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SEMAP Buy Local Update #8
Hey Everyone,
Towering Tastes of Summer!
Corn is undeniably a staple food and symbol of American cuisine.  Lately it has been caught in a tough word war between governments, activists and the growers themselves.  This week, lets take a step back and give corn a good look or two.  From a scientific standpoint, the limits of its potential are endless, as a fuel & biodegradable material source, to even a  clothing alternative.  But more importantly, this very second, is its mighty taste - sweet, juicy and filling.  The culinary community since Mesopotamian chefs has dined on Corn, and incorporated it into hundreds of recipes and cooking styles.  Trying a new way of cooking on the cob, or adding more substance to your chowders, salads, and gazpachos is a great way to become reacquainted with this long-time friend. 

Corn is traditionally not to be eaten alone, as demonstrated by its ability to gather community from spring plantings to mid-summer shucking.  So get your friends and family involved this week with some great LOCAL corn.  Head out on the porch, place your market bag between your ankles, and shuck yourself silly!

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, CORN & Peppers!
  • Tasty News - CapeAbilities Farm!
  • Where You Can Purchase Them - Plymouth Chef Serves up a Side of Local!
  • And How you Can Further Support Local Producers - edible South Shore Event!
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'?

'Tis the season to get local!  Right now farmstands are filled to the brim with Cucumbers, CORN, Eggplant and of course, Peppers!  Make your mid-summer meals burst with the many colors and flavors of summer!
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!)

Apples                                                                    Cranberries  
Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.                 Tihonet Village Market, Wareham, Ma.
Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma. (CNG)
Blueberries                                                             Peaches, Plums & Nectarines
CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.                  Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.     
Pocasset Orchards, N. Dartmouth, Ma.
Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, Ma.                                    Melons
Tripp Farm, Westport, Ma. (Cert. Organic)                     CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.
Ward's Berry Farm, Sharon, Ma.                              
Cabbage                                                                 Carrots
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.                                 Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Corn                                                                       Corn (cont'd)
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                             Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, Ma.
The Farmers' Garden, Rehoboth, Ma.                        Tavares Hillside Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.     
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                                  Tony Andrews Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Rehoboth Nurseries, Rehoboth, Ma.

Cucumbers                                                             Cucumbers (cont'd)
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                                        Pleasant Lake Farm, Harwich, Ma. (Cert. Organic)      
CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.                  Prospect Hill Farm, Plympton, Ma. (Cert. Organic)                     
Derek Christianson, Dartmouth, Ma.                          Rehoboth Nurseries, Rehoboth, Ma.
The Farmers' Garden, Rehoboth, Ma.                         Tavares Hillside Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                                                    
Eggplant                                                                  Garlic
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.                                  Pleasant Lake Farm, Harwich, Ma. (Cert. Organic)
Lucky Field Organics, Rochester, Ma. (Cert. Organic)        Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma. (CNG)
Paradise Hill Farm, Westport, Ma.                              Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI (Cert. Organic)

Green Beans                                                          Greens, Herbs & Lettuce
Derek Christianson, Dartmouth, Ma.                         Great Cape Herbs, Brewster Ma.
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                              Lanzoni's, Achusnet, Ma.
Prospect Hill Farm, Plympton, Ma. (Cert. Organic)          Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
                                                                              Tripp Farm, Westport, Ma. (Cert. Organic)

Onions                                                                    Peas (Shell, Sugar Snap)
Cooks Valley Farm, Wrentham, Ma.                           The Farmers' Garden, Rehoboth, Ma.
Paradise Hill Farm, Westport, Ma.                             Tony Andrews Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Tony Andrews Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.

Peppers                                                                  Potatoes          
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                              Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.                                 Derek Christianson, Dartmouth, Ma.
Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, Ma.                                   Maplewood Farm, Portsmouth, RI                  
Tripp Farm, Westport, Ma. (Cert. Organic)                      Sampson Farms, Westport, Ma.

Squash & Zucchini (everyone has them!!)               Tomatoes
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                               Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Lanzoni's, Achusnet, Ma.                                           Derek Christianson, Dartmouth, Ma.
Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.                 Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                                  Rehoboth Nurseries, Rehoboth, Ma.
Pleasant Lake Farm, Harwich, Ma. (Cert. Organic)             Sauchuk Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Prospect Hill Farm, Plympton, Ma. (Cert. Organic)              Tavares Hillside Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma. (CNG)                           Tony Andrews Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI (Cert. Organic)
Shellfish (Oysters & Littlenecks)                              Local Smoked Fish, Dips & Pates!
Barnstable Seafarms, Barnstable, Ma.                         Nantucket Wild Gourmet & Smokehouse, Chatham, Ma.
Aquaponic Tilapia                                                    Grass-Fed Beef & Pork
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.                                Dufort Farms, Rehoboth, Ma.

Eggs                                                                         Raw Milk    
Greenleaf Farm, E. Bridgewater, Ma.                         Bettencourt Dairy Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. (Duck Eggs!)             Oake Knoll Ayrshires, Foxboro, Ma.
Prospect Hill Farm, Plympton, Ma. (Cert. Organic)               Paskamansett Dairy, Dartmouth, Ma.
Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma. (CNG)                                                     
Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                              Artisanal Cheeses
Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI (Cert. Organic)     Shy Brothers Farm, Westport, Ma.    
Honey                                                                      Baked Goods (and so much more!)
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.                               The Artisan Bakery, LLC, Rochester, Ma.
Hana's Honey, Westport, Ma.                                     Ever So Humble Pies, E. Walpole, Ma.                
Wishing Stone Farm, Little Compton, RI (Cert. Organic)

Ice Cream                                                                 Jams & Jellies (made w/ local fruit!!)
Cafe Arpeggio, New Bedford & Fall River, Ma.             The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop, Chatham, Ma.
                                                                                                            Tripp Farm, Westport, Ma. (Cert. Organic)
Large Variety of Flowers & Plants                             Hydrangeas & Zinnias
Avant Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma.                                  Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Lanzoni's, Achusnet, Ma.                                             In the Weeds Flower Farm, Brewster, Ma.
Lazy Daze Lavender Fields, Middleboro, Ma.                 Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
Nessralla's, Marshfield, Ma.                                         Rehoboth Nurseries, Rehoboth, Ma.
Rehoboth Nurseries, Rehoboth, Ma.                                                   
Seven Arrows Farm, Attleboro, Ma.                              Sunflowers
Tranquil Lake Nursery, Rehoboth, Ma.                         Maplewood Farm, Portsmouth, RI
                                                                                                 Pleasant Lake Farm, Harwich, Ma. (Cert. Organic)
Soil, Compost, etc.                                                                    Tony Andrews Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Avant Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma.
CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.                  Ginko Trees (and much more!) 
Rehoboth Nurseries, Inc. Rehoboth, Ma.                     Great Cape Herbs, Brewster Ma. 
Beer                                                                          Wine
Buzzards Bay Brewery, Westport, Ma.                           Newport Vineyards & Winery, Middletown, RI
Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, Ma.                                       Running Brook Vineyards, N. Dartmouth, Ma.
                                                                                 Sakonnet Vineyards, Little Compton, RI
                                                                                 Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westpot, Ma.
All-Natural Soaps, Candles & Much More!                  Tinctures, Tonics, & Herbal Remedies
Earth Sisters Herbal Products, Rochester, Ma.               Great Cape Herbs, Brewster Ma.
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.

Market Bags, Rain Barrels, &  More!       
Great to Be Green, Inc., Swansea, 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

Tasty News!

Every so often one of our great SEMAP member food producers shines in the spotlight of a local article.  Here are some examples, as well as national articles on Buying Local.  Cheers to local food!!

Cape Abilities Farm makes Headlines!

'Good produce, good work, good cause'...

CapeAbilites tomaotes

"DENNIS - When Betsy Scott talks to a stranger, she has a difficult time articulating what it is she does on Cape Abilities Farm. Instead, she relies on her hands, jabbing her fingers downward, into imaginary soil. "Is that how you put seeds in the ground?" asks Sarah Cusick, the farm's director of community relations. Scott nods."

Sarah Cusick speaks about the fantastic Cape Abilites Farm in Dennis, MA.   The farm employs over 30 Cape Codders with disabilities.  Along with Tom Zurn, Farm Director, and staff, the farm is looking to produce an amazing 30,000 lbs of their famous CapeAbilities Tomatoes.  Fresh, tasty, and very local, these tomatoes are just an inkling of what the farm is producing now, and its amazing CapeAbilities in the coming years...

Click here for the whole story!

Cape Abilities Farm
460 Main Street, Rt. 6A, Dennis, MA
Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM - 5PM.
Selection of fresh locally grown seasonal greens, flowering plants, herbs, and vegetables.

For more information on CapeAbilities programs including their farm, please visit their website:


Supermarket Chains Narrow Their Sights - On LOCAL!!

"Our research tells us consumers have about five or six reasons for wanting local: freshness and taste; keeping farmland in the community and having open spaces; a desire to be close to the food source and know where it comes from; support of local farmers and keeping money in the community. Embedded in all of this is concern about food safety. All this creates pretty powerful interest."

Read the full story here...

Cookin' Local!


Boston loves Martha.... and so does Southeastern MA!

Martha's Stone Soup is the proud recipient of
Boston Magazine's Best of Boston 2008
award for Restaurant Debut on the South Shore.

Long time grower of buyer of fresh organic produce, Martha Stone has opened a 'new' place to dine local in the Plymouth area.  Her menu items are diverse and filled with the best in local seasonal tastes from area organic growers.  After a visit to the Plymouth Farmers Market and tasting the salad below, I had to immediately ask her about it....

"...ahhh the beautiful smells, tastes and sensations of fresh food from farm to market, from people you get to know and trust, from the delightful experience of taking this glorious living food and turning it into something to nourish the body and the soul.  I am delighted to share with you my list of ingredients which I record as I compose these products.   There are no real recipes; the inspiration is what is available, the joy with which the farmers share it with me, and the blessing of being present in such an abundant environment." - Martha Stone
Corn and Cucumber Salad

[Note: This makes a large quantity, so invite the neighbors for a great mid-summer feast!]
1 bushel fresh corn -  peeled, cooked (steam for 8-12 minutes depending on maturity), then scraped off husks.
About 10 pounds of fresh cucumbers, heirloom varieties (could substitute any).  Peeled, seeded and sliced in half moons.
About 5 pounds of fresh Bermuda and yellow onions sliced in half moons.
1 good sized bunch of flat Italian parsley, chiffonade or chopped.
Marinade or dressing for this amount of veggies:
2 cups rice vinegar
4 cups water
2 cups organic agave.*

Bring marinade to boil, then shut off and pour over prepared vegetables.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
I always taste frequently through out preparation and adjust as desired.

*Agave is a syrup made from the century plant which grows in both North and South America.  It's poisonous raw and extremely sweet when cooked into a syrup.  It's relatively new in the food scene with its highest use push in cocktails.  Agave is much sweeter than sugar, but with a pure flavor which doesn't add flavor like molasses or honey would.
To find out more about Martha and all her cooking delights, please visit her website, restaurant, or catch her at the Plymouth Farmers Markets every Thursday & Saturday!

Martha's Stone Soup at the Tavern
517 Old Sandwich Road, Plymouth, MA
(508) 224-8900
Local Events!

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

Save the Date!
Saturday, October 4th  1:00-3:00 PM

Join the edible communities of Cape Cod, Boston and Rhody as we tastefully celebrate our newest edible in New England: edible South Shore!  Tastings and samplings from local food artisans and producers in Massachusetts' Plymouth and Bristol counties, as well as our other edible communities.

Tickets are $35 and benefit SEMAP.  Please see for more information, or to purchase tickets go to or call 508-636-3423.



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.

Saturday, September 13th, 2008


Eight Massachusetts dairies that sell raw milk will open up their farms for tours and other activities on Saturday, September 13. Visit your local dairy and learn why raw milk tastes so good and why it's so good for you! Meet your farmers and their cows or goats and get to know where your food comes from. For information about Raw Milk Dairy Day see or contact Kate Rossiter, NOFA/Mass Organic Dairy Coordinator, at [email protected], or (413) 498-2721.

Two participating farms are in the Southeastern Ma. area!!  For the complete list, please visit:

Lyons Brook Farm

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sandi Porter, 76 Drift Road , Westport , MA

(508) 636-2552

[email protected]

Lyons Brook Farm is a small goat milk dairy on the Westport River . They raise registered Alpines and Nubians. Goats are shown at many New England fairs. Raw milk is sold at the farm. Come and enjoy walking tours of the farm and barns, milking demonstrations and goats being fitted for Fall shows.


Oake Knoll Ayrshires

12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Terri Lawton, 70 North St. , Foxboro , MA

[email protected]

Oake Knoll, a working dairy farm, is located on a 275 year old family farm. We sell raw milk and harvest and sell vegetables in season. Our strength is milk quality, and customer input is very important in our management process. We will have milking demonstrations, calves to pet and information about feeding cows.

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.

Pass It On...

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

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