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SEMAP Buy Local Update #4
Hey Everyone,
Berry Delicious!

The sun was in full force this past week; opening up beaches, heating up pools, but more importantly, ripening our Strawberries!  During these next couple weeks, Southeastern MA enjoys the first teasing tastes of summer through this very versatile fruit (see recipe below).  Farmstands are heating up as well to offer pre-picked pints of joy, and some farms even offer Pick-Your-Own!  Which ever way you prefer, be sure to check out our list below of PYO farms, as well as the Online Farm Guide, to find many more local farms and farmers markets.

As always check out our Online Farm Guide for help with finding Pick-Your-Own (PYO), farmstands, and specialty products.

In case you haven't noticed... local food is fantastic!
These emails are designed to help you get started on your local food odysseys and inform you about the many ways you can help local agriculture, simply by buying fresh local products.

Every two weeks or so, you can expect an email updating you on:
  • What's Growin' - Local Foods that are in Season - Strawberries, Greens & Rhubarb!
  • Where You Can Purchase Them -  Farms offering PYO!  
  • And How you Can Further Support Local Producers - Live Art, Live Music & Local Food!
SEMAP's mission is to help local farmers achieve economic success through marketing and technical assistance.  Now, we are also increasing our public outreach on Why, Where and How to buy fresh, local products.  SEMAP's 'Buy Fresh, Buy Local' Campaign makes it easy for you to find the best quality products from our terrific local farms and food businesses--look for the our new label and taste the difference! All over Southeastern Mass., this label will be at participating farmstands, farmers markets, restaurants and markets.

But there's MORE!

Be sure to check out our website at to search our Online Farm Guide where over 200 local farms can be searched by location, products, market outlets, and more.

Look for the 'Buy Fresh Buy Local' label, and taste the difference!

What's Growin'?

With the Summer Solstice this coming weekend, there's a great need to celebrate!  And what better to help then fresh local produce and delicious value-added products.  Strawberries are in season now, but if you're not a fan, just wait about a week for the Peas to come!  In the meantime you can enjoy local Grass-fed Beef grilled to perfection and dressed with local Herbs, or maybe a freshly shucked Oyster with a delicious cranberry vinaigrette.  Summer is so close!
The farms and businesses listed below are members of SEMAP's Buy Fresh, Buy Local Campaign and Business-to-Business Network. For complete information on these local producers and MANY MORE check out our Online Farm

Examples of products available this week:      (Lots more growing!! Check ONLINE FARM GUIDE!)

Cranberries                                Strawberries
               Tihonet Village Market                 Billingsgate Farm            CN Smith Farm, Inc.            
               Wareham, Ma.                             Plympton, Ma.                 East Bridgewater, Ma.   

              Strawberries (cont'd)
              Cooks Valley Farm        Four Town Farm       Tony Andrews Farm          Ward's Berry Farm
              Wrentham, Ma.            Seekonk, Ma.             Falmouth, Ma.                  Sharon, Ma.

Asparagus                                                                         Beets
               CN Smith Farm, Inc.              Cook's Valley Farm                 Ward's Berry Farm
               E. Bridgewater, Ma.               Wrenthem, Ma.                      Sharon, Ma.               

Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce (cont'd)
                Cape Abilities                     Four Town Farm             Great Cape Herbs
                Dennis, Ma.                        Seekonk, Ma.                 Brewster, Ma.

                Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce (cont'd)
                Kettle Pond Farm                   Lucky Field Organics                   Merrylegs Farm

                Berkley, Ma.                          Rochester, Ma.                           Dartmouth, Ma.

Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce
(cont'd)                                       Potatoes          
Oakdale Farm           Prospect Hill Farm      Quittacas Farm            Sampson Farms
                Rehoboth, Ma.          Plympton, Ma.            East Freetown, Ma.      Westport, Ma.


Alderbrook Farm        CN Smith Farm        Oakdale Farm          Tony Andrews Farm
Dartmouth, Ma.          E. Bridgewater        Rehoboth, Ma.         Falmouth, Ma.                                            

                Aquaponic Tilapia              Honey                                      
E.&T. Farms                       Hana's Honey                    Wishing Stone Farm (Cert. Organic)
West Barnstable, Ma.           Westport, Ma.                   Little Compton, RI
                     [email protected]  

                Shellfish (Oysters & Clams)                       Smoked Fish, Dips & Pates!
                Barnstable Seafarms                                   Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse
                Barnstable, Ma.                                          Chatham, Ma.

                Merrylegs Farm(Duck Eggs!)    
Prospect Hill Farm (Cert. Organic)         Quansett Gardens                 Dartmouth, Ma.                        Plympton, Ma.                                 Dartmouth, Ma.                               
               Eggs (cont'd)                                                                          Artisanal Cheeses
               Silverbrook Farm               Wishing Stone Farm (Cert. Organic)       Shy Brothers Farm
               Dartmouth, Ma.                 Little Compton, RI                          Westport, Ma.

               Grass-Fed Beef          Raw Milk
               Dufort Farms              Bettencourt Dairy      Oake Knoll Ayrshires        Paskamansett Dairy
               Rehoboth, Ma.            Rehoboth, Ma.          Foxborough, Ma.             Dartmouth, Ma.
                                             [email protected]

               Baked Goods (and so much more!)               
               The Artisan Bakery, LLC                                    Ever So Humble Pies
               Rochester, Ma.                                                  E. Walpole, Ma.                                                                   

                Flowers, Vegetable Plants & Nursery Items
                Avant Gardens                                            C.N. Smith Farm, Inc.                                                 Dartmouth, Ma.                                          East Bridgewater, Ma.     

                Flowers & Plants (cont'd)               
                In the Weeds Flower Farm         Lanzoni's                Lazy Daze Lavender Fields         
                Brewster, Ma.                           Acushnet, Ma.         Middleboro, Ma.     

Flowers & Plants (cont'd)   
Nessralla's                         Maplewood Farm                 NorthStar Farm
                Marshfield, Ma.                 Portsmouth, RI                     Westport, Ma.

Flowers & Plants (cont'd)
                Oakdale Farm                        Rehoboth Nurseries, Inc.        Sauchuck Farm                 
                Rehoboth, Ma.                       Rehoboth, Ma.                       Plympton, Ma.                   

Flowers & Plants (cont'd)
                Tranquil Lake Nursery           Ward's Berry Farm          Wishing Stone Farm (Cert. Organic)
                Rehoboth, Ma.                      Sharon, Ma.                   Little Compton, RI

                 Jams & Jellies (made w/ local fruit!!)

                 The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop             Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)
                 Chatham, Ma.                                      Westport, Ma.

Ice Cream                                     Beer 
Cafe Arpeggio                                Buzzards Bay Brewery          Cape Cod Beer
New Bedford/Fall River, Ma.           Westport, Ma.                     Hyannis, Ma.                                                   

                Newport Vineyards & Winery                             Sakonnet Vineyards
                Middletown, RI                                                Little Compton, RI

Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery                 Running Brook Vineyards
Westport, Ma.                                               North Dartmouth, Ma.

                 Non-Edible Earth Friendly Products:
                 Earth Sisters Herbal Products          Great to Be Green, Inc.         Great Cape Herbs
                 Rochester, Ma.                               Swansea, Ma.                       Brewster, Ma.    

                Soil, Compost, etc.
Avant Gardens                         CN Smith Farm, Inc.             Rehoboth Nurseries, Inc.  
                Dartmouth, Ma.                       East Bridgewater, Ma.          Rehoboth, Ma.

Please Remember....

For complete information on all these farms (and MANY others),
plus MORE produce in season, check out our Online Farm Guide at


PYO (Pick-Your-Own) is one of the BEST ways to enjoy the seasonal splendors of Southeastern MA. 
Each of the farms listed below are opening their fields to the public, for a limitedstrawberriesFF time, to harvest and enjoy their delicious crops.  Strawberries usually kick off the PYO season, but once you've got the bug, you'll sure to head back for Peas, Blueberrys and Pumpkins!  Take a morning or early afternoon trip to one of these great farms and get a little dirty picking out the perfect berry that will make your pies, desserts, salads or just plain snacks explode with local flavor.

Before heading out to a farm here are some general PYO tips/suggestions:
- Call ahead to make sure they are open for picking, especially if weather conditions are threatening.
- Bring a container.  Most farms provide - but just in case.
- Wear a hat and/or sunscreen.  You want to eat the berries, not look like one.
- Earlier the better.  Most farms allow PYO " till the fields are picked", so early-birds get the cooler temperatures, and the best looking berries.
- Leave the pooch at home.  Most farms ask that you not bring dogs or other pets.
- Bring a friend! 

PYO Strawberries:  (Check out MORE PYO Farms on our Online Farm Guide)

CN Smith Farm, Inc. - 325 South Street, E. Bridgewater, MA - (508) 378-2270
Starting June 14th, 7 days a week.  PYO Peas coming soon!

Four Town Farm - 90 George St., Seekonk, MA -
Our "Pick Your Own" (PYO) season begins around June 20th with Strawberries. We have tractor rides out to the field in the mornings starting at 8:00 am. The fields are open until 5:30 pm or until they are picked out. About the same time, we have PYO Peas. For those of you that have never had a fresh pea, let me tell you they are even better than the strawberries.

Keith's Farm 1149 Main Street, Acushnet, MA- 508-763-2622 -
PYO Strawberry season coming soon!  Keep checking website or call for OPENING DATE!

Tony Andrews Farm -394 Old Meetinghouse Road, E. Falmouth, MA - 508-548-4717 -
Starting June 14th - hours of operation are: 10am - 2pm or until fields are picked out.
PYO English and Sugar Snap Peas starting JUNE 23rd! (Please bring your own container.)

(Check out MORE PYO Farms on our Online Farm Guide)

Cookin' Local!

So you've spent a wonderingful morning picking berries, and you're looking for a special way to enjoy them.  If you can resist eating them during the drive home, then try them in a new recipe combined with other seasonal ingredients, like Argulula, such as in this recipe below.

A Quick Guide to Strawberries:
The strawberry plant is a perennial crop, and there are more than 20 varieties across the Northern Hemisphere.  The heart-shaped fruit is thin-skinned with its seeds unique for being on its outside.  Eat strawberries for their numerous health benefits including richness in Vitamin C, B complex vitamins, and potassium.  They are good eaten with fresh whipped cream, ice cream, or yogurt; common in desserts such as strawberry short cake; used to make jams and jellies; and even add a fresh twist to a simple salad.  Strawberries are the most delicious when eaten immediately after being picked -- in a state of perfect ripeness and warmth.
Arugula and Strawberry Salad
Serves 4
10 ounces arugula
4-6 ounces fresh, local strawberries, quartered
2 ounces chevre (goat cheese), crumbled
2 ounces walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper
1-Toss arugula, strawberries, chevre, and walnuts in a large bowl.
2-In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and honey together.  Slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking to make a vinaigrette.  Season with salt and pepper.
3-Drizzle the vinaigrette over the ingredients in the large bowl.  Toss and serve.

Thanks to Jenn O'Connell for this fantastic recipe and information on Local Strawberries!
Local Events!

Be sure to scan our Online Farm Guide to look for other great farms and their upcoming activities.

Taste Our SouthCoast Festival - Sunday June 22nd 12-4PM, Downtown New Bedford

Downtown New Bedford, Inc. holds its 2nd Taste Our SouthCoast Festival in collaboration with ArtWorks! on Sunday, June 22, from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM at Custom House Square in Historic Downtown New Bedford (rain or shine). At this family-oriented event, SouthCoast restaurants, caterers, and bakeries serve portions of their signature dishes. Local beverages provided by Buzzards Bay Brewery and Westport Wineries are available, local artists' creations displayed and raffled. Ticket price includes music by "Entrain" and free children's activities. Adults: $15 prior to June 22nd and $20 on festival day; Children 6-12, $5.00. Five and under free.

Purchase Tickets at: Downtown New Bedford, Inc. (105 William St., 2nd floor), Citizens-Union Savings Bank (William Street office), Cardoza's Wine & Spirits (Fairhaven and Fall River), Cardoza's Food and Wine Emporium (Route 6, Dartmouth), Jalapeno's (6 Rockdale Ave), Freestones (41 William Street), Mirasol's Café (Route 6, Dartmouth), and On a Roll (149 Union Street). For more information: call 508.990.2777, or email [email protected]


"Weed Walks" @ Great Cape Herbs, Brewster, Ma.
Herb Apothecary & Medicinal Herb Farm

Herb-identification "Weed Walks" on Saturday mornings June through September.   Walk on guided tours of Great Cape's fifteen beautiful and diverse acres on the historic north side of Cape Cod.  The land itself harbors several ecosystems which allows Great Cape Herbs to grow a large variety of both medicinal and ornamental plants.  Have fun learning to identify the multitude of herbs that make up Great Cape's apothecary products - Small batches/Much love!

Call farm for more information at
(508) 896-5900.  Check out other events, classes, podcasts, and a full list of herbs and products at


Shakespeare in the Vines! @ Sakonnet Vineyards
162 West Main Rd., Little Compton, RI

June 13 - 15 @ The Vineyard
Cost: $15.00

The Classical Players, a traveling group of Shakespearean actors, will be presenting two plays here at the vineyards this summer. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) is a hilarious comedy in which a few actors of dubious Shakespeare knowledge attempt to present ALL of Shakespeare's plays in ninety minutes! This play was a hit in New York and London, so don't miss it here at our lovely vineyard! Performances will take place on June 13th and 14th at 7pm, and 15th at 2pm. Call us regarding food and drink policies, as well as advance tickets. Call Dr. Joe Wallace at 508-287-6306 for more information on the plays, or visit the website at


Kettle Pond Educational Programs:  (See website for complete list!)
Please contact Angela Possinger at 774-210-0468 or [email protected] for more information or to register.

Project Aquatic WILD -
Pam Landry of Mass Wildlife will offer an excellent workshop
in using Project Aquatic WILD curriculum materials
Date: Saturday - June 21, 2008 -- Time: 9 AM -- Cost: Donations accepted

Farm Experience -
Come learn about sustainable agricultural techniques as the season progresses on a Community Supported Agriculture farm
Date: Sunday afternoons, beginning June 29, 2008 and continuing through August
Time: TBA -- Cost: $6.00 per person per session

Forestry Week -
Explore the farm forest through tree ID and much more
Date: June 30-July 2, 2008 [Monday-Wednesday]
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM -- Cost: $20.00 for 3 sessions

Many more activities planned for Summer 2008 - check out the website for more!


Northeast Organic Farming Association's
34th Annual Summer Conference
August 8-10, 2008

Keynote Speakers Mark McAfee and Arden Andersen

Educational:  Over 150 workshops on organic farming, gardening and land care, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, spirituality, food politics, activism, and more. Special workshops specifically for children and teens. Enlightening keynote speeches on raw milk and sustainable agriculture.  

Entertaining:  Family contra-dance, zydeco, drumming, Old-fashioned Country Fair, live music, farmer's market, games and fun.

Economical:  Modest registration, inexpensive dorm rooms, and camping and wholesome organic meals. 

Registration begins in mid-April.
For more information, visit or call Julie Rawson at
(978) 355-2853 or e-mail [email protected]

Where ELSE Can I Find Local Products?

SEMAP's Buyer Members in our Business-to-Business/Buy Fresh Buy Local Network are local restaurants, schools, and markets.  Listed here are 2008 members; they are a group interested in supporting local producers and educating their customers on the many benefits of buying fresh, local products.

Barnstable County, Ma.
Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop  -  West Chatham  -
Far Land Provisions  -  Provincetown  -
Hatch's Fish and Produce Market  -  Wellfleet  -
Village Market - Monument Beach

Bristol County, Ma.
Alderbrook Farm - Dartmouth
Café Arpeggio  -  Fall River & New Bedford   -
Down to Earth Natural Foods  -  New Bedford  -
Fall River Public Schools - Fall River
Fine Catering by Russell Morin  -  Attleboro  -
How On Earth: The Store - Mattapoisett  -
Lees Supermarket  -  Westport  -
M & C Cafe Restaurant and Catering Co.  -  New Bedford  -
Mirasol's Café  -  Dartmouth  -
Morton's Fork Catering - New Bedford -
Partners Village Store Kitchen  -  Westport  -
Raymond Norman Cooks! - N. Attleboro -
Westport Community Schools  -  Westport

Dukes County, Ma.
Eden Market & Garden Center - Vineyard Haven -

Norfolk County, Ma.
Ever So Humble Pie Co.  -  East Walpole  -
Whole Foods  -  Hingham  -

Suffolk County, Ma.
Baldor Boston, LLC - Chelsea -
City Feed and Supply - Jamaica Plains -
Costa Fruit and Produce - Boston -

Plymouth County, Ma.
The Artisan Bake Shop, LLC - Rochester -
Bay Club Mattapoisett  -  Mattapoisett  -
Chez Ducrot  -  Plymouth  -
Cirelli Marketplace - Middleboro -
The Market @ Pinehills - Plymouth -
Martha's Stone Soup @ the Tavern - Plymouth -
Shipyard Galley  -  Mattapoisett  -
Tihonet Village Market  -  Wareham  -

Rhode Island
Ocean State Peeled Potato, Inc.  -  Johnston
Persimmon Restaurant  -  Bristol  -

If you're looking for a nice dinner, lunch or local market to pick up some snacks, be sure to check out these great businesses.

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Happy Berry Pickin'!
Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Buy Local Coordinator
[email protected]
PO Box 80625
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748