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Fresh Meat

McKinnon’s Meat Market in Davis Square is unarguably the best spot around to buy almost any cut of meat at amazingly reasonable prices. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage to undercut the big supermarkets by a landslide.

I have to admit… I can’t be certain that the meat is local. The older woman working at the register told me to ask the owner, but didn’t have his contact info. I’ve always assumed it is based on how fresh it tastes and how much longer it lasts in my fridge than grocery store meat.

Boneless chicken breasts for $1.99/lb - take that, Market Basket.

McKinnon’s also carries some produce, and often a selection of frozen seafood too.  If you have the time to add another stop to your errand list, you can save a lot of money by purchasing your meat here instead of at Stop and Shop or Shaw’s.

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DAILY TRIVIA: Sanborn fire insurance maps, still widely consulted today, were invented in Somerville, MA in 1867.

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How do I love thee, SLF

A couple of years ago I stumbled across Somerville Local First on Facebook and “liked” it in an effort to be kept in the loop on local happenings. I was immediately impressed by what a useful community resource it was; so much information was being regularly collected and disseminated that I figured at least 10 or 50 people were working away behind the scenes.

SLF sticker on Sunshine Lucy's storefront, Holland Street

According to the SLF website, the organization’s mission was to engage “business and community leaders in building economies that are green, local, and fair.” Wanting to be a part of this exciting grassroots organization and having a professional background in nonprofit development, I arranged to meet with founder and executive director Joe Grafton to discuss possible volunteering opportunities. I was amazed to discover that most of the organization (and even the Facebook page!) at that time was being managed and run exclusively by Joe, who no doubt wasn’t getting much sleep at all, yet was still excited and enthusiastic for both the organization and town he was serving.

I’ll be talking about SLF in future posts, as there is so much to cover (their 10% shift campaign deserves an entry all to itself). But for now, I wanted simply to mention that THEY NEED YOUR POEMS. Yes, that’s right – as part of the application for a grant from the Community TechKnowledge Foundation, SLF must submit a 4-8 line poem reflecting their work and mission.

Please click here for more information, put on your writing cap, and help Somerville Local First win a much-needed tech grant by sending them your awesomely creative poem.

SLF coupon book, available at Dave's Fresh Pasta and other spots throughout the city

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DAILY TRIVIA: Marshmallow fluff was invented in 1917 by Somerville resident Archibald Query, who made it in his kitchen and sold it door to door.

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Slumerville? Pshaw…

Somerville, Massachusetts has been my home for the better part of the past 15 years. Truth be told, no place has ever felt more like home to me than here. I decided to start this blog as an homage to this bustling suburb of Boston with so much to offer.

Brasher Falls, NY

First of all, let me explain. I came of age in rural America during the 80s and early 90s far from any metropolitan area. I was also far from cable television, highways and civilization; the first indoor mall within a hundred miles’ drive wasn’t built until I was 16 years old. You think the pre-internet days were bad? I’m guessing that at least your family, unlike mine, didn’t have to share a ‘party line’ with several neighbors due to the limited phone lines available in your county.

One might be tempted to label me an easily impressible sap who just happened to land here on my stumble out of the North Country. (For the record, this is the third state I’ve lived in, and the sixth town in metro Boston I’ve called home.)  I would have to respectfully beg to differ, and insist that growing up with such meager surroundings and little opportunity has made me appreciate the things that surround me now on a much deeper level than most folks probably ever even notice.

There are lots of things I appreciate daily about Somerville. It’s only miles from downtown Boston, yet possesses its own thriving economy and vibrant community. This hasn’t always been the case, as the colloquial ‘Slumerville’ nickname from the not-so-distant past reminds us. Things started to really turn around here in the 90s, beginning with the revitalization of Davis Square. The gentrification  over the past decade or so has attracted many people who are interested in (among other things)  sustainable living, eco-friendly transportation, composting, buying local, and of course, art. Freecycle is a way of life here, as is working on reducing the impact of one’s carbon footprint. And despite the gentrification, which comes with its own list of positives and negatives, much diversity has been preserved here. There are  epicenters throughout the city that are home to Brazilians, Haitians, El Salvadorians, Indians and many other immigrant cultures. There are also folks working to preserve those diverse communities and engage those who live there, encouraging them to be a part of the ever-changing landscape.

So, as of this moment I do declare that beginning tomorrow I will write once per day about something I deem great about living here.  Thanks for reading my first post, and stay tuned…

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DAILY TRIVIA: Somerville was a 2009 recipient of the prestigious All-America City Award.

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