Tour Simpson Spring's Historic Museum

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While the Simpson Spring we know today is a thriving bottler of the highest quality pure spring water, and old-fashioned craft soda, and the incubator of local food producers and entrepreneurs across New England, the building itself has been in operation since 1878. Travel back in time in the oldest bottling plant in the country! See remnants and artifacts from the factory's salad days in the 1930's and 40's when they were distributors of the beloved Moxie soda and experience the part they played in the early days of the soft-drink revolution. Hear stories about R.H. Macy and their influence on Coffee Soda and learn real story behind a brief stint they had with a well-known cola company.

The spring itself dates back to 6000BC. While you are on a tour of their historic building, you will actually get to see the spring where all of their water comes from - You'd be hard-pressed to find another water company that would be able to finagle a thing like that!

Tour participants will also spend time in the Simpson Spring laboratory where the historic flavors you enjoy today were first created.

Free tours of the Simpson Spring historic museum happen every Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm or any time by appointment, call 508-238-4472 to schedule.

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What is the difference between essential oils and fragrance oils?

Many people confuse the terms "essential oil" and "fragrance oil" because of the frequent incorrect practice of using these terms interchangeably. However, essential oils and fragrance oils are different in a number of ways, mainly due to the way they are created.

Most pure essential oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation. Freshly picked plants are suspended over boiling water, and the steam pulls the oils out of the plant. Many essential oils, such as lavender and eucalyptus, are used for their therapeutic benefits as well as their pleasant aroma.

  • Fragrance oils are synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils.
  • Fragrance oils are essentially just a "pleasant aroma" created in a lab using various chemical combinations.
  • Fragrance oils may contain a certain percentage of essential oils, but they are not completely natural, like essential oils.

When making my Piper Dee Naturals products, I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils and never fragrance oils. You can find my products at the Simpson Spring Marketplace six days a week, or online at 
Got a question? Email me at

Keep Easton Beautiful - Spring Clean Up

Keep Easton Beautiful, in conjunction with The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, is thrilled to announce The Beautify the Barrel Campaign. As part of Keep Easton Beautiful ‘s Second Annual Spring Clean Up, the two groups are sponsoring a trash barrel painting/decorating contest for local artists with first ($250), second ($100) and third ($50) prizes, as well as a People’s Choice Award.

Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Kristen Stone said, “We are very excited to be partnering with the Cultural District and local artists. It is our goal to raise awareness of the litter problem in Easton in a positive way. Beautify the Barrel is one aspect of that effort.” Artists will be given freedom to create within guidelines designed to promote keeping our environment clean and beautiful. After the contest, the barrels will be strategically placed around Easton to encourage residents to dispose of their trash in a responsible manner.

“Art can be a constructive influence in our community and on our culture. Beautify the Barrel is a fine example of that influence and The Cultural District is pleased to be a part of that.” said Carolyn Cole, Project Advisor and Artist Liaison, Chair of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.

In keeping with its commitment to serve the community through local projects, activities and events, Easton Grange 196 has generously provided barrels for the contest. The groups are also pleased to announce that the barrels will be judged by prize-winning local photographer, Rich Hudson, award winning artist, art juror and co-owner of Turning Point Design, Allison Krajcik, as well as, Chair of Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, Carolyn Cole.

Keep Easton Beautiful will hold their Second Annual Spring Clean Up on Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 8 – 11:30 am followed by an after party where Beautify the Barrel prizes will be awarded. "Last year, despite cold and rainy weather, 232 volunteers came out to help us clean up our roadsides. We actually removed 8,000 pounds of trash from our community!” said Keep Easton Beautiful Co-Founder Elaine Anderson Sears. For more information or to register for: The Beautify the Barrel Campaign or The Second Annual Spring Clean Up, please contact:

Simpson Spring Root Beer Glazed Salmon


  • 1 pound fresh salmon filets;  You could also use Swordfish or Mahi Mahi here if you preferred
  • 2 bottles of Simpson Spring Root Beer
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Orange or Lemon Slices
  • Fresh dill


Pour Simpson Spring Root Beer into a small saucepan and simmer until it has thickened and reduced to approximately 1 cup. This may take up to an hour.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and crushed garlic. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. When it is good and hot, add the olive oil. Add the salmon, skin side up and sear it for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filet. You are looking to brown the fish and to see the sides of the filet starting to cook. When this happens, flip the salmon over and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness. You’ll know it is ready when the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Remove the fish to a plate and spoon the Root Beer glaze over the top before serving. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice and some fresh dill for a beautiful presentation.

This salmon pairs great with your favor couscous side and some steamed greens. We love it with broccoli or in the spring when the asparagus we grow out back is ready for picking!

What is deal with Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils, but care must be taken when using it because of its potency and toxicity if ingested.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that when diluted in a carrier oil make it great for treating various minor skin issues, as well as having some household uses.  Here are just a few things you do with Tea Tree Oil:

What are some uses for Tea Tree Oil?

  • Add a few drops to your laundry detergent when washing cloth diapers or especially stinky athletic clothes. It will kill the bacteria and make everything smell clean again!
  • Add a few drops to your child's shampoo.  Tea Tree Oil naturally repels lice!

  • Add a few drops to 1/4 cup olive oil and use it as a spot treatment for acne. It will kill bacteria trapped in the pores and help clear up those blemishes. 

  • Make a deodorizing spray with witch hazel, water, and Tea Tree Oil for use on hockey and football equipment. Any hockey/football parent knows how gross all of that gear can get. Keep it from smelling like a locker room with Tea Tree Oil!  You can add Eucalyptus and Peppermint as well for added benefits and a better scent.

The Magic of Hempseed Oil

Why does hempseed oil work so well at healing dry skin, especially eczema and psoriasis?

Hempseed oil has many amazing, and unique properties that make it the absolute best oil for healing even the worst dry skin. The fats, or lipids, found in hempseed oil are similar to those found in the skin.  It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It hydrates the skin and brings more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for eczema and dry, itchy skin.

Also, because psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, products made with hempseed oil are perfect moisturizers!  It can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks, which is why I use it in my Facial Balm.

Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn't block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production.  Because hempseed oil is a natural product with no known side effects, it is ideal for treating skin irritations.  

I hope this gives you a little insight into why I use hempseed oil as a main ingredient in many of my products. You can find my "Piper Dee Naturals" line of all-natural body products at the Simpson Spring Market, or on Etsy at


Go Natural with Piper Dee

Piper Dee Naturals has been a staple of our Simpson Spring Marketplace since nearly the beginning. Piper Dee Naturals embodies our values in every way, shape and form. They strive to provide customers with a quality product, made from real materials. They are forthcoming and transparent about product ingredients and believes that educating their audience and providing real value to them is the best way to build a lifelong customer.

All of Piper Dee Naturals products are created with simple, all-natural ingredients such as olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, hempseed oil, and essential oils. Every product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.  

We recently caught up with Piper Jornales, owner and creator of Piper Dee Naturals to ask her some of our favorite “like-minded business” questions:

Please tell us one thing your customers might not know about your products?

Piper: We use essential oils not just for their aromatic benefits, but more so for their therapeutic benefits in order to help your skin and body heal on the inside as well as outside. For example, our "Clearing & Cooling Congestion Relief Salve" contains menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Eucalyptus in particular is a wonderful detoxifier and expectorant, which makes it a great essential oil to use when fighting a cold or the flu.

Give us 3 words to describe your products:

Piper:  Simple, Natural, Soothing

Give us 3 words to describe your business:

Piper: Fun, Creative, and Satisfying

Do you shop local?

Piper: I personally shop local as much as I can. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring is one of my favorite places to shop because of its selection of meats, yogurt, all-natural snacks, and of course the amazing water and hand-crafted soda.

Find Piper Dee Naturals everyday in our Local Goods Marketplace and stay tuned to our blog for a series of useful and informative articles from Piper Jornales.

Ginger Ale Carrots

This fantastic side dish is a modification of Alton Brown's Glazed Carrots recipe. If you are lucky enough to have a Winter CSA or a local farm stand with a winter offering, you may still be able to get some farm fresh carrots from storage. If not, grab a few pounds from your local supermarket. These are so good, you'll want left overs so get more than you'd serve at one meal.


  • 3 lbs Carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1.5 bottles of Simpson Spring Ginger Ale
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley or chives, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


Put a large fry pan or sauteé pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 the butter, the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the carrots; stir to coat the carrots in the butter and garlic mixture. Add the GingerAle. Bring the pan to a simmer; cover and reduce the heat to medium low for about 15 minutes. Uncover, bring the heat back up to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring frequently. When the liquid is nearly cooked off, add the final tablespoon of butter and cook until the carrots just start to brown on the bottom. Remove from the heat, add the herbs, salt and pepper, and serve.

Soda Burgers

Here's a fantastically different spin on your classic burger. 


  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup your favorite Simpson Spring Soda

  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers

  • 4 tablespoons your favorite French-style salad dressing

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef



  • Preheat grill on high heat. Lightly oil the grate.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, just 1/4 cup of soda (save the other 1/4 cup), crackers, 2 tablespoons of French dressing, and Parmesan cheese.

  • Crumble in the ground beef, and mix well.

  • Divide the mixture to make six 3/4 inch patties.

  • Pour the remaining soda and dressing into a small bowl, and mix well.

  • Grill burgers for approximately 3 minutes per side. Brush with the dressing and soda, then continue to grill for 8 to 10 more minutes until your desired doneness, basting occasionally.

Dolce Cupcakes

Dolce Cupcakes of South Easton, MA is one of the Marketplace’s longest running and most beloved vendors. Offering delectable hand-crafted treats including cookies, cake-pops, whoopie pies, larabars and, of course, gourmet cupcakes, Deborah Fayne, owner and chief baker at Dolce Cupcakes makes all of her products from scratch! “Our products are created with special attention to quality ingredients, unique flavors and the love of sharing our family recipes with everyone.”

Dolce Cupcakes also offers cooking and baking classes for school-aged children. Her students learn basic meal preparation skills and how to bake and decorate from scratch.

We caught up with Deb recently to ask her a few questions about Dolce Cupcakes and why she supports local business:

Can you tell us one thing your customers might not know about your treats?

Deb: If I have to name just one thing, it would be that our recipes are from my own family and friends. Some of them are from my mother's old tin recipe box that was given to me when she passed away. It gives me great comfort when I open it to take out stained recipe card with its tattered edges from years of baking and read a recipe that was written by's bitter sweet sometimes.

Give us 3 words to describe your business:  

Deb: Homemade, delicious, traditions.

Do you shop local?

Deb: Yes, I shop local! I personally, buy many things, such as water, soda, honey, nuts, and meats at the Simpson Spring Marketplace, too, just to name a few.

Simpson Spring Root Beer Baked Beans


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3-1/2 cups onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 15-ounce cans white cannellini, rinsed, drained OR approximately 1.5lbs of dried white beans, cooked
  • 1 bottle Simpson Spring Root Beer
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp molasses, black strap is preferred
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste 


Preheat oven to 400°F. Render bacon in large ovenproof pot, a cast iron pot would be great, over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels. Brown the onions in the bacon drippings that remain in the pot, stirring often, this should take approx. 8 minutes.

Add garlic and stir for 30-60 seconds or until fragrant. Add cooked or canned beans, root beer, molasses, tomato paste, mustard, 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper; mix. Stir in bacon; bring to boil. Transfer to oven; bake uncovered until liquid thickens, about 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining tbsp of apple cider vinegar before serving.