The First Market of the Season at Raven Brook Farm was a Huge Success!!
"The Market's Opening Day was fantastic. Fabulous weather, amazing Vendors, a fantastic collection of products, old friends, gathered, new friends were made - enough cannot be said.
On behalf of all the Vendors, thank you for coming to celebrate Mother's Day in a unique and thoughtful way. The support shown today to all these Small Businesses is greatly appreciated.
To the Vendors, our family thoroughly enjoyed working with you all and we already are looking forward to working with all of you again soon.
The Market at Raven Brook be back on Sunday, June 9th (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)"
Images & Story Reposted from The Farm at Raven Brook FB
Additional image credit: J. Rose
Historical Tidbit:
Life in the 1920's in Halifax

In every home they had a barrel of flour that would weight almost 200 pounds and was about 3½ feet tall. We don't see many barrels now a day.

There was also a barrel of sugar brought in the house in the fall and that was the same size as the flour barrel. Down cellar there would always be a pork barrel. In that would be the pork that would come from the slaughtering of the pigs.

That would be done in the fall. Usually when a pig was slaughtered the four hams, two forward shoulders and the two hind quarters would be carried to a smoke house, and there was one in the neighborhood where my grandfather, Guy Baker lived. There the meat would be cured by being smoked. It would then be brought home and hung up down in the cellar where it would last all winter.

Also hanging down in the cellar would be two or three strings of herring that would be bought in the spring when the herring run was on. Those herring would be either smoked or salted. They kept very well hanging up in the cellar from a beam.

Usually up in the attic there would be a string of dried slices of apples that would have been pared, sliced up and put on a string. Hanging up away from any creature getting at them like the cat or any other creature that got in the house.

Every summer the town's people waited anxiously to attend the Strawberry Festival. That would be a strawberry party held at the Town Hall. It cost maybe15¢ for children and about 25¢ grownups. You could have all the strawberries you could eat!

Another choice time would be when blueberries were ripe and mothers and the children would go to different places in the town where there were blueberry patches and families would have a grand blueberry feast afterward. What wasn't eaten in homemade pies and cakes was "put up" in jams to be used in the winter months.

In the early spring there would also be dandelion greens. One would go out into the fields and pluck off the stem and the blossom and bring home the greens. These would then be stew up. Some old-timers spoke of them being a delicious dish with vinegar for the sauce.
Respectfully Submitted, Sue Basile, 2017
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Paint Night
Tue, May 21
Heinrich Hall

Paint Night on May 21, 2024 at 6:30pm at Henrich Hall! We are painting Terracotta pots. If you are interested, please call Iris 781-293-1577 to reserve a spot.

Memorial Day Parade
Mon, May 27
Halifax Country Club

Join Halifax Veteran Services on May 27th for the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The parade will start from the Halifax Country Club at 9:30am and proceed to the Town Hall for the formal ceremony. Line up on the sides of Plymouth Street in your patriotic gear and American flags!

If you would like to be included in the parade, please reach out to There will be no personal, political, or business promotion within the parade. Motorcycles, classic cars, and others who want to show their pride in our Veterans are welcome.

The Halifax VFW will be cooking burgers and dogs after the ceremony as well.
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Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
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  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
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Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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Why Volunteer?
Have you thought of the benefits of volunteering?

Did you know that volunteering is a renewable resource? When you say a kind word, hand someone a meal, or teach a child a skill you are not only sharing a gift you have received, but you are receiving a gift. Gratitude for the help is one of the most powerful and healing gifts you can receive. The more you give gratitude away, the more it comes back to you.

I teach Living in the Gift at Stairway to Recovery, a walk-in place for those serious about wanting to recover from addiction or who need resources. Did you know that when folks who rely on generosity give from their heart, they feel better. Kind words, volunteering to help a neighbor, and other easy gifts, lift everyone's spirits. It energizes, and helps the giver feel valuable. Those who volunteer find it comes back to them in unexpected ways.

Try committing to a local charity and make it a habit of volunteering. You will make meaningful friendships, understand the gratitude of having: a home, money and / or resources to live. It will help you see problems from a different perspective; the benefits are enormous, and when you involve children, or your friends & family, it is a great bonding experience.

Who knows, you might just have a good time and experience the joys of volunteering.
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Halifax Police Officer Visits Elementary School Students

Officer McIntyre from the Halifax Police Department visited the first graders at the Halifax Elementary School on May 2nd. She read a great book to them and taught them how to prepare for emergency situations using the ALICE acronym. A stands for Alert, L stands for Lockdown, I stands for Inform, C stands for Counter, and E stands for Evacuate.

The kids were awesome, and the visit was enjoyable for them and for Officer McIntyre.

Photo & Story Credit: Halifax Police Department FB

Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
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