Joining us for the first time this season is Heavens Harvest Farm, a thriving certified organic farm located in New Braintree, MA. Staffed by the team from the Healthy Urban Initiative – a program that strives to bring the highest quality produce to inner city communities – the Heavens Harvest stand will offer a wide array of fruits and vegetables as well as value-added foods like jams and jellies. Come July, they’re also hoping to have fresh-baked multigrain bread for sale here in Bowdoin Geneva. Continue reading
Next up in our series introducing our amazing vendors joining us at the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market this season is our returning vendor from 2011, City Harvest Youth Corps!
City Harvest is a program of the Trustees of Reservations, a statewide organization that works to preserve properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value for public use and enjoyment. Farming on the Bradley Estate in Canton, young people come from all over the City of Boston to learn about agriculture and caring for the land.
With less than a month to go til opening day, we begin our series of business profiles of our incredible farmers market vendors. Today’s installment: Dave Henchy from Cape Cod Fish.
Dave teams up with dayboat fishermen to bring fresh, sustainably-caught, local fish, including those lesser-known varieties like mackerel, pollack, hake, even monkfish, winter skate, and bluefish, directly to members of a Community-Supported Fishery (CSF). Just as in a CSA, Cape Cod Fish Share members pay in advance for a weekly delivery of fresh fish. But with the advent of the brand new pilot to bring fish straight to Boston Farmers Markets, Henchy has the opportunity to expand his business model to include yet another direct-to-consumer pipeline. Continue reading
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with Jim Ward and Peg Ventresco of Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA. Ward’s has been a long and committed partner of healthy food access in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood and they’re gearing up for another great year.
The greenhouse tables are covered with trays of seedlings, touting the coming of spring – meanwhile the fields were covered in a light dusting of snow thanks to last week’s gentle showers. There’s an undertone of unbridled excitement in Jim’s voice, like most of the farmers’ I’ve been talking to these last few weeks, that the off-season is about to end and the adrenaline rush that powers farmers through their incredible work is about to take hold. March is certainly an invigorating time.
Ward’s will be partnering with us again this season to provide the sponsor shares for our Farm to Family program, allowing us to distribute low-cost farmshares in Bowdoin Geneva. Each Wednesday throughout the season, they will be dropping of bountiful boxes packed full of farm-fresh produce for staff at the health center and at various hospitals in the Longwood Medical Area. While in Longwood, Ward’s sets up each week to sell additional produce at an on-site farmstand in the Kirkland parking lot of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (330 Brookline Ave.).
They will also be joining us as a guest vendor at the opening day of Bowdoin Geneva Farmers’ Market for our Healthy Summer Kickoff Event on June 28th and at a few other markets over the course of the season. Stay tuned for more details!