September 15, 2016
Boston – On Monday, Senator Ross visited and toured Dowse Orchards of Sherborn in celebration of September being Massachusetts Apple Month. In recognition of the cultural and economic significance of the Massachusetts apple, Senator Ross was joined by Jason Wentworth, Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Douglas Gillespie, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation.
“Following a tough season for crops across the Commonwealth, it is important to go out and support local farms this fall. Dowse Orchards has been established in my district for hundreds of years, and their contributions to the town of Sherborn are very meaningful to the citizens that reside here,” said Senator Ross.
Due to the many farmers challenged by this year’s drought, the Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources are dedicated to promote local agriculture and encourage citizens to visit local markets, farm stands and pick-your-own orchards.
According to Dowse Orchards’ co-owner Alex Dowse, the best time to pick apples is “right now”. Dowse Orchards, located at 98 N Main Street, is open for apple picking Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.