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NS CSA Newsletter Week 5

News from the farm

The past week of sunshine has been a welcomed change for us farmers. In rapid succession we have pulled our stellar crop of garlic, spaded in spent crops making way for new beds in both Beverly and Ipswich, transplanted crops such as summer squash, lettuce, collards, and kale out of the greenhouse, and direct seeded carrots, cilantro, dill, green beans, and lettuce mix.

We have been hard at work making contingency plans to help cover shortfalls caused by our waterlogged Ipswich land. In addition to supplementing shares with vegetables from our farm in Lynn, we are working with a local farm to get tree fruit (hopefully peaches and apples) for the shares, which will start appearing in your box as it becomes available.

If you want to get an idea of our day to day work in the fields, please check out my updates at

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This Week at TFP's Farmers' Markets

Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
intersection of Blue Hill Ave and Dudley Street
Tuesday and Thursdays 3-7pm

Bowdoin Street Health Center Farmers Market
230 Bowdoin St, Dorchester
Thursdays 2:30-6:30pm

Boston Medical Center Farmers Market!
Main Lobby, Massachusetts Ave.
Fridays 11am-2pm

This week we'll have: Green Beans, Potatoes, Snap Peas, Kolrabi, Garlic, Raspberries, Radishes, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Head Lettuce, Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Mint

Playing catch-up

We've all been warmed the last few days by the sun on our backs, the energy of the youth who work with us and the delightful sight of pollinators in flight. Our tomatoes, eggplants and peppers are still several weeks behind previous years. Now flowers are opening and pollinators are in action again after several weeks of waiting out the rain. The wet weather has been hardest on our tomatoes.

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18 Years of Commitment

Two weeks ago, a hundred people gathered underneath the tent on the Lincoln farm to say thank you and farewell to Greg Gale, who has spent the last 18 years of his life dedicated, committed, and invested in work of The Food Project.  Much of what The Food Project is today is due to the heart of Greg Gale.  The send-off for Greg was a testament to his time here. 

Marcus B. who started as a youth in 1998








Elise, who started as a crew worker in 1993, came back as staff and ended up being the grower on the Lincoln land for three years.










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Welcome to The Food Project's new website!

Welcome to The Food Project's new website! The 2004-2009 edition served us faithfully, but it was time for a rebuild. We've reorganized the site to better reflect our current programs and activities, so you'll be able to find what you're looking for more easily. You'll also see more and bigger photos throughout. The new site comes to you thanks to our friend Andrew Rodgers of Open Pixels and TFP's hard-working communications staff.

For those of you curious about the technology involved, we've built the new site using Drupal, an open source content management system. This move presents big improvements in functionality and cost-savings compared to the proprietary system used for the previous site. The improved back-end tools will allow us to keep things up-to-date more efficiently.

In case you're interested in seeing something as it appeared on the previous site, a mirror is still available at, and old blog entries will remain at

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