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Local veggies come to East Boston corner stores; First delivery on June 21

EAST BOSTON: Who knew lettuce was so exciting? Local produce is coming to East Boston’s corner stores, making it easier for community members to get healthy and sustainably grown food nearby.

“Locally grown means that the produce will be fresher, tastier, have less chemicals, and be an overall healthier option for everyone,” said Cait Van Damm. Local vegetables will be available at Tío Supermarket on Meridian Street as well as Alfaro Market on the corner of Sumner and Cottage Streets.

“Everything is grown in Massachusetts by farmers who are either new to farming or recently immigrated to the United States. This means that the produce does not have to travel very far, so it tastes better, since there’s less time between when it was grown and when it gets to your kitchen!”

Miss Van Damm is one of the coordinators of the Farm to Store project that is connecting the farmers to the stores. Farm to Store is just one part of “Healthy on the Block”, an initiative that is aiming to get healthier foods into East Boston corner markets. The program is run by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and the Boston Public Health Commission.

The Farm to Store project will provide East Boston residents an ongoing supply of local food, which can also be found at the Farmers Market in Central Square. The Farmers Market, also run by EBNHC, will take place from 3 to 6:30 each Thursday beginning on July 7.

The Farm to Store project’s first delivery will be on Tuesday, June 21. Recipe collection, community workshops, volunteer work days, and healthy incentive programs are all components of the Healthy on the Block program. To get involved or just learn more, contact Cait at vandammc@ebnhc.org or call 617-568-4028.
 

Source:  Cait Van Damm.

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