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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 www.semaponline.org 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 Guidewww.semaponline.org


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

    
                 Blueberries
              Sauchuk Farms                         Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)           Ward's Berry Farm
             
Plympton, MA                           Westport, MA                          Sharon, Ma. 
             
www.sauchukfarms.net            www.trippfarm.com                           
             

              Corn
             
Billingsgate Farm            Sauchuk Farm                     Tony Andrews Farm
              Plympton, Ma.                Plympton, Ma.                     E. Falmouth, Ma.
                                                   www.sauchukfarms.net       www.tonyandrewsfarmstand.com


              Beets                                                                                Broccoli

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


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


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


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


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

         
              
Early Greens, Herbs & Lettuce
(cont'd)                                            
              
Oakdale Farm                      Quittacas Farm                   Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)             
               
Rehoboth, Ma.                     East Freetown, Ma.             Westport, Ma.
               www.oakdalefarms.com                                                www.trippfarm.com



               Peas (Shell, Sugar Snap & Snow)                                                       

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


              
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.
                                               
www.fourtownfarm.com      www.oakdalefarms.com



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



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


               
Eggs                            
                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.
               www.silverbrookdartmouth.com       www.wishingstonefarm.com                     www.shybrothersfarm.com        

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



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


                  
               Flowers, Vegetable Plants & Nursery Items
               Avant Gardens                      In the Weeds Flower Farm               Lanzoni's               
               Dartmouth, Ma.                   
Brewster, Ma.                                Acushnet, Ma.
               www.avantgardensne.com                                    


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



               
Flowers & Plants (cont'd)
                Seven Arrows Farm                     Sprouts Farm                  Tranquil Lake Nursery
                Attleboro, Ma.                            Mashpee, Ma.                 Rehoboth, Ma.
                www.sevenarrowsfarm.com                                             www.tranquil-lake.com
              


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

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



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



               
Wine
                Newport Vineyards & Winery                             Sakonnet Vineyards
                Middletown, RI                                                Little Compton, RI
                www.newportvineyards.com                             www.sakonnetwine.com
                  

               
               
Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery                 Running Brook Vineyards
               
Westport, Ma.                                               North Dartmouth, Ma.
               
www.westportrivers.com                               www.runningbrookwine.com



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



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


Please Remember....

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


Blueberries!

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
Types
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.
Selection
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.
Storage
                                                                                                     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 : www.mass.gov/agr            

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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     www.cnsmithfarminc.com

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    www.coynebogblues.com

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    www.dufortfarms.com

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   www.eandtfarmsinc.com

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.

BLUEBERRY SLUMP (or GRUNT)

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).
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Local Events!

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

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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

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

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.

 
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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  -  www.chathamjamandjellyshop.com
Far Land Provisions  -  Provincetown  -  www.farlandprovisions.com
Hatch's Fish and Produce Market  -  Wellfleet  -  www.hatchsfishmarket.com
Village Market - Monument Beach

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

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

Norfolk County, Ma.
Ever So Humble Pie Co.  -  East Walpole  -  www.eversohumble.com
Whole Foods  -  Hingham  -  www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/hingham

Suffolk County, Ma.
Baldor Boston, LLC - Chelsea - www.baldorfood.com
City Feed and Supply - Jamaica Plains - www.cityfeedandsupply.com
Costa Fruit and Produce - Boston - www.freshideas.com

Plymouth County, Ma.
The Artisan Bake Shop, LLC - Rochester - www.theartisanbakery.com
Bay Club Mattapoisett  -  Mattapoisett  -  www.bayclubmatt.com
Chez Ducrot  -  Plymouth  -  www.chezducrot.com
Cirelli Marketplace - Middleboro -   www.cirelli.com
The Market @ Pinehills - Plymouth -   www.pinehills.com
Martha's Stone Soup @ the Tavern - Plymouth -  www.marthasstonesoup.com
Shipyard Galley  -  Mattapoisett  -  www.shipyardgalley.com
Tihonet Village Market  -  Wareham  -  www.admakepeace.com

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


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