The Food Project: Youth. Food. Community.

Skip to main content

from the fields

The Food Project's blog

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.

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories:

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!

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories: ,

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!

Share this post: click here to share this page

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.

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories: ,

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.

Share this post: click here to share this page

categories:

The Blight Upon Us

Food Project Tomatoes in 2008
Food Project Tomatoes in 2008
I badly wanted to write about something upbeat this week. That was not to be. Our farm, like many in the Northeast, has been hit by late blight, an aggressive disease on tomatoes and potatoes spread through moist air by the water-born mold Phytophthora Infestans. Infected plants can blacken and wither within a week, the fruit of tomatoes develops lesions and begins to rot and the tubers of potatoes are can also be infected if immediate action is not taken. Once late blight is present in a field even the most aggressive conventional fungicides have only a small likelihood of preventing its spread.

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories:

Lincoln/Boston CSA Newsletter, Week 9

Update: information on the tomato blight has been moved to this post.

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!

Sign up ends August 21st. Fruit shares will go from the first week of September through the last week of October.

CSA Potluck

Thanks to all of you who came out for the CSA potluck last week. Even under rain-threatening skies, we had a great dinner shared by all. The kohlrabi cook-off was a huge success with many tasty dishes being offered. Check our blog next week for the recipes!

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories: ,

NS CSA Newsletter Week 6

Vegetable of the Week: Broccoli

broccoli
broccoli
 Believe it or not, broccoli was barely known in the US until the 1920's. It's a snap to cook and delicious and nutritious. Serve it raw, lightly cooked or completely cooked. One other thing to believe or not: broccoli is a flower--a bunch of flowers to be exact. All those tiny buds just haven't opened yet. If we let our broccoli plants keep growing in the fields without harvesting them, they'd eventually erupt into a lovely bouquet of tiny yellow flowers.

Broccoli is a plant of the cabbage family Brassicaceae. Broccoli most closely resembles cauliflower, which is a different cultivar group of the same species, but broccoli is green while cauliflower can appear in purple and yellow in addition to the traditional white variety. Packing a nutritional punch, broccoli is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as dietary fiber.

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories:

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: Green Beans, Cucumbers, Potatoes, Snap Peas, Garlic, Raspberries, Radishes, Beets, Carrots, Summer Squash, Scallions, Cabbage, Collard Greens, Salad Mix, Lettuce, Turnip Greens Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Mint

Vegetable of the Week

Green Beans

Read more

Share this post: click here to share this page

Read more categories: ,

TFP in the New York Times

Farmers' Market Sign
Farmers' Market Sign
This week, the New York Times included a photo of our Lynn Farmers' Market in its story about nationwide use of food stamps at farmers' markets. Market customer Natasha Smilansky and site director Melissa Dimond were also quoted.

Share this post: click here to share this page

categories: