Each March the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association helps to put on Maple Weekend throughout the state. The event is one weekend usually towards the end of March (there may be a set weekend each year but check their website) where Maple Syrup Farms all over Massachusetts open up their doors to visitors. I hopped in the car and took a quick ride over to Woodville Maples to stock up on some syrup for the year ! What a blast and oh my goodness the wonderful smells ! I was able to sample the different types of Maple Syrup – all of which are delicious and I would take anyone on any day. In the meantime – check out Woodville Maples of Hopkinton, MA for all your maple needs Just email or Facebook them and they will get back to you, they do not have set ‘open’ hours and need to be contacted beforehand, but they are very easy to get a hold of and willing to work with your schedule ! 🙂
I haven’t been able to get to a farm lately to do a post so I have just been photographing around our little cottage/farm as I like to think of it. When I have been able to get to a farm it is to grab some Turkey Pie, Turkey Soup, Turkey Chili, Sliced Turkey Meat from Outpost Farm in Holliston, MA. They make DELICIOUS foods and it always smells so good when you go in there. None of these photographs are taken there but I wanted to mention a farm in the post anyways. Enjoy the photographs & Happy Fall – Keep raking !!
Have you ever been to Elm Bank in South Natick/Wellesley? It is a secret gem of the Boston Metro-West area. IT IS GORGEOUS! Gardens Galore ! There are so many niche gardens (Rhododendron, Italianate, Weezy’s Children’s Garden, GARDEN TO TABLE – My personal favorite, and the list goes on) ! This is a great place to come and get some open space , fresh air, and tons of natural beauty – manicured and wild. I am personally involved in the Garden To Table Garden that is volunteer ran – all vegetables produced here are donated to local food banks. Last year we donated over 4,000 lbs. ! G2T (Garden To Table) I will save for another post because it is a story in itself !
Back on August 13 Elm Bank hosted a free festival on their grounds with live music thanks to Jennifer Kimball, tours, art, tastings, and great vibes ! THE POMOMA FESTIVAL honoring the Greek God Pomoma – honoring Fruit Trees, Gardens & Orchards ! My kind of gal !!! MMM HMM !
If you live in the area, I encourage you to become a member of Mass Hort (short for The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, who’s headquarters are located at Elm Bank) and make touring their grounds a weekly event! They also have a great newsletter with different activities for children & adults all throughout the year! Here are a couple of snippets from the Pomoma Festival at sunset!
Being from Texas, we have a few cacti, I was excited to see cactus that grows as a perennial here in New England makes me feel at home! Here is some ‘Eastern Prickly Pear’ also known as ‘Optunia humifusa’ they get beautiful Yellow flowers – see below ( I am going out on a limb here and identifying a specific species, I apologize if I am incorrect)! I believe there are other varieties and recall that the New England Wild Flower Society has a garden area dedicated to different cactuses grown here in New England – not to mention they have TONS of other amazing things! Pack a sandwich & visit the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) to enjoy your summer, they have lots of educational programs and their trails are marked beautifully so you know what you’re viewing !
The other Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting Harvey’s Farm & Garden Center in Westborough, MA. Normally when I go to a Garden Center, I am completely ignored, offered no help, find many plants not labeled, and usually wander about in circles. What I hope to be a fun, relaxing, & rejuvenating (yes – to see some bright colors, foliage, and life can encourage the soul here in New England!) shopping trip usually turns out to be a frustrating experience. NOT AT HARVEY’S ! You are greeted, offered advice, asked specific questions related to your project(s)! They are WONDERFUL! They are HELPFUL! They are EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE! Also, their plant material is in the best shape- healthy & happy (disease free!), they take great care of their plants and property. Their selection of Vegetable Transplants is amazing – You name it, they’ve got it!! If you want to start a Veggie Garden – GO HERE! I was floored! Thank you Harvey’s for a shopping experience I had always hoped for!!
I will be photographing a wedding at Hartman’s Herb Farm this June so the bride and I decided to go out on a lovely spring day to see what was in bloom or about to be in bloom. I like to scout out locations prior to the day of shoots merely to get comfortable with my surroundings – I try not to pre-visualize things too much or else I feel like things just don’t flow.
Well, we were in a for a treat, not only is the venue beautiful, the owners are incredible too! What a great family !!! They try to do as much ‘Farm to Table’ items as possible for each event including Flowers & Veggies. If you ever need Herbs, Flowers, Perennials, Wedding/Party Venue, Dance Venue – this is it! Lynn and Carissa are so nice, welcoming and hospitable- it is clear they put as much emphasis, thought and love into an event as the host!
If you are looking for a nice country drive head out to Hartman’s in Barre, MA to see the beautiful flowers, shop around, and look at the animals ! Call the farm if you have any questions about their farm, what they sell, they are very helpful! This place is adorable and I barely touched the surface and mainly focused on the animals-FYI!
Drumlin Farm is worth a visit! They provide interest year round and have tons of animals! These are just a few sneak peak photos of what the farm has to offer! Don’t miss the raptors in their cages, the pigs, birds, the beautiful vegetable gardens, ponies, cows, and great staff!
They offer tons of interesting classes in their cozy education building, and miles of hiking trails !
This farm is full of fun and laughter ! My husband and I had a great time walking the trails and enjoying the fresh, autumn air !