Get Fresh Produce On the Road

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Organize That Refrigerator!

The refrigerator is the communications hub of any family. Now you can organize the area for maximum appeal and functionality and minimal clutter with Foodeez peel-and-stick frames.

  Mom-invented, Foodeez are designed for use on any smooth surface, including stainless steel or solid wood, and can be removed without causing damage or leaving behind any sticky residue. Available in a variety of themes and designs, they attractively organize children’s artwork, keep track of school calendars and sports schedules, and showcase prized projects. They’re even compatible with dry erase markers, letting you make lists, leave notes, and even draw moustaches. Frame packs start at $3.49 at

Find Farmers Markets In Your Town And On The Road

Farmers markets are great ways to enjoy fresh local food and support your local farming families. Looking for your local market or interested in finding a new favorite? Head to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’s interactive map: Just one click shows you where to find the local harvests in your area.

And if you’re on the road this summer, don’t forget the MassDOT’s Farmer’s Market Program, which is now open for business at 18 service plazas (11 along I-90 and seven along other state highways) offering local produce. Participating service areas include:

• Lee (east/west)

Blandford (east/west)

• Ludlow (east/west)

• Charlton (east/west)

Westboro (west)

• Framingham (west)

• Natick (east)

• Interstate 95 in Newton and Lexington

• Route 128 in Beverly

• Route 24 locations 

   (north/south ) in Bridgewater

• Route 3 in Plymouth

• Route 6 in Barnstable

Majority of Food Marketed On TV Toward Children Unhealthy

  A University of Arizona study finds that 80% of the food products advertised to children fall into what it calls “the poorest nutritional category” set by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines. 

  The recent study monitored 103 kids’ shows on two cable channels and five broadcast networks and found the results nearly the same as those from a 2007 report, after which 17 of the nation’s largest food manufacturers banded together to create the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative. 

  The self-regulated group vowed to promote healthier food and reduce the use of cartoons and characters to catch kids’ attention. Critics say self-regulation isn’t working and manufacturers’ definition of healthy foods is too liberal. Advertisers say the health standards outlined by the study are to stringent and that the majority of food in the U.S. would fall short.

Boneless Country-Style Spare Ribs on the Grill


• 3 Cups Ketchup

• 3 Cups Brewed Coffee

• 1 1/2 Cups Sugar

• 1 Small Onion Chopped

• 3 TBS Vinegar

• 3 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

Mix all the ingredients for sauce in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil for 10 minutes.

Place spare ribs in a tin foil pan and grill on high for 10 minutes. Drain any fat. Pour 3/4 of the sauce over ribs and turn heat down to medium. Set aside remaining sauce. Turn ribs over half way thru cooking and spoon sauce over them. (sauce will thicken as the ribs cook) If needed use remaining sauce or save and pour over baked potato.

This recipe can be baked in the oven, too!

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, drain fat, turn oven down to 350. Bake until done while turning ribs half way and spooning sauce over them.