WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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animals just because it's fun." Elizabeth Wilder agrees. "The goats are a big hit," she says. "People bring their kids over to visit. It has been a good neighborhood experience." Though high-minded premises of community outreach and ani- mal kinship may be good reasons to own livestock, they are not the only reason. "On a good day, we can gather a dozen fresh eggs at a time," says John Burress, citing a delicious bonus to flock keeping. Many dog and cat owners might be prompted to ask their pets, "What have you done for me lately?" when seeing a freshly laid egg in a hen box. All of the chicken owners interviewed for this story reap the bounty of fresh eggs throughout the year. "Though in the dark and cold of winter, egg production goes down," warns Amie Smith. Still, the delight of harvesting a few warm eggs on a chilly morn- ing is a distinctly different experience than getting in the check-out line at Roche Bros. "It kills me when I have to buy eggs!" says Marsha Sussman, whose hens are older and are now less productive. The owners also unanimously agreed that the flavor and quality of the eggs are superior to store bought. "There is really no comparison," 120 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 Backyard Farming P H O T O S B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y "The goats are a big hit." – Elizabeth Wilder

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