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SEMAP Buy Local Update #3
Hey Everyone!
          Early Season Delights
 

This weekend, while you're celebrating Mother's Day, be sure to check out the many farmstands and nurseries to pick out that perfect bouquet.  Beyond flowers and herbs, Southeastern MA is producing fine vegetables like Asparagus, Rhubarb and Salad Greens picked fresh from the fields, among the many amazing specialty products produced locally.

Or, there are plenty of items to help make your Mother's Day gift baskets shine with local!  Try some fresh herbs, mixed with local cheeses, local sparkling wine, and some local sweets!  The combinations are endless with all the  great produce/products made or grown locally that you can add.

No excuses now!  While the weather is beautiful, before the next rainfall, be sure to hop outside and enjoy the work of 'Mother' Nature.  The Spring is filled with Buying Local opportunities, including festivals, special local dinners, farmstand openings, gardening classes, and much more.  Keep reading on to find out where and how you can celebrate Spring in all her green glory!

Special thanks to our 2009 Corporate Sponsors!
   corp sponsors
       Tihonet Village Market                  Lees' Market                    Whole Foods                      First Pioneer Farm Credit

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:
  • Farm News! - Local Grower Highlights - Farm Internship, Plymouth FM Online, and more!
  • Where You Can Purchase Them - Local CSAs!  Shares are going FAST!
  • How you Can Further Support Local Producers - New SEMAP Members!
  • Local Events! - Ways to Participant in Local Ag. - Fun Events w/ 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 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!
SEMAP!!!!!
Farm News!

Brix Bounty Farm Announces Internships
Green Youth Brigade Urban Agriculture Apprenticeship with Brix Bounty Farm  

Help urban agriculture grow new roots in New Bedford!  Brix Bounty Farm is hiring a seasonal urban agriculture apprentice as part of the planned Green Youth Brigade Summer Job Initiative, coordinated by Northstar Learning Center, Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction (PAACA), and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability.  For full details, please check the Brix Bounty Blog.


Vote for the Norfolk Aggie Dairy Barn!
With one mouse click each day until May 17 - you can make a difference and help historically preserve Norfolks Agricultural School's dairy barn!
From April 14 - May 17, 2009, you have the opportunity to cast one vote each day online for the historic places that you care about. At the end of the voting period, the site with the most votes is guaranteed funding from a total of $1 million that American Express will give away to support the preservation of historic places in Greater Boston.  WE WANT THAT SITE TO BE NORFOLK AGGIE'S DAIRY BARN!  The voting is "American Idol-Like" in its voting process - but you don't have to wait for the results show to see how we are doing!  Once you have voted, the results are posted right on the page for you to see. To learn more about our school, click here:  www.norfolkaggie.org.  To learn more about the project, click here: www.norfolkaggiedairybarn.org
To vote, click here: www.partnersinpreservation.com

CSAs - Community Supported Agriculture - Shares are going fast!

(Please check out the farm's websites for further details and information!)

Local CSAs!  Feel free to contact these growers with further questions.

LUCKY FIELD ORGANICS - Rochester, MA -
(508) 763-8104  Sign up online!
Members of a CSA Farm Share Program purchase their food "share" from the farmer in winter or spring, and receive a supply of freshly picked vegetables and fruits every week from June to October.  Our CSA is also helping us at Lucky Field Organics achieve our main mission as a farm: to provide food for local people, grown by local people.
FULL SEASON PROGRAM (6/9 - 10/24):
Full Share $625 (feeds 4);
Small Share: $400.00 (feeds 2 adults); Single Share: $225.00 (feeds you)

SUMMER VACATION PROGRAM (6/30 - 9/4):
Full Share: $375.00 ; Small Share: $250.00 ; Flower Share: $150

Pick-up: Three available pick-up days; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday between 2pm and 7pm each week from the store (How On Earth: The Store, 62 Marion Rd., Mattapoisett MA)

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SILVERBROOK FARM - Dartmouth, MA - 508-991-5185   Sign up online!

Six farms collaboratively providing 19 weeks of fresh produce, juicy fruits, crunchy vegetables, aromatic herbs, healthy breads, local jams & cheese, and other farm products! 


Nine different pick-up locations from including the farm in Dartmouth.  (Check website for complete information regarding prices and pickup locations.)

Southcoast:
Dartmouth, MA (Wednesday pickup)
New Bedford, MA (Friday pickup) Closed, watch for opening soon

Boston Area:
Boston City Hall Plaza Farmers Market (Mon. or Wed. pickup)
Cambridge Home or Office Delivery by Metro Pedal Power to Cambridge, Somverville, Watertown and Jamaica Plain (Mondays)
Copley Square Farmers Market (Friday pickup)
Dorchester - Codman Square Farmers Market (Thursday pickup)

Cape Cod:
Chatham, MA (Wednesday pickup)
Provincetown, MA (Wednesday pickup)

Rhode Island:

Providence (East Side)
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FORBIDDEN FRUIT FARM - Darmouth, MA  (508) 990-8837
36 week (approx.) CSA. A weekly choice of superior organic fruits, vegetable, flowers & more. In addition shares include member-prepared pantry and frozen foods from April till January.  Sells out each year, sign-up soon!

YEAR ROUND SHARES: Family Shares - $1200, includes foods prepared for winter consumption and year round eating.  Limited amount of Year Round Single Shares - $675.

New! GARDENER'S SHARE: $750, includes fruit, root crops, early spring and fall greens, corn, and  member-prepared foods.  Excludes tomatoes, legumes, squash, summer greens, herbs & flowers.

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KETTLE POND FARM - Berkley, MA  508-822-6919;   kettlepondfarm@gmail.com
Shareholders will receive a weekly supply of freshly picked, organically grown vegetables, herbs, and flowers. development. Space is limited, so shares will be sold on a first come first serve basis. 2009 shares are nearly sold out. The CSA will last approximately 20 weeks, starting in early June. For 2009 we are offering to membership sizes: Full and Partial.

FULL SHARE: Cost: $550 - suitable for 2 avid vegetable lovers or a moderate veggie loving family of 4.
PARTIAL SHARE: Cost: $300 - suitable for a mild veggie loving family of 4 or a moderate veggie loving couple.

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ELDREDGE FARM - Brewster-Harwich, MA - (508) 889-1320
New for 2009! Seasonal fruits and vegetables; fresh eggs and honey available for an additional cost. Pick up days and times flexible, please call Jeff Eldredge for more information!

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CAPE COD ORGANIC FARM - Barnstable, MA
Cape Cod Organic Farm, Inc. is owned and operated by J. Timothy Friary of Barnstable. It has been organic since its inception in 1995 and has been NOFA certified since 2000. We believe in a sustainable community and encourage our CSA members to provide 2 working hours per share every month to experience this.

A $500 summer membership provides a family of four with a weekly box of vegetables picked as they ripen throughout the season.  Box pick-up is every Thursday from 10-5 at the farm stand and each box is topped with a pretty bouquet of freshly cut flowers.  As of September, each box will include a dozen farm fresh eggs!  The summer CSA season runs from June 18th - November 19th.

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THE FARMER'S GARDEN - Rehoboth, MA -
508-889-7632  Email: noons140@comcast.net
The Farmer's Garden CSA offers 18 weeks of farm fresh produce!  You can count on an interesting selection of familiar and usual vegetables and herbs.  On occasion we will also offer Flower, Eggs, Honey, Jams, Pickled items, Baked Goods, and other treats from our Local Community.  Our produce is Freshly picked within 24 hours of your Pick-up.

Starting Date: week of June 19, 2009
Pick up days: Thursday's  2:30 PM - 5:30 PM  OR
Saturday's 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
 
Half Bushel Share Membership: (feeds 2 people) @ $350.00
Full Bushel Share Membership: (feeds 3-5 people) @ 550.00
Free Range Egg Share (18 Weeks): $145.00 (2 dz/wk); $73 (1 dz/wk); $36 (1/2 dz/wk)

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COONAMESSETT FARM- Falmouth MA
Coonamessett Farm is a twenty-acre farm complete with farmstand and pick-your-own offered to members only. Visit their website or the farm for more information on applying for membership.

For the 2009 season you can select one of the following CSA programs:

- 18 week ($400), and the 18-week program may also have an additional week added if weather holds; it is a real deal at less than $22 per week.

- 12 week ($300) and 8 week ($250) options available as well.

If you are interested, please fill out the CSA application.  The CSA will be limited in membership and closed when filled.  Payment: Half is due when the application is submitted.  The remaining half is due by the starting week of the program.

BUY LOCAL!
What's Growin'?
Coonamessett Salad
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 our ONLINE FARM GUIDE!




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VEGETABLES & FRUITS
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Asparagus                                                        Rhubarb
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.                         
Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma. 
                                                                       
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Salad Greens, Herbs & Lettuce                        
Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma.                   
Greenhouse Cucumbers
E&T Farms, Barnstable, Ma. (weekends)                  Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma.
Eva's Garden, Westport, Ma. (Cert. Organic)                 
Maplewood Farm, Portsmouth, RI                       Fruit Trees, Vines, & Bushes
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                            Tangerini's Farm (Cert. Organic), Millis, Ma.
Quittacas Farm, E. Freetown, Ma.
Tangerini's Farm (Cert. Organic), Millis, Ma.            Check below as well for markets/farmstands
Ward's Berry Farm, Sharon, Ma.                          thatsell local produce & products!
                                                                        
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AQUACULTURE, MEAT & DAIRY
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Shellfish (Oysters, Littlenecks & Lobster)             
Aquaponic Tilapia (advance notice required)
Barnstable Seafarms, Barnstable, Ma.                       E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.
Chatham Shellfish Company, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Salty Lou's, Sandwich Ma. (Lobsters only)                
Raw Milk
Scorton Creek Oysters, W. Barnstable, Ma.               Bettencourt Dairy Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
                                                                             Lyons Brook Farm, Westport, Ma.
Grass-Fed Beef / Chicken                                      Oake Knoll Ayrshires, Foxboro, Ma.
Dufort Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                                   Paskamansett Dairy, Dartmouth, Ma.
Quittacas Farm, E. Freetown, Ma.                            
                                                                             
Artisanal Cheeses
Eggs                                                                      
Narragansett Creamery, Providence, RI
Eldredge Farm, Brewster, Ma. (CSA only)                 
Shy Brothers Farm, Westport, Ma.    
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. (Duck Eggs!)                         
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. (Duck Eggs!)         

Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma. (CNG)                  
Quittacas Farm, E. Freetown, Ma. (& Duck Eggs!)    
Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                          
                                                                            
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VALUE-ADDED, BAKERY & SPECIALTY ITEMS
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Honey                                                                 Baked Goods (and so much more!)
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.                          The Artisan Bakery, LLC, Rochester, Ma.
Hana's Honey, Westport, Ma.                                Artisan Swirls Bakery, Kingston, Ma.               
Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma.                                        Flour Girls Baking Company, Dartmouth Ma.
                                                                        
Granola /  Corn Meal / Oatmeal                          
Jams & Jellies (made w/ local fruit!!)
The Best Damn Granola Co., Dartmouth, Ma.         The Chatham Jam & Jelly Shop, Chatham, Ma.
Gray's Grist Mill, Westport, Ma.                             Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.       
Mad Hectic Foods, Inc., Dartmouth, Ma.                Walters Specialties, Kingston, Ma.
                                                                          
Pastas Sauce / Olive Oil                                     Medicinal Tonics
Langdon Farms Pasta Sauce, Marion, Ma.             
  Roots Remedies, NY/Westport   
Olio di Melli, Westport, Ma.
                                                                          All Natural Hand Balms & Yarn/Fiber
                                                                          
Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma.
                                                                                     
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FLOWERS & NURSERY ITEMS
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Seedlings / Veggie Starts                                      Potted Herbs, Flowers, Hanging Baskets, etc.
CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.               CN Smith Farm, Inc., E. Bridgewater, Ma.
Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable (Cert. Organic)      Forget-Me-Not, Norwell, Ma.
Eldredge Farm, Brewster, Ma. (call ahead)                        Lanzoni's, Acushnet, Ma.
Lanzoni's, Acushnet, Ma.                                        Nash Nursery, Carver, Ma.
Nash Nursery, Carver, Ma.                                      Nessralla's, Marshfield, Ma.
Nessralla's, Marshfield, Ma.                                    Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Sunrise Gardens, Plympton, Ma.                              Sunrise Gardens, Plympton, Ma.
                                                                            Tangerini's Farm (Cert. Organic), Millis, Ma.           Compost
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.        
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BEER & WINE
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Beer                                                              Wine
Buzzards Bay Brewery, Westport, Ma.               Cape Cod Winery, Falmouth, Ma.
Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, Ma.                           Coastal Vineyards, Dartmouth, Ma.                  
                                                                     Running Brook Vineyards, N. Dartmouth, Ma.
                                                                     Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westport, Ma.
                    
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
BUY LOCAL!
Where Else Can I Enjoy Local?

As a part of SEMAP's Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign, these markets, restaurants, farmstands, and more have made a commitment to supporting local growers and food producers.  Be sure to visit them, and try their fantastic fair!  Membership is growing every week, so be sure to check back!

Barnstable County, Ma.
Blue Moon Bistro - Dennis Village - www.bluemoonbistro.net
Bradford Natural Market - Provincetown - www.bradfordnatural.com
Island Merchant - Hyannis - theislandmerchant.com
Long Dell Inn - Centerville - www.longdellinn.com/
Mac's Seafood / Mac's Shack - Wellfleet, Truro - www.macsseafood.com
Osteria La Civetta - Falmouth - www.osterialacivetta.com
Pie in the Sky - Woods Hole -
www.woodshole.com/pie
Quicks Hole - Woods Hole - www.farmfresh.org/food/member.php?fn=378
Satucket Farm Stand - Brewster - www.satucketfarm.com
Windfall Maket - Falmouth - www.windfallmarket.com

Bristol County, Ma.
Alderbrook Farm - Dartmouth - www.farmfresh.org/food/member.php?fn=447
Fine Catering by Russell Morin  -  Attleboro  -  www.morins.com
FoodSource - Taunton - www.buyfoodsource.com
Garnish Events - Fall River - www.garnishevent.com
Lees Supermarket  -  Westport  -  www.leesmarket.com
M & C Cafe Restaurant and Catering Co.  -  New Bedford  -  www.mandccafe.com
Westport Community Schools  -  Westport

Norfolk County, Ma.
Whole Foods  -  Bellingham / Hingham  -  www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

Suffolk County, Ma.
City Feed and Supply - Jamaica Plains - www.cityfeedandsupply.com


Plymouth County, Ma.
Chez Ducrot  -  Plymouth  -  www.chezducrot.com
Foodies Duxbury, LLC - Duxbury  -
www.foodies-urban-market.com/
The Fruit Center, Inc. - Milton & Hingham - fruitcentermarketplace.com
How On Earth: The Store - Mattapoisett - www.howonearth.net
Lindsey's Family Restaurant - Wareham - lindseysfamilyrestaurant.com
The Market @ Pinehills - Plymouth -   www.pinehills.com
Martha's Stone Soup @ the Tavern - Plymouth -  www.marthasstonesoup.com
Oxford Creamery - Mattapoisett / Dartmouth -
oxfordcreamery.com/
Prisco's Market & Deli - Bridgewater - www.priscosmarket.com
Rockin' K Cafe - Bridgewater - www.farmfresh.org/food/member.php?fn=198
Shipyard Galley  -  Mattapoisett  -  www.shipyardgalley.com
Tihonet Village Market  -  Wareham  -  www.tihonetvillagemarket.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.


Local Events!

Also, be sure to scan our Online Farm Guide to look for more ideas on local specialties and events.
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TIHONET MARKET EVENTS - 146 Tihonet Road, Wareham MA  02571    508-295-5437
SPRING OPEN HOUSE - GET READY FOR MOM'S DAY - May 9th, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Free Flowers for Mom, Free Crafts for Kids, Raffle, Ice Cream, and more!
Stop by the Tihonet Village Market on Saturday to meet some of our artists, authors and friends.  Read some of the local entries in our "My Mom's the Best" contest and vote for your favorite.  It's the perfect day to shop for or with mom!  All Mom's will receive a free flower!  Enjoy samples of our great specialty food products, cheeses, our fresh baked breads, desserts and much more!  Visit www.tihonetvillagemarket.com for more detail and for Mom Specials.

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DARTMOUTH CELEBRATES - Celebrate all things Deliciously Dartmouth!
Saturday, May 16th  @ the Dartmouth Grange & other locations
, 10am - 4:00pm

Visit the Dartmouth Grange to experience the best of Dartmouth past and present!  History buffs and curious kids alike will enjoy all the interesting exhibit and demonstrations, including
spinning demonstation, period dress, open fire cooking, Militia  demonstrations, and more!  PLUS there will belive music and local foods at the Grange's Farmers Market, kids activities, and all the animals to watch and learn about @ Alderbrook Farm.  Contact the Dartmouth Grange at info@dartmouthgrange.org for more information.
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TASTE OF SOUTHCOAST (3rd ANNUAL) EVENT - Sunday May 17th
Custom House Square, New Bedford, MA - 12:00 - 4:00pm

Live music, great Food, and fun!
This being the third year of the annual event has surprised even the seasoned Committee members with a larger field of participating restaurants! On May 17, from 12noon to 4 pm, you can sample and taste the offerings from 24 area restaurants with a wide variety sure to have something for everyone. Included with those restaurants is an expanded offerings of Massachusetts beers and wines.  Taste great local offerings from Destination Soups, M&C Cafe, Buzzards Bay Brewery, Westport Winery and more!  Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of, $5. for children 6-12, free for 5 and younger. Tickets are available at the DNB office, Citizens Union Savings Bank, Elaine's Black Whale, TL6 The Gallery, Cardoza's Wine and Spirits and at many of the participating restaurants.

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BRIX BOUNTY FARM - Know Your Vegetables & Roots Down, New Bedford

858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth, MA  /  508.992.1868  / http://brixbounty.blogspot.com/

Upcoming Dates and Topics:
(Know Your Vegetables are held Mondays Nights at Brix Bounty Farm - 6:30 PM) 

May 18, 2009 - Weed Control on Organic Farms/Gardens:  Stale Bedding, Cultivation Tools, and Mulching   

Roots Down - New Bedford series: Check full schedule on Brix Bounty Farm's Blog!
Wednesday, May 13th - Compost, Fish Fertilizers, and Natural Amendments.
This neighborhood workshop will be at 4PM on Wednesday May 13th at the Peaceworks Garden at 22 Maxfield St. in the west end of New Bedford, and is open to everyone.
Roots Down - New Bedford is part of the Safe Soils for Healthy Food Project presented by
Brix Bounty Farm and the Rotch-Jones-Duff House&Garden Museum and made possible by the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts - SEEAL Fund.

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PLANTS ONIONS @ TANGERINI'S SPRING STREET FARM - Millis MA
Saturday, May 16th, 9:00am - (508) 376-5024
  www.tangerinisfarm.com
Join Laura Tangerini in planting onions on her farm in Millis.  Volunteer for a fun morning of agricultural learning and plenty of excercise.  More volunteer activities available all season long!  Ask Laura for more details -
(508) 376-5024

Upcoming Classes @ Tangerini's Spring Street Farm:
CONTAINERS AND WINDOW BOXES - Friday, May 15th , 6:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Learn how to design and plant beautiful window boxes and containers. Bring your containers and we will supply the soil and the expertise. The class is FREE and plants may be purchased at the farm.*** CLASSES ARE FREE! PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. DRESS APPROPRIATE FOR THE GREENHOUSE.
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OCEAN EXPLORIUM EVENTS/TALKS - New Bedford, MA  www.oceanexplorium.org
May 9th - Science on a Sphere! - Dive in to these Science on a Sphere
presentations to learn more about the oceans, our Earth, and the planets beyond. Check website for schedules on short presentations on various topics like climate change, food miles, ice melt, water currents, coral science, and many more!  Check the website for complete schedule.
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RI SPRINGTIME MARKET - EVERY SATURDAY!  11am - 2pm
Hope Artiste Village, 1005 North Main Street, In Pawtucket, just over the Providence line.
From holiday wreaths in December to the first asparagus in April, there is a place for you to get locally grown and produced food, every week, all winter long.  Click here for map & directions!
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Happy Mom's Day!
 
Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Buy Local Coordinator
scogswell@semaponline.org
www.semaponline.org
PO Box 80625
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748