Calling all Massachusetts Cheese Makers!  Complete this quick survey by September 1st

We have great cheese makers across the Massachusetts, producing a wide variety of world class artisan products.  Being able to describe the value of the industry in total sales, pounds, employees and acres, and compare to previous years, provides a strong platform to understand challenges and opportunities ahead, as well as identify resources as needed.  The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/MACheeseSurvey​ 

Massachusetts Fruit Growers Annual Meeting – Thursday, 7/23

In cooperation with the Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association, UMass Ext. Fruit team will share latest research projects and present information on pest management in fruit crops. This year there will be a two part virtual program.

  1. Summer Tour Videos are on  YouTube channel:  www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLr5-TRBPQxrHpipiH5WFeY-ap5BKQjX3v
  2. Hosting a zoom meeting at 5:30 pm this Thursday, 7/23. Several speakers from UMass Ext. team and “Dr. Tracy Leskey, Director of the USDA-ARS Innovative Fruit Production, Improvement and Protection Entomology Lab in Kearneysville, WV, will share details of her latest research on Spotted Lantern Fly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.”

Registration information here: https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/events/umass-fruit-team-summer-meeting


2020 Tomato Contest – See You Next Year!

You’re probably not surprised to hear that due to the uncertainty with Covid-19 and recommendations around social distancing, the 2020 Tomato Contest will not be held this year.

In the meantime, MDAR’s Markets team is committed to promoting tomatoes!  Please connect with us on social media. You can find us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. During the month of August, we’ll be highlighting tomatoes, as well as National Mass. Farmers Week, August 2-9th .  We encourage growers to see and share our posts, as well as share your favorite tomato varieties, photos and tomato recipes.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2021!​


July 20 – August 9 – NOFA Summer Conference Virtual Event – nofasummerconference.org

July 24 – MA Food Policy Council ​Meeting – 9:30 – 11 am – Details and to register ahead of time, click here.