By Terry Vandewater.

Welcome to the 2nd flight of The Buzz …With over 50 towns and cities in our readership area, our news items cover Bristol, Plymouth, and parts of Norfolk counties, there are plenty of “goings on” in our Southeastern Massachusetts locavore communities!


Great Moves!

Enjoy the fall foliage by dining in a treehouse at Towne Tavern & Treehouse at 24 Mattakeesett Street in Pembroke. This establishment has become a popular destination, and for good reason—it’s an actual treehouse! And it’s a great respite from leaf peeping or raking leaves. Also in the works, Towne Tavern owner David Barry has purchased Lindsey’s Family Restaurant at 3138 Cranberry Highway in Wareham and intends to open as a gastropub with a neighborhood feel.

Locally-based and nationally-recognized Chef Stephen Coe is buying the Early Bird restaurant in Kingston. Think diner-style restaurant serving homemade, locally grown food with amazing flavor, at an affordable price, where all can enjoy the ambiance and character of the community. “The Early Bird name and the breakfast and lunch service will stay the same. Future plans are to open limited hours for dinner and also offer a sick Sunday brunch” says Coe.

Lolly’s in Dartmouth is now open on Sundays! Offering a breakfast-only menu from 8 am to 1 pm, patrons are overjoyed that a fam favorite is now a great Sunday morning option to sate their appetites. Head over to 6 Sheridan Street to check it out. Even if you sleep in, you can still make it for breakfast.

Three restaurants have stepped up to fill some big shoes in Fairhaven after the closing of Margaret’s, Brady’s Ice Box, and Elisabeth’s—all formerly owned by the Buker family and all situated on a quaint block near the ferry. Starting with the aroma of fresh donuts, Mey Breakfast at 16 Main Street is offering amazing donuts, a full breakfast menu, coffee, lunch items, and boba teas. Owner Mey Tex and her husband also own The Rise breakfast eatery in Somerset. Run by the daughter of the owner of the former Maggie’s Ice Cream on Cape Cod, The Ice Cream Cottage located at 12 Ferry Street has also gotten off to a great start, serving Acushnet Creamery ice cream and some hot favorites like clam chowder. Rounding out the mix is Olivia’s at 1 Middle Street. Brought to you by The Baker in New Bedford, Olivia’s will open as an upscale eatery and bar—that is quite the trifecta and tribute to the Buker family.

Whetting your Whistle

Beer gardens and autumn go hand in hand. It’s not called Ocktoberfest for nothing. In September and October, Widowmaker will once again open a beer garden at 525 John Mahar Highway in Braintree from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Kay’s Bottles and Cans will be holding a beer garden from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays on the site of the old Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital on Washington and South Streets. Hoppy weekend!

Farm Out!

Simmons Café and Market Place in Adamsville, a village in Little Compton, has a new owner. Pamela Alexander has roots in Westport and plans to give the property an “old-fashioned, general store feel.” Offering a slew of local products, Alexander is intent on retaining its charm.

Have the desire and know-how to farm? The Dartmouth National Resource Trust (DNRT) is accepting proposals to lease two farmland properties (five acres at Destruction Brook Woods Reserve and 14 acres at Helfand Farm) in Dartmouth. Deadline is 9 am on November 6. DRNT wants the land to stay in ag use and even improve its agricultural viability. Any bidding questions, contact

The South Coast Harvest Festival will be “celebrating the harvest from land and sea!” at the Westport Fairgrounds, 200 Pine Hill Road, September 29 to October 1, with a Garden Illumination Preview Party on the 28th. Along with fall floral arrangements, live music, and an artisan marketplace, enjoy educational talks and demos on beekeeping, pollinator gardens, and more. And there’s a Harvest supermoon in September!

The A.D. Makepeace Company (ADM) and the Marion Institute have formed a partnership to address food insecurity in creating The Neighborhood Farm at Frogfoot, a Farm to Food Relief Program. The Marion Institute will develop and farm a six-acre parcel on ADM’s property in Wareham. Their combined efforts will bring healthy, local produce to many who are food insecure.

On October 15 from 10 am to 2 pm the CantonFarmers’ Market is hosting its second Young Entrepreneurs Day at Canton High School. The day gives youth up to age 22 a chance to showcase and sell their products. Fill out an application on the market’s website, due by October 3. Young entrepreneurs (vendors) will be accepted on a rolling basis, so it may fill up prior to deadline.

Louisa Kasdon, founder of Let’s Talk About Food podcasts, covered the Brockton Farmers’ Market, conducting 15 fascinating interviews with customers, vendors, workers, and friends. Give a listen to learn why customers and vendors choose the Brockton Farmers’ Market; how to maximize SNAP dollars to purchase healthy, local foods; and what it’s like to operate an urban farmers’ market.

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Terry Vandewater likes buzzing around her garden when she’s not editing or writing about edibleSEMA-land.