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SEMAP Buy Local Update #6
Hey Everyone,
A Perfect Patch of Blue
The color blue has many connections with the summer season, whether you're describing the sky, our local coastlines & rivers, or the vibrant stains on your fingers and face from our favorite - BLUEBERRIES!  Those patches your grandparents had near their stonewall that produced the fattest, juiciest berries are available now from our local growers.  Blueberries are so easy to love since they are delicious in all types of recipes, good for you (check the research!), and provide a sunny work-out if you try a local pick-your-own.  Enjoy these summer blues now while they are fresh, or collect a bunch and freeze for a special winter breakfast.

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 - Corn, Green Beans, & Berries!
  • Where You Can Purchase Them -  PYO Blueberries! 
  • And How you Can Further Support Local Producers - Rock out at the Vineyard!
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'?

CORN! It's starting to pop out in the fields, and soon will be filling every farmers market and roadside stand from here to Boston.  The early varieties are said to be the sweetest, so get a bag or a bushel as soon as you can!  Also exciting on the grill, Summer Squash & Zucchini!  Marinated, grilled or steamed, you can't beat a good slice of summer squash.
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!)

              Sauchuk Farms                         Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)           Ward's Berry Farm
Plympton, MA                           Westport, MA                          Sharon, Ma. 

Billingsgate Farm            Sauchuk Farm                     Tony Andrews Farm
              Plympton, Ma.                Plympton, Ma.                     E. Falmouth, Ma.

              Beets                                                                                Broccoli

              CN Smith Farm, Inc.                    Ward's Berry Farm            Four Town Farm
              E. Bridgewater, Ma.                    Sharon, Ma.                     Seekonk, Ma.

              The Farmer's Garden          Quittacus Farm                Wishing Stone Farm (Cert. Organic) 
              Rehoboth, Ma.                   E. Freetown, Ma.             Little Compton, RI

             Green Beans
             Billingsgate Farm          Cook's Valley Farm                    The Farmer's Garden
             Plympton, Ma.               Wrentham, Ma.                        Rehoboth, Ma.

Garlic Scapes               
              Pleasant Lake Farm (Cert. Organic)        Quansett Gardens            Ward's Berry Farm          
              Harwich, Ma.                                    Dartmouth, Ma.              Sharon, Ma.        

               Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce
Great Cape Herbs                Lucky Field Organics (Cert. Organic)         Merrylegs Farm
               Brewster, Ma.                     Rochester, Ma.                                   Dartmouth, Ma.          

Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce
Oakdale Farm                      Quittacas Farm                   Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)             
Rehoboth, Ma.                     East Freetown, Ma.             Westport, Ma.

               Peas (Shell, Sugar Snap & Snow)                                                       

               Quansett Gardens                Ward's Berry Farm          Wishing Stone Farm (Cert. Organic)   
               Dartmouth, Ma.                   Sharon, Ma.                   Little Compton, RI                                                                                                            

Potatoes                                                     Rhubarb
Cook's Valley Farm      Sampson Farms          Oakdale Farm            Tony Andrews Farm
               Wrentham, Ma.           Westport, Ma.            Rehoboth, Ma.           Falmouth, Ma.       

                    Summer Squash & Zucchini
               Billingsgate Farm        Four Town Farm                  Oakdale Farm         Quittacus Farm
               Plympton, Ma.            Seekonk, Ma.                       Rehoboth, Ma.         E. Freetown, 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                      In the Weeds Flower Farm               Lanzoni's               
               Dartmouth, Ma.                   
Brewster, Ma.                                Acushnet, Ma.

                Flowers & Plants (cont'd)               
                Lazy Daze Lavender Fields              Nessralla's                 Rehoboth Nurseries, Inc.
                Middleboro, Ma.                             Marshfield, Ma.         Rehoboth, Ma.         

Flowers & Plants (cont'd)
                Seven Arrows Farm                     Sprouts Farm                  Tranquil Lake Nursery
                Attleboro, Ma.                            Mashpee, Ma.                 Rehoboth, Ma.

               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


When the Pilgrims arrived in 1620, the abundance of wild blueberries growing near Plymouth rock helped nourish them. Today the same Massachusetts soil is still producing the plumpest, bluest, sweetest berries in the country. Native blueberries are available at roadside stands, farmers' markets and selected food stores. There are also many locations across the state where you can pick your own berries. The season for fresh local blueberries begins early July and ends at the beginning of September.
Dufort blueberries
Varieties of blueberries that are more commonly grown in Massachusetts are Berkley, Bluecrop, Coville and Earliblue. These varieties yield berries of good size, color and flavor. They are also ideal for freezing.
When picking or buying blueberries, your best indicating of quality is a dark blue color with a silvery bloom, which is natural protective waxy coating.
                                                                                                     Photo: Dufort Farms, Rehoboth, MA  
Store berries covered and unwashed in the refrigerator.  Wash berries just before using and use within one week.

- Courtesy of MDAR website at :            


Pick-Your-Own Blueberries!

Below are a couple suggestions of places around Southeastern MA who offer PYO.  But wait...there are many more!  Check out our ONLINE FARM GUIDE for the one nearest you.

C. N. Smith Farm, Inc. - Open: Mid July - August
325 South Street, E. Bridgewater
   ph:(508) 378-2270

TimesOpen 7 days a week, 9am-4pm

Harvest dates and crop condition change each season, please call before you come for updated times and conditions!

Coyne Bog Blues
- Opening Date: July 18th!
34 N. Carver Rd., W. Wareham, MA    ph: (508) 295-3254

Times: Open 7 days a week, 8am - 5pm
(closed on rainy days)

Looking for something to do on a lazy afternoon?  Coyne Bog Blues is the place to go.    Nestled in beautiful country side amidst lush trees awaits the ultimate blueberry patch....Coyne Bog Blues.  Children and adults of all ages will enjoy picking plump berries fresh off the bush while taking in nature's beauty.  Come visit us for the ultimate blueberry experience!

Dufort Farm -
Open Now!
55 Resevoir Ave., Rehoboth, MA    ph: (508) 252-6323

Times: Wed. 8am - 4pm & Sat. 8am - 4pm

Please call the Farm @ 508-252-6323 to check on picking conditions.  If picking conditions are good, hours may be extended, please call to check!

Our Pick Your Own Operation is open from July thru September with 6 varieties of high bush blueberries to choose from.  Also, a limited supply of PYO Raspberries - Don't miss them!

E&T Farms - Opening: Last week of July
85 Lombard Ave., West Barnstable, MA    ph: (508) 362-8370

Times: Call to check on opening dates and times!

Ward's Berry Farm - Open Now!
614 South Main Street  Sharon, MA   ph: (781) 784-3600

Times: Open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm.

Fantastic crop this year!  Join us for some great picking!

Cookin' Local!

Just how Yankee are you?  Test yourself with this old New England blueberry pudding, and enjoy the juicy, tangy sweetness of summer in a truly traditional way.


2 cups blueberries, washed                      1 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup sugar                                         2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup water                                            1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

"Stew berries, sugar and water.  Mix and sift flour, baking powder and salt; add milk, stirring quickly to make a dumpling dough that will drop from the end of a spoon.  Drop into the boiling sauce.  Cook 10 minutes with the cover off and 10 minutes with cover on.  Serve with plain or whipped cream.  Serves 4.  On Cape Cod they call this pudding Blueberry Grunt.  A steamed berry pudding is also known as a Grunt.
  Apple Slump is made in the same way, substituting apples for blueberries.  Stew 6 well-flavored apples with 1/4 cup molasses, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water and proceed as above."

- Found in The Yankee Cook Book, by Imogene Wolcott (1939).
Local Events!

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


21st Annual Taste of Chatham


21st ANNUAL TASTE OF CHATHAM at Chatham Elementary School, 5:30-8:00pm. Sponsored by the Monomoy Community Services to benefit local families. For more information call (508) 945-1501.
DATE: Monday, July 28, 2008
TIME: 5:30PM - 8:00PM  
WHERE: Chatham Elementary School, Depot Road


Kettle Pond Farm Classes - 181 Bayview Ave., Berkley, Ma.

Call for registration 508-824-4814

Upcoming classes:
Art at the Farm (for Adults)
Date: July 15, 22, 29 [Tuesdays]
Time: TBA
Cost: TBA
Art classes for adults, led by Michelle Graca, a local artist and teacher.

Saturday Night Farm Events
Date: Saturday evenings beginning July 12, 2008
Time: TBA
Cost: Free-will donations accepted
We will have an outdoor "cooking show," preparing various vegetables from our garden in various styles. Do you have a favorite recipe and an interested in sharing how to prepare it? Along with the cooking we will have a variety of presentations, music, and activities, including Priority Habitat with Nancy Durfee, puppet shows with Katia Hagerman, music with Andrew Greenwood and friends, and presentations concerning "green" detergents, materials, and living, fibers, and raw food cuisine.
All ages; Registration requested to plan for food and supplies
Note: Good Weather only

River Exploration Day
Date: July 21, 2008
Time: TBA
Cost: TBA
Come join Dr. David Taylor from Roger Williams University for a day of river exploration, using beach seines to collect and identify fish and other river organisms. Attendees of Water Week activities are strongly encouraged to attend.

Westport River Vineyards & Winery - Sunset Music Series 2008!

Friday evenings Friday July 11th thru August 29th - 6pm-8pm.

General Admission open to the Public, weather permitting.  This will be a picnic style event; attendees will bring their own baskets, blankets, lawn chairs, bug spray, glasses, corkscrews, etc...

The Company Store will be open during the event. Glasses and openers can be provided for a fee.
Absolutely no brought in alcohol.

Please call The Company Store for more information: 508-636-3423

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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Any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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