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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.

 

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day

to all of the

wonderful fathers

everywhere.

 

 

 

One of our favorite places when the kids were young, Lookout Farm in Natick, is free to all dads today. And The Dicovery Museums are always a family favorite – at any age.

The Discovery Museums have kicked off a series of programming focused on the outdoors to run through summer and beyond, the first of a multi-phased program to get kids reconnected with nature.  The concept development work for the initiative was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Foundation for MetroWest.

“Studies show that societal declines in creativity and increases in things such as Attention Deficit Disorder can be tied back to children’s lack of exposure to nature during their early developmental years,” said Neil Gordon, CEO of The Discovery Museums.  “We consider it part of our mission to entice kids back outside by leveraging and expanding our outdoor spaces through programming and exhibits. We are so grateful to the Foundation for jumpstarting our efforts to ensure support for this important initiative.”

Phase I of the initiative includes an increase in staff-led outdoor programming for families.  The lineup for 2013 spring and summer includes: Woodland Trail Scavenger Hunt, flower dissection, nature walks, outdoor music and movement, Owls of the World, Dirtopia!, Wild Animals in Your Neighborhood, Meet a Geologist, Explore a 300lb Block of Ice, Painting with Water, Sun Art, Free-Form Forrest Building, Creating Giant Bird Nests, and more.  The Museums will also kick off a summer-long series called AirPlay Tuesdays, where kids and families will explore the properties of wind, air resistance, and air pressure through a series of programs.  In July, Artist-Naturalist Sam Jaffe will lead a program on the biology and beauty of caterpillars.

Subsequent phases will include developing a fully-accessible treehouse to serve as an outdoor learning center, and renovation and expansion of existing outdoor exhibits.

“Time spent with handheld devices and video games is taking away precious outdoor free-play time for kids, where they can explore, learn and grow.” said Judy Salerno, executive director of Foundation for MetroWest.  “We are happy to be able to support The Discovery Museums’ initiatives to get kids outside and connect them with the incredible natural world that surrounds them.”

About The Discovery Museums

The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of MetroWest Boston. The two museums—the Children’s Discovery Museum for ages 0-6 and the Science Discovery Museum for kids of all ages—are paired on a single 4.5-acre campus in Acton, MA.  For 30 years the Museums have served families and schools from towns throughout New England, with a commitment to informal education that enhances classroom learning. The hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation and imagination.  The Discovery Museums combine manageable scale, convenient location and free parking to provide a fun and engaging experience where children and adults can discover their world together. For more information, please visit http://www.discoverymuseums.org.

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