Dorchester Community Food Co-op

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Dorchester Gardens at the Market!

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The weeks are flying by, and even though it hasn’t felt much like winter, we are still celebrating community and healthy food at theDorchester Winter Farmers’ MarketNoon-3 pm at the Codman Square Great Hall (Corner of Washington St. and Talbot Ave.)

We are still building the traffic at the market.  Some ways you can help:
Forward this email to your social networks……….Invite a friend or neighbor who hasn’t come yet to come with you. If everyone brings one friend we will double our traffic!
    Offer to shop for an elderly or housebound neighbor………Gather a group to come with you after your church service–we are open til 3!

Spread the word that SNAP participants can use EBT cards at the Winter Farmers’ Market, and will get HALF OFF through the  Bounty Bucks Program ($20 of food for $10)

February 26th at the Market:Dorchester Gardens!

  • Celebrate the coming of Spring with the Boston Natural Areas Network
    Learn about the Boston Is Growing Gardens (BIGG) program, which aims to double the community garden food growing capacity in Dorchester.  BNAN will have information about applying for Community Garden plots,  garden education and workshops, and Spring events. It is time to order seeds!

  • Boston Building Resources
    will be selling composters and will have information on composting
  • JOB OPPORTUNITIES: The Building Pathways Program

    will return to the market with information about UNION APPRENTICESHIPS in the Building Trades!  
    The Boston Building Trades will be at the Market through March. Come and learn how to sign up! Spread the word for those interested in pursuing careers in the trades.

Our Farmers and Vendors: (click on the links to visit our vendors’ websites and learn more about them)

Silverbrook Farm   and    Oakdale Farm

Our produce vendors have been bringing an abundance of winter and greenhouse vegetables to the market, including:
Collard Greens, Kale, Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, Salad Greens and Lettuce, Onions, Carrots, Parsnips, Winter Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Scallions, Dried hot peppers, Cabbage, Dried Beans, Apples, Celery root, Garlic,Brussel sprouts, Broccoli (just in last week!), Eggs, Herbs, Honey, and more…
Popcorn on the Cob! (Just put 1/2 cob in a bag in the microwave and let it pop! Fun, easy and healthy snack)
Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm 

Conscientiously-raised beef, lamb, pork, and eggs.
Cheese and grass fed beef and veal.
Proofed Artisan and Traditional Breads

Asiago Cheese, Vermont Rye, Natural Honey Whole Wheat and Pumpkin and Cider 7 Grain Organic are among the delicious breads offered

Stir It Up Cuisine

Pepper jelly and pepper jelly cheese torte!
Rum cakes and yummy cupcakes


Powisset Farm 
takes a break this week but will return in March

Crafts
Yvette Fair
Gail’s Homemade Soaps
 returns!

Children’s Activities
Learn how to make seed pots from old newspapers!
Face Painting
Book Swap

What’s Going on in Dorchester:
Learn more about the Initiative to build a new Food Coop in Dorchester. Come by theDorchester Community Food Coop table to get information and buy a T-shirt. Sign a pledge sheet–we will be selling memberships soon! Get ready for a co-op community information meeting in March. Did you know that the UN has declared 2012 the International Year of the Cooperative? Watch a great video on the impact of coops worldwide: International Year of Coops Video

Check out the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market Facebook Page for the latest news and great pictures of the market!

The Dorchester Winter Farmers Market is a project of the Dorchester Community Food Co-op. Thanks to volunteers from the UMass Campus Kitchens for staffing the market last week and Akila for providing relaxing chair massages. Thanks to the BOLD Teens for their ongoing market staffing. Many thanks to volunteers Emily Calkins, Lee Granville, Daniel McDonnell, Lindsay Wallace, Bob Follansbee, Davida Andelman and Margaret Lamb. Thanks  to the hundreds of supporters who have volunteered time and donated resources to make the market possible. Please join us in giving thanks to the growing number of local organizations and businesses who have provided funding and in-kind support for the Winter Farmers’ Market:

  • GreenDorchester
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Sustainability Guild International
  • Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (for support of the Bounty Bucks program)
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Carney Hospital
  • Codman Academy Charter Public School
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Council and the B.O.L.D. Teens
  • Boston Natural Areas Network
  • Ashmont Grill
  • Eastern Bank
  • Shawmut Design and Construction
  • Expressway Toyota

Volunteers
To volunteer at future markets, contact Sarah Cadorette sarah.cadorette@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the Market!
The Dorchester Winter Farmers’ Market Team

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