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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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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

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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Get out your popcorn -- TFP videos are here

This summer, Harvard School of Public Health student Jessica Yen
worked with TFP to translate a vast swath of our curriculum materials into
web-friendly formats. While we have a few more tasks to accomplish
before unveiling the fruits of her labor, I'm happy to share another
project she accomplished: tracking down a number of videos about (and
sometimes by!) TFP and its participants, and converting them from the
various formats they happened to be stored on to something more easily
viewed from the web.

The videos are collected for your convenience on our new video page, and can
also be accessed through TFP's YouTube channel. Pop up some corn and
gather your friends and family!

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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

Boston Bounty Bucks

Don't forget about the Food Stamp/EBT/SNAP promotion, called the Boston Bounty Bucks Program. Any Food Stamp/EBT/SNAP purchase will be matched up to $10 at 14 Farmers Markets in Boston, including all of our Markets listed above. For example, if you spend $10 at the market with your EBT card, you can get an additional $10 to spend at the market. This is a great opportunity for Food Stamp/EBT/SNAP participants to double their money at the market to get more fresh produce, fruit, or unprepared food. Please spread the word!

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North Shore CSA newsletter

News from Melissa Dimond, North Shore Director

This week marks the halfway point for the CSA season, and as such seems like a good time to reflect on where we've been and where we're going. I have had the opportunity to speak with many members this season - in person, by phone, and via email. So many of you have expressed the excitement and joy that comes with picking up your weekly shares. And many people have asked why the volume of food is smaller than they expected.

A Season Like No Other

It's been a season of extremes, and I cannot thank you enough for your support. The sustained rain in June hit at precisely the worst time - causing disease and crop failure on local farms all over the area, including The Food Project's land in Ipswich & Beverly. We are still feeling the effects of the crop and seedling loss in June and July.

We know from our own experience farming and running a CSA program (in Lincoln) for nearly 20 years that we have not seen anything like this before. And our colleagues on other local farms have the same message. It's unprecedented.

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

Lettuce and Salad mix
Chard, Collards or Cabbage
Garlic
Sweet Alisa Craig Onions
Pesto Basil
Mix and Match: carrots, eggplant, peppers, fennel, summer squash, scallions, cucumbers

In the Field

Green beans
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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Buy Springsteen Tickets and Support TFP!

You and three friends can get great tickets for one of Bruce Springsteen’s gigs next week at the Comcast Center while supporting The Food Project!

Bruce selected The Food Project as a charitable partner for his Working on a Dream show, and has donated prime seats (and E Street Lounge passes!) for both Boston shows, with proceeds going to The Food Project. Tickets are available via online auction and each package includes 4 tickets -- learn more and bid on the Saturday, August 22 auction or the Sunday, August 23 auction.

But wait, there's more!

A winning bidder who bids $10,000 or more will also win a Meet and Greet with Bruce and the band*.

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