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SEMAP Buy Local Update #7
Hey Everyone,
Dill-icious Tastes of Summer!
The simple fresh taste of cucumbers can help accent any mid-summer meal instantly.  They grow in abundance with the right amount of rain, and are a delight to pick fresh from the ground.  Cucumbers are very versatile, and can be used in a variety of ways, from dips and soups to canned as pickles, even smoked!  Right now is the time to find the freshest supply at your local farmers market or farmstand.  Pick up some local herbs and canning supplies to follow the recipes below to help savor the summer all year long.

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 - Cukes, Green Beans & Peppers! 
  • Where You Can Purchase Them - Late Summer CSA Sign-up!
  • And How you Can Further Support Local Producers - FarmAid, NOFA, RI Food Fest!
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'?

Besides the abundance of Corn available right now, there are lots of Squash varieties, Peas, Beans, Cucumbers and Fresh Garlic!  See the recipes in the next section for ideas on how to combine all these local flavors of summer to keep fresh year long!
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!)

             CN Smith Farm                        Pocasset Orchards                Sauchuk Farm
             Bridgewater, Ma.                     N. Dartmouth, Ma.             
Plympton, Ma.

            Blueberries (cont'd)                                                          Corn
            Tripp Farm (Cert. Organic)           Ward's Berry Farm                 Billingsgate Farm
            Westport, MA                          Sharon, Ma.                          Plympton, Ma.

             Corn (cont'd)
The Farmers Garden        Oakdale Farm                          
Rehoboth Nurseries, Inc.
             Rehoboth, Ma.                Rehoboth, Ma.                           Rehoboth, Ma.                                                                 

             Corn (cont'd)
             Sauchuk Farm                    Tavares Hillside Farm                Tony Andrews Farm
Plympton, Ma.                    S. Dartmouth, Ma.                     E. Falmouth, Ma.

             Billingsgate Farm              CN Smith Farm                          Derek Christianson           
             Plympton, Ma.                   E. Bridgewater, Ma.                  Dartmouth, Ma.                                                                         
Cucumbers (cont'd)
             Pleasant Lake Farm (Cert. Organic)    The Farmer's Garden       Prospect Hill Farm (Cert. Organic)
             Harwich, Ma.                                Rehoboth, Ma.                Plympton, Ma.

             Cucumbers (cont'd)                                    Garlic
             Rehoboth Nurseries      Sauchuk Farm            Pleasant Lake Farm          Quansett Gardens
             Rehoboth, Ma.             Plympton, Ma.           Harwich, Ma.                         Dartmouth, Ma.
                                              (Cert. Organic) 

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

             Green Beans (cont'd)                            
              Prospect Hill Farm (Cert. Organic)            Sauchuk Farms                 Ward's Berry Farm                         Plympton, Ma.                                    Plympton, Ma.                  Sharon, Ma.

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

Cooks Valley Farm                  Paradise Hill Farm                Tony Andrews Farm
Wrentham, Ma.                       Westport, Ma.                      E. Falmouth, Ma.

               Peas (Shell, Sugar Snap & Snow)                                                       

               Billingsgate Farm              Quansett Gardens                 Ward's Berry Farm           
               Plympton, Ma.                   Dartmouth, Ma.                    Sharon, Ma.                                                                                                                                       

               Lucky Field Organics (Cert. Organic)                    Sauchuk Farm
               Rochester, Ma.                                               Plympton, Ma.

Potatoes                                                                     Rhubarb
Cooks Valley Farm              Sampson Farms                  Tony Andrews Farm
               Wrentham, Ma.                   Westport, Ma.                    Falmouth, Ma.       

                    Summer Squash & Zucchini
               Billingsgate Farm        Four Town Farm                  Oakdale Farm         Quansett Farm
               Plympton, Ma.            Seekonk, Ma.                       Rehoboth, Ma.        Dartmouth, Ma.

               Merrylegs Farm                     Noquochoke Orchards, Inc.         Quansett Gardens
               Dartmouth, Ma.                    Westport, Ma.                            Dartmouth, Ma.

Tomatoes (cont'd)                                                            Aquaponic Tilapia
                Rehoboth Nurseries                Sauchuk Farm                        E.&T. Farms
                Rehoboth, Ma.                       Plympton, Ma.                        West Barnstable, Ma.

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

Last Chance CSA!

With the growing popularity of CSA shares in Southeastern Ma., it may have been easy this year to miss out on joining one for the summer harvest - but worry no more!  The Farmer's Garden in Rehoboth is organizing a Late Summer Share!  Sign up now for your own bushel basket of fresh picked vegetables, every week.  Visit the farm, meet the family who grows some of the best local food around, and take away every week a mouth watering array of fresh produce!

The Farmers Garden
140 Davis St.
Rehoboth, Ma.
Contact: Tammy and Steve Noons
Ph: 508-889-7632
Email: [email protected]

Late Summer CSA - August 29th thru October 19th.
Full Share: $250  (full bushel)
1/2 Share: $150   (half bushel)

Cookin' Local!

With the abundance of cukes and green beans at your local farmers market, there's no reason not to try one of these recipes out.  Everything (with the exception of perhaps a few herbs) can be bought this week or next from your local growers.  Enjoy the dill-icious side of summer!

Dilled Green Beans

4lbs green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
8 dried chili peppers about 2 inches long
4 tsp mustard seeds
4 tsp dill seeds
8 cloves garlic, peeled
5 cups white vinegar
5 cups water

Pack beans into 8 hot, scalded jars.

Add 1 chili pepper, 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp dill seeds and 1 clove garlic to each jar.

Combine vinegar and water in an enamel or stainless steel pan heat to boiling. Pour boiling liquid into the jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Seal and process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

These beans make for a tastier, crisper alternative to a limp stalk of celery in a Bloody Mary. Try rimming your glass with celery salt.

Half-Sour Pickles

12 pickling cucumbers (each about 4" long)
3 large cloves garlic, peeled
6-8 sprigs of fresh dill, preferably with flowers
1 tsp dill seeds
1 tsp whole pickling spices
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 quarts water

Wash & dry cucumbers throughly.  To your preference, either leave whole, halve or quarter the cucumbers.  Wash the dill.  Place the cucumbers, garlic, dill, dill seeds and pickling spices in a large glass jar or bowl.  Bring salt, vinegar and water to a boil for two minutes.
Pour the brine over the cucumbers.  Be sure to leave about two inches between the pickles and the top of the jar or bowl.  The brine should be at least 1 inch above the cucumbers.  Weigh down the cucumbers with a plate with a can on top of it.  Keep at room temperature overnight, then refrigerate.

Both recipes are from Donna Wood Eaton of Cedar Spring Herb Farm, Harwich, Ma. (Edible Cape Cod - Fall 2007). You can contact her for more information on culinary & medicinal herbs, canning, and variety of other classes and workshops she has to offer.
Local Events!

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2008. 5 to dusk.

A ramble through the flavors of Rhode Island
The benefit for Farm Fresh Rhode Island at Castle Hill

An evening celebrating Rhode Island farmers, fishermen and food artisans. Featuring a dozen local farmers and producers, each teamed up with chefs from the Castle Hill, Blackstone Catering, Newport Restaurant Group and eight more. Plus, local wines, beers, a raw bar, live music by Superchief Trio and a silent auction.

  • 4 to 5pm - VIP hour. A preview hour with the chefs and farmers, live cooking. A special cook-off between chefs Matt G of Chez Pascal and Matt J of La Laiterie.
  • 5 to 7pm - Doors open. Live cooking, silent auction and flavorful festivities.
  • 7:57pm - Enjoy the sunset.

Open to the public. Ticket sales are capped and we anticipate will sell out. All tickets are online this year. Your ticket is paperless; your name will be on the guestlist. Kids under 12 are free. Tickets include food as well as samplings of local wines and beers.

Clike here for ticket infomation!

Farm Aid's 2008 concert is September 20 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA!

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster at and (866) 448-7849 on July 28 at 10am EDT.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Dave Matthews joined the Farm Aid Board of Directors in 2001. Farm Aid has raised more than $30 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Farm Aid is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep family farmers on their land.

Check out their website,, for more information!

Monday, August 18th - 4-7pm on Town Green, Green St.
(rain date Tuesday, August 19th)

This event is free to the public and will include many agricultural vendors, free horse drawn hayrides, farm animals for the kids to pet, music, food and much more! 

SEMAP will be attending,  so stop by our booth for a Buy Fresh Buy Local bumper sticker, and/or to chat about local food and the many great growers/producers in Southeastern Ma.

34th Annual
Northeast Organic Farming Association's
Summer Conference

August 8-10th

This amazing weekend-long event will be held this year at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
The summer conference is not just for farmers. There is something for everyone who is interested in organic agriculture, landscaping, food politics, sustainability, activism, nutrition, homesteading, spirituality, and much more.


Over 150 workshop presenters will share their knowledge and experience on a range of topics, from global warming to wine-making, honeybees to herbs, chickens to CSA's, soil to spirituality, and much more.  Running concurrently with the adult workshops are exciting ones for kids and teens with creative crafts, games and projects.  Saturday's keynote speaker will be Mark McAfee, founder of the Organic Pastures Dairy Company in California.  OPDC is the only retail approved raw organic dairy products producer in North America.  A pioneer in raw organic milk production, safety and technology, Mark has been at the forefront of the movement to change the laws regarding raw milk.  He has much to share and promises to inspire and educate.   


Along with information and education, the conference also offers plenty of entertainment! Families from all over the Northeast come to the conference to enjoy a traditional contra-dance, a spicy zydeco dance band, drumming, special children's programming, an old fashioned country fair and local products from the farmers market.


Dorm rooms, camping and wholesome organic meals with vegetarian and meat options are available at reasonable rates.

For more information, see below!


Please email  [email protected] with your address if you would like more information.

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