FDC Newsletter - Thursday, July 17th, 2014
P.O. Box 1146
Marblehead, Mass. 01945

Harvest Garlic with Appleton Farms!

From their website: "On July 19th just a little two weeks from now, we will be hosting our annual Garlic Harvest Volunteer Day. Come get stinky with us as we bring in and string up this year’s garlic....We need volunteers this Saturday (July 19th) from 9am until noon to help us pull, bunch and hang all of our garlic. We have jobs for young and old alike and refreshments will be provided to all. I really hope to see you there." For more information please visit their website at

2014 Season

Thursday Shares
June 12 - October 23

November Share
Tuesdays - November 4 & November 18

Bulk Order
Thurs. November 13

December Share
Need ideas for cooking fennel? Check out 25 recipes here.


Main Number & Voice Mail:
877-FDC-FARM (877-332-3276)

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1146, Marblehead, MA 01945



Operations Manager:
Julie Pottier-Brown
877.332.3276, ext. 11

Admin and Finance Manager:
Tamara Sullivan
877.332.3276, ext.13

Media Coordinator:
Anita Deeley

Want bulk green beans for freezing or canning? Now is the time to order. Contact Julie

Hours & Location

Salem Depot

Hours: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Address: Leslie’s Retreat Walkway (Next to the Dog Park)

Thursday Coordinator:

Mira Clark

877.332.3276, ext. 18

Marblehead Depot

Hours: 3 pm – 7:00 pm
Address: Stramski Way

Thursday Coordinator:
Sarah Fox

877.332.3276 ext. 12

Melrose Depot

Hours: 4 pm – 7:00 pm
Address: The Knoll (across from Melrose High School, Lynn Fells Parkway)

Thursday Coordinator:
Melissa Giamanco

877.332.3276 ext. 17



By Julie Pottier-Brown, Operations Manager

In general, on Tuesday afternoons, I sit to contemplate all the offerings from the farms with whom we have relationships. The intent is to design a take honoring the new items, plus the favorite items, balanced with the growers requests and the share costs.  Sometimes the offers come just a minute too late. 

Last week after submitting the order to our western Mass growers, I received an offer of greenhouse & compost grown IPM tomatoes from Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury. Luckily the tomatoes are still flush.  We will receive just a taste, 1 or 2 smallish tomatoes per small & large shares. A tease to hold us over until the field grown organics start coming in from western Mass. These are picked very ripe, please handle them very carefully. No squeezing or dropping please. This will result in a cracked tomato.

Green Beans for all from Plainville farm in Hadley.

Riverland Farm, in Sunderland, MA (Our primary grower), asked us to buy cucumbers and some fresh herbs this week, so we said OK.

For fruit shares, blueberries will be from one of several sources:

Sobieski's River Valley Farm - They do not have a website, or a facebook page. We don't email, but chat on the phone.  If you click on this site instead and scroll down a bit, toward the right there is a 360 degree google earth view.  As it scrolls towards the farmstand, you will see the view of the road where we pull in to get the berries for the coop.

Kosinski Farm - North Country Blues

Czajkowski Farm - Their website is not very updated, and shows only a fraction of what Joe supplies. He grows many items, and we buy his strawberries, blueberries and peaches as well as corn, jam, winter squash and those delicious pickled fiddlehead ferns.

Last week, the selection of gooseberries or currants came from Nourse farm. Nourse is primarily a nursery, selling plants in dormant bare root form, geared to both backyard gardeners and large commercial farms. Because they grow to fruit the root stock they sell, we receive delicious berries whenever possible. With the rain Wednesday, it isn't clear whether we will be able to receive any berries today.

Last week's Sugar snap peas, sometimes called edible pod peas, came from Chamutka Farms, Haydenville, MA. Check out this video by the supermarket Big Y (think Stop n Shop of western mass) of David talking about butternut squash.

And as we do every week - a selection of breads from A&J King and Iggy's Bread of the World.  As well as eggs from Open Meadow Farm, in Lunenberg.

Enjoy your share this week!

It's Time To
Order Bulk Berries!

If you would like to order blueberries, gooseberries or currants in bulk for snacking or putting up, now is the time. First pickup will be Thursday, July 17th. How long each type of berry will be available depends on weather and other factors. Blues will have the greatest longevity. Green gooseberries are not available at all, and reds probably only for a few weeks. Currants will also only be available for a few weeks. Reds are the most abundant right now. A few pinks will be ready soon, with whites coming on later. To place an order, please use this Bulk Berry Order Form.
"Greenest dinner of all time? Pasta with garlic scape pesto, sautéed snap peas, and salad with cucumbers and avocados. Rosemary focaccia on the side. I've successfully conquered all my scapes!" -
Kelly Andreoni via the FDC Facebook Page.

“Wait… THOSE are gooseberries???”
And Other Confessions of a Newbie

by Kristen Kansiewicz

This is my first season with the Farm Direct Co-op, and so far it’s been quite an experience! Some of you have probably done this for years now, so you may be used to your plates being full of hard-to-spell foods. I, on the other hand, ventured into the world of the food cooperative with innocence and naivete. I was banking on my fair share of Kale -- I still can’t seem to get those Kale chips right -- but beyond that I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I saw the list of fruits and vegetables that are typical during various parts of the season, but on first glance your eyes do tend to go towards the words you’ve heard of and skip right over the unfamiliar ones.
Week 1 surprise: rhubarb! I arrived at the fruit table looking at these weird, seemingly un-edible stalks and thought, “Isn’t that what people hide inside strawberry pies to get rid of it?” But I cheerfully and dutifully picked up my rhubarb, figuring I’d find something to do with it. On I ventured to the vegetable tables, where a weird purple bulb with leafy stalks sticking out awaited me. I read the sign, “Kohlrabi”. Perhaps my raised eyebrows alerted the volunteer who happily told me I could cut up the bulb and make “French fries” with it.
I loaded up my car with all the fresh goodies and transferred to my refrigerator when I got home. The following day, I googled “what to do with rhubarb”. My search turned up a host of recipes, some of which did include pie, but to my surprise jam was a popular choice. I am sure many of you old-timers are canners extraordinaire, but I had never made jam before. I carefully followed the instructions until about 30 minutes later my very own rhubarb jam was made. It was then and there that I realized I had been sorely underestimating rhubarb for quite some time.
With a fruity jam under my belt, I figured I should turn back to my best friend, Google, to figure out what to do with the rest of the mysterious foods. “That French fry thing, what was that again???” Drat. I couldn’t remember what it was called. Fortunately, I had saved the email from Julie about this week’s share, so I found that crazy word kohlrabi again and got to searching. I made my little pile of fries (which the kids loved!) and sauteed the greens. “Creepy looking vegetables are tasty!” I thought.
Fast forward to week six and I’m still learning every week. I am so grateful to the staff and volunteers who are so willing to answer my silly questions and give me ideas. Last week I took some beautiful red “gooseberries” (good thing I asked -- they were currants) and I’m about to make another jam. My cabbage is turning into a yummy coleslaw that I can bring to a family picnic in Connecticut. “If you buy local food and bring it out of state to a cookout, is it still eating local??” my husband teases. Well, that’s a conundrum for another day...

Cultural Manna: Free Admission
to Diverse Museums

By Lynda Morgenroth,  Melrose Depot


Summer for sun worshipers is mainly about the beach, the grill, and outdoor activities.  But for some--the pale and bookish among us--it's about exploring the indoor cool and cultural treasures of museums and historic houses, shady gardens and parks.  These venues are often less crowded in summer as the sun worshipers are preoccupied with their roasting.
As though to answer our call for accessible and affordable art, Highland Street, a Newton-based family foundation, has inaugurated “Free Fun Fridays”--66 Massachusetts museums and cultural venues that throw open their doors on Fridays, free of charge, this month and next.  As most museum admissions are now in the double digits, this is a great boon for the frugal.  For example, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which normally charges $25 for adult admission, is free this Friday, July 18. Visitors have the opportunity to view the dazzling quilt show displayed in a series of cool, spacious galleries and organized by artistic principles associated with color and design.  “Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection” showcases a collection of dramatic painterly quilts, which easily qualify as abstract art.

Another gift of these “Free Fun Fridays” is the call to museums you've always wanted to explore, but semi-forgot, or felt were too far away. Even the list of venues serves as a reminder of the scores of offerings here in Massachusetts. You can choose from those in the Boston area such as the Concord Museum, Garden in the Woods (wildflower gardens), Museum of African American History, and Larz Anderson Auto Museum; to those north of Boston such as the Wenham Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, and American Textile History Museum, or organize a day trip or weekend in the Berkshire visiting Historic Deerfield, or The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, or the Clark Art Institute. Be frugal, be cultural, enjoy!

Vacation Swaps

Jade, a Salem Tuesday member, has a large fruit, large vegetable and cheese share that she would like to swap on Tuesday, August 5. She will switch with any other members - including at other depots - for any dates besides July 31-August 7. Contact her at to arrange a swap.

Amy, a Melrose member, would like to swap a large veggie, large fruit and a cheese share on Tuesday, August 5th and Tuesday, August 12th. She would like to swap with either a Tuesday or Thursday Melrose member for any other week this season. Contact to swap.

Lucille, a Salem Tuesday member would like to swap a small vegetable share on August 5, 12 and 19 for any other Salem Tuesday/Thursday share this season. Contact for more information.

Sarah, a Melrose Tuesday member has a small veggie, small fruit, egg, cheese and bread share she would like to trade on Aug 5 for any Tues or Thurs of the surrounding weeks. Contact her at to swap.
Taryn, a Thursday Melrose member with a small vegetable, large fruit, bread and egg shares looking for a swap on the following dates/weeks: Thurs July 17th, Thurs July 24th, Thurs Aug 14th (could switch with a Tues 8/11) , Thurs Aug 21st. She is happy to also switch with a Tuesday pick-up date (except for the weeks above). Contact her at

Eileen, a Melrose Thursday member has a Large Veggie, Large Fruit and cheese share she would like to trade on August 13th for any Tues or Thurs of the surrounding weeks. Contact her at to swap.
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