Farmers markets grow with high-tech advances 
With new smartphone apps and other technology, farmers markets are shifting from a cash-only business, and drawing more customers.
(JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF)

Farmers markets grow with high-tech advances

With new smartphone apps and other technology, farmers markets are shifting from a cash-only business, and drawing more customers.

(JONATHAN WIGGS/GLOBE STAFF)

Farm’s state-of-the-art barn caters to cows 
In the barn at Great Brook Dairy Farm, farmer Mark Duffy and his wife use the robotic DeLaval Voluntary Milking System.
(EVAN MCGLINN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Farm’s state-of-the-art barn caters to cows

In the barn at Great Brook Dairy Farm, farmer Mark Duffy and his wife use the robotic DeLaval Voluntary Milking System.

(EVAN MCGLINN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Cranberry industry lobbying to avoid school ban 
Industry officials are leveraging high-profile political support to help keep cranberry juice cocktails off the list of sugary drinks that could soon be banned from schools.

Cranberry industry lobbying to avoid school ban

Industry officials are leveraging high-profile political support to help keep cranberry juice cocktails off the list of sugary drinks that could soon be banned from schools.


Local CSAs offer meat, fish, eggs, and chickens 
A growing number of Community Supported Agriculture providers are selling shares for the protein portion of the plate.
(MATTHEW CAVANAUGH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Local CSAs offer meat, fish, eggs, and chickens

A growing number of Community Supported Agriculture providers are selling shares for the protein portion of the plate.

(MATTHEW CAVANAUGH FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Pick-your-own strawberry farm list 
The following list, organized by town, offers some pick-your-own strawberry farms.

Pick-your-own strawberry farm list

The following list, organized by town, offers some pick-your-own strawberry farms.

THE BIG PICTURE
Centuries of traditional cheese making 
Oscypek is a smoked cheese made of salted sheep’s milk, made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains region of Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Photographer Michal Korta spent 3 days documenting the process of producing the traditional Oscypek.

THE BIG PICTURE

Centuries of traditional cheese making

Oscypek is a smoked cheese made of salted sheep’s milk, made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains region of Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Photographer Michal Korta spent 3 days documenting the process of producing the traditional Oscypek.

Newton officials call tomato display illegal 
- Eli Katzoff’s tomato-growing front-yard display, which includes 34 red hanging buckets of tomato plants, needs to be removed or the city will send him a notice of violation.

Newton officials call tomato display illegal

- Eli Katzoff’s tomato-growing front-yard display, which includes 34 red hanging buckets of tomato plants, needs to be removed or the city will send him a notice of violation.

Farmers put focus on retailing 
- Agriculture’s new retail-oriented entrepreneurs are finding success by becoming more diverse - offering everything from baby lettuces to farm tours.

Farmers put focus on retailing

- Agriculture’s new retail-oriented entrepreneurs are finding success by becoming more diverse - offering everything from baby lettuces to farm tours.

Harvard study finds common pesticide kills bees 
- Researchers pointed to the pesticide imidacloprid as the probable cause of destruction of honeybee colonies worldwide since 2006.

Harvard study finds common pesticide kills bees

- Researchers pointed to the pesticide imidacloprid as the probable cause of destruction of honeybee colonies worldwide since 2006.

Why pasture eggs taste better than those from factory farms 
- Putting chickens out to pasture primes them to lay delicious eggs.

Why pasture eggs taste better than those from factory farms

- Putting chickens out to pasture primes them to lay delicious eggs.