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Cambridge Urban Ag. Fair - September 20

Next week, the Cambridge Square Business Association is hosting their First Annual Urban-Ag fair. It's being held on the very historic site of the first marketplace in Newtowne (1630's). The 2009 Urban-Ag fair will bring to market some of the most incredible locally grown fruits and vegetables ever seen. Prizes will be awarded for the tastiest, the biggest, the most interesting, and in some cases the ugliest fruits, veggies, baked goods, honey, flowers, preserves, pickles and eggs!

Cooking demonstrations from local chefs, gardeners, and "Cambridge School student-growers" will be held throughout the day. Come to sample recipes and/or to stock up on the bounty of the harvest from our local farmers markets, get tips from local experts on composting, community gardening, rain barrels, and bee-keeping! All events are free, open to the public and family-friendly. Kids are encouraged to enter to win Student Prizes in every category!

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

Onions
Onions
 Salad mix/spicy salad mix
Onions
Kale or Cabbage
Melon
Lettuce/Escarole
Garlic
Mix n' Match: Scallions, basil, fennel, Hakurei turnips, summer squash, cukes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, hot pepper
U-Pick: Edamame, herbs, raspberries, flowers, green tomatoes

News from the farm

First week of school! Want to know what to pack for your school lunches? We'll take a look at our lunch ingredients in the fields. It's looking good for those sandwich standbys such as lettuce, spicy greens, and complimentary crunchy root crops like hakurei turnips, radishes, and carrots. Cucumbers have just started kicking, so throw them in those sandwiches while they last! Your salad has no need to fear, especially if you don't mind getting adventurous and chopping up some kale finely or throwing in a little extra spicy green now and then.

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News from the farm

cabbages
cabbages
 This has been a great week on the farm. With our spading machine back in business after a couple weeks in the shop and a string of beautiful sunny days, we have been able to finish preparing the final beds of the season for planting. With a little help from the weather, we will plant our last seedlings from the greenhouse into these beds this week. This marks an important transition in the farm season: all the months of crop planning and planting have come to an end, and now we harvest and hope for a long, warm fall…..

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This week at our Boston 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: Kale, Sungold Cherry Tomatoes, Big Beef Tomatoes, Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes, Red and Yellow Onions, Green Beans, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Collard Greens, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Basil, Apples, and Pears

Volunteer days are Tuesdays, Thursdays (starting this week) and Saturdays (starting September 12) from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm through October 31st. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we'll be harvesting the produce that goes to market. On Saturdays, volunteers are led in doing field work by the awesome young people in the Academic Year Program. Come meet them!

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Labor Day Eat-In on Boston Common

If you run in the local food crowd, you've probably heard about the Labor Day Eat-Ins happening this Monday. If not, a brief summary:

The Childhood Nutrition Act, which is responsible for the budgeting and implementation of public school lunches, is coming up for reauthorization this fall. A nation wide effort is being made to allocate more funds towards the cafeteria budget, and increase the quantity of healthy local foods available to school children. Currently, there are over 280 such eat-ins planned for this Labor Day. As an event organizer with the Boston Localvores, we're organizing one such Eat-In at the Boston Common, by the Gazebo, from 12pm-2:30pm this Monday, September 7th. There will be petitions to sign, information to read, and literature available for those who want to become more active in guaranteeing healthy, local food for school children. 

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Newly available curriculum, games, and research

We're happy to announce a wealth of new material on our website. As mentioned the other week, volunteer Jessica Yen spent much of her summer diligently organizing materials we use internally so that they could be useful to others.

New sections on the website resulting from her work:

Let us know if you find this material useful. Thanks again, Jessica!

 

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North Shore CSA newsletter

News from the farm

bunching scallions
bunching scallions
 During the last few weeks, we’ve had a nice string of sun and heat. This has allowed us to direct seed and transplant several rounds of fall crops so far, and with a little cooperation from the weather, we will get in another round of planting by the end of August. On the down side, our tomatoes have finally succumbed to late blight. They held out longer than other organic farms in the area, but with late blight so widespread in our area, it was really just a matter of time. We will include the last of the tomatoes in this week’s share.

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In the Share

Lettuce and Salad mix
Chard, Collards, Turnip Greens or Kale
Garlic
Leeks
Pesto Basil
Melons!
Mix and Match: carrots, eggplant, peppers, fennel, summer squash, scallions, cucumbers, potatoes

In the Field

Herbs
Flowers
Raspberries (!)
Edamame (baby soybeans)*

(*Note on cooking edamame: pull the pods off the plant and boil or steam the whole pod until the pod is tender enough to squeeze the beans out easily (usually about ten minutes). Add a little salt and enjoy! Eat the beans and not the pod.)

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This week at our Boston 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

Cherry Tomatoes, Heirloom Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Fennel, Onions, Cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Shelling Beans, Eggplant, Japanese Eggplant, Carrots, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash, Scallions, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Lettuce Salad Mix, Spicy Salad Mix, Arugula, Lettuce, Potatoes, Basil, Mint, and Parsley

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NS readers can catch Food, Inc. this weekend

From Cape Ann Cinema's director:

Hello,

Just wanted to let you know that Food, Inc. is now our all-time highest-grossing film, and that we are encoring it on Saturday and Sunday, August 29th and 30th at 5:00pm. Group discounts are available.

Here is the official site: http://www.foodincmovie.com

Cheers,
Rob

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