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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.

 

 

Experience Gifts are the Answer (in case you were wondering)

IMG_1401It’s three days before Christmas and I haven’t gotten my parents a thing. Nope, nothing. What kind of nonsense is this? Well, to be fair, it’s a group gift from all of us, and while there isn’t actually any dissent, there isn’t a lot of decision making going on either. Am I at the mall? Decidedly no (even though I hear from Annmarie Weir Seldon of Trendy Mommies that there are good deals for the taking).

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a gift card? Well, it can be true and while I long resisted the gift card, I’ve come to see it in a new way. Those hard to buy for folks (like my parents) would love a gift certificate to a long-standing favorite restaurant or as-yet-untried place – thus the experience gift.

 

What to get? Well, you can guess but it’s nice if you have a little working knowledge of your gift-ee. Country music or classical? Show tunes or not so much? Are they into kitchen or tech gadgets? Are they bookish? Museum or movie buffs? Are they foodies? If so the world is definitely your oyster.

Do they like day-trips or weekends away? Explore or stay close to home? All of the above? Then you have it made.

Not that I would be unhappy with a gift card to Starbucks, but it is nice if the gift is a bit more personal. So, if you know if your gift-ee likes day-trips or overnights, spa treatments or dIMG_1150ays lounging by the pool, you have a good start. Hotel gift stays are a great group idea for parents and grandparents, a mother-daughter(s) spa weekend or a weekend away for your family – upgrade that Staycation!

Recently I visited the John Carver Inn in Plymouth as part of a Blogger Day of Fun and Beauty (okay, I made the title up but I call it like I see it). First, we had a tour of this lovely inn and then gathered in the Beach Plum Spa. The well-named Relaxation Room was now our home base, with super comfortable seats, soft lighting and fresh fruit flavored water, and snacks (really nice snacks). The attention to detail is outstanding, from the constellation ceiling (sorry – no pics) to the fully appointed beautiful locker rooms, and the comfortable and calming treatment rooms.  And there is a fun pool is a perfect place to take the kids, and while (ahem) someone is hanging out poolside or in the hot tub, someone else can go get a terrific spa treatment at the award-winning Beach Plum Spa.

 

 

The staff is wonderful, professional and attentive, extremely well-trained, and all personally vetted by the owner of the hotel, the lovely and welcoming Deb Catania. My technician and I chatted about skin care during the treatment, because I am super curious and have sensitive skin, and she not only described each step and product in great detail but she also gave me some great make-at-home skin care treatments.

Instagram Image from Leah’s Life: Pearls and Oysters Beach Plum Spa

 

 

 

From Masshole Mommy’s Post: The Beach Plum Spa and WaterFire Tavern at The John Carver Inn in Plymouth are a Winning Combo! Photo Credit
From Masshole Mommy’s Post: The Beach Plum Spa and WaterFire Tavern at The John Carver Inn in Plymouth are a Winning Combo!

 

 

 

The fantastic Beach Plum Spa is open to the public (no need to be a guest of the hotel to book an appointment), and is open seven days a week, year round. And there are two other locations of this spa in the John Carver Inn’s sister hotels, the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich and the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis. Check out this local gem, and, if you’re a sweetheart, get your parents a gift certificate.

Disclaimer: I received a spa facial in order to be able to review the spa services. All opinions are, and ever will be, my own.

 

 

 

 

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