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Edible Plants Walk at Stearns Farm

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 7:48 pm on September 3, 2014
Book cover: Wild Plants I've Known ...and Eaten, (Russ Cochen, 2014)

Author of "Wild Plants I've Known ...and Eaten" to host Edible Plant Walk at Stearns Farm,

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Sudbury Valley Trustees is hosting an edible wild plants walk from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at Stearns Farm in Framingham.

Russ Cohen, of the MA Department of Fish & Game Riverways Program, will lead the walk to look for edible plants.

Cohen is a foraging expert and author of "Wild Plants I Have Known… and Eaten," according to an announcement from the trustees.

Stearns Farm and its adjacent woodlands are home to more than 30 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts.

Join Russ on a late afternoon/evening ramble through the farm (and, if time permits, the adjoining woods) to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants. Depending on weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well!

Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on edible portions, seasons of availability, and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

This is a free event for Stearns Farm CSA members, in addition to SVT members, (Stearns Farm members, please check the SVT member box when registering for this program).  Non-Member Fee: $10

Pre-registration is required.

For more information, visit the SVT website at: or call 978-443-5588.



Framingham Farmer's Market at Centre Common

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 2:19 pm on June 4, 2011
Framingham Farmers Market

Fresh produce from local family farms can be found at the Framingham Farmer's Market on the Village Green in Framingham Centre each Thursday from noon 'til 5:30pm throughout the summer and fall.

Framingham, MA - With a nationwide effort to eat healthier and to support local business and family farms, shopping at the Framingham Farmer's Market helps locals meet these goals.

The market, located on the Framingham Centre Common, (also known as "The Village Green"), will be open each Thursday afternoons from 12:00 noon until 5:30PM from June 9th through October 27th, 2011.

With fruits and vegetables, (some picked just hours before the market opens), local residents and Framingham visitors have a chance to ...[read more]

Farmstand at Framingham MassPike Service Area

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 7:36 am on May 20, 2011
photo - local produce at MA Farmers Market

Massachusetts grown... and fresher!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Pick up some fresh fruit, veggies and other farm fresh local produce on the Pike!

Starting this weekend commuters traveling the MassPike, (I-90), will be able to purchase farm fresh fruits, vegetables and other products grown or made locally in Massachusetts at the Framingham MassPike Service Plaza from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

The plaza is located westbound on I-90 between exits 12 and 13.

Items for sale may included anything from farm fresh strawberries to baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, maple syrup, honey, eggs, flowers and more.  (The vendors are permitted to sell anything that does not compete with items sold in the service plaza restaurants and store).

Aside from the Framingham location, travelers will ...[read more]

Framingham Dairy Farm Open House

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 1:40 pm on November 12, 2010
Eastleigh Farm, Framingham, MA - milk bottles

Visit a traditional New England Dairy Farm in Framingham this weekend!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Eastleigh Farm is again offering families the chance to see a real working dairy farm in action.

Farmer Doug Stephan is inviting people to visit the farm this weekend, Nov. 13 & 14, 2010, from noon to dark to see cows being milked, take a hay ride around the farm, "meet the cows" and have some family fun.

Be sure to stop by and sample some locally produced milk, (flavored and unflavored), warm apple cider and ice cream with hot toppings -- all served with plenty of  "bovine hospitality".

Eastleigh Farm is one of the few working farms left in the area, and the only one in Framingham licensed to sell raw milk.

Eastleigh Farm is located at 1062 Edmands Road, Framingham, MA 01701, (turn onto Edmands at the intersection of Edgell Rd. in Nobscot).

For more info, contact Doug Stephan, (, or call (508) 877-1753 or visit their website at:


TALK - Eat Local - Buy Local With Community Supported Agriculture

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 6:56 pm on January 11, 2010

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Tom Hanson of Hanson's Farm, 20 Nixon Rd., Framingham will present a talk on community supported agriculture at Annie's Book Stop in the Nobscot Plaza, 774 Water St., Framingham on Wednesday, Jan 13,at 7.00 p.m.

Community Supported Agriculture is in such demand all across New England that many CSAs have people on waiting lists one or two years long. By paying a fee up front, members are entitled to a share in the season's crop and a small farm benefits by spreading the cash flow out across the season. Join us at this meeting, sponsored by the Nobscot Neighbors Association, and learn all about this wildly popular new way of bringing home the groceries.

The CSA model appeals to a wide range of people: foodies who will settle for nothing less than the freshest fruits and vegetables that have ripened naturally. It appeals to environmentalists who want to buy from local sources, rather than support interstate transport from mega-farms on the West Coast or in South America. And it appeals to those who want to support local farms as a way to preserve the rural character of their community. Stearns Farm on Edmands Road has operated as a CSA since 1990.

For over a hundred years the Hanson family has worked their Nixon Road farm, with about 52 acres in fruits and vegetables and another 100 in hay and field corn. As far back as any of us can remember, Tom, Martha and son, Matt Hanson have sold their produce and flowers at the roadside farmstand and at farmer's markets throughout this part of the state. Last year they launched a CSA and membership sold out in the first season. Tom says the CSA program is an ideal way to embrace the needs of modern families while honoring the farm's agricultural history.

The Nixon Road farm is also home to a pick-your-own program and an annual halloween event that has come to be known as Tom and Matt's Excellent Adventure.

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