Director’s Message – December 2018

December 15, 2018


As the year comes to a close and we are getting ready for the holidays, buying gifts, planning menus and shopping for ingredients we hope you will keep local food and our farmers in your plans.  Keep our farmers in mind when you are making your holiday decisions – there are a wide variety of winter veggies and greenhouse greens available now, plus baked goods, jams & jellies, beer, and wine.  And don’t forget cheese! Whether shopping at a local farmers market or at a farm stand our region offers so much!

We also hope that you will support SEMAP in your year-end giving.  Please help us keep healthy local food at the core of our community and donate to SEMAP’s Annual Fund.  We need everyone’s support and collective effort, to keep our impact strong! Thank you for your support.

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Coastal Foodshed Hiring a Full-Time Farmers Market Manager

November 27, 2018

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Farmers Market Manager
Start Date: January 2019

Organization Information:
Coastal Foodshed is a non-profit who works to connect people to local food and local farmers. Through our programs and education, we bring fresh, local foods to Greater New Bedford’s neighborhoods and serve over 15,000 New Bedford customers annually. The New Bedford Farmers Markets and Mobile Farm Stands are held year-round. During June to October, we operate 3 markets and Mobile Farm Stands in various locations throughout New Bedford. From November to May, our Indoor Market is held every week. We also conduct many pop-up farm stand and nutrition education events (year-round) to keep local food in the hands of those who need it most.

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Order Your Thanksgiving Meal from Cranberry Vine Catering & Events

November 14, 2018

A message from a SEMAP Member:

Cranberry Vine Catering and Events new 2018 Thanksgiving Menu and order form is available below. Let us help you create the perfect Thanksgiving dinner! All orders must be received by Friday, November 16, 2018. 

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A Message from the Director – November 2018

November 13, 2018

November is a month for gratitude – for a season of good harvests, strong farm businesses, happy customers, and improved access to healthy food for our community members who are struggling.  These are the things that SEMAP works, plans, and fights for and we are thankful for the opportunity to work for the region.

The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) has been a significant reason to be grateful.  The program is offered to Massachusetts users of SNAP (formerly food stamps) and is a 1:1 match for fruits and vegetables bought from local farmstands and farmers markets.  The incentives have been extended to February 28, 2019 instead of closing next week as previously announced.  Farmers started the year planning on a full season of matching incentives but the success of the HIP has made the program a bumpy one.  The program will resume in the spring of next year.

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Director’s Message – October 2018

October 19, 2018

By Karen Schwalbe, SEMAP Executive Director

Buy Fresh Buy Local

The warm weather growing season is winding down and some of the region has seen its first frost but the fall greens are getting sweeter and livestock are fattening up on the lush fall growth, thanks to the long-awaited rain.  The bounty of produce available at this time is amazing.  Look for lots of lovely varieties of fall vegetables at your local farmers’ markets.  And please stop by soon as many markets will finish for the season at the end of the month.  It is the most colorful and flavorful part of the season – don’t miss it! 

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