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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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North Shore CSA newsletter

From the Interns

close up of some lettuce
close up of some lettuce
 In the Internship Program skits are a consistent activity. Each Tuesday a group of interns presents a skit to the Summer Youth Program on the veggie of the week. This is a way to get the teenagers excited about vegetables. One of the more popular skits we’ve presented this summer is the story of Letushca, god of Lettuce.

Long ago animals roamed freely through the forest (sheep and horse run across the stage). The local villagers would hunt the animals for food. But soon the animals became faster and harder to catch. (Scene goes to a mother and her son.) “ Oh son, go and collect us something to eat, or else we will die from hunger.”

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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

In the Share

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

In the Field

Green, wax and flat beans
herbs
flowers
taste of cherry tomatoes

News from the farm

Japanese Eggplant
Japanese Eggplant
 Summer seems to have set in. Our eggplant continue to grow and the peppers seem to be catching up. Every few days we venture into the melon field to check on the swelling orbs of sweetness and crack one open to see how they are progressing. We're expecting them any day now in this heat. It looks to be a good melon year after all. Even though the melon sweetness of summer has yet to be tasted, we are focused on fall this time of year.

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Rooted In Community conference

This past Saturday, attendees of the annual Rooted In Community (RIC) conference came down to our Lincoln farm for a full day of learning, sharing, and (of course) eating! 

RIC identifies itself as a diverse movement of youth and adults working together to foster healthy communities and food justice, through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security and related environmental justice work.

Throughout two of the five days at the conference, youth participated in many different youth led workshops from human sculptures, video making and radio broadcasting to window garden making, public speaking and diversity workshops. For the other days, youth took tours of Cultivating Community, Lots to Gardens and The Food Project (i.e., 150 biking through Maine, working on various pieces of land, making meals together, etc.).

At The Food Project, a group of staff, alumni, interns, and assistant crew leaders helped lead the 150 conference attendees in the following:

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Day of Action!

Interns harvesting carrrots to distribute in Boston.
Interns harvesting carrrots to distribute in Boston.

Food Project youth (and a young helper) harvesting carrots.
Food Project youth (and a young helper) harvesting carrots.

 

Gabriella using a pitchfork to break up the soil around the carrots.
Gabriella using a pitchfork to break up the soil around the carrots.

Bunches of carrots ready for the wash station.
Bunches of carrots ready for the wash station.

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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

summer squash of all types
summer squash of all types
 This week we'll have
: Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cucumbers, Pickling Cucumbers, Shelling Beans, Garlic, Japanese Eggplant, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Collard Greens, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Turnips, Potatoes, Oregano, Sage, Basil, Cilantro, Mint, Parsley

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North Shore CSA newsletter

Veggie of the Week: Onions

cleaning onions
cleaning onions
 Onions are plants of the species Allium cepa, which originated in central Asia but has spread across the globe in hundreds of different varieties.
The key to the onion family's appeal is a strong, often pungent, sulfury flavor whose original purpose was to deter animals from eating the plants. Cooking transforms this chemical defense into a deliciously savory, almost meaty quality that adds depth to many dishes. The onion family accumulates energy stores not in starch, but in chains of fructose sugars which long, slow cooking breaks down to produce a marked sweetness.

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