The History of the First Thanksgiving Feast

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, what food comes to mind? Turkey? Cranberry sauce? Pumpkin pie? Believe it or not, the foods that we commonly associate with Thanksgiving were likely not the foods that were served at the First Thanksgiving.
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Great Local Farms near Brookfield MA to Visit this Fall

There is nothing more festive in the fall than pumpkins! This weekend, head out into your community and find some pumpkins (as well as other great fall crops) at some of our favorite local farms and farm stands. Then, head on home to bake and carve!

To Carve or to Bake?

Believe it or not, there is a big difference between pumpkins that you can bake and pumpkins that you can carve. When looking for a carving pumpkin, look for a pumpkin that has a nice, sturdy shape that will not collapse once carved. When looking for a pumpkin for baking, you don’t want to worry so much about the shape of the pumpkin, but more about the variety you are purchasing. If you are looking to make your own pumpkin puree for baking, you will want to use a sweet pumpkin. Sweet pumpkins look slightly darker in color than other varieties of pumpkin, and often have dark spots or freckles on their surface.

No matter the type of pumpkin you choose, for carving or for baking, remember to never carry the pumpkin by its stem. If the stem breaks off, the pumpkin is left with a wound that can invite infection and rot. Also remember to check for soft spots and bruises on your pumpkin. These are all signs of rot, which is something you want to avoid!

Looking for pumpkins? Head to some of our favorite local spots!

Honey Bee Orchard

Honey Bee Orchard

Honey Bee Orchard– Located in West Brookfield, Honey Bee Orchard has all of your fall needs! You’ll find everything here from apples and pumpkins to squashes and gourds! Visit them at 107 East Main Street, West Brookfield, MA 01585.

Overlook Farm– Pumpkins, fruit, herbs, flowers… Overlook Farm has it all! While you’re here, pick up some fresh veggies for dinner as well. Check them out at 15 Long Hill Road, Brookfield, MA

Brookfield Orchards– If you’d rather eat pumpkin pie than make it, be sure to visit Brookfield Orchards! They will bake your holiday pies for you all season long, all you have to do is pick them up! Visit them at 12 Lincoln Road North Brookfield MA 01535

Salem Cross Inn’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe


  • Your favorite pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup milk (a splash)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten


Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a 10-inch pie pan with the pastry dough. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and mix together until smooth. Pour into lined pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 and bake for about 50 minutes more or until the filling is firm.

Whether you carve pumpkins this fall or bake them, we hope that you get to spend some time outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather! Come by Salem Cross Inn for a great meal, take a walk around our beautiful property, or attend one of our festive seasonal events! To learn more, visit us at

Apple Picking in Central Massachusetts

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MAIt’s that time of year again! The cool, crisp fall air is beginning to blow, and colorful leaves swirl around our feet. The one thing we love more than the great weather? Apple picking!

There are plenty of wonderful autumn destinations in Central Massachusetts, so grab your friends and family this weekend and head out to some of our favorite farms, such as Breezeland Orchards, Brookfield Orchards, and Ragged Hill Orchard. [Read more…]

Memorable New England Staycation Ideas for the Family

How many times have you come home from a trip and thought to yourself, “I need a vacation after that vacation”? While travel is an important part of a culturally-rich life, many of us will live our entire lives without ever fully-experiencing the region in which we call home. Considering all of the rich history our corner of the Earth has to offer, that’s a shame. So instead of jetting off to the hot travel destination of the moment, plan a New England staycation! Pack the kids in the car and visit some of the amazing sights right here in Southwest Worcester County.

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Your New Favorite Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

By far the best-known pumpkin dessert, pumpkin pie gets a lot of attention this time of year. (With good reason, no doubt.) While we give praise to this traditional favorite, there are so many other pumpkin recipes that will impress guests and delight taste buds. [Read more…]

The Best Apple Pie in New England

Now that autumn has returned to New England with its beautiful colors in tow, it’s time to celebrate all of the best things about fall: warm sweaters, crisp air, and plenty of fun activities. [Read more…]

Zucchini and Squash Recipes for When Your Garden Produces an Overabundance

Gardeners know this all too well; towards the end of the summer the summer squash plants begin producing, and before you know it, you have more massive squash and zucchini than you could possibly use. [Read more…]

7 Summer Table Setting Ideas

If you’re planning to have one more outdoor party before the summer ends, or perhaps you’re planning a summertime wedding, these summer-themed table setting ideas are just what you need. [Read more…]

Blueberry Dessert Recipes

Blueberry season is in full swing right now, so it’s time to go down to your local farmers market, or your own blueberry bush, and pick those delicious, ripe berries. [Read more…]

5 Unique Date Ideas to Try this Summer

So it is time to plan date night, and you want to spice things up. Whether it’s your first date, or your 50th, trying to come up with new and exciting date ideas can be difficult for anyone. [Read more…]