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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cape Cod Coffee Time at Our Inn

Every year we look for new ways to improve the experience for guest at our Cape Cod bed and breakfast. This year our guests have been raving about the new coffee we serve from the Cape Cod Coffee Roasters in Mashpee, MA.

We discovered this great coffee last year before we went south for the winter. A guest graciously invited us to the grand opening of his restaurant, the Blue Plate Special in Barnstable. At the opening, Molly MacGregor, the owner of the Roasters, was doing a coffee tasting. We had the chance to try a variety of her coffees, but just a small sample of the 40+ coffee bean choices from 12+ countries that are available from them. 
brown coffee beans, blue can with lighhouse, orange can with lighthouse
Photo by Elyssa Cohen

When we returned from Florida, Molly brought us samples of a wonderful blend of Central and South American coffees to share with our guest. They loved it, and now daily we serve the fresh brewed Sunrise Blend and the decaffeinated Sunset Blend.

The key to the success of the coffee is its freshness. Every Monday, Molly calls for my order and the beans are then blended, roasted, ground, and packaged for delivery on Tuesday. It can’t get much fresher than that. In the past we bought roasted beans and ground them our selves, but there was no way of telling how old the beans were, how long ago they were roasted, or how long they had been on the shelf. The freshness makes all the difference in the world. 

Cape Cod Coffee Roasters is a great story beyond the quality of the coffee. It was started in 1970 by Demos Young, whose family had been in the coffee roasting business on the north shore of Massachusetts since 1914. In 1987, he built the first coffee roasting facility on Cape Cod. The state-of the-art roasting facility is located at 348 Main Street just cross the town line in Mashpee. Some of our guests have stopped by there on their travels around the Cape to purchase coffee to take home with them.

They offer tours of the Roastery year-round every Thursday at 11:00 AM and in the summer also on Tuesday at 11:00 AM., another fun thing to do on a rainy day. 

Another nice thing about buying coffee for our inn from Cape Cod Coffee Roasters is that we are supporting another local business. At our Inn, we like to buy local to obtain the freshest and highest quality products available. Come and stay with us at our Sandwich Inn and try the coffee with free refills all day long.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fresh Produce at Sandwich's Crow Farm

 Nestled in the natural beauty of Scenic Route 6A is Crow Farm. The forty-acre farm is locally owned and is currently operated by three generations of Crowell's. Since 1916, the farm has been growing and selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets, and herbs. Also available are local honey, jams and jellies, pies and fruit breads.
farm stand in spring with hanging floral baskets and farm in the background
It is such a treat to be able to purchase herbs for my garden in the early spring and seasonal fresh veggies as they are harvested throughout the growing season to use in our breakfast recipes. Their beautiful cucumbers are one of my favorite things, and I am really happy when I catch the freshly harvested strawberries and lettuce in the spring and early summer. And, their bunches of fresh basil are divinely fragrant.

To see the variety of vegetables being grown and to learn what is being harvested at different times, you can check the harvest calendar on their website. The also have a page with wonderful recipes using their harvest.
yellow squach, red strawberries, green cucumbers and basil, pink roses
My recent purchase from Crow Farm

Crow Farm is one of the only farms on Cape Cod to grow their own apples, peaches, and sweet corn and provide them for sale to local visitors. They grow thirteen varieties of apples and Crow Farm Corn is a local favorite.

The farm stand is open from May until just before Christmas. In the early winter months, after all the beautiful summer and fall produce is done, beautiful Christmas wreathes and trees are available for the holidays. Pies, breads, local honey, and jams and jellies are also available and make wonderful gifts for the holidays and for holiday celebrations.

This small farm may have had humble beginnings, but today it is a thriving and vital part of  historic Sandwich Village. For residents, visiting the farm stand at Crow Farm is one of the great pleasures of living in small town America.

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 is Cape Cod Canal's Centenial Celebration

As we gear up for a very busy 2014 summer season, we try to take a little time for ourselves each day-- our window of opportunity is between guest check out at 11:00 AM and check in at 3:00 PM. This week the weather was great and we sneaked off to sit by the Cape Cod Canal. We keep our bagged camp chairs in the SUV at all times to be ready for an instant escape. We got a little sun while enjoying pleasant gusts of salt scented air off the water while sitting next to the Sandwich end of the Canal by the Canal Visitor Center.

blue water and red and orange sunset
Sunset on Cape Cod Canal
The Canal is celebrating its 100th  anniversary this year with loads of scheduled events and a large ceremony that includes fireworks off the Railroad Bridge on July 29, 2014. For us the Canal is special for the relaxation we get from our respites away from the Inn by the calming waters.  But the Canal is special for a lot of other reasons which are being celebrated this year. 

Did you know that the Cape Cod Canal....

-- was first proposed by Miles Standish in 1623…..
-- opened on July 29, 1914….
-- was formed by connecting the Monument and Scusset Rivers….
-- made the peninsula of Cape Cod an island….
--  is 480 feet wide, 32 feet deep and 17 miles long….
-- is the widest sea-level canal without locks in the world….
-- connects the Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod Bay….
-- has 20,000 ships a year pass through it…..
-- bridges, the Sagamore and the Bourne, were built in the 1930s as public works projects…..
-- bridges today carry 35 million cars a year on and off Cape Cod….

You can learn more facts about the canal by visiting the wonderful Cape Cod Visitor Center, a fun museum with interactive displays maintained by the US Army Corp of Engineers. A full schedule of the Canal’s Centennial events can be found on the website. Come stay with us at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast and enjoy some of the events celebrating the 100th birthday of the Cape Cod Canal.

Written by Charlie Preus, Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward