Sunday, July 30, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
Pumpkin Tiramisu(Double recipe to use in large trifle bowl.)
1 pkg. authentic Italian ladyfingers (they're hard, not soft)
8 oz. Mascarpone cheese
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg (to taste)
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract or orange extract
2 1/2 c. heavy cream, whipped and chilled
1/8 c. either Frangelico liqueur, rum or orange juice
Arrange ladyfingers on the bottom of a 9" square pan. Pour liqueur over ladyfingers. Mix Mascarpone with the pumpkin, spices, sugar and extract. Fold in 1 1/2 c. of the whipped cream. Pour mixture over lady fingers. ( If using large trifle bowl, you can layer the ladyfingers and cream mixture: just make sure you sprinkle lady fingers with liquid--juice or liqueur--before covering with cream mixture). Gently spread remaining whipped cream on top of mixture. Sprinkle decoratively with additional cinnamon and crystallized ginger. Cover and chill at least two hours, or overnight.
Serves eight generously.
Friday, July 14, 2006
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NOTE: information on this list is subject to change without notice to the Department. It's always a good idea to call the farm ahead of time to check on crop availability and picking conditions. Try printing this page in landscape orientation for better fit.
|Farm Name |
|Directions||Hours of Operation||Comments|
|Andrews Farm |
394 Old Meetinghouse Road
|From Boston, Rt. 128S, right onto Route 151 to Sandwich Road, left onto Carriage Shop Rd. Bear right at fork, farm on right.||Open 7 days, 10-4pm.||Hayrides, groups.|
|Coonamessett Farm |
277 Hatchville Rd
|Rt. 28 south towards Falmouth; exit onto Rt. 151 east, turn south on Sandwich Rd. Proceed to Hatchville Rd and turn right, farm is 1 mile on right.||9-5pm, May through September. PYO Salad mix available year round. (Hydroponic Greenhouse)||Membership required in PYO club, $15 annual family membership fee. Café featuring Coonamessett Farm grown produce. Canoe rentals for pond at Coonamessett Farm.|
|Hilltop Orchard / Furnace Brook Winery |
Route 295 - Canaan Road
|Mass Pike to Exit 1, to Route 41 North to Route 295 West, farm 3/4 mile on the right.||Open Wed to Sunday, 9am to 5pm Labor Day until Columbus Day for PYO. Stand open 9-5pm.||Containers provided, children welcome, picnicing and free hayrides on weekends. View cider mill and offer hard cider. Year round stand and bakery. New: Furnace Brook winery tours & tastings.|
|Howden Farm |
303 Rannopo Rd
|3 miles south of center of Sheffield. At fork of Rt. 7 & 7A(1.7 miles) take 7A, then first right onto Rannapo Rd. We are first place on the left.||Pumpkins last weekend and holidays in Sept. thru all of Oct. 10-5pm.|
|Ioka Valley Farm |
3475 Route 43
|8 miles west from the intersections of Route 7 & 43. 4 miles east from the intersection of NY Route 22 & 43.||Open weekends only. Mid September thru October for Pumpkins. 10am-5:30pm. Everyday during Strawberry season. 8-noon, 4:30-7:30pm weekdays, weekends, 8-4:30pm.||Free hayrides provided to PYO pumpkin patch or Christmas tree plantation. Pure maple syrup year round. Visit farmstand and petting area.|
|Lowland Farm |
129 New Marlboro Rd
|Monterey, Rt. 23, 1 mile on New Marlboro Rd.||Open 7 days when in season.||-|
|Mountain View Farm |
Old Cheshire Rd
|From Allendale shopping center to Crane Ave., pass Jody Seasonal, right onto Oak Hill, which becomes Partridge Rd. Turn left at end of Partridge Rd and then turn right on Old Cheshire Rd. Farm is next right.||Monday - Friday from 8am to 8pm for strawberries. Sat. and Sun., 8-5pm.In season, 12-5pm for tomatoes.||May bring your own containers.|
|Taft Farms |
Route 183 & Division Street
|Take Route 7 South from Stockbridge and follow signs to Rt. 183. 3/4 mile from Rt. 7 on Rt. 183.||Call ahead for conditions and hours.||Containers available or bring your own. Strawberries grown without pesticides.|
|Araujo Farms & Greenhouses |
1460 Williams St.
|Call for directions and hours.||Offer horse drawn hayrides & picnic area.|
|Cedar Hills Farm |
|Route 44 to Route 118 South, farm is 1/10 mile on the left.||Call for hours.||Horse drawn hayrides.|
|Four Town Farm |
90 George Street
|From 195, take exit 1 and follow Rt. 6 east to Cumberland Farms, turn right onto Warren Ave. for 1/2 mile then bear right at fork onto George St.||9-5pm depending on availability.||Children must be supervised.|
|Oakdale Farm |
59 Wheaton Ave
|Route 44 to Lincoln Street, left onto Country, take 2nd right to Barney Ave. to 59 Wheaton Ave. Or Rt. 6 to Barney Ave- Left to Almeida Rd. to the end. Right onto Wheaton Rd.||Call for picking times and conditions. Open May-October.|
|Cider Hill Farm |
45 Fern Ave.
|Interstate 95 to Exit 1 in New Hampshire. Go West 2 miles Route 107 to Route 150. South 2 miles on Route 150, turn left onto Fern Ave. to barn and farm store. Or, Rt. 495 to exit 54. Turn right at bottom onto Rt.150. Go North through Amesbury. Turn right||June: 8-6pm, July - Oct: 9-6pm, 7 days/week.||Containers provided, children welcome if supervised. Offer children's play area, farm animals, a picnic area, and hayrides in the fall.|
|Clark Farm |
163 Hobart Street
|Take Centre Street Exit off Route 1 North. Turn left. 1/2 mile at blinking lights, Turn left onto Hobart Street. Farm 1/4 mile on left.||Stand open daily from 9am to 6pm. Open for PYO: 9am to 5pm.||Containers provided for a fee, children welcome.|
|Connors Farm |
30 Valley Road (Rt. 35)
|From downtown Danvers, Route 35 North to farm. Or from Route 1 North, take North Street exit, then turn left at only intersection. Also Rt. 128 to exit 23N. This is Rt. 35, we are 5 miles from this Jct.||Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm.||Containers are provided, children welcome. Picnic area and barnyard animals.Tour buses welcome!|
|Green Meadow Farms |
650 Asbury Street
|Exit 20A off Route 128 to 1A North, go through North Beverly into Wenham, 1.5 miles past Wenham Lake take left after large white Church on left onto Arbor Street, go 2 miles to Asbury Street on left. Farm is 1.5 miles on left.||Daily 9-6pm.|
|Homestead Farm & Orchard |
13 Birchmeadow Road
|Rt.495 to exit 53. Left onto Rt.110, Birchmeadow Rd will be 1 mile on the right.||Strawberries 8am-6pm. In season, apples & pumpkins on weekends only. Free hayrides to apple orchard.||Containers supplied.|
|Ingaldsby Farm |
14 Washington Street
|1 mile off Route 133 in West Boxford.||Stand open 8am to 6:30 pm daily. In season, apple picking on weekends after Labor Day 10am to 6pm.||Containers provided, or bring your own. Children welcome with adults. Bakery included.|
|Long Hill Orchards |
520 Main Street, Rt. 113
|Exit 57 off Route 95. Left off exit, farm is 4 miles on right.||Seven days a week from 9-6pm. Including holidays.||Greenhouse, ice cream, and petting farm. Containers available if needed. Beautiful views of the Merrimack River. Bring a picnic, enjoy the beauty. Horse drawn hay rides.|
|Marini Farm |
259 Linebrook Road
|U.S. Route 1 to Linebrook Road, East toward Ipswich 1 mile, or Route 1A past center of Ipswich to Linebrook Road.||Open 9am to 6pm daily. In season, open for PYO tomatoes 9am to 6pm.|
|Smolak Farms |
315 South Bradford Street
|Route 95 to Route 97 Georgetown Exit. Left at Boxford Village sign to first right, Ipswich Road. Go 6 miles and look for signs.||Stand open daily, 7am to 6pm. For all PYO, daily 9-5pm.||Farm animals, hayrides in season, festivals, senior and educational programs, and host birthday parties, kids craft summer camp, farmstore bakery, functions.|
|Appleberry Farm |
|2 miles South on Route 187 from Feeding Hills Center, take right onto Barry St. Farm is on Barry Street @ Risings Corner.||Starts mid-August, through mid-October on weekends.|
|Fini's Plant Farm |
217 James Street
|Feeding Hills section of Agawam off North St.||Sat. and Sun. from 9-5 in Oct. Weekdays by appt. only. Offer hay rides and childrens' events.||Group rates for weekday field trips.|
|Kosinski Farm |
336 Russellville Rd
|Rt. 10 & 202 north from Westfield center. 5 miles left onto North Rd.||Sept. and Oct., open 7 days, 7am to noon, except closed on Friday.|
|Provin Mt Farm |
443 North West Street
|Exit 3 off I-91 in Springfield, take Rt. 57 west. 1 mile beyond Feeding Hills Center, turn right at light onto N. West St.||Call for hours.|
|Pumpkin Valley Farm |
384 College Highway
|From Springfield take Rt. 57 west. At intersection of Rts. 10, 202 and 57, take 10 & 202 south. Farm is 1.5 miles on left.||Open 9am to dusk daily, free hayrides on weekends and holidays.|
|Robert's Hillside Orchard |
275 South Lane
|Call for directions and hours.|
|Westview Farms |
111 East Hill Rd.
|Between Rts. 32 & 20. Exit 8 from Mass. Pike. East Hill Rd. is off Monson Rd. off Rt. 20. From Rt. 32 at Wing Med. Ctr. to Brimfield Rd. to East Hill Rd.||April 1 thru Oct 30, Winter by reservation. Buses welcome.||Dairy farm, 30 flavors of ice cream, goats, lambs, rabbits. Field trips for schools, day care & scouts, birthday parties: include horse drawn hay & sleigh rides, feeding the animals. Country fresh family fun.|
|Fletcher Farm |
22 Gunn Rd
|Call for hours and conditions. Welcome school groups.|
|McCray's Farm |
55 Alvord Street
|1st left off Route 47 from center of South Hadley. Farm is 2 miles on right.||Open daily, call for times and picking conditions.||Hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Homemade ice cream, cornstalks, hay bales.|
|Applefield Farm |
|3 miles west of Stow Center, farm is on Route 117.||Open Monday through Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Open for PYO vegetables 9am to 5pm.||Containers are provided, PYO vegetables include: beans, eggplants, peas, hot peppers, summer squash, kale & tomatoes.|
|Brox Farm |
1276 Broadway Rd.
|Rt. 93 to exit 46 to Rt. 113 west, 2.5 miles on right.||Call for picking conditions and hours.||Many other fruits & vegetables picked daily for farmstand.|
|Butter Brook Farm |
982 Main St.
|From Boston Rt. 2 West to Rt. 27 North (Main St.) # 982. From 485 to Rt. 2 East to Rt. 27 North (Main St.) #982.||Call ahead for hours and conditions. Saturdays 10am-4pm.||Organic products. Also offer herbs and local honey.|
|Carver Hill Orchards |
Brookside Avenue - Box 101
|Rts. 117 & 62 to Stow Center, left at lights, 1/2 mile to Brookside on left. Watch for signs.||Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Open August until Christmas.||Groups by appt., picnic tables provided. Wagon rides on weekends and can be scheduled for weekday groups.|
|Codman Community Farms |
58 Codman Rd
|1/4 mile off Rt. 126 on Codman Rd.||8am-8pm daily, June thru Oct.||Eggs, pork, beef and lamb for sale. Minor breeds of cows, sheep, chickens and pigs. Open for farm tours year round.|
|D.J. Hussey Farm |
20 Burgess Road
|Rt. 119 to Townsend center- north on Rt. 113 for 1/2 mile then left on Dudley Rd for 1.5 miles and look for signs.||Call for hours and picking conditions.|
|Dowse Orchard |
98 North Main Street
|From North/West: Mass Pike to exit 13, take Rt. 30 East to Rt. 27 South, follow through Natick center 2.5 miles into Sherborn on left. From East: Rt. 9 West into Natick and take Rt. 27 South into Sherborn.||Call for hours and conditions. Apples September and October. Weekends only.||"America's best crunchin Apples since 1778.|
|Drew Farms |
31 Tadmuck Road
|Route 495 to Exit 32, take right off exit to farm.||Open daily 10am to 4pm.||Children welcome, containers available. Trailer rides on weekends.|
|Hanson's Farm |
20 Nixon Road
|From 495 take route 20 East to Wayside Inn, at Wayside Inn Country Store turn right onto Hager Street, farm 2 miles on right. Or from Route 9 to Edgell Road, 1 mile to lights, left onto Edmunds Road, 2 miles to Nixon Road.||Open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 6pm. Sundays, 9am to 5:30 pm.|
|Hillbrook Orchards |
141 Old Ayer Road
|Route 2 West to Rt. 495 N, exit 31, west on Rt. 119 for 6-7 miles. After Mobil Station turn left onto Old Ayer Road, 1/2 mile to orchard.||Call for hours and conditions.||Also have pony rides, and farm animal petting zoo on weekends from 10am to 5pm.|
|Kimball Fruit Farm |
184 Hollis Street
|Exit 5 West off Route 3, North to Route 111 into Pepperell, take right at yellow blinking light, farm is 3 miles on left.||Daily 9am to 6pm.||Containers provided.|
|Lawndale Farm |
91 Frost Rd
|From center of Tyngsboro (at bridge), take Rt. 3A north towards Hudson, N.H.. We are 1 mile from bridge, 1st farm on road.||Daily from 10am-7pm|
|Marino Lookout Farm |
89 Pleasant Street
|1 mile from Route 16, South Natick Square.||Call ahead for hours. In season, every day, 10-5pm.||Children are welcome with parental supervision. Farm animals on display.|
|McLoon Farms |
Corner of Route 113 & Thorndike
|From Route 3 take Exit 35. Rte. 113 West towards Pepperell, 1/4 mile on right, look for large old barn.||Open weekdays from 10am until dusk.||Fresh organic produce and crafts also. Breads and pies.|
|Parlee Farms |
|Route 3 to Exit 34, Westford Rd, Tyngsboro. Go .75 miles East to Route 3A, take left at light, then 2nd right onto Farwell Rd. Farm is 1 mile down on right.||For blueberries, raspberries, apples, flower, and pumpkins, call ahead for hours and conditions. Strawberry picking daily from 7am-6pm.||Mary's Country Kitchen offers fresh fruit desserts and ice cream. Annie's Animal Barn offers animals to feed and pet.|
|Patenaude Farm |
158 River Street
|Rt. 113 to East Street in Pepperell Mass. Then follow the PYO Pumpkin signs.||Everyday from Sept. 10th to Oct. 30th. 10am - 6pm.|
|Pickard Farm |
160 Great Rd
|Exit 31 off 495, 1.25 miles east on 2A.||-||-|
|Shelburne Farm |
106 West Acton Road
|Route 2 West to Rt. 111. Left at second light. Next block, bear right onto Willow St. Farm is 2.5 miles on right.||Starts late August, Daily 9-6pm.||Farm store open until Christmas.|
|Spence Farm |
30 Wyman Street
|Route 128 to Exit 35, take Route 38 South to 2nd set of lights, right onto Wyman Street, farm is .5 miles on right.||Open for picking daily 9am to 4pm.||Call ahead for picking conditions, supervised children welcome.|
|Spence Hill Farm |
39 Coolidge Street
|Call for directions.||Call for hours and conditions.|
|Sunshine Farm |
135 Kendall Ave
|Off Speen Street, Natick, 3 miles South. Exit 13 off Mass Pike, 2.5 miles South of Route 9, Natick. Take Speen Street to end, right onto Kendall Ave.||Raspberries on weekends in September, 10am to 4pm. Call ahead for information in June for strawberries. Call ahead for pumpkins.||Containers provided, children under 10 must be accompanied by adults. Shortcake and ice cream available at our Dairy Bar. Fall raspberries only.|
|Verrill Farm |
11 Wheeler Road
|Located between Rt. 117 and Rt. 2 on Sudbury Rd, or take Rt. 2W to intersection after 126, left onto Sudbury Rd.||Call for hours and conditions.||Containers available or bring your own. Mass. Specialty foods, bakery, and kitchen which offers soups, entrees, pies. Restrooms, handicapped accessible, tented area for picnics.|
|Fairmount Fruit Farm |
887 Lincoln St.
|Rt. 109 to Village St. (Medway) Take Sandford St. over Charles River which becomes Lincoln St. Or, Rt.140 to Main St Franklin, which turns into Lincoln St. 3-4 miles on right.||Apples start 2nd weekend in Sept. Hours: 10-4:30pm|
|Jane & Paul's Farm |
33 Fruit St.
|Route 115 to Cleveland St., turn left onto Fruit St.||Open June to Nov., call ahead for hours and availability.|
|Lakeview Farms |
Rt. 126, 1048 S. Main St.
|Rt. 495 to Rt. 140 North to Rt. 126 (Franklin/Bellingham).||Hayrides, farm animals including Obi the llama.|
|Tangerini's Spring Street Farm |
139 Spring Street
|Spring St. is off Rt. 109. Follow 3/4 mile, driveway on right.||9-4pm end of Sept. to end of Oct. Sat. and Sun. for pumpkins. Strawberries, early June.||Childrens birthday parties, and field trips available April til mid-Nov.|
|Ward's Berry Farm |
614 South Main Street
|Take Exit 8 off Route 95 South and go .5 miles East towards Sharon. Or from Cobb Corner, go about 5 miles West, straight through Sharon center.||Fields open every day except Wed., 9am-6pm.||Free hayrides to the strawberry patch.|
|C.N Smith Farm |
325 South Street
|Off Route 106 East, turn right before Old Colony YMCA onto South Street. From Rt. 24 take Rt. 106 East. From Rt. 3 take Rt. 106 West toward E.Bridgewater, turn onto South St. At YMCA, go to end. You are there!||Open daily from 9am to 4pm. Call for conditions and information.||Pumpkin picking on weekends.|
|Arrowhead Acres |
92 Aldrich Street (Route 98)
|Rt. 146 south from Worcester area to Chockalog Rd exit in Uxbridge. Follow Rt. 146A south 1/2 mile to Rt. 98 on right. Farm on Rt. 98 1/4 mile on left.||Open for pumpkins weekends, Noon to 5pm. Open for Christmas Trees.||Also offers hayrides, petting farm, picnic area, function facilities.|
|B & B Farms |
Box 105 or Route 67
|On Route 67, at corner of Old Turnpike Road. Second location: 20 Greenland Rd., Sterling, MA. Off Rt. 12.||Open all day and on weekends for strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins. We have pesticide free produce in season.||Families and groups welcome.|
|Bolton Spring Farm |
149 Main Street - Route 117
|2 miles East of Exit 27 off Route 495 on Route 117 near the Stow/Bolton line.||Open daily 9am to 6pm, starts Labor Day for apples, 3 weeks later for pumpkins.||Containers provided, children welcome, groups by appointment on weekdays. Picnic tables provided, country farmstand with homemade hot dumplings, pies, and donuts.|
|Breezy Gardens |
1872 West Main Street
|Mass Pike to Route 20 East, to Route 49 North, to Route 9 East. Farm is 5 miles on left. Farm is located on Rt. 9, at the Leicester/Spencer line.||Open daily, 10am to 6pm.||Farmstand open daily, farm animals. Hay rides September and October.|
|Carlson Orchards |
115 Oak Hill Road, Box 359
|Route 2 West to the Ayer/Groton Exit 38B onto Rt. 110N, 1/4 mile take ist right-Poor Farm Rd, follow signs, 2.5 miles. From Rt. 495 take exit 28 to Rt. 111 towards Harvard. 1/4 mile, follow signs.||Apple PYO hours are 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Peach and Nectarines: Call, Mid-July on, 10-5pm.||We supply containers. Cider mill.|
|Charlton Orchards |
44 Old Worcester Road
|Rt. 20 West 6 miles from Rt. 395 and Rt. 290, look for signs. Rt. 20 East, 4 miles from Mass. Pike, Sturbridge exit and Route 84. Follow signs.||PYO berries starts June.||Offer picnic tables, wagon rides during apple season. Peach Festival in August. Harvest Festival in October and Christmas at Charlton Orchards first week in December. Strawberry Festival in June, Blueberry Festival in July.|
|Clearview Farm |
4 Kendall Hill Road
|Take Route 12, Route 62, or Route 190 to Sterling Center, go 1/2 mile up Maple Street, take right onto Kendall Hill Rd, farm 1st on left.||Open 10am to 6pm weekends w/hayrides. 11-5pm weekdays.||Groups by appointment.|
|Douglas Orchard |
36 Locust Street
|Follow signs from the corner of Main Street and Depot Street, 3 miles to farm.||Open daily 10am to 5pm.||Children are welcome with adult supervision, containers provided.|
|Fay Mountain Farm |
12 Cemetery Road
|visit website or call for more info.|
|George Hill Orchards |
582 George Hill Road
|Rt. 2 to the Lunenburg/Lancaster exit 35, take Rt. 70 South 3.5 miles, right onto Rt. 117 west, 3/10 mile turn left onto Langen Road, 1.7 miles turn right onto George Hill Road.||Open Monday through Sunday, 9am to 6:00 pm, closed Saturdays.||School groups by appointment on weekdays. Apple Tree Theater, wagon rides, refreshments, pony rides, animals and cider press viewing on Sundays and holidays only.|
|Great Oak Farm |
227 Highland St.
|Exit 26 off Rt. 495, head west on Rt. 62 for 1.5 miles to center. Take right onto Carter St. to Highland St.. Farm is 1.7 miles from Rt. 62.||Mid June to Oct. Open Tuesday-Saturday: 8am-noon and 3-7pm. Sundays, 10am-6pm.|
|Harvey's Farm & Country Store |
120 South Street (Route 135)
|One half mile East on Route 135 towards Hopkinton from the rotary in downtown Westboro.||10-5pm daily.||Visit our barnyard critters.|
|Hyland Orchard & Brewery |
199 Arnold Road
|Off Rt. 20, just west of Old Sturbridge Village, take Arnold Rd. and follow 2 miles.||Sept. 2 - Oct. 29, Sat & Sun, 9am-Dusk.||Offer tours of micro-brewery, farm bakery and ice cream. Animal attraction. Free admission.|
|Keown Orchards |
9 McClellan Road
|From Providence: Rt. 146 N to Central Turnpike exit. Follow signs towards Northbridge, take 2nd left at Dodge Hill Rd to 1st right onto McClellan Road. Or: Mass Pike to exit 10A (Rt.146) South to Central Turnpike exit, follow signs.||Call for hours of operation and picking conditions.||Also visit our farmstand open daily.|
|Nampara Farm |
3 Bemis Rd.
|Rt. 2A west into Westminster; take left onto South St., follow for 6 miles and follow signs. Or, Rt. 68 west towards Gardner, at Hubbardston center take a right onto Brigham St. and follow for 2.5 miles and then follow signs to farmstand.||7 days a week 6am-6pm. Grand opening April 24th.||Bakery on site with homemade bread & pastries. Also offer jams, soap, and candles.|
|Nourse Farm |
70 Nourse St.
|2.5 miles west on Rt. 30 from Westboro center. Follow the strawberry to the field. Map on website.||June 10 to Sept. 30, please call for hours.||Offer 8 of the sweetest varieties of strawberries and 3 varities of raspberries.|
|Red Apple Farm |
455 Highland Ave.
|Route 2 (exit 19), follow signs (2 miles) to farm.||Open daily, 9am to 6pm. Nov. and Dec. from 9am-5pm.||Containers provided, children welcome, farm animals, forest trails and hayrides, school tours, 48 apple varieties with one tree with 108 varieties grafted on it! Host Birthday parties, and company outings.|
|Rota Spring Farm |
Chase Hill Road
|Look for signs off Rt. 62 or Rt. 110. Call for details.||April, May - 7days, Noon-9pm. |
June, July, Aug. - 7 days, Noon-10pm.
Sept. - 7days, Noon-9pm.
Oct. - 7days, Noon-8pm.
|Farm Stand offering homemade ice cream, sweet corn, tomatoes, cukes, eggplant, summer squashes, peppers, raspberries, winter squash, pumpkins. Petting zoo with goats. Customers can enjoy watching cattle while picnicing and eating ice cream!|
|Schartner Farm |
211 West Berlin Road
|Route 495 to Exit 27. Take Route 117 West 1 mile, turn left at blinking light. Go 1 mile up hill, take 3rd left onto West Berlin Road, farm 1 mile.||Sat. & Sun, 10-5pm. Sept. til October||Over 100 acres, enjoy a picnic.|
|Sholan Farms |
1125 Pleasant St
|Rte 2 to Rte 12 S (N. Main St.). Stay on Rte 12 to center of town (past Post Office on right through lights). Pleasant St. is straight ahead. Continue on Pleasant (past the #6 Red Schoolhouse); approx. 1/2 mile to the top of the hill||Offer entertainment, hayrides and group tours. We are located on 169 acres overlooking Northern Worcester County.|
|Stillman Farm |
1399 Lancaster Ave.
|From Rt. 2: take the Lunenburg/Lancaster exit, turn left onto Leominster/Shirley Rd, bear right onto Lancaster Ave. toward Lunenburg.||Open daily 9am to 7pm.|
|Stowe Farm Orchards |
15 Stowe Road
|Take Milbury Exit off Route 146 and follow signs, approx. 2 miles.||Starts mid-September to end of October, weekends 10am to 5pm.||Containers available.|
|Tougas Family Farm |
|Rt. 290 to Exit 24, (Church St.) turn towards Boylston. First right onto Ball St. Farm is 1.5 miles from Rt. I-290.||Call for hours. Vary with season.||Farm includes a bakery featuring fresh made fruit desserts, ice cream, and refreshments. Children's play area and barnyard animals. Offer school programs.|
|Wade Orchard |
62 Westcott Road
|Route 2 to Rt. 111. Follow signs just beyond Rt. 495. Take Codman Hill Rd. off Rt. 111. Follow to stop sign, turn right onto Stow Rd. Take first left onto Westcott Rd. Farm on left. Only 1.5 miles from Rt. 111 & 495.||Open 7 days a week, 9am to 4:30pm - Open Sept. 1.||Offer cider, preserves, gourds, peaches, plums, and asst'd vegetables.|
|Westward Orchards Farm |
Mass Ave. Route 111
|1/4 mile West of Route 495 on Route 111. Visit our second location located across from the Fruitlands Museums on Prospect Hill Road. Open weekends only from 10am to 4pm in season. Call for more information.||Open daily 10am to 6pm. For PYO apples open 10am to 4pm. Closed Tuesdays.||We supply containers. No pets. Also visit our retail farm store.|
|Woody's Fall Farmstand |
76 Brown Ave.
|From Rt.2, take Rt. 13 north (exit 32) for 1/4 mile, then right on Prospect St. for 1.5 miles to Brown Ave.||Labor Day thru Halloween, daily and weekends, 9-6pm.||All fall décor, our own mums, gourds, hay, straw, cornstalks, and indian corn. Feed farm animals, see giant pumpkins, and scenic hill walk.|
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Outdoor Luminaries by Carol Duvall
Though we often think of putting out luminarias at holiday time, there's no rule that says that's the ONLY time. And it certainly isn't necessary to line the entire front walk or driveway. A few at the front door or lining the porch steps can look pretty and say "welcome" any time of the year. I came to this conclusion when my daughter-in-law put four lighted candles at the front door one evening in October when I was invited to dinner. What a nice way to be greeted. For the luminarias I made today, hardware cloth and tissue paper were my materials of choice, and though the tissue paper seems to be too fragile to use for outdoors, it is well-coated with polymer medium (decoupage medium) so it is well-protected from the elements. Materials: 1/4- or 1/8-inch grid hardware cloth Note: Though a couple of the luminarias I showed had been rubber stamped and embossed and one had sticky-backed metallic charms attached, any decorating should be kept to a minimum. Patterned tissue should also be used with discretion. The tissue is placed over a gridded wire that shows through when the candles are lit, so too much decorating can easily be too much. You can test this ahead of time to see the effect. Hardware cloth is available at the hardware store as well as at home remodeling stores. If you use the 1/8-inch grid, be sure to check to see that the wires are straight. This was not meant to be a "beauty" product.
matte finish polymer medium, decoupage medium or Mod Podge
scissors and/or wire cutters
needle nose pliers
For the luminarias I made today, hardware cloth and tissue paper were my materials of choice, and though the tissue paper seems to be too fragile to use for outdoors, it is well-coated with polymer medium (decoupage medium) so it is well-protected from the elements.
1/4- or 1/8-inch grid hardware cloth
Note: Though a couple of the luminarias I showed had been rubber stamped and embossed and one had sticky-backed metallic charms attached, any decorating should be kept to a minimum. Patterned tissue should also be used with discretion. The tissue is placed over a gridded wire that shows through when the candles are lit, so too much decorating can easily be too much. You can test this ahead of time to see the effect.
Hardware cloth is available at the hardware store as well as at home remodeling stores. If you use the 1/8-inch grid, be sure to check to see that the wires are straight. This was not meant to be a "beauty" product.
Place these luminaries on the front porch at dusk to greet a dinner guest.
Using the 1/4-inch grid hardware cloth 1. Cut a length of the 1/4-inch hardware cloth as wide as you want the luminaria to be, high enough and long enough to make four equally-sized sides. Ours meaure 12 inches long (three inches on each side of the luminaria) and stands eight inches high. Cut the wire so that it is smooth on both the top and bottom edges with no short ends of wire jutting out (figure A). Though scissors can be used, wire cutters are preferable. On the short ends, cut the cloth so that one end is smooth and the other end has all of the wire "spokes" protruding their full length of 1/4 inch (figure B).
2. Mark the length of the wire at three-inch intervals and fold along these lines. Insert the protruding wires on one end and through the matching openings on the other end (figure C). Bend each wire back using needle nose pliers. Press each wire down so there are no rough edges.
Note: It is easier to get sharp folds by folding the wire back against the edge of a ruler or fold over the edge of a tabletop (figure D).
3. When the wire has been assembled into a box-like shape (figure E), cut a length of tissue about one inch wider than the height of the wire (nine inches) and long enough to go around with just a slight (1/2-inch) overlap.
4. Place paper on a tabletop on a piece of waxed paper or foil and coat several inches of it with the polymer (figure F). Pick up the tissue carefully so as not to tear it and press it against the wire, positioning it so that 1/2 inch extends beyond both the bottom and top edges.
5. Continue to coat the tissue and wrap it around the wire (figure G). When it covers the entire rectangle of wire, fold the top and bottom edges of the paper to the inside of the luminaria. Smooth everything as much as possible. When dry, you may wish to go back and give a second coat of the polymer to the tissue, although this is not essential.
6. Place a votive candle inside the cover and light at dusk.
- If you have difficulty getting the tissue up off of the tabletop and onto the wire without tearing it, try placing it on the wire one side at a time and applying the polymer.
- When using the 1/8-inch hardware cloth, cut the wire along all four edges as smoothly as possible so no spokes are sticking out. Cut the wire about one inch longer than you need and fold one end in 1/2 inch. Fold the other end out 1/2 inch and join the two ends by fitting one fold inside the other. If using this method, it is easier to make the joining in the middle of a side panel or to make a cylindrical cover rather than a rectangle.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Drawstring Bags and Purses
- fancy fabric for the outside
- plain fabric for the inside
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
- seam ripper
- a small safety pin
- cord or ribbon
- small beads or two tassels (optional)
Drawstring bags make great little purses or lovely wrappings for gifts. You can decorate them in a myriad of ways or leave them simple.
In the bag pictured, I used black velvet for the outside and black satin for the inside. I also stamped the velvet with a rose design. You can decorate the outside fabric with embroidery, patchwork, quilting, ribbon, lace, appliques, fabric paint, etc. Or just use scraps of pretty fabric leftover from another project (or from the remnant bin at the fabric store). Satin and other slick fabrics make good lining materials.
Start with a long rectangle of fancy fabric. Fold it in half and trim the three unfolded sides to form a square. If you are using this as a gift bag, use the size and shape of your gift as a guide. For example, these bags are perfect wraps for wine bottles. Lay the wine bottle on the fabric with the bottom of the bottle two inches above the fabric fold. Measuring two inches on each side of the bottle, cut along the two long sides of the bottle. Then add four or more inches above the top of the bottle, and cut that side. Cut the same shape out of the plain fabric for your lining.
Now that you've cut the fabric shape, it's time to decorate the outside fabric. Add any embellishments you choose now. If you sew on trim or ribbons in horizontal lines, make sure to extend the trim to the very edge of the fabric. This way, it will be enclosed in the final seam and give a clean finish.
With right sides together, sew the outside fabric's side seams. Then sew the side seams of the lining fabric. Iron these seams open.
Turn the lining right-side out and place it inside the fancy fabric so that the right sides of each piece are facing each other (the wrong sides will be facing you). Match the side seams, and pin the open top edges together. Sew along the top edge and leave an opening of about two inches (more for a bigger bag, less for a tiny bag). Turn the bag right-sides out through this opening. Push the lining (right-side out) inside the fancy fabric side. Iron the top edge, turning the raw edges of the opening down. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
Now you'll make a casing for the drawstring. An inch or so from the top edge of the bag, stitch a line through the two layers (lining and outer fabric), all around the bag. If you want more of a ruffled edge at the top of the bag, start this line of stitching farther from the top edge. Then stitch another line about a half inch below the first line.
At both side seams, use a seam ripper to unpick the side stitching in between the two lines of casing stitches. Cut the cord or ribbon into two long, equal pieces. Take a safety pin and attach it to one end of one piece of cord or ribbon. Insert the safety pin into the side-seam hole and thread it through the casing all the way around the bag, until it comes out next to where it started. Do the same with the other piece of cord or ribbon, but start at the opposite side. On each side, knot the cut ends of the cords to each other.
If you wish, you can sew beads or tassels at each corner of the bag. Use a needle and thread, and start from the inside of the bag so the knot is hidden. You can string any number of beads at each corner, or just tack on a pretty tassel.
- rubber stamp
- iron and ironing board
- large, hard-backed book or other hard surface
- water (preferably in a spray bottle)
- fabric shield for iron (optional)
Stamping velvet is a wonderful way to customize a project or gift. You'll need a few, rather specific tools, but once you have them, you can make all kinds of beautiful things!
The Velvet: This technique only works on cut velvet, not crushed velvet, panne velvet, stretch velvet, or velveteen. You need the deep pile of a cut velvet. Rayon or rayon-blend cut velvet is the most common variety at fabric stores and works perfectly. Expensive silk velvet is not necessary.
The Iron: The best type of iron to do this project is one that doesn't have very many steam holes or that has steam holes only around the edge of the bottom plate. Steam holes will make holes in your stamped design. If your iron has lots of steam holes, you'll need to be more careful of where you place the iron in relation to the stamp design. Also, you might consider buying a Teflon iron cover, also called a fabric shield for velvet stamping. This is a simple cover that fits onto your iron with a spring.
To start stamping, turn off the steam on your iron and set it on a linen or high setting. Place a hard-backed book or other hard surface on your ironing board. Put the rubber stamp on top of it with the rubber facing up. Lay your velvet over the stamp, with the right side of the fabric (with the pile) touching the rubber.
When positioning your velvet, consider where you want the stamped design to show on the final item. If the velvet will be for clothing, make sure the design won't be caught in a seam. If you want a stamped border, place the design near the edge, but leave enough room to hem the velvet. Consider the size and shape of the final item -- sometimes it's easier to stamp before you sew, sometimes it might not be.
When the velvet is positioned on the stamp, mist the back of the velvet lightly with water. Now firmly press the iron on top of the velvet and stamp. Hold for 15 seconds. Lift the iron off, turn the velvet over, and you'll see the stamped design!
Warning: You can't wash stamped velvet! Water will ruin the design. As with any cut velvet, you should only dry clean it.