SEMAP Buy Local Update #3
Hey Everyone!

Happy 40th Earth Day!
Spring is here (!) with it's spontaneous sun and sprinkle mix, fresh green aromas, and long sunsets. Ahh! Spring in Southeastern MA is a gorgeous thing!

This year, April plays host to the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Let's be sure to do our part to take care of the planet and celebrate her generosity! There are plenty of enjoyable and healthy ways to celebrate, for example planting a small garden, joining a community support agriculture program (CSA), or volunteering/visiting a local farmto learn more about the variety of agriculture around you. 

See below for more ideas on where to find fresh local food in season, along with fun events focused on sustaining the planet's natural resources and its many agricultural traditions. Also, feel free to visit SEMAP's events pagefilled with exciting talks, demonstrations, and meetings focused on local farms and food.

Special thanks to our 2010 Corporate Sponsors!
   corp sponsors
    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 odysseysand 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! - SEMAP Welcomes New Executive Director - Bridget Alexander!
  • What's Growin' - Salad Greens, Herbs, Meat & Lots of Seafood!
  • How you Can Further Support Local Producers - Local CSA Shares & Greenhouses!
  • Local Events! - Ways to Participant in Local Ag. - Earth Day 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!

Welcome Bridget Alexander!

Bridget comes to us from the Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board where she served as their director of development, successfully obtaining over a million dollars in grant funding.  She brings with her an estaBridget Alexanderblished network and working knowledge of Southeastern Massachusetts.  Bridget grew up on a dairy farm in Montana, frequents farmers markets, and considers herself a locavore and a foodie.  


Bridget's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from VA Tech, in Communication Studies with concentrations in Journalism & Public Relations.  Bridget also holds a Juris Doctor Degree from Roger Williams University, in Bristol, Rhode Island.  She is a current member of the Massachusetts Bar and practiced in the area of civil litigation.


Much of Bridget's experience was acquired during her time in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the non-profit sector implementing federal government relations & fundraising strategies, and facilitating public policy seminars. More recently, Bridget worked with the Director of Policy for the Rhode Island Attorney General, Patrick Lynch, researching policy initiatives. 

As the WIB's Director of Development,
Bridget has successfully written federal, state, local, foundation, and corporate grants totaling $1.25 million.  She has forged relationships with economic development entities in our region to align workforce development and economic development initiatives. She has convened and led government officials, community leaders, and regional progressives to collaborate in developing programs in such areas as weatherization training and prisoner reentry.


Bridget intends to hit the ground running as the new Executive Director of SEMAP as this is an exciting time for food and local agriculture. 

APRIL 23rd, 2010
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center - 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford

Mention SEMAP when ordering your EARTH DAY tickets by phone or in person,
and $1 will be donated to our programs!

the z!
On April 23, 2010 , the magnificent St Anthony of Padua Church will be filled with the voices and music of an 80 person chorus, the Paul Winter consort and 25 musicians from around the United States in a spectacular celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a rare performance of Winter's Missa Gaia.

A  pioneer of world music and the composer of Missa Gaia, Paul Winter has won 4 Grammy Awards for his unique genre of "earth music", which interweaves the voices of "the greater symphony of the wild" with instrumental voices from classical, jazz and indigenous traditions of the world, introducing people to the variety of species and ecosystems on earth through the beauty of sound. 

Please join us! Visit The Zfor show times, ticket price and information; or call the box office at 508-997-5664Thanks for your support!


CSA Updates!
BFBL logoSummer / Fall CSA shares
Community Supported Agriculture

A weekly supply of farm fresh vegetables and fruit all summer long!

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



2010 CSA Membership feeds a family of 4 with fresh certified organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, herbs, and fresh flowers. (Approx. $600 worth of fresh, local, nutrient-dense produce and eggs.)  Also, you will be able to pick your own flower bouquet and bunch of herbs each week as they come available.

Pick up:Thursdays on the farm, 10am - 5:00pm
Dates: June 10th to October 7th.
Cost: $550 - if you are willing to donate 5 hours of work; $600 if you are unable to contribute the working hours.

ELDREDGE FARM - Brewster, Ma.
In 2010 Eldredge Farm & Nursery is continuing its Community Supported Agriculture program as a way for the food buying public to create a direct relationship with the farm where members receive a weekly ˝ bushel basket of produce over the 20 week harvest period. These limited memberships will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Pick up: at Eldredge Farm between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM; pick up day TBA. Please contact Eldredge Farm for more information:

SILVERBROOK FARM - Cape Cod pick up locations. See website for more info!


BRIX BOUNTY FARM - Dartmouth, Ma.
Farm fresh vegetables grown with an emphasis on nutrition, quality and respect for the earth. Registration for our 2010 CSA is underway, please view our website for more information:

Dates: 20 week season, beginning in mid-June.

Pickup: Mondays & Fridays from 2PM to 7PM at Brix Bounty Farm, 858 Tucker Road, Dartmouth

HILLTOP FARM- Westport, Ma.
At Hilltop Farm, we are proud to offer a flexible CSA program, with a variety of share sizes, pickup locations, and delivery options.  The CSA season will begin in June and continue through the end of October (20 weeks).  Because we have the advantage of starting crops in our four greenhouses, we will be able to offer what are usually mid-season crops much earlier in the season.
Please visit our website for more information:

OAKDALE FARM - Rehoboth, Ma. 
Oakdale Farm is a 5th generation working vegetable and horticulture farm. The farm practices safe and environmentally friendly farming. We have been committed to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on 150 acres and 10 greenhouses for years. In 2010, we have started our transition to Certified Organic herbs and vegetables.  (Produce list available to download from farm website.)

Pick up available at:
Oakdale Farm (Thursdays), or 3 farmers market locations: North Easton (Tuesdays), Colt State Park, Bristol RI (Fridays) and Barrington RI farmers market (Wednesdays).

Contact:Richard & Marie Pray, Jr. at (508) 336-7681; E-mail:
Download a sign up sheet from the farm website at,

QUITTACAS FARM - E. Freetown, Ma.
The harvest period begins week of June 14th and continues until October 1st. Our share provides a variety of fresh vegetables grown on the farm, when in season, each week for a family of 2-4. We have a limited number of shares available. On occasion, cut
flowers and fresh herbs may be included in your weekly pickup.  Pick up day TBA.

Share Info: Full Share = $350.00 / Loyalty Discount = $25.00 (for prior CSA Members)
Senior Discount = $25.00 (age 60)
Freezer Beef Program and custom raised Chickens run
- We will part
ner families to purchase fresh,hormone free beef and poultry.

Contact: Gail and Jill Ma
rks, (508) 916-1089;

Seven Farm CSA coordinated by Silverbrook Farm.  Several share options and pick up spots available, including Boston delivery services!

Dartmouth, MA  -  CSA  /  2010 Season:

DATESJune 23rd, first pick up  /   October 27th, last pick up

PICK UP DAY AND TIMEWednesdays from 1 to 6 PM @ Silverbrook Farm.  (Please mark your calendars and be on time!)

SHARE PRICESBy Check:            Half share:  335.00  /  Full Share:  570.00

                         By Credit Card:   Half Share: 345.00  /  Full Share: 585.00

Contact: Visit for complete share options, and to order online.



Pick up: Tuesday/Thursday @ How on Earth, 62 Marion Rd. Mattapoisett, MA 02739.  Certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers from our fields to your table.
Contact: Eileen & Weston Lant, (508) 763-8104 .

Main Season: (June 8 - Oct. 21)
Full Share $625 / Small Share - $425 / Single - $300

Vacation CSA:(10 wks, July-Sept.)
Full Share - $400 / Small Share - $300

Flower CSA:
(June 29-Sept. 2) - $150



SILVERBROOK FARM - Boston / Metro Area pick up spots & delivery! 
Please see farm websitefor more info.

WHITE BARN FARM - Wrentham, Ma.
White Barn Farm will be growing good, clean vegetables with the most sustainable farming techniques available. The farmers at White Barn Farm are dedicated to using sustainable growing methods and believe in the importance of growing food for their community. They hope to inspire the locals to eat in season and take the extra moments to prepare wonderful meals for the people they love using ingredients grown with care.

We offer full shares only, packed into a box to be picked up at our Roadside Stand, right across from the farm on 1A in Wrentham.

Pick Up Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, from 3pm to 7pm.
Share Info: Share costs $625 and runs for 22 weeks, usually the first week in June until the last week in October. More info at

What's Growin?

corp sponsorsEat Locally Year-Round!

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

VEGETABLES - Fresh Spring Herbs and Salad Greens!
  • Coonamessett Farm, Falmouth, Ma. - Salad greens available yr-round!
  • E&T Farms, W. Barnstable MA - Mixed salad greens available yr-round! Open Weekends!
  • Northstar Farm, Westport, Ma. - Baby spinach and greens.  Spring veggies soon!
LOCAL AQUACULTURE & SEAFOOD - 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 -There's nothing like fresh local Eggs, Cheese and Milk!
BAKERY ITEMS - Who doesn't love fresh baked breads and goodies?
LOCAL BEER & WINE - 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.
  • 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 local produce & products!
  • Alderbrook Farm, Dartmouth, Ma. - Variety of local produce, eggs, dairy, breads, specialty items, and crafts. Plus, animal petting zoo! Open Year Round!
  • Dave's Fresh Pasta, Somerville, Ma. - Specialty food & wine shop featuring handmade fresh pasta & ravioli any many locally produced items.
  • 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.
  • Golden Goose Markets, Boston, Ma. - Variety of fresh produce, using local when possible.  Full butcher shop and deli counter.  Free delivery throughout the North End!
  • 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 grocery items!
  • Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth, MA - Open yr-round! Root crops, xmas trees, baked goods, preserved vegetables and local crafts.
  • Priso's Market & Deli, Bridgewater, Ma. - Year Round market & deli offering fresh produce, groceries, prepared foods and ice cream.
  • Tihonet Village Market, Wareham, Ma. - Variety of unique local items including candles, lip balms, cook books, jams/jellies, honey and more.  Local ice cream too!
  • 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!
  • Far Land Provisions, Provincetown, Ma. - Full retail market w/ deli and bakery. Grocery has fresh produce section. All baked goods and prepared foods made from scratch on premise.
  • 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!
  • 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
Greenhouse Alert!
Organic sprout @ Web Of Life Farm, Carver Ma.
web of life

Visit a locally owned greenhouse or farmstand below to find this season's seedlings - safe for your garden, and your neighbor's as well!

Read more about late blight issues, and how to prevent them!

ATTLEBORO FARMS - N. Attleboro, Ma.
Variety of vegetable plants, annuals and perennials.

BRIGGS NURSERY - N. Attleboro, Ma.
Variety of vegetable seedlings, annuals and perennials.

Asparagus roots, strawberry plants, and cool weather seedlings available now (kale & salad greens); end of May: tomato, cucumber, and pepper seedlings.

OAKDALE FARM - Rehoboth, Ma.
Certified organic herbs and vegetable starts, open year-round!

Large variety of perennials, vegetable & herbs starts, and onion sets.  Visit new retail area.  Check website for updates!

WEB OF LIFE ORGANIC FARM - @ the Plymouth Farmers Market
Certified organic seedlings.  We offer heirloom and hard to find varieties along with the classics.
Local Events!

Also, be sure to scan our Online Farm Guide to look for more ideas on local specialties and events.
THE ZEITERION 40th Anniversary of EARTH DAY - Friday April 23rd @ 8PM
Join Together with 90 Singers & Musicians with Paul Winter Consort

  At New Bedford's Magnificent St. Anthony of Padua Church.  FREE trolley from Whale's Tooth Ferry Parking Lot, downtown to St. Anthony's Starting at 6:30pm.

Mention SEMAP when ordering in person or by phone, and the Z will contribute $1 to SEMAP!

View other Community Earth Day Partners & their EVENTS at:
Building a Sustainable Southcoast    /

Bristol Community College -Fall River Campus   8:30am-4:30pm

A Two-Part, One-Day Event  -  Come for one session or come for both!

Morning Session: Building Sustainable Communities

Keynote Speaker: Mark Sylvia - Director of the Green Communities Division, Department of Energy Resources (DOER)   The Green Communities Act: What it is; How municipalities can benefit from it; and Future Prospects.

Panel Discussions: Green Communities Showcase / Energy Service Companies

Lunch (12:00pm) ~ Free Lunch Provided to Registered Attendees

Lunch Keynote Speaker: Richard Heinberg - Leading educator on Peak Oil and Author of nine books including, The Party's OverPeak Everything, and the newly released Blackout, Heinberg will speak about Peak Oil and its ramifications for the Southcoast.

Afternoon Session: Building Sustainable Businesses

Panel Discussions: Green Business  / Green Jobs  /  Buy-Local Campaign

Soule Homestead Education Center, Middleboro, Ma.  10:00am - 3:00pm
Demonstrations all day: Spinning, Sheep Shearing, Weaving, Rug Hooking, Rug Braiding & Wool Felting.  Children's Activities all day!!
Sheep Dog Demonstration -  11:30 am and 1:00 pm  with Sheep Dog Junction's Rick Seaman
Join us for a nature hike with Botonist, Martha (Mike) Schroeder at 12:30
Plant Sale, Raffle, Craft Sale, Bake Sale & Popcorn
Open multi-family yard sale - Table Rent $5 - (pre-registration required)

Event held rain or shine!

3rd Annual Spring Fling - Blockbuster Event!
Free Ice Cream - Free Pony Rides - Free Face Painting
Live Cooking Demo by Holland Grill
Live Seminar by David Epstein, Channel 5 Meteorologist
DJ  - Prizes - Give a ways!

276 Gulf Road, S. Dartmouth MA  /
ONGOING!  Visit the YMCA's Share the Harvest Program and help raise a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables. All of the fresh vegetables produced are distributed to area food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding programs by the Hunger Commission of Southeastern MA.

VOLUNTEER opportunities available, April through October 2010.
Bring your friends, family, church group, or just yourself to experience the outdoor fun of working in the soil, helping to produce nutritious food for those in need.


YMCA Share the Harvest
Donna Edberg Volunteer
Coordinator, 5083993.3361 x 13;

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Happy Spring!!
Sarah Cogswell
SEMAP Buy Local Coordinator
PO Box 80625
South Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02748