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SEMAP Buy Local Update #2
Hey Everyone!

Warm Up With Local!
 
Brrr!  This winter has been a record breaker from the start, especially when it comes to local food!  Several winter markets have popped up like a groundhog all across the state, further helping us to eat locally, year-round.  With all this fantastic demand for local, an larger number of farms are implementing season extension techniques like hoop houses and covered row crops, to increase their production well beyond the traditional outdoor growing season.  There are numerous websites and books to learn more about these and other energy-efficient growing techniques - here are a few to start: ATTRA, Eliot Coleman, edible South Shore, as well as local gardening groups (see events below).

And don't forget...Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  Below are GREAT local food gift ideas for those bitten by the 'local-love bug', including romantic bistro dinners, specialty sweets for Mom, or fun first-date food events! 

Special thanks to our 2009 Corporate Sponsors!
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       Tihonet Village Market                  Lees' Market                    Whole Foods                      Farm Credit East

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:
  • SEMAP News! - Job Opening at SEMAP!
  • What's Growin' - Cranberries, Potatoes, Squash, Beef & Lots of Seafood!
  • How you Can Further Support Local Producers - Winter Markets!
  • Local Events! - Ways to Participant in Local Ag. - Great Valentine's Food Events!
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!
SEMAP!!!!!
SEMAP News!

SEMAP SEEKS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Accepting Applicants through March 1, 2010
SEMAP Mission: The purpose of SEMAP is to benefit the health and well-being of citizens of and visitors to the five Southeastern Massachusetts counties (Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes) by engaging with, educating, and building partnerships among the regional community, businesses, and farmers to support and expand sustainable commercial agriculture and assure an abundant supply of locally produced agricultural products.  

To see the complete job description please click here, and help us circulate this description widely!



NEW VOLUNTEER CORPS at SEMAP!   Help Spread the Buy Fresh Buy Local Message!bfbl circle
Do you love to visit local farms and farmers markets? 
How about attending events focused on local food and farms? 
If so, consider
joining SEMAP's VOLUNTEER CORPS, new for 2010!

All across Southeastern MA people are interested in learning more about local farms and food sources, not only for the health of their families but the planet as well!  SEMAP has been at the forefront of this local movement for over 10 years, and continues to help connect Southeastern MA residents to the fresh farms products they are seeking.  But we need your help!

SEMAP's Volunteer Corps
will focus on addressing current agricultural issues, updating members on local farms and food, and hosting events that promote local products all year round!
We can't do it without your help!  Want to learn more?  Contact Sarah Cogswell for more information, and to sign up for an information gathering near you.
SEMAP!!!!!
 Market Updates!
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What's available locally in the winter?
Look for these local items at area Winter Farmer Markets:

salad greens -- bread and baked goods  --  lobster  --  root crops  --  honey & beeswax products  --  shellfish  --  eggs  --  apples  --  cheeses  --  grass fed meats  --  jams & jellies  --  sweets  --  handmade soaps  -- 
prepared foods  --  and much more!

Check out the Online Farm Guide for more information on local farms and vendors!

BARNSTABLE COUNTY:

MARSTONS MILLS WINTER MARKET - Saturday Feb. 20th, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Cape Cod's first Winter Market!  Come to the liberty Hall in Marston's Mills the first and third Saturdays of the month for winter greens, baked goods, shellfish, meat, honey, handmade soaps and other products from local growers and artisans.
First & Third Saturdays till May 15th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Liberty Hall  2150 Main Street, Marstons Mills


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BRISTOL COUNTY:

WINTER MARKET AT ATTLEBORO FARMS - Sunday Feb. 14th, 12:00 - 4:00pm
Located at Attleboro Farms a well established locally owned and operated garden center dedicated to supporting local farmers and artisan food producers.  The band "Cactus Attacks" will be there to entertain too!

Every Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm thru March 28, 2010
Attleboro Farms, 491 Hickory Road, North Attleboro, MA.



PLYMOUTH COUNTY:

BRIDGEWATER WINTER MARKET - Friday Feb. 12th, 3:00 - 6:00pm
The Bridgewater Winter Farmers Market will continue on Friday, February 12 at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Bridgewater.  Stop by to chat with local growers and purchase meats, baked goods and root vegetables.

Friday, February 12th,  3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 50 School St. Bridgewater


PLYMOUTH LOCAL FOODS - Thursday Feb. 18th, 3:00pm - 6:30pm
We are very pleased to announce that this winter our farmers and foodmakers will gather 3pm till 6:00pm on the third Thursday of each month for a market, music and movie gathering!  Indoors of course, in collaboration with our beloved local living history museum, Plimoth PlantationCheck the website for upcoming events!
EVERY THIRD THURSDAY through March; 3:00pm - 6:30pm with music & film!
Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Ma.
  • PRE-ORDER ONLINE! Visit the Plymouth Farmers Market Online Ordering page and pick your local products ahead of time - then pick up at the market!  
  • Visit: www.shop.plymouthfarmersmarket.org
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MIDDLESEX COUNTY

NATICK WINTER MARKET - Saturdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm
Every Saturday till March 27th, visit Natick Farmers Market for a variety of fresh locally produced meat, root crops, breads, prepared foods, fruit, and more!
Every Saturday: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Johnson Elementary School, Route 27, Natick Ma.


WAYLAND WINTER MARKET - Saturdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
From Saturday, January 16 through Feb 27th, the inaugural Wayland Winter Farmers' Market will be held indoors at Russell's from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Just like our traditional outdoor market, this indoor market will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet and support local farmers. Shop close to home and reduce your own carbon footprint!
Every Saturday: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  until February 27, 2010
Russell's Garden Center, 397 Bosston Post Road, Rt. 20  Wayland, Ma.


RHODE ISLAND:

PAWTUCKET Wintertime Farmers Market, Saturdays, 11:00am - 2:00pm

A collecti
on of farmers from RI and Southeastern MA offering their wide variety of produce, seafood and prepared goods all winter long!  Click here to read more...
Every Saturday 11am - 2:00pm  through May 29, 2010
Hope Artiste Village (1005 Main St.Pawtucket, RI)


BUY LOCAL!
What's Growin?

corp sponsorsEat Locally Year-Round!

Plenty of local foods available - check out the Online Farm Guide for more farms and markets near you!




LOCAL FRUIT -
From Fresh Apples & Cider, to Fresh or Dried Cranberries - local fruit is available throughout the Holiday Season!
VEGETABLES - Keeping your Winter Soups, Stews, Salads & Sides BURSTING with local Vegetable & Herb Flavor... (also check out WINTER MARKET websites above...)
  • Allen Farms, Westport, Ma. - Peagreens and herbs available yr-round!
  • Cooks Valley Farm, Wrentham, Ma. - Fingerling, red, and all purpose potatoes.
  • E&T Farms, W. Barnstable MA - Mixed salad greens available yr-round! Open Weekends!
  • Northstar Farm, Westport, Ma. - Baby spinach and carrots.  Spring veggies soon!
  • Sampson Farm, Westport MA - all purpose white, and red potatoes!  Creamy & delicious!
LOCAL AQUACULTURE & SEAFOOD - From the farms, ocean, and shores surrounding Southeastern MA comes a WIDE variety of fresh seafood products like lobsters, clams, oysters, scallops and finfish!
  • Barnstable Seafarms, Barnstable, Ma. - Clams and oysters; raw bars available!
  • Chatham Shellfish Co., E. Falmouth, Ma. - Premium oysters from Oyster Pond Estuary.
  • Cuttyhunk Shellfish, Inc., Cuttyhunk, Ma. - Fresh oysters straight from Cuttyhunk Island!
  • E&T Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma. - Aquaponic large mouth bass & tilapia Delivery available!
  • Fishwife, Plymouth, Ma. - Fresh lobsters available in many sizes, yr-round!
  • Mac's Seafood, Wellfleet, Ma. - Fresh off the boat local fish, scallops, lobsters and more!
  • Revolution Lobster, Westport, Ma. - Fresh Westport lobsters Delivery available!
  • Salty Lou's, Sandwich Ma. - Fresh lobsters - visit their retail outlet!
  • Scorton Creek Oysters, W. Barnstable, Ma. - Fresh oysters from Barnstable!
MEAT & DAIRY
BAKERY ITEMS - Who doesn't love fresh baked goodies? How about local cookies, breads oatmeal or pies?  They are all available locally! (See events below for more ideas!)                   
  • The Artisan Kitchen, Rochester, Ma. - Wide variety of freshly baked breads, cakes, muffins, cookies & more!
  • Artisan Swirls Bakery, Kingston, Ma. - Specialty muffins & baked goods using local produce!
  • CupCapes of Falmouth, Falmouth, Ma. - Wide variety of all natural baked goods!
  • Ever So Humble Pies, E. Walpole Ma. - Frozen homemade, old fashioned pies and crisps.
  • Flour Girls Baking Co., Dartmouth Ma. - Fresh preservative-free cookies, bars, cakes, etc.
  • Pie In the Sky Bakery, Woods Hole, Ma. - Fresh baked breads, muffins, and pastries!
  • Pies a la Mode, Falmouth, Ma. - Wonderful selection of fresh baked pies and tarts made from scratch, seasonal specialties and an array of cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more.
VALUE-ADDED SIDES, SPECIALTY ITEMS
  • E. & T. Farms, W. Barnstable, Ma. - Our own honey, and honey sticks. Available Year-round!
  • Dave's Cape Cod Smokehouse, Harwich - Smoked locally caught fish & seafood; pates and spreads.
  • Golden Touch Farm, Westport Ma. - Wide range of clothes & accessories made from our Alpaca fiber. Hats, socks, gloves, scarves, blankets and more!  Order online!
  • Gray's Grist Mill, Westport, Ma. - Freshly ground corn meal, perfect for Johnny cakes!
  • Mad Hectic Oatmeal, Dartmouth, Ma. - Protein rich oatmeal in a variety of flavors!
  • Olio di Melli, LLC, Westport, Ma. - Directly sourced olive oil & balsamic vinaigrettes. Delicious gift!
  • Roots Remedies, Mattapoisett, Ma. - Medicinal tonics using local honey and herbs.
  • Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. - Homemade jams & jellies using local fruit! Sold at area markets and farmstand, check website for details.
  • Summerhouse Natural Soaps, Barnstable, Ma. - Handcrafted soaps using local ingredients when possible. 
  • Village Farm, Dennisport, Ma. - Alpaca products and fiber; homemade hand balms & Cape Cod honey!
LOCAL BEER & WINE - After a nice local meal, enjoy a freshly brewed local beer, or local sparkling wine.
  • Buzzards Bay Brewing /JUST BEER, Westport Ma. - New brand called 'Just Beer'.  Try the new John Beere, Moby D., and C.I.A.
  • Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, Ma. - Great seasonal brews, free tours and more! Check their website for upcoming events and times.
  • Cape Cod Winery, Falmouth, Ma. - Open weekend through Dec. for wine tasting & tours.
  • Coastal Vineyards, Dartmouth, Ma. - Small batches of fine creative wines, produced from their own estate grown grapes.  Order online!
  • Running Brook Vineyards, Dartmouth, Ma. - Premium wines made with estate grown grapes.  Open week days 12-5 for tastings!
  • Truro Vineyards, Truro, Ma. - 5 acre farm growing Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
  • Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery, Westport, Ma. - Famous sparkling, white and rosé wines.
ONE STOP SHOPS - Looking for a variety of local in one spot?  Try out these local markets that carry small gift items as well as local produce!
  • Alderbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. - Variety of local produce, eggs, dairy, breads, specialty items, and crafts. Plus, animal petting zoo! Open Year Round!
  • Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma. - Salad greens, vegetables, & local products.
  • New! Dedham Square Country Store, Dedham, Ma. - Featuring fresh local vegetables, seafood and more.  Visit every Sunday for their indoor farmers market.
  • Foodies' Duxbury, Ma. - Full scale market sourcing local produce in season.
  • How On Earth: The Store, Mattapoisett, Ma. - Local dairy, baked goods, meats, and fresh produce.  Local prepared foods and lunch specials Tu-Sat., dinner Friday nights!
  • Lees Market, Westport, Ma. - Lees Loves Local!  Pick up all your local holiday grocery items including many unique gift ideas and delicious
  • Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, MA - Open yr-round! Root crops, xmas trees, baked goods, preserved vegetables and local crafts.
  • Tihonet Village Market, Wareham, Ma. - Local cranberries and a wide variety of unique local gift ideas including candles, lip balms, local cook books, jams/jellies, honey and more. Check their website to order fresh holiday cakes, breads and pies!
  • Windfall Market, Falmouth, Ma. - Wide variety of groceries, organic produce and prepared meals.
TAKE A BREAK! - At one of these tasty establishments for some great coffee, snacks, or full local meal!
  • cityfeedbfblCity Feed & Supply, Jamaica Plain, Ma. - Fantastic local fare that hits the spot during your Boston shopping-sprees!  Market has many local items and specialty gifts as well!
  • Main Street Cafe, Fall River, Ma - Open week days 7am - 3pm stop in for a hearty breakfast or lunch with local eggs and fresh baked breads and muffins!
  • Martha's Stone Soup, Plymouth Ma. - Using organic and local produce; serving dinner and tea service.  Check website for amazing menu items and special dinner nights!
  • Mirasols Cafe, Dartmouth Ma. - Serving hot coffee and cider, plus great soups and sandwiches with South American flair!
  • Pie in the Sky Bakery, Woods Hole, Ma. - Fresh baked breads; soup and sandwiches.
  • Rockin' K Cafe, Bridgewater, Ma. -Local and organic ingredients compliment the fair-trade coffee.  Great place to warm up and eat healthy.
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!
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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BRIDGEWATER STUDENTS TO HOST FOOD FILM - Wed. Feb. 17th, 2010
BSC's Student for Ethical Eating group present a talk with producer/director Chris Taylor and a screening of his award-winning film Food Fight. The event takes place at 5:30 on Wednesday, February 17 in the Heritage Room of the Maxwell Library on the BSC campus. If you have any questions, please contact Diana Ramos.
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ROOTS DOWN NEW BEDFORD 2010 - Feb. 18th - March 25th, 2010
A Free Wintertime Organic Garden Planning Series for 2010 - Visit: www.brixbounty.com

4 Thursdays (Feb 11, Feb 25, Mar 18, Mar 25) 4PM-6PM at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, 396 County St. in New Bedford.  We'll be meeting in the Coachman's House which has an entrance on 7th Street.

This series of four workshops is geared toward new and experienced gardeners who are interested in learning more about organic growing techniques, connecting with other gardeners, and learning about nutrient dense food production.

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TIHONET VILLAGE VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIALS
- Call to order!
www.tihonetvillagemarket.com  /   508-295-5437
The Tihonet Village Market is an old-fashioned country store specializing in locally grown and
created items. Stop in for lunch at our deli, a fresh-baked treat,fresh local produce, and
unique gifts.

For Valentine's Day we are offering terrific treats including Heart Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Dipped Brownies, Mom's Carrot Cake, as well as cookies galore!  Visit our website for a complete list of tasty treats for your special someone! www.tihonetvillagemarket.com

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CHEZ DUCROT - 'FLAVORS OF LOVE' Valentine's Day Dinner, Plymouth MA
Romance the special person in your life with Valentine's dinner Chez Ducrot. Enjoy live music by the fire as Chef Philippe tempts your taste buds with "flavors of love", feuilletée au chevre, lobster gratinée, filet mignon Rossini, surprise dessert; Savor four-course dining with your special someone in the romantic and intimate ambiance of Chez Ducrot. Karen Hancock tickles the ivories & Shelley Otis tugs your heartstrings with live harp music all evening.

Reserve Now: Four courses, live music $70 per person ++
Call for reservations and information. Limited seating available. 508-747-4148; [email protected]
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FLOUR GIRLS BAKING COMPANY - SPECIALS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!
Flour Girls Baking Company, Marion Ma. - www.flourgirlsbakingco.com

Sweet Treats for you Sweeties!!
2 heart shaped sugar cookies in a bag with a bow - $3.50
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies - $2.50
Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies - $2.50

Our regular menu of yummy treats is always available too!  Lemon squares, ginger molasses cookies, shortbread hearts, traditional whoopie pies, brownies...the list goes on!

Email or call Jill at 508.241.2553 - local delivery always available!  Happy Valentine's Day xoxo!
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MARTHA'S STONE SOUP, Plymouth MA -  Special Dinners & Classes
February 14th, Valentines Day - Reservations are available from 4 to 9, the menu is posted on the website. Shelley Otis will be playing her harp through out the evening. Some selections from the Valentine menu will be available ala carte on Friday and Saturday.

Cooking classes:
Monday, February 15th, 6 o'clock, Cassoulet.  $50 per person, limited to 10.
Tuesday, February 16th, 5:30 to 8, Bread and pastry dough and "killer quiche" $30 per person, limited to 20 guests. My lovely and talented assistant, Teresa, will be instructing the pastry and quiche, her specialties, while I instruct the making of breads.
More classes, menu items, and events listed at: www.marthasstonesoup.com
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BLUE MOON BISTRO - VALENTINE'S DINNER- Sunday Feb. 14th, 2010
605 Main St., Rt. 6A 
Dennis Village, Ma.  / 508.3585.7100
Cozy up with your loved one for fresh local East Dennis oysters, 
lobster and Cape scallops, and more! Four course prix fixe menu for $50 - view complete menu at www.bluemoonbistro.com 
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EDIBLE SOUTH SHORE COOKING CLASS - February 22nd - Kingston, Ma.
Join like-minded food enthusiasts for a series of monthly discussions about the importance of a local sustainable food system.
February 22: Beyond Cape Cod Potato Chips & Sam Adams Beer: How to eat locally in the middle of winter.

Registration Required: Kingston Public Library, 781 585-0517 x112; [email protected]
Visit edible South Shore for more great local food events!

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SEMAP 5% DAY @ WHOLE FOODS!  Tuesday March 30th, 2010  SAVE THE DATE!
2 LOCATIONS: Bellingham & Hingham, Ma.
Whole Foods Market has generously agreed to sponsor a 5% day to benefit SEMAP at its HINGHAM and BELLINGHAM stores. As part of Whole Foods Market's Community Giving program, the two stores will donate 5% percent of this day's sales to SEMAP. 

Drop in at either location, 8am - 10pm to help support SEMAP and its programs. SEMAP staff and supporters will be on hand to point out local products throughout the store, offer delicious local samples, and chat with customers about how they can further support local agriculture!
Tell your friends, and help spread the word!
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See you at the Winter Markets!
 
Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Buy Local Coordinator
[email protected]
www.semaponline.org
PO Box 80625
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748