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A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocal

A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocalIMG_2584

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.

 

 

Crock-pot Love and More #giveaway

Crock-pot® Love and More #giveaway from RedPack Tomatoes®

It’s not that I love my crock-pot more than any other appliance (sorry, crock-pot, I may love my mixer just a little bit more, but we have been together since 1992 and she’s even a bit sickly of late, so…). But this time of year with busy days, late sporting events and activities, I both love and need my crock-pot (I even ponied up for a larger capacity model last year when I couldn’t fit some recipes in my training model (only a one quart).

What do I do with it? Um, everything, really. From beans to sauces to full meals, the crock-pot handles it all. Having a team dinner? Have food allergies/requests? You can have two crock-pots and one meat chile and one veggie. Feeds a crowd – add a big green salad and some cornbread and you are done.

My favorite sauce in general (and it works beautifully in a slow cooker) is from smitten kitchen – tomato sauce with onion and butter.  And I’m always looking for new recipes – I am going to try the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (or Chicken) from Redpack Tomatoes.

So all of you Slow Cooker Lovers, Redpack Tomatoes is running a giveaway of 44 custom crockpots – they are giving away 2 crockpots a day! And here is their Facebook Page where you can enter the giveaway.

 

Disclosure: I received Redpack Tomatoes and a pretty wooden spoon to add to my growing collection. I was not compensated and I have a feeling I can’t enter to win the crockpot either, so you’re welcome.

 

Put on your Sunscreen! (giveaway)

IMG_4742IMG_4732Even though I know that I should always use sunscreen (because my derm told me so), sometimes I forget (shh, don’t tell) but so you won’t forget, here’s a little something to keep you covered.

A box of sample size sunscreen tubes (the perfect size for your handbag, diaper bag, first aid kit, the glove compartment or doesn’t your car have stuff crammed in it like mine?

Also, five soft stretchy elastic hair ties (they won’t leave a  bump in your hair) and a Coolibar Sunhat.

Okay, I love Coolibar products and I got this white wide-brimmed sunhat is from Getting Gorgeous 2013 in New York City but decided to share it as a giveaway (I got a lot of stuff at Getting Gorgeous, people! Just sharing the wealth).

 

So, you know what to do, see the Rafflecopter below?

There are three ways to enter to win:

Leave a comment and answer the pressing question: Do you wear sunscreen everyday?

“Like Krauss Dermatology’s Facebook Page (which is not only my go-to for great info but they also donate $1 to The One Fund Boston for every like)

Follow Krauss Dermatology on Twitter

The samples and ties are from Krauss Dermatology – I kicked in the sunhat because it goes so well with the giveaway and it’s just sitting in my office anyway because I usually just wear a baseball cap (so not fancy).

Enjoy!
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Treat Yourself This Season

Goody Bags!

This is one of the times of the year that I miss appointments, double book, and am overwhelmed. How is this different? Holidays may be over but there are school conferences, annual physicals and I’m still not sure what year it is. Really. I’m not.

So, what to do? Busy moms tend to put themselves last. What beauty treatments? What sleep? Somehow I always manage to find time to eat…but we’ll get into that later.

I am lucky enough to have great resources and sometimes I even use them properly. Go figure. My dermatologist, Krauss Dermatology, has a fantastic practice and a great blog that I check in with when I don’t quite know what to do but don’t think the problem warrants an office visit, well, at least just yet. I do not hesitate to seek medical advice, ever, and my dry winter skin is under control thanks to the recommended (and over-the-counter) Cerave lotion.

Research first and and confirm (and I know my health care professionals appreciate my curiosity even when they don’t agree with my self-diagnosis), with my doctor is my M.O. – just ask my very patient OB/GYN – nervous mom-to-be that I was, I used to mail him articles as an FYI. I know, right?

So Krauss Dermatology is the kind of practice you love to share with your friends – Excellent medical care, extremely professional and personable staff, and they’re philanthropic, too. Not only were they a donor for the annual Melanoma Foundation of New England Shades of Hope event this year but continue to donate to the Melanoma Foundation of New England for each Facebook like. Pretty nice.

Even nicer, they are giving away goody bags filled with sample sized products from their well-stocked sample cabinet (I know, I got to see it). There are three great goody bags so more chances to win! I also happen to know that they are running a special on CoolSculpting (FaceBook 50 is the code – let them know at the front desk to save $50 off your treatment)

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