What’s in season right now?

by Erika Solloway on May 23, 2016

Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries!



With these sweet berries, you can make smoothies, top off your oatmeal, add them to pancakes, or even sprinkle some on top of your salad for a fresh, summer taste. Locally, you can pick your own berries at Ward’s Berry Farm, located at 614 South Main Street in Sharon, MA. Check out their website for more information! http://www.wardsberryfarm.com/index.html.


Bell Peppers!



Bell peppers are naturally fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium, low in calories, and high in vitamin C. Some delicious recipes to use them in are dicing them and adding them to salads for a pop of color, stuffing them with rice, beans, and meat, and baking them, or grilling them with some olive oil to make the perfect side at your next cookout. You can grab some fresh peppers at Flint Farm Stand in Mansfield, MA. Their website lists all of the fresh vegetables you can get from them http://www.flintfarmstand.com/fresh-vegetables.html.


Tomatoes ripen perfectly over the summer, and you can find countless ways to incorporate them into your favorite meals. Whether you want to throw them into a quick salad, stuff them, bake them, make sauce or soup from them, or just eat them right off the vine, they’re a healthy and delicious snack. The Verrill Farm has everything from cooking classes to tomato tasting, and they’re not too far in Concord, MA. Their website has tons of information http://www.verrillfarm.com/heirloom.html.


Honeydew, Watermelon, and Cantaloupe!



High in vitamins, these sweet fruits make the perfect dessert all summer long. Carve them out, juice them, chop them up to snack on them, or add them to smoothies. They are at their peak this summer, and C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater has been selling them for over 80 years http://cnsmithfarminc.com/.


Source of information: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-summer


Congrats Grad!

by Julie Motchok on May 16, 2016


Congratulations! You did it!  Graduating from college is a tremendous achievement and you should be so proud of all you’ve accomplished during your time at BSU.  You may be going off to grad school or beginning a new job this summer, but don’t forget to relax- you’ve earned it!

Moving back home and beginning what feels like an entirely new life can be daunting.  Here are some tips to keep you calm and focused during this transition time.

Be open:

  • If you are moving back in with your parents, be open to discussing your expectations and theirs regarding topics like curfew, finances and pitching in to household chores. Discussing these things ahead of time will help you avoid conflicts in the future.  Before diving into a Netflix series, try to consider what you could do around the house to be helpful.  If you do not want them to treat you as they did when you were in high school, you should try to behave in a more mature and helpful way.


Stay Busy:

  • Try to spend large chunks of time out of the house.  Whether you take a walk with a friend, go to work or spend time in a coffee shop applying for jobs, the more time you spend away from home, the more independent you will feel.   It will also help you meet new people and feel more connected to your new community.  busy

Exit Plan:

  • Having an exit plan in mind and staying on track toward achieving this will help you when you begin to feel frustrated about living at home and feel that you have lost some independence.  Try to see the benefits of living at home and remember that this situation is only temporary!

Most importantly, try to enjoy this exciting time in your life.  You have so many options before you now that you have your degree and should take your time to explore different paths and ultimately find what makes you happy!


Be Smart for Summer

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Using Your Summer Wisely

May 2, 2016

Summer vacation is a great time to de-stress, travel, and tackle a to-do list you’ve long forgotten about. If you’re looking for new things to do, try one of the following! Find a farmers’ market! Summer is the season when everything grows ripe and delicious, so why not stop by a local farm to gather […]

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Don’t Sweat it!

April 20, 2016

You’re almost done with the semester! However, before packing up your dorm room or walking across the graduation stage, you have to make it through dreaded finals.  Papers, projects and final exams at the end of the semester always seem to pile up so quickly.  It is important to cope with your stress in a […]

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Balancing it Out

April 12, 2016

Balancing it Out Spring time can be very busy for the typical college student. As your academic planner fills with papers and projects, your social calendar usually fills up too.  It can be hard to balance out your time and be successful in school while not missing out on fun spring events. Here are some […]

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Stress Free Zone

April 11, 2016

Take a moment and think back to waking up early and watching cartoons, Slime Time Live, making gimp friendship bracelets, and having to walk down the street to see your friend if your friend was home instead of just texting them. Now you can relive your favorite parts of the 90’s right here in Outreach […]

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Your Skin Is In: Protect It!

April 11, 2016

When you have a big event coming up, how do you prepare? Do you get a haircut? Maybe visit a tailor to make sure your clothes are a perfect fit? What about going to a tanning bed? Chances are your answer to that question is yes, with research stating about 2.5 million teens using tanning […]

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Catching Your ZZZ’s?

April 11, 2016

Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button on your alarm daily? Is it difficult for you to start your day without a coffee? Is the last thing you see before you shut your eyes your phone screen? If any of those apply to you, you may not be getting all of the sleep you […]

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Breaking News: You Can Survive Without Coffee!

April 11, 2016

Chances are, some of you are reading this blog post with a Dunkin’ iced coffee by your laptop. Or maybe you’ve already had an energy drink or caffeinated tea today. Consuming caffeine seems like a routine part of our day sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be! In the US about 80% of adults consume […]

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