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News from the Vine - September 2010
Dear  :


Get ready to meet the new SEMAP  - We're relaunching on 10-10-10! 
Over the last six months SEMAP has gone through a transformation and we can't wait to reintroduce you

You will meet a refreshed organization with an increased level of responsiveness to its community.  You will meet a reinvigorated organization that is a better resource to the farmers, citizens and visitors of Southeastern Massachusetts.  You will meet a renewed organization that is reaching a broader audience and providing a wider array of educationalopportunities.
Visit our NEW website ( on 10-10-10 and see our new logo, check-out the new site, read our revised mission statement, and several other surprises - or get the scoop in person by joining us at one of the events SEMAP will be at that weekend:

October 9th & 10th  
Join us at the A.D. Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration               More info: 
October 9th                        
Join us at Partners Village Store & Kitchen's Fall Festival
More info:
October 10th                        
Join us at the 10-10-10 Climate Block Party at Kempton & Chancery
Streets, New Bedford, organized by the New Bedford Power Project

SEMAP will be celebrating the relaunch at its Annual Meeting.           
Keynote speaker Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way.                       
Local food to stimulate your palate at this three-course event!       
Open to the public.    

SEMAP Annual Meeting
November 4th
5:30 - 8 pm
Gallery X in New Bedford
            Stay tuned for more details!       
Happy Growing & Eating!

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What's Growin'?         
This week be sure to check out these farmers markets and farm stands for the freshest summer produce available.  The majority of the farms listed below are members of SEMAP's Buy Fresh Buy Local Campaign.

For more information on these farms
and many more, please visit our

HERBS / GREENS / FLOWERS:                                           FRUITS:  [PYO = Pick Your Own]
Alderbrook Farm, Dartmouth
                                                 Apples - Many varieties!
Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth                                                CN Smith Farm, E. Bridgewater (PYO)
Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis                                                  Dartmouth Orchards, Dartmouth
Cedar Spring Herb Farm, Harwich                                        Pocassett Orchards, Dartmouth (PYO)
E & T Farm, W. Barnstable                                                    Noquochoke Orchards, Westport
Four Town Farm, Seekonk                                                                                                                                
Satucket Farm Stand, Brewster                                           
White Barn Farm, Wrentham                                             


Corn                                                                                     Eggplant

Billingsgate Farm, Plympton                                                 Lucky Field Organics, Rochester   
Cervelli Farm, Rochester                                                      Oakdale Farm, Rehoboth                                    
Oakdale Farms, Rehoboth                                                    Quansett Gardens, Dartmouth
Tavares Hillside Farm, Dartmouth                                         
CN Smith Farm, E. Bridgewater
Billingsgate Farm, Plympton                                                 Cape Cod Organic Farm, Barnstable
Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth                                                Sampson Farms, Westport
Golden Rule Farm, Middleboro                                         
Noquochoke Orchards, Westport                                          Tomatoes
Sampson Farms, Westport                                                    Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth
                                                                                               Cape Abilities Farm, Dennis
Squash & Pumpkins!                                                           Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth
Cervelli Farm, Rochester                                                       Wards Berry Farm, Sharon
Golden Rule Farm, Middleboro                                                                  
Paradise Hill Farm, Westport 


Artisanal Cheese                                                                 Eggs
Foxboro Cheese, Foxboro                                                    Bull Frog Acres, Wareham
Shy Brothers Farm, Westport                                               Merrylegs Farm, Dartmouth
                                                                                              Quitticas Farm, E. Freetown
Beef & Pork (variety of cuts and products)                      Silverbrook Farm, Dartmouth
Dufort Farms, Rehoboth                                                       Village Farm, Dennisport  
Gray Rock Farm, Tiverton RI                                               
JH Beauliue Livestock & Produce, Fairhaven                       Lobsters
Round the Bend Farm, Dartmouth                                        Revolution Lobster, Westport
                                                                                              Salty Lou's, Sandwich
Oysters & Clams                                                               
Barnstable Seafarms                                                       Local Turkeys - Order yours TODAY!          
Chatham Fish Pier, Chatham                                           Miss Scarlett's Blue Ribbon Farm, Yarmouth Port
Cuttyhunk Oysters, Cuttyhunk Island                                  


Look for the SEMAP Farmers Market Update in the Standard-Times - every TUESDAY!

Farmers Market News!

4th Annual Farmers Market at Umass Dartmouth - Starting September 10th, 2010
Our Market is every Friday, 10-2pm in front of the campus center. The market will run, starting Sept. 10th through the beginning of November.  Contact Jen Gonet for more information;

Fairhaven Farmers Market to Announce Winter Market 2010!
The Fairhaven Farmers Market will continue this calendar year indoors during the months of October, November and December.  Once a month you can still purchase local produce,meat, eggs, honey, bakery items, and crafts at the market.  Join us starting Sunday, October 24 from 1-4pm at The Nemasket Gallery in Fairhaven on the corner of Bridge and Green Street.  For more information please contact Ann Richard

Pawtucket Wintertime Market Expands!  November 6 to May 28, 2011
The Wintertime Market in Pawtucket is expanding to Wednesdays 4pm-7pm in addition to Saturdays 10am-1pm. 
1005 Main Street, Pawtucket RI.
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Local Agricultural news!

Shy Brothers Farm Wins Big at American Cheese Society
We are proud to report that both French Hannahbells® and Cloumage™just won at the 2010 American Cheese Society Competition in their respective categories. French Hannahbells® won for Soft-Ripened Cheeses, and Cloumage™ won for Cultured Products.

More information is available from the Cheese Society website:

It Takes a Region - 2010: A Working Conference to Build our Northeast Food System
"It Takes a Region" is the annual conference and meeting of the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working GroupThis conference takes on the Northeast region. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system. We can build upon our "thousand points of local" to achieve optimal scale, location, variety and supply for all communities and all supply chain participants.

For agenda and registration, please visit:

SEMAP Executive Director, Bridget Alexander Ferreira, will be attending.
MA Grown and Fresher - Local Apples!

Did you know...
- The first apple trees were planted by the pilgrims in the Massachusetts Bay colony. 
- Don't peel your apple!  Two-thirds of the fiber any many of the antioxidants are found in tappleshe apple peel. 
- John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was born in Leominster, MA in 1774...
Read more about MA apples at the Mass Grown and Fresher site:

Some of our favorite Pick-Your-Own Apple Farms:
(Click here for complete list online.)
CN Smith Farm, East Bridgewater.  Open Thurs - Sunday
Keith's Farm, Acushnet.  Open Sat. & Sun., 9-5pm.
Old Stone Orchard, Little Compton RI.  Thurs. - Sunday, 10 - 5pm.
Pocasset Orchards, North Dartmouth.  Open weekends, 9am - 4:30pm
BBB_09_foodLocal Food Events!
Looking for more ways to enjoy local food and agriculture!  Check out SEMAP's Events Page, and the listings below.  Get out there and ENJOY LOCAL!

Cape Land & Sea Harvest - CLASH! 2010
Friday Sept. 24 - Sunday Sept. 26th

A Salute to Fishing Farming and all things Cape Cod!

The Cape Land and Sea Harvest (CLASH) is a weekend long celebration of the rich heritage and abundance of our local foods.

Tours, Tastings and Events all day Friday, September 25th + Saturday September 26th at farms, bogs, breweries, wineries, piers and other food-related businesses across the Cape.

Eat Local Week! - Monday September 20th through Sunday, September 26th.  Cape Cod restaurants will be offering special local menus on Friday and Saturday evenings, featuring products sourced from local growers.  Menus will be added to our restaurant page online as they become available.  Please contact the restaurant of your choice directly for reservations. 
THERE'S MUCH MORE!  See FULL schedule of events at:

The Working Waterfront Festival - September 25 - 26th, 2010
"All in One Boat - The Cultural Mosaic of New England's Working Ports"

Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.

Local farms and fisherman will have their fresh vegetables and seafood for sale once again at 2010 Festival!  Stop by the SEMAP booth during farmers market hours, and be sure to bring a cooler for all your fresh catch!

A.D. Makepeace and The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association's
7 Annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration - October 9th - 10th, 2010


The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is a great way to see and learn about the picturesque cranberry harvest, while enjoying some old-fashioned family fun.

Sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association and the A.D. Makepeace Company, the
Celebration features cranberry bog tours, helicopter rides, pony rides, cooking demonstrations, juried
crafters and artisans, musical performances, games for children and much more. Admission $2, age 6 and under free admission, parking is also free. Many events and activities are free, additional fees for some activities apply.

Click here for a Standard-Times article about the 2009

Partners Village Store & Kitchen's Fall Festival - October 9th, 2010

Have fun with Partners as we celebrate the changing of the seasons!

Book Signing 11-12:30: Rubies in the Sand by local author Bonnie Kavanagh, RN, Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry bogs...Partners Kitchen Staff will be preparing recipes from the cookbook!
Music 11-2:00: The Spindle Rock River Rats, Westport locals, play an eclectic blend of bluegrass, old-time, folk, popular, western and fiddle tunes.
Alpacas from Golden Touch Farm!  The Westport farm will bring their marvelous alpacas to visit with us and share their knowledge of Alpaca fiber and its benefits. Their wonderful Alpaca fiber wares will be for sale including: socks, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, tote bags and more.
Farmers Market: Paradise Hill Farm - The Hidden Garden - Quansett Gardens - Barri Throop Botanical Designs - Sharon Owens and Dottie Ferreira - Basket makers - 4 Elements - Photographs and Jewelry - Canuel Farm
Also attending and sharing their expertise is: The Westport Fisherman's Association & SEMAP - South Eastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

For more information call Partners at 508-636-2572.


10-10-10 Climate Block Party at Kempton & Chancery Streets, New Bedford

Organized by the New Bedford Power Project

Connecting Communities, creating change!

Demand change!  One of 2000 global work parties happening on the same day in over 150 countries!

This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT!  Speakers on Greening Our City, Workshops, Free Locally Grown Food!, Music by Tem Blessed & Crew, Raffle

Sunday, October 10th, 3-6 PM.

6th Annual Connecting For Change: A Bioneers By the Bay Conference,
Presented by the Marion Institute
October 21-24, 2010   New Bedford, MA

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Greg Mortenson - author of 3 Cups of Tea and Stone Into Schools, and executive director of Central Asia Institute, will be a Live Keynote Speaker at this year's 6th Annual Connecting for Change Conference!

Over 2,000 students, teachers, green business innovators, scientists, grassroots leaders and everyday folks from across the East Coast will gather to embrace, share, brainstorm, network, heal, learn, teach, celebrate, recharge and connect for change. We will roll up our sleeves and harvest tangible, practical solutions to the specific challenges we face here in the Northeast and the world at-large.

Visit the SEMAP booth at Bioneers!  SEMAP will be helping to organize the THREE DAY FARMERS MARKET, as well as the delicious vegetarian LOCAL LUNCHES!

Check out the Bioneers Conference Website for more information:


Fiber Festival of New England - November 6 & 7, 2010
Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition, W. Springfield MA
The New England Sheep & Wool Growers and Eastern States Exposition announce the establishment of "THE Fiber Festival of New England", to be held November 6 & 7, 2010, in the Mallary Complex on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass.

After several years of requests for an event bringing vendors and fiber enthusiasts together, the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association and Eastern States Exposition developed the Festival which is expected to draw visitors from all of New England. The feedback from contacted vendors has been positive. One vendor remarked, "After over twenty years in this business, this new venue provides a great opportunity to more directly market our products in the New England area."

More information to come!  Visit:

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Enjoy the local flavors!

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership
P.O. Box 569
East Wareham, MA  02538
508-295-2212 ext 50