SEMAP Buy Local Update #8
Hey Everyone!

     Keep Growing!   

Lettuce, chard, arugula, kale and other greens are still thriving in this late summer sunshine.  On the other hand, crops like tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes continue to struggle with this season's perfect conditions for late blight.  Excessive rainfall and humidity combined with lack of sun has caused big problems for large growers and small gardeners alike.  Our News section below contains info and helpful links regarding late blight, what is is, and how it's effecting local growers.  Most importantly, the links offer ideas and precautions to think about for the next growing season.

But wait, the seasons not over!  KEEP PLANTING!  Now is the perfect time to dig up any diseased plants and replace them with local seedlings for the late fall/winter harvest.  Make sure if you're not growing from seed, to purchase seedlings from local growers.  Blight infected plants from big box stores (bought from out of state) is thought to be one of the main culprits in the spread of late blight this season.  Buying locally grown seedlings helps to insure your crop will be disease-free, having been grown by professionals you know who strive to sell the best quality plants available.   After all, local growers know the varieties, and methods that work best for growing delicious vegetables in Southeastern MA., why trust anyone else?

Be sure to also check out the Harvest Calendar for Southeastern MA for further ideas on vegetables to plant for late fall/winter harvest.  Or start small by attending a free gardening class focusing on growing your very own salad greens, and easy methods to help extend their season well into the colder months.  There are even a couple of local CSA's offering a limited quantity of late summer shares! 

With summer coming to a close, don't forget to Keep Growing - and Keep Buying Local!

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:
  • Farmstand News - Westport Cheese Wins Big!  &  Local Oatmeal helps Fight Hunger!
  • What's Growin' - Peaches, Cucumbers, Onions, and yes Tomatoes!
  • How you Can Further Support Local Producers - Visit our Member Businesses!
  • Local Events! - Ways to Participant in Local Ag. - Classes, Lectures, and Festivals!
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.

Look for the 'Buy Fresh Buy Local' label, and taste the difference!

Farm News!

Congratulations to Shy Brothers Farm for their win at the American Cheese Societies' Annual Competition in Austin, TX.

Karl Santos (Shy Brother/cheese maker extraordinaire
) and his Shallot Hannahbells were winners of the Semi-Soft Cow Cheese category at the American Cheese Society Judging last weekend in Austin, Texas.  Each of the 1300+ cheeses entered this year required a minimum number of points before even being considered into the competition.  Out of the 1300+ cheeses entered, 50 were judged winners.  For a new cheesemaker to have a winner is unheard of, and this was the first year Karl had entered the Shallot flavor.

Hannabells are a thimble-size artisanal cheese produced by Shy Brothers Farm, using only fresh cows milk from Santos Farm in Westport, MA. tells more about the award winning cheese, the family that produces it, and where you can purchase Hannahbells to enjoy year round!

Two other Massachusetts cheeses won as well including, Carlysle Farmstead Cheese (goat) and Westfield Farm (blue).  In the past, Great Hill Blue in Marion has won twice, first in their 6th year, and again last year.

We are extremely proud of Karl and the other Massachusetts cheese makers!  Please continue your support of local milk and cheese producers by spreading the word to friends and family about this  award-winning experience.  This is a big deal for Westport, and especially the future of all Massachusetts' dairy farms!


Mad Hectic Oatmeal helps the fight against Hunger

35.5 million people in the United States live at risk of hunger.  That is one in every ten households!  How can you help?
A new program designed to make it easy for people to donate to local food banks makes its debut this month helping people send "Random Acts of Oatmeal" to a local food pantry in Plymouth County.  Mad Hectic Foods, a specialty food producer in southeastern Massachusetts, will make its first delivery of protein oatmeal to The Plymouth Area Coalition for the Homeless headquartered in Kingston, Massachusetts this Thursday, August 20, thanks to the support of people in southeastern Massachusetts.  Read more about this great program and how to make your order at



Below are helpful links that explain the basics of late blight, as well as tips for gardeners planning for next year.  Why Buy Local Seedlings?  Check out the NYTimes article that explains how choices made by the even the smallest back yard growers can affect their
entire farming population.  When you're replanting for this fall's harvest, please remember if not growing from seed, to buy seedlings from local growers only!

UMass Amherst Extension Services
- - (Including presentations at the NOFA emergency meeting (Aug. 9th, 2009))

Rodale Institute:
-  (Organic ideas for blight.)

Why Buy Local Seedling?  Read below:
New York Times, (8.8.09) "You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster"
OpEd article by Dan Barbor, noted locavore and chef at Stone Barns, on the larger lessons to be learned from this summer's outbreak


Below are local farms still offering shares in their CSA for late summer / fall harvest crops!  If you didn't sign up earlier this summer - now is your chance!

Eldredge Farm -
Brewster-Harwich, MA     (508) 889-1320   
[email protected]
New in 2009 - late summer CSA! Call or email for more information.  Beyond fresh vegetables, share options can include eggs, cranberries and variety of local plants and unusual perennials!  Call or email Jeff Eldredge for more information.

The Farmer's Garden -
140 Davis St., Rehoboth MA   (508) 889-7632  [email protected]   /
Our farm sells wholesale & retail vegetables, CSA, PYO, fall ornamentals, christmas trees and decoration. We are a three season farm. We welcome everyone to come visit our farm and enjoy the fruits of the land!  Currently available are late summer / fall CSA shares - please call or email Tammy Noons for more information!
What's Growin'?
garlic FFRI
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!!

Apples, Plums Nectarines                            
Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.       C.N. Smith Farm, E. Bridgewater, Ma.
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Blueberries (as always, call ahead!)               Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.
C.N. Smith Farm, E. Bridgewater, Ma.                                               
Coyne Bog Blues, W. Wareham, Ma. (PYO)       Cranberries
Dufort Farm, Rehoboth, Ma. (PYO)                  D. Fernandes Cranberries, Carver, Ma.
Johnson's Roadside Farm, Swansea, Ma.           Eldredge Farm, Brewster, Ma.
Sampson Farms, Westport, Ma.                        Tihonet Village Market, Wareham, Ma. sweet & dried!
Tripp Farm, Westport, Ma. Cert. Organic
Beans  (several varieties!)                              Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                    Checkerberry Farm, Orleans, Ma.
Bull Frog Acres, W. Wareham, Ma.                   Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma.
Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis, Ma.                     Jiddoos Garden, New Bedford, Ma.
Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable, Ma.
Cervelli Farm, Rochester, Ma.                         Carrots
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma. (weekends)          Checkerberry Farm, Orleans, Ma.
The Farmer's Garden, Rehoboth, Ma. (PYO)       Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Johnson's Roadside Farm, Swansea, Ma.            Lucky Field Organics, Rochester, Ma.
Lanzoni's, Acushnet, Ma.                                  Tomten Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                     
Sprout Farm, Mashpee, Ma.                              Cucumbers
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.         Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
                                                                      Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis, Ma.
Corn                                                               Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable, Ma.
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                     Cervelli Farm, Rochester, Ma.
Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis, Ma.                      The Farmer's Garden, Rehoboth, Ma.
Cervelli Farm, Rochester, Ma.                          Jiddoos Garden, New Bedford, Ma.
The Farmer's Garden, Rehoboth, Ma.                Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.                         Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Nessralla Farm, Marshfield                                Sprout Farm, Mashpee, Ma.
Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.          
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                          Garlic
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.          Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
                                                                       Checkerberry Farm, Orleans, Ma.
Salad Greens, Herbs & Lettuce                        Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                      Tomten Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.   
Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable, Ma.           
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma. (weekends)            Peppers
Lucky Field Organics, Rochester, Ma.                 Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                       Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                           Hickory Knoll Farm, Lakeville, Ma.      
Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma.                           Sprout Farm, Mashpee, Ma.
                                                                       Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.
Potatoes                                                          Tomten Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable, Ma.            Tomatoes
Jiddoos Garden, New Bedford, Ma.                     Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Maplewood Farm, Portsmouth, RI                       Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis, Ma.
Sampson Farms, Westport, Ma.                           Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable, Ma.
Tomten Farm, E. Falmouth, Ma.                         Cervelli Farm, Rochester, Ma.
                                                                        Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.
Summer Squash & Zucchini                              Johnson's Roadside Farm, Swansea, Ma.
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.                       Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Bull Frog Acres, W. Wareham, Ma.                      Noquochoke Orchards, Inc., Westport, Ma.
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                                                            
Hickory Knoll Farm, Lakeville, Ma.                    
Jiddoos Garden, New Bedford, Ma.                    
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                       
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.       
Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.

         Be sure to check our Online Farm Guide for more fresh produce and farms near you!
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.
Cuttyhunk Shellfish, Inc., Cuttyhunk, Ma.               Fin Fish
Fishwife, Plymouth, Ma.                                       
Dave's Cape Cod Smokehouse, Harwich, Ma.
Salty Lou's, Sandwich Ma. New retail outlet!                  Mac's Seafood, Wellfleet, Ma.
Scorton Creek Oysters, W. Barnstable, Ma.                
                                                                          Raw Milk
Grass-Fed Beef / Chicken                                    Bettencourt Dairy Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Dufort Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                                 
J.H. Beaulieu Farm, Fairhaven, Ma.                      Lamb

Quittacas Farm, E. Freetown, Ma.                         Borderbay Junction Farm, Barnstable, Ma.

Checkerberry Farm, Orleans, Ma.                          Dufort Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.
Greenleaf Farm, Bridgewater, Ma.                        
Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth, Ma.                      Artisan Cheese
Quittacas Farm, E. Freetown, Ma. (& Duck)          Narragansett Creamery, Providence, RI.         
Prospect Hill Farm, Plympton, Ma.                           Shy Brothers Farm, LLC, Westport, Ma.
Honey                                                                 Baked Goods (and so much more!)
Alderbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                          The Artisan Kitchen, Rochester, Ma.
Checkberry Farm, Orleans, Ma.                               Artisan Swirls Bakery, Kingston, Ma. 
E.&T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma.                            Ever So Humble Pies, E. Walpole, Ma.     
Greenleaf Farm, E. Bridgewater, Ma.                             Flour Girl Baking Company, Dartmouth Ma.
Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma.                                Garnish Events, Newport, RI                                               
                                   Tinctures / Tonics
Oatmeal / Flour                                                   Great Cape Herbs, Brewster, Ma.
Gray's Grist Mill, Westport, Ma.                              Roots Remedies, Mattapoisett, Ma.    
Mad Hectic Foods, Inc., Dartmouth, Ma.              
    Non-Edible / Fibers / Balms
Sauces & Spreads                                               Golden Touch Farm, Westport, Ma.
Dave's Cape Cod Smokehouse, Harwich, Ma.          Summerhouse Natural Soaps, Barnstable, Ma.
Great Island Trading Co., S. Dennis, Ma.             
  Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma. (hand balms!)
Landgdon Farms, Mattapoisett, Ma.                    

Olio di Melli, LLC, Westport, Ma.                        
Potted Herbs & Flowers                                      Cut Flowers
Forget-Me-Not, Norwell, Ma.                                 Alderbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
Lanzoni's, Acushnet, Ma.                                       Billingsgate Farm, Plympton, Ma.
Nash Nursery, Carver, Ma.                                     Country Garden Weddings, Eastham, Ma.
Nessralla's Farm, Inc., Marshfield, Ma.                   Four Town Farm, Seekonk, Ma.   
Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, Ma.                              Tangerini's Spring Street Farm, Millis, Ma.
Sandwich Agway, Sandwich, Ma.                                                                       
Sunrise Gardens, Plympton, Ma.                            Fire Wood                                 
                                                                          Nessralla's Farm, Inc., Marshfield, Ma.
Groundcovers / Ornamentals
Eldredge Farm, Brewster, Ma.                               Fertilizers     
Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.                           Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth, Ma.
NorthStar Farm, Westport, Ma.                              Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma.

FREE Rocks!                                                                                                  
Forget-Me-Not, Norwell, Ma.
Beer                                                               Wine
Buzzards Bay Brewery, Westport, Ma.               Cape Cod Winery, Falmouth, Ma.
Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, Ma.                           Coastal Vineyards, Dartmouth, Ma.
Running Brook Vineyards, Dartmouth, Ma.           

                                                                     Truro Vineyards, Truro, 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
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.
Bean & Cod - Falmouth -  Online Profile
Blue Moon Bistro - Dennis Village -
Bradford Natural Market - Provincetown -
Cape Cod Chef on Call -
Crabapples Restaurant - Falmouth -
Online Profile
CupCapes of Falmouth - Falmouth -
Dan'l Webster Inn - Sandwich -

Enzo Restaurant and Guest House - Provincetown -
Flying Fish Cafe - Wellfleet -
Online Profile
Hatch's Produce - Wellfleet -
Isaiah Clark House -Brewster -
Island Merchant - Hyannis -
Long Dell Inn - Centerville -
Mac's Seafood / Mac's Shack - Wellfleet, Truro -
Osteria La Civetta - Falmouth -
Pies a la Mode - Falmouth -
Pie in the Sky - Woods Hole -
New website!     Quicks Hole - Woods Hole -
Roo Bar of Falmouth - Falmouth -
Satucket Farm Stand - Brewster -
Windfall Maket - Falmouth -

Bristol County, Ma.
Alderbrook Farm - Dartmouth - Online Profile
Autumn Glen at Dartmouth, Assisted Living -
The Cedars Assisted Living -
Fine Catering by Russell Morin  -  Attleboro  -
FoodSource - Taunton -
Garnish Events - Fall River -
Lees Supermarket  -  Westport  -
Main Street Café & Bakery - Fall River - Online profile
Mirasol's Café - Dartmouth -
Westport Community Schools  -  Westport - Online profile

Norfolk County, Ma.
Whole Foods  -  Bellingham / Hingham  -

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

Plymouth County, Ma.
Bay Club Mattapoisett - Mattapoisett -
Chez Ducrot  -  Plymouth  -
Foodies Duxbury, LLC - Duxbury  -
The Fruit Center, Inc. - Milton & Hingham -
How On Earth: The Store - Mattapoisett -
Lindsey's Family Restaurant - Wareham -
The Market @ Pinehills - Plymouth -
Martha's Stone Soup @ the Tavern - Plymouth -
Oxford Creamery - Mattapoisett / Dartmouth -
Prisco's Market & Deli - Bridgewater -
Rockin' K Cafe - Bridgewater - Online Profile
Shipyard Galley  -  Mattapoisett  -
Tihonet Village Market  -  Wareham  -

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.
"GROWING FOOD EVERYWHERE" - Tuesday, August 18th  - 6:30pm
Special presentation by Dr. Deborah Habib, from Seeds of Solidarity Farm
@ New Bedford Public Library, Downtown Branch, 613 Pleasent Street
The Southcoast area has seen an explosion of interest in backyard and community gardens, organic farming, edible schoolyards, and farmers' markets. Spurred on by the threats of Climate Change and Peak Oil and inspired by Michelle Obama and othe gardening advocates, each new garden plot is a piece of the patchwork that will help us to develop community food security.  This interactive presentation and discussion will cover the basics of the importance of local foods with a focus on health, justice, and the relationship between food and environmental issues.  (For more information, please visit the Brix Bounty Farm blog or UMD's Sustainability Initative.)
New Online Ordering System! Monday thru Tuesday night you can place your orders on Plymouth Farmer's Market new online ordering system, called 'Plymouth Local Foods'.  After browsing through a great selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables, specialty items, fresh baked goods and more, fill your online basket to be picked at the Thursday Plymouth Market at Stephen Field, from 2:30 - 6:30pm.  To learn more about this new program and how to start ordering, head to the Plymouth Farmers Market website:

LADIES NIGHT OUT @ LEES MARKET - August 20th, 6:00 - 9:00ish
Ladies Night Out!  You've waited long enough... A fun-filled, food-filled, friend-filled evening for the ladies only ... right here at Lees Market.  Sign up today!
MARSHFIELD FAIR - August 21 - 30th, 2009
Marshfield Fairgrounds
Check out the website for a printable schedule of events, including; 4-H livestock show/demos, organic gardening presentations, pumpkin contests, dairy goat shows, and many other agricultural contests and activities.  Don't miss the tractor pulls, cow flop toss, battle of the bands or figure-eight racing!
DARTMOUTH GRANGE FAIR - August 28 & 29th, 2009
Dartmouth Grange - 1133 Fisher Road
The Dartmouth Grange in Russells Mills Village will host their annual Rural Community Fair.  Visit the educational booths to learn more about local bee keeping, historic houses, local heirloom vegetables and much more.

60th ANNUAL MIDDLEBORO 4-H FAIR - Sept. 4, 5, & 6th
183 Thompson Street, Middleboro, MA
Take a step back in time and enjoy a traditional 4-H fair complete with Farm Animals, Books, Food, Exhibits and Auction.
Friday Sept. 4th - 5pm - 11pm   (
Sat. Sept. 5th - 9am - 11pm  (4-H livestock;
Auction, Tractor Displays, Entertainment & more!)
Sunday Sept. 6th - 8am - noon.  (Flea market, Horse Shoes)

Surf & Turf: Fisherman and Farmers Finding Common Ground
- State Pier, New Bedford, Ma.
Farming, like fishing, is a way of life. Fishermen and farmers share a deep knowledge of, reverence for and dependence upon the natural world. Both groups pass traditional skills and knowledge from one generation to the next, often incorporating new technologies alongside traditional practices. And both communities face many of the same economic, environmental and political challenges.  Check website for a schedule of events, including farmers market, cooking demos, short films on fishing/farming, and much more!

Mark your calendars for the CLASH - Cape Land and Sea Harvest, 9/25-9/27. The CLASH is a salute to farming, fishing and all things Cape Cod, and consists of a weekend packed with Cape-wide visits to farms, bogs, breweries, wineries and other food-related sites, as well as talks, tastings, and special meals all focused on what the Cape has to offer.

5th ANNUAL BIONEERS BY THE BAY: Connecting For Change - Register now!
October 22-25, 2009 - Downtown, New Bedford Ma.   /
Online Registration is OPEN!  Early bird special thru. Sept. 18th!

Online Registration for the 5th Annual Bioneers by the Bay Conference is now Open.  Register today to receive the early bird discount, saving 30% off of the regular admission price!

Connecting for Change is an internationally acclaimed annual gathering of environmental, industry and social justice innovators who have demonstrated visionary and practical models for restoring the Earth and its inhabitants.

This year's program will once again feature an unforgettable weekend of live keynote presentations, afternoon workshops, an extensive Youth Initiative program, a downlink of the 20th Annual Bioneers Conference in California, an exhibition hall featuring sustainable businesses and organizations, films, music, art installations, a farmers' market and local & organic food.
[Don't forget to visit SEMAP's booth!]
BISTRO DUCROT - Every Friday & Saturday Evening @ Chez Ducrot, Plymouth MA
(Reservations beginning at 6PM)  Review in the  Boston Sunday Globe
From Paris to the provinces, the neighborhood bistro is the place where friends gather for convivial atmosphere, great food and good wine at a reasonable price. It is casual and unpretentious - a great place to relax at the end of the busy week. Join us and enjoy the Chef's specialties & authentic family recipes. $42 per person.

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See you at the beach!
Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Buy Local Coordinator
[email protected]
PO Box 80625
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748