American Beef: How the Polled Hereford Came to America

A brown and white Polled Hereford cow.Here in Massachusetts, over 100,000 acres of land are dedicated to cattle farming alone. At Salem Cross Inn, our rolling hills and picturesque farmlands create some of the most beautiful views, and makes a perfect home for our Black Angus and Polled Hereford cattle. We are proud to say that of all the registered Polled Herefords in the state of Massachusetts, we own half! Our Polled Herefords’ pedigrees originate from Herefordshire, England.

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The History of Father’s Day

father and son having fun on sunset beachFather’s Day is quickly approaching! Let’s take a moment to understand the history of  Father’s Day, a nationally celebrated holiday. Father’s Day is observed every year on the third Sunday in June, and is considered to be an American holiday as it is rarely celebrated anywhere else in the world. Father’s Day is a day of gift-giving and expressing appreciation to all of the fathers nationwide, but how and when did this national holiday get its start? [Read more…]

Agriculture in the American Colonies

Agriculture in the first American colonies was much different than agriculture today. New to North America, the colonists had to make the best of the tools and crops they had brought with them from England, and work very hard to survive in a new environment. [Read more…]

The History of Mother’s Day

mothers day lettering with branches, swirls, flowers and quoteWhile mothers and motherhood are celebrated in different ways all across the world, Mother’s Day in America commonly falls on the second Sunday in May each year. [Read more…]

When Should I Plant Spring Vegetables?

Close up of hand holding a beet by the stalk outside in a sunny garden.As springtime inches closer and closer, it is difficult for us not to dream of warm sunshine and bright, colorful flowers swaying in the breeze. With these warm thoughts come the daydreams of spring and summer gardens. Every year, our garden gives us plentiful amounts of delicious seasonal vegetables and herbs. While we may have to wait a bit longer for the first seeds to sprout, here are a few quick tips that you can use at home to help make your spring garden a success! [Read more…]

The History of Restaurants in America

Historic black and white drawing of a two story tavern with men talking outside.Restaurants today are such common place that it is easy to take their existence for granted. Can you imagine a time in society when restaurants did not exist? That’s right, at one point in time (not very long ago, we might add) the idea of “going out to eat” was nonexistent in our society.  Today, we will discuss the growth the history of restaurants in America, and how they got their start from inns and taverns. [Read more…]

Something Old, Something New: The History Behind Wedding Traditions

We’ve all heard it before, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”, but where did these common wedding traditions come from? [Read more…]

3 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make at Home

There is no decoration better than a homemade Christmas ornament! These ornaments are easy to create, and can be cherished for generations. This holiday season, create these unique ornaments for your home or for your friends and family. Each of the following ornaments are straightforward to create, but certainly don’t look it. Happy crafting! [Read more…]

Dining In: Salem Cross Inn chef shares winter favorite French onion soup

There’s nothing like the pleasures of simple, delicious comfort food when the blustery days of winter roll around.

For executive chef Laurent Olivier of the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, a bowl of French onion soup is on his list of favorites when the weather gets cold.

The chef grew up in Normandy, France, and lived and worked in London and France before coming to the United States 14 years ago. As a youngster, Olivier said, he didn’t like onion soup…

Worcester Living Article
By Barbara M. Houle, Correspondent

By Christine Peterson, Telegram & Gazette Staff
Posted Nov. 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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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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