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Press Release July 2: LAWRENCE FARMERS MARKET TRIPLES IN SIZE

Farm Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Baked Goods, and Handmade Arts and Crafts
Now Available Three Days a Week at Locations Throughout the City

Lawrence, MA July 1, 2010 – The Lawrence Farmers Market will celebrate its 16th season this summer with two new days and two new locations around the city. Lawrence’s favorite farmers, food and crafts vendors will return to the markets again this year, as well as a new crop of fruit and vegetable growers and local bakers, creating healthy shopping and eating venues and lively gathering places for the entire community. Beginning July 6th, McGovern Train Station at 211 Merrimack Street will host a Tuesday evening market from 4:00-7:30 PM. Starting Saturday the 10th a third market be open from 9:00 – 1:00 at the Park St. Greater Lawrence Family Health Center’s new parking lot at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Of course, our Wednesday market is continuing and will take place every Wednesday from 9:00 – 4:00 at Appleton Way, between Essex and Common Streets and next to City Hall.

The Lawrence Farmers Markets feature fresh, locally grown produce, honey, baked goods and eggs, handmade jewelry and accessories, and healthy prepared foods from returning vendors Boston Hill Farm of North Andover, Brox Farm of Dracut, Riverdale Farm of Groton, Clock Tower Café of Lawrence, and S & C Exchange of Lawrence. New to the market this season is Roma’s Bakery, offering freshly baked breads, pies, cookies, and rolls as well as Johnson’s Highland View Farm of Windham, NH and Nagog Fruitters of Littleton, MA.

Market operator Groundwork Lawrence, a local non-profit organization focused on creating healthy communities, aims to make the markets accessible to all. As in previous years, the market accepts EBT cards (SNAP/food stamps), as well as WIC and Senior Farmers Market-specific coupons, debit and all credit cards. The Lawrence Farmers Markets were also chosen as one of five markets in Massachusetts to pilot acceptance of the new WIC cash-value vouchers, offering WIC recipients the chance to use their monthly fruit and vegetable checks on nutritious and locally-grown produce for their families. In an effort to ensure that Lawrence residents who are eligible for food stamps are receiving benefits, Groundwork Lawrence will offer SNAP eligibility screening at the market. In addition, WIC, the UMass Nutrition Extension Program, and MassHealth will host tables at the market where shoppers can receive bi-lingual information about nutrition and health, and the Frost Foundation of Lawrence will feature local artists and cultural happenings around the city. We also look forward to hosting Greater Lawrence Family Health Center health staff at different markets throughout the season.

“The Farmers Market provides a healthy shopping alternative for all Greater Lawrence residents,” said Janel Wright, program manager at Groundwork Lawrence. “We are committed to making the market a place where convenience, value, and accessibility combine to make it easy for residents to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diets and to build good eating habits for themselves and their families.”

Farmer Dave Dumaresq of Brox Farms stated, “We are excited to be in Lawrence again this year for the 11th season and the opportunity to join the Saturday market. Each year, we look forward to seeing our old friends and meeting new ones, bringing the special vegetables like Rosita eggplant and calabasa squash that our customers have asked us for, and learning about what they want for next season. It’s this intimate relationship with our customers that makes our jobs so fulfilling and all the hard work of farming so worthwhile.”

The Lawrence Farmers Market is sponsored in part by Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Rumbo, MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources, and the Bank of America and New Balance Foundations. For information about the Lawrence Farmers Markets vendors and special events, visit http://www.groundworklawrence.org.

The Lawrence Farmers Markets are operated by Groundwork Lawrence, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Groundwork Lawrence has been making change happen in Lawrence, Massachusetts since 2001. Through its environmental and open space improvements, community food programs, youth education and employment initiatives, and community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life. Groundwork Lawrence is an affiliate of Groundwork USA.

What: More access to fresh, healthy, delicious local fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, art, crafts, and more!

When & Where:

  • Tuesdays at McGovern Train Station, 211 Merrimack Street, 4-7:30, July 6 – Oct. 26
    • Johnson’s Highland View Farm, Windham NH
    • Nagog Fruitters, Littleton, MA
    • Clock Tower Café, Lawrence
    • S & C Exchange, Lawrence
  • Wednesdays at Appleton Way 9:00 – 4:00, July 7 – Oct. 27 (between Essex & Common Streets, next to City Hall),
    • Roma’s Bakery, Woburn
    • Boston Hill Farm, North Andover
    • Brox Farm, Dracut
    • Riverdale Farm, Groton
    • Clock Tower Café of Lawrence
    • S & C Exchange of Lawrence
  • Saturdays at 216 Lawrence Street (parking lot at the corner of Lawrence & Park Streets across from GLFHC), 9 am - 1 pm, July 10 - August 28
    • Brox Farm, Dracut
    • Riverdale Farm, Groton
    • S & C Exchange, Lawrence

Why: Because food that's grown close to home is better for you, better for your community, and better for the environment. Get some fresh produce at a great price and connect with other market-goers and with growers!
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CONTACT: Heather McMann, (978) 974-0770

City of Lawrence to Host 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Among the many 4th of July festivities, the City of Lawrence will be hosting the 5th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Event!

Schedule of Activities
11 A.M. – 12 Noon: Outdoor entertainment in Visitors Center Park by the “Sounds of Concord” barbershop quartet, face painting, and Pappy the Clown.

12 Noon: Brief Oration, Flag-Raising Ceremony, Singing of the National Anthem, Short Parade Around the Block, Reading of the Declaration of Independence and Complimentary Luncheon.

Free Raffles! Free American Flag for Every Visitor!

Farmers Markets Starting

Groundwork Lawrence is pleased to announce that the Lawrence Farmers Markets will be open for business beginning Tuesday, July 6th. This season, in addition to our market on Wednesdays at Appleton Way, we are offering new markets on Tuesdays from 4-7:30pm at the McGovern Train Station and Saturdays from 9-1 at the corner of Park and Lawrence Streets. Come check out any of our three markets to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and pies, and locally-made art and crafts. The markets are a wonderful opportunity to support local farmers while also purchasing healthy and deliciously fresh produce for you and your family! Check out our informational postcard below for important details. See you there!

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Introducing Our Summer Interns!

We are proud to announce the addition of seven interns to our summer staff! Their names are Allie Evarts, John Haak, Chelsea Hogan, Wanny Munoz, Jennifer Pagan, Samantha Palazzo, and Anna Rickards. Check out our Staff page to learn more about them and what they plan to contribute to Groundwork this summer.

Partner News: LGH Red Cross Blood Drive.

The American Red Cross and Lawrence General are holding a blood drive to support the community blood supply for patients in need. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and every pint donated could save up to three lives. To help this cause Lawrence General Hospital is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, July 1st from 9am-2pm in the Auditorium. The address for the hospital is 1 General Street, Lawrence, MA and we encourage you to donate. The Red Cross is urging the public to make an appointment to donate blood at this location by calling 1-800-RedCross (1-800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

First Day of CSA Pickup 2010 is a Success!

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The first day of CSA pickup was a success! On Tuesday our CSA members were greeted at pick up by an array of fresh vegetables straight from the farms. The selection included beets, radishes, peas, and a variety of greens and lettuces. We would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this initial pickup, especially to the staff at Farmer Dave’s and Deb Gurry and her staff and at the Clock Tower Café! As the first participant in our Beets&Treats Program, Clock Tower Café, provided delicious homemade lemonade, banana bread and cranberry-walnut chicken salad for our CSA members to sample.

Many of our CSA members were curious about the Tatsoi that was included in the share pickup. To help you get an idea of how to use the Tatsoi, we have included the following tasty recipes:

Big fun at the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting

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Thanks to everyone who was able to come to the Cronin Park Ribbon Cutting yesterday! Thank you also to the funders, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Housing and Urban Development Community Block Grants, and supporters, The City of Lawrence, The Tarbox School and the neighbors.

We are pleased that the Tarbox School has adopted the park and will be using two of the new garden beds at the park.

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At the ribbon cutting we did sign up one new community gardener, but we still have room in those beds for community members who would like to use a bed for growing vegetables and flowers. You can contact Janel at the office if you are interested in gardening at Cronin Park.

More pictures below and on Flickr!
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Friends of Kevin Event - Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Groundwork Lawrence and the Friends of Kevin will be hosting a Friendworking event on June 22nd from 6 to 8pm at Chester’s, 60 Island Street in Lawrence MA. Everyone is welcome (so tell your friends). The admission fee for this event is 10.00

Find Out Where the Gubernatorial Candidates Stand on the Environment

The outcome of this November's gubernatorial election could have profound effects on the Massachusetts environment, given the obvious importance of the state environmental agencies under the Governor's control. Groundwork Lawrence and other environmental organizations are planning a gubernatorial forum for Tuesday, June 29, to ask the candidates about their views on environmental issues. Governor Patrick and Green Party candidate Jill Stein already have confirmed, and all candidates have been invited. This will be a fascinating event in an historic setting with opportunities for Q&A.

Tour the dam in Lawrence - this Saturday at the Kite Festival

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Take a tour of the dam! On this Saturday June 12 during the Kite Festival, the free trolley tours are on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3. The tours will be to the Great Stone Dam and Gatehouse. Enel is holding an open house at the Gatehouse exhibit from 12 to 2, and the Hydroelectric plant will also be open to visitors from 12 to 2. Hopefully the salmon will be running!

Tours begin at the RiverWorks Visitor Center behind NACA
6 South Broadway, Lawrence, Massachusetts
Tours by appointment only on the below dates
May 27
June 11 & 21
July 6 & 21

The hydro plant is also open on
June 12 @ Noon – 2 p.m. & July 17 @ 10 a.m. – Noon
(No Appointment Necessary)
Call (978) 681-1900 to schedule your tour!

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