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12/10/15
It was a productive season for many New England famers and for CommonWealth Kitchen as well. The bountiful harvests provided a new way for CommonWealth Kitchen to support the New England Food Vision . This year, CommonWealth Kitchen , a non-profit shared kitchen and food business incubator, embarked on a series of new projects to support local farmers and strengthen our role as a Boston food
11/30/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . This year, our focus has been on four major projects: our Farm & Sea to Campus Project, the collaborative Maine Food for the UMaine System, our Shared Metrics Project, and our Food Service Action Project. We've also continued convening people, raising money for farm to institution, facilitating connects, and
11/19/15
For the past 10 years, University of Maine students have been fed by a giant corporate food distributor. If Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative wins the next contract, they’ll send millions of dollars to local farmers and fishermen instead. Imagine university students across the state of Maine sitting down to eat local vegetables harvested two days ago at Jordan’s Farm; and fish caught by local
11/12/15
With the interest in local food booming, the NH Food Alliance is answering the call for more connection and collaboration within the Granite State food system. On Tuesday, November 17 th the NH Food Alliance will convene a statewide gathering with new and existing network participants to share its forthcoming publication of the Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative, celebrate the
9/24/15
What do broken lightbulbs, listeria, and deli slicers have in common? Well, for one thing, they were all topics of discussion at the Food Safety for Product Development workshop, a two-night event featuring insightful instruction on how early stage food producers can take their products to the next level, and prevent some major food safety snafus before they occur. Held during the second week of
8/27/15
Supply-chain relationships help producers and get farmers back on the farm. Joe Bossen loves beans. He enjoys growing beans and working with the farmers who grow beans for Vermont Bean Crafters —producers of organic bean burgers, dry beans, and hummish (bean-based hummus). Bossen especially loves making bean burgers and developing recipes for new Vermont Bean Crafters products. These items can be
8/20/15
The Boston Public Market opened its doors on July 30 th , bringing fresh, local food to the people of Boston five days a week and giving them a new opportunity to taste, buy, and learn about the bounty of New England. The 28,000-square-foot Market houses over 35 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and
8/6/15
On Monday afternoons at my farm, we scramble to harvest the final fruits and roots for our CSA, and to label and fill bags of herbs for Tuesday restaurant deliveries. We are sunburned, wet-socked, and ready—when we slam the door of the finally full coolbot—to take our boots off and find dinner. I am not always eager to get in the car and drive anywhere besides home. But every other week, once the
8/3/15
On a picturesque, sunny July day, I had the opportunity to get out on the water for a tour of Fox Point Oysters. Located in Little Bay, part of the Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire, Fox Point Oysters provides fresh, sustainable, and delicious oysters. Behind the farm stands Laura Ward, an artist by training who got hooked on to oyster farming in 2012. The farm currently spans across 1.5 acres,
7/27/15
There’s no vegetable more basic than a potato. This humble, tuberous root crop, Solanum tuberosum, grows in the dark, hidden from view most of the year, and emerges late when the air is frosty. It’s not as exciting as kale, not as exotic as kohlrabi, and even has "relatives" that seem nicer—the sweet potato and the yam. But when it comes to taking our local food system forward in the state of

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