Daily Archives: 23 August 2010

Loving Local: A Blogathon

This week (August 22-28) is Massachusetts Farmers’ Market week! The week kicked off today at the City Hall Plaza Market in Boston. The event included a reading of Governor Deval Patrick’s proclamation as well as other events held state wide.

As part of the celebration, my posts this week will be a part of a week-long blogathon, sponsored by In Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens with help from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources and Mass Farmers’ Markets. The purpose of the blogathon is to have some fun writing about local markets, to increase awareness about locally grown food, and to raise money for the Mass Farmers’ Markets.

Mass Farmers’ Market is a non-profit organization that provides support services to all of the farmers’ markets across the state. In addition, they manage several markets themselves. Anyone who knows Howard and me knows that we are passionate about farmers’ markets, both the concept and the reality. Farmers’ markets are important to our way of life and eating. Mass Farmers’ Market is an organization that we have supported financially for many years. Visit their website to learn more about their mission and activities. While you’re there, please consider making a donation to support the important work that they do.

My local market, the Lexington Farmers’ Market, isn’t until tomorrow. The market is open on Tuesdays in Lexington Center, at the corner of Mass Ave and Fletcher Ave, from 2 pm to 6:30 pm, rain or shine. It looks like rain for tomorrow.

At the Lexington Farmers Market this week, they are celebrating Mass Farmers Week with a
raffle to win $25 worth of coupons to be used as cash at the market! Stop by the market managers’ tent to enter your name in the raffle to win some wonderful, delicious local foods!

I’ll try to leave work early enough to hit the market in its final hour. I’m looking forward to corn, tomatoes, peaches, and whatever else calls out to me. I’ll report more about what I find and what I cook after my shopping expedition tomorrow evening.

Stay tuned until then…