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Prospect Meadow Farm in Hatfield celebrates its two-year anniversary with open house 

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Workers at 
 Prospect Meadows Farm in Hatfield last year. The farm is preparing to hold an open house to celebrate its second anniversary in business..

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO Workers at Prospect Meadows Farm in Hatfield last year. The farm is preparing to hold an open house to celebrate its second anniversary in business.. Purchase photo reprints »

ServiceNet’s Prospect Meadow Farm is gearing up to celebrate its two-year anniversary.

The Hatfield farm is a nonprofit working farm that aims to empower physically, mentally, developmentally and economically challenged individuals through work that involves tending the land and caring for animals. Participants also receive training for future work in agriculture-related fields.

In its first two years, the farm grew more than 12,000 pounds of produce, which has been provided to ServiceNet group homes, other nonprofits, local food programs and community members who purchase shares to help sustain this venture.

ServiceNet spokeswoman Wendy Payson said six clients work at the farm, and several others are there on a volunteer basis.

“This is really a day for the community to come in and learn about what the farm does,” Payson said.

The open house is free and open to the public. Along with information about the farm, visitors will be entertained by a magician and the ServiceNet band. Food and refreshments will also be available.

“This is our second annual open house,” Payton said. “Last year it was very well attended.”

Hatfield Community Farm Director Shawn Robinson said he is happy with the farm’s success.

“We’re proud of the work we’ve done, and we’re grateful to be part of such a caring community,” Robinson said.

The open house will be held Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Asparagus tops menus

Asparagus season will soon reach its peak in Hatfield, and restaurants in town will celebrate by featuring the locally grown vegetable on their menus this coming weekend. The traditional asparagus season begins in May and ends by the end of June, and this year is producing an excellent crop.

“Last year it was so warm and dry that the crop was a little lean,” said Bob Wagner, chairman of the Hatfield Agricultural Advisory Commission. “This year, with more moisture, things are looking really good.”

Wagner said that participating restaurants will include Fishtales Bar & Grill at 5 School St., the Grill N Chill at 127 Elm St. and the Smithsonian Café and Chowder House at 1 West Street.

Over the weekend, diners will find everything from appetizers of steamed asparagus with garlic herb butter from the Grill N Chill to cream of asparagus soup and shrimp and asparagus salad from the Smithsonian Café.

For those who prefer cooking up their own asparagus dishes, Wagner said the spring vegetable is now available fresh from the farm.

“When you go by the roadside stands they are just full asparagus now,” Wagner said.

Hatfield farm stands selling asparagus include: Ed’s Stand, 19 North Hatfield Road; Frank’s Stand, 138 Chestnut St.; Nat and Olivia’s Stand, 25 School St.; Pop’s Farm, 62 Chestnut St.; Teddy C. Smiarowski Farm, 487 Main St.; Wendolowski Farm, 118 Prospect St.; and Wozniak Farm, 164 North Hatfield Road.

For more information, contact Wagner at 413-247-0147.

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Absentee ballots ready

Absentee ballots for the town elections set for May 21 are ready. The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is Monday, May 20, 2013, at noon.

A voter may vote by absentee ballot if he or she will be unable to vote at the polls on election day due to an absence from the town during polling hours, or physical disability or religious beliefs. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Town Hall, 59 Main St.

For more information contact Town Clerk Edwina Palmisano at 247-0492.

To submit items for Around Hatfield, email Fran Ryan at fryan.gazette@gmail.com.

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