Local Farming Lives

I really want you to go out and get this month's Merrimack Valley Magazine! It should arrive on news stands around September 16th. I do have the fall fashion cover story, but I will talk about that in another blog. I want to talk about my local farming photo essay today though. I am really happy that I was able to pull this long-term story-in-pictures off! Working on it most of the Spring and early Summer, I got to visit a number of agricultural enterprises around the valley and meet with some really dedicated people, each of whom was more than happy to spend time giving me guided tours of their operations. I really do get to see aspects of some things that most people don't get to see or sometimes, even know about. Hopefully, this article will give you a taste for what is growing all around us. And speaking of taste, there is an accompanying article in which Carolyn Grieco, of Carolyn's Farm Kitchen, cooks up some of the dishes recommended by the farmers, just to be captured in my photos.

So please check out the magazine for the rest of the photos, the extended captions by Emilie-Noelle Provost, as well as the accompanying article with lots of recipes and food shots.

 Farmer Dave checks the progress of his crop

Farmer Dave checks the progress of his crop

 Farmer Dave's blueberry crop

Farmer Dave's blueberry crop

 Mann Orchard crates await the harvest

Mann Orchard crates await the harvest

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 Lydia and Francey, of Mill City Grows, discuss their city community garden in Lowell

Lydia and Francey, of Mill City Grows, discuss their city community garden in Lowell

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 Jeanmerli of Groundwork Lawrence taking care of the weeds

Jeanmerli of Groundwork Lawrence taking care of the weeds

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 Groundwork Lawrence... I love these!

Groundwork Lawrence... I love these!

 The beautiful landscape of the Cider Hill Farm

The beautiful landscape of the Cider Hill Farm

 Karen of Cider Hill Farm shows me what's growing

Karen of Cider Hill Farm shows me what's growing

 I first met Karen and Glenn in the spring, shooting another assignment. Like all of the others that I visited, they were more than generous with their time and enthusiasm.

I first met Karen and Glenn in the spring, shooting another assignment. Like all of the others that I visited, they were more than generous with their time and enthusiasm.

 Busy as...

Busy as...

 Merrimack Valley Apiaries

Merrimack Valley Apiaries

 And let's not forget the final product! 

And let's not forget the final product!