By Pamela Denholm.

Who knew…

There’s a New Kitchen at the Heart of Soule

Aubrey Quirke displays her jar of veggie joy during a program instructed by Katie Roberts, Soule Homestead Education Coordinator.: Photo courtesy of Soule Homestead

There’s an important stop between farm and table—the kitchen! Realizing this, Soule Homestead opened a licensed commercial kitchen at their historic farm in Middleborough last summer. This new space allows them to extend their educational programming to nurture future farmers AND future chefs with an appetite for local, seasonal, fresh food and sustainable food systems.

Those at Soule practice what they teach too, since the kitchen is available at very reasonable rates to local farmers and artisans, strengthening and celebrating our local food network and all it has to offer. Visit the Homestead’s website for more information or give them a call. Meg is happy to show you around.

Talk about local; the cucumbers came right out of Dave’s farm field and the kids picked all the herbs from our garden. Fun times when the kids can see every step in the process.

Soule Homestead
46 Soule Street, Middleborough, MA 02346
(508) 947-6744

They were cool before cool was a thing, and they keep getting cooler…

As we went to press the Bourne Tap Room hit an unforseen speedbump with their licensing and had to temporarily close.

Trendsetters out of the gate, the Russells opened Buzzards Bay Brewery over 20 years ago (cool fact #1). They were and still are farmers who revel in simplicity and appreciate authentic and quality ingredients (cool fact #2). Their beers are small-batch brewed to allow the hops a structural supporting role, and the grains—some of which are grown on their farm—to take center stage (cool fact #3). Outdoor seating, a bucolic landscape, and corn hole games make visiting a delight, and they’ve recently opened a new tap room in Bourne (cool fact #4).

Buzzards Bay Brewery
Westport Farm
98 Horseneck Road
Westport, MA 02790

Bourne Tap Room & Cellar
85 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
(508) 636-2288

Shots at a bar can be good for you. Really.


There is no rum in their yummy Big Island (pineapple, strawberry, mango, banana, and coconut water), it’s not that kind of bar, but a shot of Vela Juice Bar’s Hangover Helper (ginger and apple), or wheatgrass with a lemon chaser, will do the trick if you’ve overindulged elsewhere.

On a mission to spread health, owners Ana Dabrowski and Dan Gallivan created a grab-andgo menu featuring options like Avocado Toast, BBQ Blue Cheese Veggie Burger, and Falafel Fusion Salad, which have garnered Vela Juice Bar a loyal following in Plymouth, and now the opportunity to open Vela in a second location in Buzzards Bay. Mission accomplished!

Vela Juice Bar
71 Court Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 591-7718

89 Main Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
(774) 247-4879

There is nothing humble about a great pickle.

Welcome to the delicious world of pickled everything. If you are partial to pickles, you need to meet pickle pioneer Lorraine “Nana Pickles” Connell of The Pretentious Pickle Company. She has pickles to please any palate. Plucky pickle lovers can’t get enough of the pickled cherry peppers stuffed with horseradish cheese and prosciutto. If your passion is pickle juice (step aside Gatorade), or you have a proclivity for pickled carrots, eggs, crunchy onions, beets, mushrooms, or garlic, Lorraine has a provision for you. Visit the store, try one pickle, try them all—join a growing list of patrons who pick Pretentious Pickle products for their pantry. Peace and Pickles.

The Pretentious Pickle Country Store
190 Water Street
Plymouth, MA 02360
(781) 799-9240

Pam Denholm Has been an integral part of the local food landscape. She hung up her crown as queen of the turnips for new role as a humble servant to those in need. She remains committed to the idea of healthy vibrant regional food systems centered around our farms.