There are just too many vegetables!

So there are not too many vegetables, or fruits, today in the CSA share, but we're pleased that Farmer Dave has brought tomatoes today for the vegetable shares. For folks with fruit shares, there are strawberries and Shiro plums. You can check out newsletters each week here and check out a picture of the CSA share on our Flickr page!

GWL and Fresh Food

Last week the Boston Globe published an article highlighting CSA programs and specifically Farmer Dave. A quote from Farmer Dave from the article: “It was about growing what was needed, not wasting, and working within natural forces to determine what is harvested,’’ he said. You can read the entire article here. (MS Word).

Also, this past weekend Janel and I attended and spoke at the Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference. Our workshop (titled Overcoming the Affordability Barrier: Connecting Low-Income People to Fresh Food) was attended by approximately 30 individuals who all had a mix of experience but most importantly desire to figure out how best to provide an equal opportunity for fresh, healthy food to low-income individuals in their community. You can check out our slideshow here. (pdf). What most encouraged me Saturday was the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share triumphs and challenges in the community-we look forward to further exploring and learning how to reach our neighbors with fresh healthy food.

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

Come on down to the Lawrence Farmers Market tomorrow August 5th! We'll be celebrating National Farmers Market Week with lots of free, fun activities to bring people over to Appleton Way: Power 800, the Spanish language radio station, will be broadcasting live from the market from 12-2pm, salsa band Los Sugar Kings will be playing from 1-2pm as part of the Live Lawrence concert series, there will be free face painting for the kids,food demos (with free samples!) featuring market produce from the UMass Extension program, and more.Items you can buy this week include: Green Beans, Corn, Beets, Cucumbers, Green Garlic, Lettuce, Scallions, Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, Parsley, Blueberries, Peaches.

Vengan para el Mercado de Granjeros mañana el 5 de Agosto! Estaremos celebrando la semana nacional de los Mercados de Granjeros con muchas actividades gratis y divertidas para traer gente para Appleton Way: Power 800, la estación de radio español, estará transmitiendo en vivo desde el mercado de 12-2pm, la banda de salsa Los Sugar Kings estará jugando de 1-2pm como parte de los serie de conciertos de Live Lawrence, habrá una pintora de cara para los niños (gratis!), demonstraciones de comida (gratis!) incorporando productos del programa de UMass Extension, y mas. Productos que se pueden comprar esta semana incluye: Habichuelas, Maiz, Remolacha, Pepino, Ajo, Lechuga, Cebollino, Calabazas, Calabacín, Tomates, Perejil, Arándanos, Melocoton.

Manchester Street Community Garden-Successful and Amazing Volunteer Build!

The tally for the day was 40 volunteers, over 10 bags of ice, 65 yards of soil, over 2300 feet of lumber, over 1000 screws and almost as many nails! There are also some uncounted donated energy drinks, gasoline trips, water runs, and recycling. Our fantastic volunteers built 26 garden beds for vegetables and joy to grow in and we thank them so much.

Special thanks go to

  • MA office of Refugees and Immigrants and the City of Lawrence Community Development Department for funding the material and supply costs.
  • Home Depot Reading for providing volunteers and rented tools free of charge as well as Home Depot Methuen for adding additional drill power to the day.
  • Tennis Lilly for extra (and much needed) generator power.
  • Heavenly Donuts for coffee and donuts in the morning.
  • Bruckman’s Lawn and Garden for plants for the beds.
  • New Balance, TRC Solutions, TEC, Community Development Department, Arlington Community Trabajando, The Plus Company, and Groundwork Lawrence Green Team for volunteer labor and all the other volunteers who worked so hard and brought their tools for use for the day, we could NOT have done it without you!

Manchester Street Park-Volunteers Needed!

Come help us fill this space with a garden!

Please join us in building raised wooden garden beds at the city’s newest park-Manchester Street Park. Situated on a former municipal incinerator site (the Covanta Site) next to Malden Mills/Polartec, the bulk of the park is complete and ready for fun and all that is left is your help in building the beds!

We’re excited to have a few volunteers lined up for Tuesday, July 28 to construct community garden beds at the park site. Home Depot, Reading will be providing some tools and volunteers and through funding from the MA Office of Refugees and Immigrants and the City’s Community Development Department we have funding to buy the materials to build the beds and a compost area.

We need volunteers though! If you can join us for the day Tuesday, July 28 from 9-5, call (978.974.0770) or emailhreff=> Kathryn.

The community garden was a happy outcome of the community meetings for the Manchester Street Park Design where residents at the meeting said they would love to garden at the park and gardeners would be regular “eyes” on the park. Some residents in the Arlington Neighborhood are currently experienced gardeners and need more healthy space to grow veggies. Due to budget constraints in the bidding, we weren’t able to construct the beds during construction but we have the space secured, prepared and with water-we just need the garden beds to fill it!

Live Lawrence! Summer Concert Series

These FREE concerts are from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Lawrence Heritage State Park, One Jackson Street, Lawrence, MA.

  • July 15 - The Lost Soul (Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Motown), food from Clock Tower Café
  • July 30 - Essex Music Chamber Players, food by Sweeney’s
  • August 13 - Jazz in the Air, food by North End Deli
  • August 20 - Grupo Fantasia

For more information visit
food at concert series is for sale by the listed vendors

Farmers Market Concert Series Schedule
below concerts from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. at Appleton Way

  • July 15 - Burnin' Roots (reggae)
  • July 22 - Kenjisaurus
  • July 29 - Teresa Ines, Latin
  • August 5 - Los Sugar Kings, Latin
  • August 12 - Ryan Thomson, Fiddle
  • August 19 - Jandee Lee Porter, Guitar & Vocals
  • August 26 - Jeff Harrington Duo

Shop Fresh Produce at the Lawrence Downtown Farmers Market

Join us on Appleton Way to get your fresh produce and check out the concert series. Last week approximately 250 folks braved the weather. This week, forecasts are sunny and nice!

  • What time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. next to City Hall
  • What you’ll find: lettuce, summer squash, zucchini, peas, radishes, scallions, blue berries, eggs, baked goods
  • Great prepared sandwiches, salads and fruit from Clock Tower Café

Live Lawrence! Farmers Market Concert Series Schedule
all concerts from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • July 15 - Burnin' Roots (reggae)
  • July 22 - Kenjisaurus
  • July 29 - Teresa Ines, Latin
  • August 5 - Los Sugar Kings, Latin
  • August 12 - Ryan Thomson, Fiddle
  • August 19 - Jandee Lee Porter, Guitar & Vocals
  • August 26 - Jeff Harrington Duo

First CSA Distribution Day a Success!

Despite the heavy rains for the past month, the first CSA distribution was a grand success! The crates were filled with traditional early summer favorites like peas, lettuce, and radishes as well as some novelty items like garlic scapes! It was fun to see everyone's enthusiasm at picking up their vegetables. Edy, one of our distribution volunteers this year, remarked, "Now I believe it! People who eat vegetables really are happier!"

What a busy summer!-Veggies, Green Team, Parks oh my!

Thanks for keeping track of us here on the blog-we hope to keep it updated frequently but we are busy here at the office! We recently sent out our Spring Newsletter-if you missed it you can find it here. Today is the first day of our CSA delivery so we're very excited to be bringing another season of Farmer Dave's produce to Lawrence. Manchester Street Park is just nearly complete-check out our Flickr page for images. Also, our Green Team's first day of the summer season was yesterday. Say hi if you see them around town! By the end of this week they will have helped clean up Reviviendo Playground (needed some TLC), visited Lawrence Heritage State Park, visited the Union Crossing Site, cooked a healthy lunch from their CSA share, and weeded their plots in the community gardens. Also, don't forget that the Farmers Market kicks off its 15th season in Lawrence next week. If you're interested in supporting our work in Lawrence-please click here!