Showing posts with label farm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farm. Show all posts

Monday, May 1, 2017

“I want them to feel protected"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Local farmers looking to form an agricultural commission in Franklin took their case to town officials last week. 
Members of the Town Council and Planning Board as well as the town administrator listened to a presentation on the matter Thursday evening. 
Melanie Hamblen, a co-owner of the Franklin Agway store, said that a number of farmers in town felt unwelcome at the municipal building, believed new regulations threatening their livelihoods could come up at any time and were worried for the future of farming."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The presentation and discussion was to the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Town Council which includes a couple of members of the Planning Board as non-voting members.

The scheduled agenda for the meeting can be found here

Pick your own! In Franklin Ma — at Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries.
Pick your own! In Franklin Ma — at Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Agricultural Commission discussion rescheduled for Thursday, April 27

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
April 27, 2017
6:00 PM
Room 205


1. Agricultural Commission Presentation and Discussion

Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)

Related post on the proposed Agricultural Commission

MDN article on Agricultural Commission

Note: notified of meeting date change on 4/25/17 just before noon.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - Apr 27

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
April 27, 2017
6:00 PM
Room 205


1. Agricultural Commission Presentation and Discussion

Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)

Related post on the proposed Agricultural Commission

MDN article on Agricultural Commission

Note: notified of meeting date change on 4/25/17 just before noon.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Franklin Agriculture Commission is looking for your help

Did you know that the Town Council needs to vote for the Franklin Agriculture Commission to become a reality? If you think that promoting and protecting the few farms we have left is a good idea give our Town Administrator, Jeff Nutting a call at (508) 520-4949 and let him know.

Need a script?
Hello Mr Nutting, This is ____ and I live at _______ in Franklin. I want you to know that I support the creation of an Agricultural Commission in Franklin. 
I believe that promoting and protecting the few farms we have left is a priority. Education about where our food comes from is important for all of our community and the Agricultural Commission will provide these things.
Feel free to use all or whatever part you agree with!

If you want to sign our petition of support and get up-dates on action you can take to advocate for our local farms and farmers sign up here:

Find out more about the Franklin Agriculture Commission on their Facebook page

Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)
Franklin Agriculture Commission looking for your help (Facebook photo)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

In the News: drug kiosk success, drought conditions continue

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The drug take-back kiosk in the lobby of the police station has taken in thousands of pounds of drugs in its four-year existence, and local law enforcement officers are hoping to continue that success. 
Deputy Chief James Mill said, as of Aug. 8, the box has aided in the disposal of 3,900 pounds of drugs. 
"The program started in 2012, when District Attorney Michael Morrissey got grants and was able to secure drug take-back containers at several Norfolk County departments," Mill said. "When it started, we were just seeing the onset of the opioid crisis."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Franklin Police Dept photo
Franklin Police Dept photo

"For many families, the summer heat means backyard barbecues with plates filled to the brim with grilled burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and, of course, some fresh farm-picked corn-on-the-cob. But if you're enjoying a side of corn with your dinner this month, make sure to savor it because it's one ear that survived the brutal drought savaging local farmers. 
Jim Geoghegan, owner of Sunshine Farm in Sherborn, estimates he lost between 30 and 40 percent of all the crops he planted this year. While some crops came in fine, like strawberries and summer squash, others such as raspberries and corn have been hit hard by the lack of water. As many as four acres of corn have been left dried out, he said. 
While the farm has enough supplies for its on-site store, wholesale shipments "were the first to go" and pick-your-own fruit days have been limited. Geoghegan said his produce revenue for July was down between 10 and 15 percent."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Local food and craft fair at An Unlikely Story Bookstore - May 1 - 10am to 2pm

There will be a lovely, local food and craft fair at An Unlikely Story bookstore this Sunday, from 10am to 2pm. 
It is comprised entirely of local farmers and artisans, including a handful from right here in Franklin. 
It will be a great spot to shop for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for Mother's day, to meet local artists, and to shop for the upcoming gardening season.

More info on the bookstore can be found on their webpage

flyer for An Unlikely Story local food and craft fair May 1
flyer for An Unlikely Story local food and craft fair May 1

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries - Opening Weekend!

IT'S BLUEBERRY TIME! We are opening for our regular picking season on Friday July 18th.

sign at entrance to Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries
sign at entrance to Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries
We are so happy to announce that Gianetti's U-Pick Blueberries will be opening for the regular picking season on Friday July 18th and Saturday July 19th at 8 a.m.. If at all possible, please arrive after 8 a.m. to ease the traffic jam during the morning commute, and to prevent a back-up on the street. So mark your calendars, tell all of your friends, grab your favorite picking pail and join us for a tasty time.

As usual will be open every Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout the months of July and August. If there happens to be inclement weather on either a Friday or Saturday, please call 508-528-9430 ahead of time to make sure that we are open. A message will be posted on the machine by 7 a.m..

If you happen to forget to bring your own picking container, don't worry, we have containers for you to use.

Please use the link below to forward this e-mail to your family and friends. We don't want anyone to miss out on this year's great picking season!

The hot weather the last week and the rain this week has been great for the berries, they are ripening nicely.. U-Pick Blueberries will be open for 2014 picking season Friday July 18th and Saturday July 19th!

It looks to be a great picking season this year; the branches are laden with berries. Of course our tender loving care over the past 10 months didn't hurt either. Do you know that each and every one of our bushes are hand pruned every year to help promote new growth and lots of blueberries? We also make sure we have enough honeybees on the property in the spring to ensure proper pollination.

We have 5 varieties of blueberries on our farm. Collins are the earliest variety of the season. Our mid-season varieties are Blueray, Bluecrop, and Berkley. Finally, our late season variety is Coville. With these five varieties we are able to provide our customers with lots of big, sweet, and tasty blueberries for about 6-8 weeks each year.

Through a proclamation of the United States Department of Agriculture, July is National Blueberry Month, and what a wonderful time to celebrate these little berries by picking your own at our farm!

Remember we usually pick through the middle of August so if you can't make it on our opening weekend, don't worry there will be more next weekend.

Blueberries and Your Health
Did you know that blueberries are the second most commonly eaten berry in the U.S.? (Strawberries are the first). They are also one of the few fruits native to North America, blueberries have been enjoyed by Native Americans for hundreds of years.

Blueberries are renowned not only for their flavor but for their impact on health. The USDA recommends adults enjoy two cups of fruit a day - all year round. Fresh blueberries can help you fulfill that recommendation. A half-cup of blueberries has just 40 calories and contributes to our daily intake of dietary fiber and vitamin C.

After many years of research on blueberry antioxidants and their potential benefits for the nervous system and for brain health, there is exciting new evidence from researchers at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center that blueberries can help improve memory. Also, scientific studies show that blueberries contain antioxidants that may be beneficial to good health. Antioxidants help to neutralize free radicals, which are linked to the development of a number of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's.

New studies also make it clear that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants.


How much does a pint weigh?

A pint of blueberries weighs approximately 3/4 of a pound.

What's the best way to store fresh blueberries?

Fresh blueberries should be stored uncovered in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 10 days. Remember that they need to be completely dry when stored.

Do you have handicapped parking?

We try our best to accommodate our handicapped customers with allowing them to park as close to the field as possible. However, since this is a working farm some walking on uneven ground is required.

Can I bring my dog along?

Unfortunately due to health reasons, dogs (except service dogs of course) are not allowed in the field. Please be kind to your pet and leave them at home to rest, while you enjoy your picking experience, it's really too hot to leave them in your car in the middle of the summer.

Do you take credit cards?

We do not have electricity out in the field, and therefore do not accept credit cards. Cash and personal checks are always more than happily accepted.

Do you advertise?

Word of mouth is our best form of advertisement. We rely on our customers to spread the word to their family, friends, and neighbors. So we appreciate it when you do your part! Our main means of communication is through our email list and on Facebook. Check us out on Facebook!

Do you have restroom facilities?

Unfortunately, we do not have restroom facilities on-site. However, if Mother Nature calls, there is a gas station or Dunkin Donuts 1/10th of a mile down the street.

Thank you for your continued patronage. It is loyal customers like you that make all of our hard work enjoyable. We hope you enjoy our blueberries and your picking experience at our farm.

Gianettis' U Pick Blueberries (508) 528-9430
557 Union St | Franklin | MA | 02038

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Christmas trees at Akin-Bak

In addition to the produce and honey at the farm stand, Akin-Bak has Christmas trees! They are open from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM through Christmas Eve

Akin-Bak Christmas Trees

For additional info you can find Akin-Bak on the web at

or on Facebook at

Note: the photo was 'borrowed' from the Akin-Bak Facebook page!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fertile ground

Yes, Franklin was a good farming community. Evidence of this exists today even along Forest St where a corn stalk is growing along the curb.

corn stalk on Forest St

another view

another view - corn stalk on Forest St

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Apple Picking Season opens at Fairmount Fruit Farm

Fairmount Fruit Farm
                Apple Season
Dear Stephen,
 The cool nights have given beautiful color to our apples. In the store we currently have Paula Red apples that we have been picking for a couple of weeks and well as Macintosh apples the we have just started picking.
The stand is full of peaches, nectarines as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have a variety of local products and baked goods ranging from local coffee to homemade breads and jams.
   U-pick Apples 
 This Saturday marks the first day we will be open for U-pick which starts at 10 a.m. and will go till 4 p.m. You will be able to take a hayride into to the orchard and pick plenty of perfectly tree ripened apples.
Hayride is included with the purchase of a 1/2 bushel or peck bag.

For more information about picking or the farm stand please visit our website. or Call us at
 Do not forget about the homemade apple fritters!

Fairmount Fruit Farm                    

Fairmount Fruit Farm | 887 Lincoln St. | Franklin | MA | 02038

Monday, August 5, 2013

Akin Bak Farm stand - grand opening

I have looked forward to getting Howard Crawford's honey at the Franklin Farmer's Market. Now the Akin Bak Farm has a nice new stand with fresh produce as well as the honey for sale.

Akin Bak sign on RT 140

the new farm stand

fields you can't see from RT 140

bee hives along the edge of the field

pumpkin not quite ready to harvest

If you are worried about trying to make a left turn out of Akin Bak, there is another alternative. Once on the property, there is a driveway that can take you out to Beaver St and drop you right next to the Franklin Glass. You can come out to the corner of Beaver St and RT 140 and the traffic light will make the left turn easier.

Additional photos of the farm can be found on the Akin Bak Google map page here

You can find Akin Bak on Facebook here

or their webpage here

Monday, July 1, 2013

News from Fairmount Fruit Farm

Fairmount Fruit Farm Newsletter
                 PLANT SALE                    
In This Issue
What's in?
Plant Sale
Quick Links

  Come see us for fresh produce, now grown Hydroponically at our farm!
Visit our website to learn more at
Dear Valued Customer,

Hello, and happy Summer! Now that the heat wave is over, it is the perfect time to finish that summer planting! Get your yard ready for the upcoming holiday with beautiful annuals to bloom throughout the summer, and hardy perennials which will return to grace your garden every year.
Looking for farm fresh produce? Its that time of year! Stop in and support local business by choosing farm fresh vegetables and fruits, picked daily at Fairmount. All of your shopping needs can be met, as we now offer an array of grocery products, including dairy, bakery, produce, baked goods, eggs, and more...Stop in and see what's in store!
STRAWBERRY PICKING will be held daily throughout the entire summer (permitting berries are ripe and available), from 10-4. Please call for availability at 508-533-8737

snap dragon
ALL PLANTS are now on SALE
Buy one, get one half off on all plants, including vegetables, annuals, and perennials. Mix and match any combination to complete your gardening needs. Offer available while supplies last!
We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you soon!
All of us at Fairmount Fruit Farm


Fairmount Fruit Farm | 887 Lincoln St. | Franklin | MA | 02038

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Live reporting - Cooks Farm

1. Resolution 13-50: Order of Layout, Acceptance, and Taking of Jade Street, Ruby Way, Garnet Drive, and Opal Circle and Related Parcels and Easements
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

3. Resolution 13-52: Granting M.G.L. Chapter 268A § 20(a) Exemption
motion to accept, seconded, passed 9-0

Proposed Zoning Change

Councilor Bissanti recused himself

Attny Cornetta provides an overview
proposal for a family style residential development

Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND)
can serve as a village center commercial and residential mixed

Mashpee Commons an example, Pine Hills is another
retail and municipal in Mashpee Commons

Pine Hills municipal, retail and residential
residential on 2,000 acres

2,000 sq ft lots being proposed for Cooks Farm
condominium ownership
homeowners associations
restrictive covenants
driveways in back alley

developable area 8.07 of the 14.75 total area

ownership - privately owned and maintained
public access to the trails

2000 sq ft floor plans, customized
attached two car garage
anticipated pricing at $500,000+
35 units

45% in assessed value of 200-300,000 valuation in Franklin

catering to the empty nesters

17.5M added to tax base, approx 240,000 additional tax revenues

improved streetscape coming in from Wrentham

proposed rezoning as an overlay district, needing a special permit and site plan review

Larry Bennedetto, Citizens Committee
speaking for this proposal

Powderly - a wonderful project, new revenue, only concern is the financial piece of this
looking to see if this sustainable
need to look long term to make this work, there is a great possibility to make this work

project was not age restricted but designed for empty nesters
all housing stock generates different numbers, harder to get today due to privacy restrictions
I won't have to work too hard to sell these, they'll sell

Mercer - I think it is a wonderful project, this is a major piece of re-zoning, I want to make sure we do our homework. A suggestion was made to hold a workshop in July with the various departments involved to look at the re-zoning issues. I am in favor of holding this workshop. I think the workshop would be a great place to start.

Pfeffer - an old adage is 'location, location, location' of all things that could go there, this is likely one of the best things. How come it took so long to get to us is another matter.  We need to charge the Town Administrator and the Planning Dept, Planning Board to get this done fast.

Roy - this is before the "master plan' to see how we can incorporate it with our report due July 17th. We could do the workshop right after the presentation and likely have something back to the Council in August

Cerel - Medfield did nothing for the zoning for its TND, the developer cobbled together the lots to create the density to do the project without a zoning change.

Dellorco - I think this is a great place for this. I think we should move forward with this.

Jones - My mother lives in a type of this setup in Florida. It is nice. I like it. What type of revenue would this generate? What students would this generate? My concern is that this doesn't have a negative impact on the community. I think this is a good use for the parcel next to the Country Club.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hold the date for Akin-Bak Farmstand

From Facebook:
We are proud to announce that we will be having a grand opening for our new farm stand here on the farm on Sunday, August 4th at 12 noon! Stop on in and learn about our past, meet the farmers (if you haven't had a chance) and receive a voucher for 50% off on a pumpkin this fall!! We are super excited and hope you can all join us to celebrate!

Akin-Bak Farm

Join the event on Facebook for additional updates:

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Flowers Fairmount Fruit Farm

Fairmount Fruit Farm Mother's Day Flowers!
Dear Stephen,
Everyone at Fairmount Fruit Farm wishes you a Happy Mother's Day!
Greenhouses full of flowers

snap dragon
If you are looking for last minute ideas for gifts, we have a ton to choose from.
Annuals from the classic bedding plants that had color to your yard to vibrant combo pots and hangers.
We also have some small gift ideas such as garden terrariums, handmade soaps, local maple syrup and other gifts.
If you want to go all out this Mother's Day, we have the perfect gift for the gardener in your life. A hydroponic vertical growing unit, that is great for the experienced gardener as well as the novice. Low maintenance, no weeding, sustainable and increased yields.
Fot more infomation visit our website at
Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!
 The Koshivas Family

Fairmount Fruit
Fairmount Fruit Farm

Fairmount Fruit Farm | 887 Lincoln St. | Franklin | MA | 02038

Friday, May 10, 2013

Past, Present, and Future of Farming in Franklin

The Franklin Historical Museum will be looking at the past, present, and future of farming in Franklin, Sunday, May 19

Until little more than a generation ago, Franklin was still a community with many large and active farms. Today, in the wake of suburbanization, a few “pioneers” are working to keep a place for agriculture in 21st Century Franklin.. Join Seth Rousseau of Akin Bak Farm and Nick Hoffman, who is opening a new community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm on Daniels Street, for a look back and a look ahead.

They will provide a brief review of how and why early settlers chose to come to Franklin to farm, with a coverage of the notable activities of earlier times – from the Garelick family, to cranberry bogs, and the famous Parmenter Red chicken. They will also describe how they hope to serve the community in the coming years with their new approach to an ancient tradition.

In addition, The Garden Girls from the Franklin Garden Club will Divide & Conquer. They'll be splitting Irises and other tabular rooted plants. They'll discuss the correct timing and the proper method of successful root splitting to create beautiful healthy plants.

The event will be hosted during regular Museum hours from 1:00-4:00pm on Sunday May 19th.

Franklin Historical Museum

Franklin Historical Museum
80 West Central Street
Franklin, MA

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"poor man’s fertilizer"

The Milford Daily News has an article on area farmers getting ready for the growing season. The Fairmount Fruit Farm in Franklin is among the farms mentioned:
"We’re kind of in uncharted territory," said C.J. Koshivas, who operates the 30-acre farm along with his mother Diane and father Chuck. 
Because of the weird winter last year, Koshivas said his apple buds bloomed a lot earlier. Then, unexpectedly, a freeze hit. The family lost about 80 percent of the farm’s biggest cash crop, he said. 
Koshivas said, "The temperature didn’t fool the trees at all this year, so the buds were kept small and compact." 
His strawberries have also fared well so far. And he expects to host folks at the 887 Lincoln St. farm for pick-your-own strawberries sometime next month.

Read more:

For more about the Fairmount Fruit Farm at 887 Lincoln St, you can visit their webpage

Monday, January 21, 2013

"18-acre community-supported farm off Daniels Street"

The Milford Daily News reports on the Planning Board approval for the Hoffman Farm:
Hoffmann’s first was in New Braintree, a farming town northwest of Worcester where he and his family currently reside. He had 40 acres, tended to 40 dairy goats and grew 40,000 pounds of butternut squash a year. 
He’s working with a considerably smaller plot this time. Still, the farm will yield a wide-variety of vegetables. And he’ll keep cows and goats. (For now, his animals are staying at a friend’s farm.) 
"We will be in full operation vegetable-wise this summer," Hoffmann said. "We have to - that’s how I make my living. If I don’t do that, I don’t go to work." 
Hoffmann’s Farm is exempt from most of the town’s zoning bylaws. However, the Planning Board pushed Hoffmann to create a subdivision for his house, forcing him to build a private road leading to where the home will go.

Read more:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Real time reporting: Hoffman Farms

Public hearing
Hoffman Farms - Daniels St

proposing a gravel driveway in the sub-division
also a well would be place on the land to provide water for the farm cultivation

proposal to construct a house on Lot 1, and Lot 1 only
Lot 2, agricultural advantage for purchase and retaining the land as farm land, not to be developed in the future

discussion on the use of the gravel road for a farm or farm house no issue, if it were to be developed later, the gravel road is an issue, it could be mitigated with a condition

concern about the law point containing the water so that it would not drain to the nearby property

the use of this land for agriculture is a win for Franklin
private road covenant required from Town Council

approved to go forward and come back with a more detailed plan on Jan 7th, 7:45 PM

Friday, August 31, 2012

Film on the Barn - Friday - 6:30 PM

Hot off the email inbox from Karen Ring:

The annual Open Air Movie Night at White Barn Farm is happening tonight! 
Make it if you can ;)

458 South St. Wrentham, MA 02093

FREE FOOD! Whole Foods Market will be there with healthy snacks for the movie. I will be there doing a demo on how to make Farm Fresh Salsa!

This full moon Friday Night, August 31st, we are having a very wholesome event at White Barn Farm. We are projecting a movie on the side of the barn! Independent Filmmaker, Drew Pearson, will be showing his documentary film, The Great Lesson. which focuses on the power of the mind and body connection.

We are making it into more of an event by beginning with a
healthy eating presentation at 6:30pm by Karen Ring, one of the authors of the blog. Her connection with Whole Foods (she was the healthy eating specialist there) is bringing their sponsorship as well. They will provide anything for her presentation that doesn't come from the farm and if we're lucky they will set up a trail mix bar for movie snacks.   Karen's presentation will be followed by a yoga demonstration in the barn given by Lauren, owner of Wrentham's Humble Warrior Yoga studio. Sunset is scheduled to be around 7:30, and the movie should start just before 8pm. Bring your own chairs and/or blankets, coolers, snacks, bugspray, and flashlights.No dogs, please. The optional suggested donation is $6 for those over 12 years old. 

    To Simplify:
    • This Friday night August 31st
    • Park at the Roadside Stand
    • 6:30pm: Healthy Eating Presentation by Karen Ring at our Farmstand (which is open until 7pm)
    • Carefully cross the road and Set up your spot under the Ash Tree by the barn
    • 7:15pm ish: Yoga demonstration in the barn with Lauren from Humble Warrior Yoga
    • around 8pm: screening of The Great Lesson

    Karen M Ring
    CPT / Health Coach / AADP
    8 Rona Lane
    Franklin, MA 02038
    Cell: 508.954.8837