Tag Archives: Somerville Local First

Fresh Veggies in the Wintertime

One of the things that’s made this snowy winter remotely tolerable is the implementation of the Somerville Winter Farmers Market.  It runs every Saturday from 10 am -2 pm at the old Armory building on Highland Street. The last market of the year will be on March 26, so if you’ve been meaning to check it out you best get a move on. It’s also worth mentioning that credit and debit cards are accepted, according to their Facebook page.  I wish I’d noticed that before heading over there this morning, since I forgot to grab cash.

Pies from Cook's Farm and Bakery in Springfield, MA

The Market is part of a bigger city-wide campaign to Shape Up Somerville; its aim is to increase access to healthy foods for Somerville residents.  There are vendors serving up just about everything you could imagine: fresh produce, fish, meat, bread, pies, nuts, sauces, pastries, wine, chocolate – and everything is locally/regionally grown and produced. There’s even live music to entertain you while you peruse, and also… isn’t it cool to have a reason to visit the Armory?

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The Grownup Noise performing at the Winter Market on March 12.

Armory Building, Highland Ave.

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DAILY TRIVIA: Utne Reader named Somerville’s Davis Square as one of the 15 Hippest Places to Live in 1997.

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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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