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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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Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter

News from the farm

This week we say goodbye to our Summer Youth Program. These 60 high school students have transformed our farms with all their hard work removing weeds, harvesting thousands of pounds of produce and bringing their work ethic on hot sticky days and cold rainy ones. The noise decibel at lunch time has risen exponentially over the last six weeks as strangers grew into friends. For some this program was only the beginning of their time with The Food Project; many will return for our Academic Year Program and someday you might meet them as interns helping you at the CSA.

Goodbye SYP and thank you for all your hard work and great energy.

Fruit Shares Are Coming!

Shares for all sites will be $74 for 9 weeks of fruit from Autumn Hills Orchard in Groton. You'll receive 1/2 peck of fruit per week. The share will consist mainly of an exciting variety of apples with a few pears and plums in the mix. On Farm CSA members need to specify which day (either Tuesday or Thursday) you'll be picking up your fruit.

Sign up for your share online today!

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TFP welcomes Local Ladle to our Dorchester kitchen

The Food Project has a commercial kitchen as part of its Dorchester office.

Local Ladle, Jamaica Plain-based maker of vegetable pasties, knishes & more, was looking for some kitchen space due to the impending closing of Nuestra Culinary Ventures [1].

Happily, these two great flavors found each other, and as of last week, Cora and our intern Sam are working their culinary magic in our kitchen. Those of us in & around JP can look for the delicious results at City Feed & Supply.

 


1: things may be looking up for NCV -- here's hoping!

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Late Blight Alert for Tomatoes and Potatoes

Please be on the look out in your home gardens!

If you see signs of late blight on your tomatoes, harvest all tomatoes (both ripened and unripened) and dispose of the plants immediately. Potatoes are also at risk. For more information and pictures of what to look for, see the UMass Extension's late blight alert.

Our Lincoln CSA farmer Kate wrote about what this has meant for our farm earlier this week. For other perspectives, Boston food writer Alison Arnett has a reaction to TFP's blight announcement, and local farmer MK Wyle has a powerful story about the blight's impact on her farm.

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Getting more for your money at our markets

Interacting at the Market
Interacting at the Market
If you're one of the 82,000 Bostonians participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, you can now get even more of our fresh, healthy food for your money!

For details, please see our new Boston Bounty Bucks page. There's also more background information in the Lincoln Journal.

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