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The Mandatory New England Fall Foliage Blog

When you live in New England, you're just expected to fall in love with fall all over again every year.

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Apple Picking Etiquette

Eating the apple in Eden isn’t the only apple-based crime. After a recent trip to three orchards, I witnessed a dire need for a course on Apple Picking Etiquette. And so I present my list of the Top 10 "Don'ts" About Apple Picking.

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A Boggy Day in Middleton

Why would someone wuss out from crossing a 6-acre blog? It was not a rhetorical question.

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The Furry Factor – Transforming Pet Lovers into People Lovers One Animal at a Time

"In the company of the animals they really love, a) all people are much more likeable, and b) people are much nicer to the humans around them."

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For the best corn EVER visit Barkers Farm No Andover This is a repost of a blog I wrote last August 2011

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“Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”     Dwight D. Eisenhower

Lend me your ear and I’ll tell you all I learned about corn from the people who grow the best butter and sugar corn in our region and beyond:  Barkers Farm and Farm Stand, North Andover, MA on Rt. 125.  The Barkers know what they’re talking about, now under the guidance of the 10th generation (that’s the real Gen X!), this land has been cultivated by the family since 1642.  As a comparison, the town wasn’t incorporated until 1646.  The Barkers maintain a true Yankee farm focusing on their produce without sliding into the “farm as theme park” modus operandi that others in the area have resorted to to pay the bills.  It’s not that I begrudge the other farms their livelihoods, I’m pleased that any land offers me the option…

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Discoveries Among the Late Autumn Leaves of Weir Hill

My colleague, Beth, used to be able to tell when I’d stayed out of the woods too long. She’d look at me and suggest I get my feet in gear. And yesterday I recognized the need myself and called down to my husband to accompany me. We took a long walk around the Weir Hill Reservation in North Andover, MA, one of the Trustees of Reservations properties http://www.thetrustees.org/.