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GOOD FOOD MAKES YOU SMILE!

Shape Up Somerville’s Mobile Farmers’ Market travels around the city bringing affordable fruits and vegetables to locations across Somerville. This Saturday, September 28th, 2013, is this season’s final market day. It’s your last chance to stock up on local, fresh produce at cheap prices until January 2014.  And, they are giving away water bottles at the Clarendon/North St. Market! Read more about this awesome traveling market here.

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What is your town harvesting from its City Hall?

The demonstration container garden flanking the steps of the Somerville City Hall is tended to by a team of municipal employee gardeners.  When they need a pepper for lunch, they go outside and pick one? It does not get more local (or delish) than that.

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TOMORROW, THURSDAY, March 14th, 2013.  GET YOUR SHARE!

Love fresh, local produce? Come meet growers and food producers from across Massachusetts and compare Farm Share programs. Fun prizes and gift certificates for anyone who signs up for their share! Info here.

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Next time you come to City Hall at 93 Highland Ave in Somerville, MA, take a look.  We are growing some food up in here! Think you don’t have space or time for a garden?  We took advantage of the pedestals flanking the front entrance to install two container gardens, each measuring less than 20 sf.  DPW helped us get them secured and MCCue’s Garden Center in Woburn donated all the containers (old bulb boxes), the soil and the plants. (Thank you!) Employees take turns watering, weeding and harvesting during their lunch hours and the food is distributed throughout City Hall. With initiatives like Shape-Up Somerville and the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, it only makes sense. Besides producing some great food, it’s a great way to get employess outside during lunch and away from the computer screen.  We’ve got tomatoes, beets, swiss chard, lettuce, peas, beans, herbs, edible flowers and even pumpkins!

Next time you come to City Hall at 93 Highland Ave in Somerville, MA, take a look.  We are growing some food up in here! Think you don’t have space or time for a garden?  We took advantage of the pedestals flanking the front entrance to install two container gardens, each measuring less than 20 sf.  DPW helped us get them secured and MCCue’s Garden Center in Woburn donated all the containers (old bulb boxes), the soil and the plants. (Thank you!) Employees take turns watering, weeding and harvesting during their lunch hours and the food is distributed throughout City Hall. With initiatives like Shape-Up Somerville and the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, it only makes sense. Besides producing some great food, it’s a great way to get employess outside during lunch and away from the computer screen.  We’ve got tomatoes, beets, swiss chard, lettuce, peas, beans, herbs, edible flowers and even pumpkins!

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