 am – 5 pm
Newton Harvest Fair

Newton Centre Green
This year’s Newton/Needham Chamber of Commerce EXPO showcases solutions you can use to reduce your carbon footprint and over 50 exhibitors in one area. Come enjoy the Newton Harvest Fair which also features continuous entertainment, food and games for the kids. Get tips on how to live a “green” life style. See exhibitors with green products, services and ideas. See how far electric cars can take you before you have to switch to gasoline. See the advanced Tesla electric car. Find out how you can convert to solar electricity and reduce your electric bills without spending thousands. Have a green lawn all summer without watering and only cut once a month. This year’s EXPO will include games and activities for kids.

Boston Artists Ensemble, October 19

Intimate concert led by Boston Symphony cellist Jonathan Miller. . .Read more

From Conflict to Peace, October 21

A night of critical reflection moderated by NPR’s On Point host Tom Ashbrook. Read more

 Newton North High School Teen Gallery Opening,  October 29

The Newton Free Library will host the opening for posters and ceramics from Newton North High School; artwork will be on view through early spring 2014. Read more

Great Gatsby Movie & Costume Party, October 23

Wear 1920’s garb munch goodies and watch the classic film. Open to ages 13 and up

. . .Read more

Halloween on the Farm, October 31

Spooky stories, apple bobbing and more! Read more

Run by volunteers, OurNewton.org is “one-stop shopping” for Newton community news. OurNewton.org lists not-for-profit events around Newton: concerts, plays, festivals, sports clinics, lectures, workshops, classes, volunteer opportunities, walks, bike rides, and more.

OurNewton.org strives for accuracy, but errors may occur. Times, dates, and places may change, and some events require pre-registration. Please check with the hosts.

Another Great Event in April in Newton – NewTV’s Open House on April 8th

NewTV’s Open House 

Tuesday, April 8, 6-8pm

Wow, there is so much going on in April! Newton Open Studios, The Newton Kitchen Tour and NewTV’s Open House! What fun! Have you seen the renovated digs at NewTV? It’s gorgeous with state-of-the art equipment, a new theater and classroom facility. And they are hosting a community wide open house and there will be prizes. Yes, prizes. NewTV’s Open House April 8 from 6 pm-8 pm.

Walk in, take a tour and explore the HD control room and studio, HD Dolby 7.1 surround sound screening room and cutting-edge training center.

Enjoy Newton Open Studio’s 2014 Winter Juried Show –


Sign up for a class
Learn more about NewTV’s full roster of production and post-production courses. Become a new member and enter for the chance to win a flat screen TV (existing NewTV members can also win some great prizes by referring new members).

For more info on the event and membership, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Michael Sills at michaelcs@newtv.org and visit NewTV Open House.

Other NewTV News:

NewTV’s Emmy® Award-winning original program, “The Folklorist” is currently seeking talent for our upcoming segment,“Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance” to film at the NewTV Studio on 4/11/14. Please email folklorist@newtv.org with your headshot, full body shot, and a resume, as well as the role(s) you are interested in.

Actors must provide their own transportation to the shoot. The NewTV Studio is located at 23 Needham Street in Newton, MA. Public transportation is available via the Green D Line “Newton Highlands” stop.

All roles are non-speaking, non-union, and unpaid. Actors will receive meals during the shoot, as well as IMDb credit and a DVD copy of the program upon its completion.

SHACKLETON’S VOYAGE OF ENDURANCE (1914-1916)
Filming on 4/11/14 at the NewTV Studio
Available Roles:
• Ernest Shackleton – Male (ages 35-50)
• Captain Frank Worsley – Male (ages 35-50)
• Frank Wild – Male (ages 35-50)
• Harry “Chippy” McNish – Male (ages 35-50)
• James Francis Hurley – Male (ages 25-35)
• Perce Blackborow – Male (ages 18-25)
• Sailors – Male (ages 18-50)

Internships Available 

NewTV offers interns fantastic opportunities that could include covering a community event for Newton News, editing a documentary for the Government Channel, working on your own project with the Education Channel, or even designing marketing and promotional materials for the station.

 

Mission Statement

NewTV is a non-profit Newton-based organization dedicated to providing the diverse Newton community with a platform for opinions, news and local information not generally available from commercial or public media.  NewTV also offers training, a media facility and content distribution while supporting the First Amendment right to free speech of the Newton community.

 

 

Thanks to these Open House Sponsors:

 

What to do on the Fourth

Tall Ship mock battle - July 1,, 2012 - capability mom blognavy week boston - capability mom blogThere are so many options, my head is spinning! Here is the schedule for the Harborfest  on July 4th (the last day) and here is a link from the lovely folks at Boston Central that will help you find local (professional – see previous post, please) fireworks and other holiday events. This is a wonderful resource – bookmark this page and be safe!

OpSail is in Boston through July 5 then on to New London, CT –  July 6-8. Navy week runs through July 6. There are tons of other fun things to do and see in Boston, don’t miss the new Tea Party Museum on Congress Street and throw some tea overboard. Or take a Segway tour of Boston, and there are so many boats giving tours – give one a try!

Don’t forget the Harbor Islands – cool off on a boat ride out and explore a part of Boston you may have never seen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Me? I’m busy thinking up ways to not cook and still provide nutritional food that my family will eat. A foodie friend just gave me a recipe for quinoa tabouli from Bon Appetit.  It was delicious and loved the substitution of this protein. These same foodie friends were making pretty bruschetta on the grill. Goat cheese, mint, basil, figs, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese were the topping selections. Yum. Grill counts as no-cook (really, anything that doesn’t heat up the kitchen).

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