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2012 Season in Review

The 2012 season was a record-breaking success for the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market.  Sales at the market tripled from around $5,000 in 2011 to almost $16,000.  Likewise, on average 170 individuals visited the market each week, up from 120 last year.  The market’s growth this year, alongside the successes in our other programs (including our Farm to Family subsidized farm share and our small-scale Farm to Store initiative) have led to an overall increase in the value of fresh, locally-produced food distributed in the Bowdoin Geneva neighborhood from $20,225 in 2011 to $34,195 in 2012, representing an increase of almost 70%.  Read the complete end-of-season report here.

Thank you to everyone who came out and shopped this season, and especially to our amazing vendors: City Harvest – Trustees of Reservations, Heavens Harvest Organic Farmand Cape Cod Fish Share.  We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Please join us as we plan for next season and work together to bring affordable, healthy food to Bowdoin Geneva.  The Food in the ‘Hood Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at the Bowdoin Street Health Center.  Our first meeting of the off-season will be held on November 14th.  Hope to see you there!

In the meantime, we hope you’ll enjoy these wonderful photos of an incredible season at the farmers market.  We look forward to seeing you again in June 2013!

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Food Day 2012

Today is Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement toward healthy, affordable and sustainable food.  Across the country today (and throughout this week), communities are coming together to dedicate themselves to these principles.   In Bowdoin Geneva, we’ll be celebrating tomorrow, October 25th with our End-of-Season Bonanza at the farmers market where you can join us in making a community-wide pledge to support good food in the heart of Dorchester.  You can also make a personal pledge to “Eat Real”… Continue reading

Food Day & End-of-Season Bonanza

Join us at the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market this Thursday, October 25th to celebrate an amazing season and Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.  The priorities of this effort are to:

Sign our pledge to “Eat Real” in support of these principles to be entered into a raffle to win a carving pumpkin and learn all about having a Healthy Halloween!  Don’t miss out on this fantastic event and your last chance to catch the delicious, locally-produced food of our fantastic vendors: The Trustees of Reservations – City Harvest Farm Cape Cod Fish Share.

Healthy Champions Promote DILLigence in Garden Education

On August 13, the Healthy Champions became the first group of youth ever to lead one of Boston Natural Areas Network’s widely recognized “Seed, Sow, & Grow” workshops, hosting more than 20 children and families at the City Natives garden site in Mattapan. The workshop showcased dill pickle making as a way to not only sustain the longevity of garden produce, but also as a way to educate participants on the evolution of vegetables from farm to plate.

To prepare for the day’s festivities, the Healthy Champions created a “10 Steps to Perfect Pickles” checklist (listed below), designing visual aids for each step of the pickle making process which corresponded with work stations set up around the garden. They monitored each station with the assistance of City Native’s staff, doing everything from washing cucumbers to aiding first-time pickle makers in the art of spice selection. Families were able to leave the workshop with their own variations of dill pickles, along with additional colorful creations of pickled veggies such as okra, carrots, peppers, and green beans. The day culminated with a group harvesting session in the teaching garden…with the majority of the harvest eventually making its way into the hands of hungry workshop hosts on the train ride back to Bowdoin Street!

Educating youth and families around the health benefits of fresh and affordable produce continues to be one of the primary focuses of the Healthy Champions program. The Healthy Champions have come up with an idea for a city-wide campaign to increase awareness about the benefits of local growing. Both Boston Natural Areas Network and The Food Project are excited to offer their collaborative assistance in this upcoming project, following the lead of the Healthy Champions as they prepare to tell the world why “Seeds Make Cents”. Stay tuned!

10 Steps to Perfect Pickles
by the 2011 Healthy Champions

What you need!
•Cucumbers (or other veggie of your choice)
•Jar with lid (like a Mason jar)
•Peppercorns
•Dill
•Garlic
•Kosher Salt
•White Vinegar
•Hot Peppers (optional)
*There is no set amount of dill/garlic/peppers to use, so feel free to tailor the recipe to your own taste!

What to do! 
1. Wash cucumbers
2. Cut cucumbers into pickle-shaped spears
3. Put spears into jar and pack tightly
4. Sprinkle 1teaspoon of peppercorns into the jar
5. Peel garlic and add to jar. Then add fresh dill
6. For spicy pickles, add pieces of hot peppers
7. Have an adult bring equal parts white vinegar and water to a boil. Add kosher salt (5 tablespoons for ever 2 quarts of water). Stir to dissolve
8. Pour hot mixture into the jar and fill to the top
9. Leave jars uncovered so they can cool. Then cover and put in the fridge. Leave in fridge for at least 24 hours.
10. ENJOY!

Appreciating My Job

Coming into this job, I had no idea what to expect for the summer. I had gotten hired and accepted the job because I really wanted a job during the summer. Not only this, but I did not want to stay home doing nothing. However, I thought that the job would do more things inside the clinic such as helping or watching the nurses. Come to find out that was not what we were going to do.

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