Flavor’s the ticket at Cold Spring Farm

CN-flavor_084by Laura Rodley  

Nestled in a cozy series of pastures graze Ayrshire cattle that belong to Tim and Doff Storrow of Cold Spring Farm. Tim has had repeat customers ordering his beef for over a decade. The reason is flavor. Everyone raves about the flavor, from his customers to head chef Jordan Scott at nearby Gill Tavern where Cold Spring Farm beef is served for dinner.

“He loves the beef,” said Tim, who has ordered his own beef for dinner at Gill Tavern too, on a night out, though, “Typically I’ll order something else,” for variety. [Read more…]

Local food and the USDA

by Tamara Scully

There isn’t a set definition of a local or regional food system within the USDA. But that doesn’t mean that local food isn’t a priority. In fact, local food systems are definitely on the USDA’s radar, and all initiatives focusing on local food are coordinated via the prominent Know Your Farmer/Know Your Food program.

Elanor Starmer, USDA’s National Coordinator and Advisor for Local and Regional Food Systems, outlined the characteristics of a local food system to a national audience, via a live webinar, “The Role of Cooperatives in Local Food Systems Development,” held earlier this fall. Local food systems have all phases of the lifecycle of the food take place within a defined region, Starmer said. And, the benefits of such a food system impact the immediate community. These benefits include social, economic, environmental and nutritional improvements. Additionally, products in a local food system are identified as “local,” and “a lot of other values are conveyed with that product,” she said. [Read more…]

Chance for trophy buck makes 2015 Virginia Farm Show the ideal destination

CM-MR-2-VAFarmShow7by Jon M. Casey

Would you like to go on the deer-hunting trip of a lifetime? Well, the 2015 Virginia Farm Show can possibly make that happen, if you attend and register for the grand door prize that will be awarded Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at the Lee Publications, Inc. exhibit. Just ask the 2014 winners, Bob and Margaret Chandler of Staunton, VA about how exciting this prize can be.

It was at the 2014 Virginia Farm Show that Richard Huff III, co-owner of Keystone Valley Ranch, drew Bob’s name as the Grand Prize winner of a $2,000 credit toward a deer-hunting trip to Keystone Valley Ranch near Shermansdale, PA. Bob and Margaret got their trophy buck in late October. [Read more…]

Five Point Farm

CN-MR-3-FivePoint67by Laura Rodley

There’s nothing more peaceful than a herd of cows contently chewing their cud. And there’s nothing better than having someone else take care of them while they are right out your doorstep. William Llewelyn, best known as Bill, grew up with cows. Five or six years ago, he sold his own cows and started renting out the barns. He and his wife Betsy own the farm as partners.

Brian Peila has filled the stalls with 300 Holsteins and Jerseys of his own and is a ready customer for the feed Bill sells.

Situated in Northfield, MA, Bill sells grain and hay and grows 340 acres of corn that is either sold by the ton or by a 50-pound bag as shell corn for heating purposes or as animal feed. [Read more…]

The Fifth Annual Fiber Festival of New England

CN-MR-3-Fiber1by George Looby

The Fiber Festival of New England is a joint effort of the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association and the Eastern States Exposition. This year’s event featured a display of animals, fiber products, demonstrations and lectures in the Mallary Complex in West Springfield, MA.

It is amazing to watch craftspeople in action, using fiber produced on New England farms to carry out their many and varied businesses and hobbies. Those involved in fiber production would be at a definite disadvantage if there were not a local demand for their product. Conversely, without regional alpaca, llama, rabbit and sheep breeders supplying their needs, the quality of artisans’ products would be greatly compromised. [Read more…]