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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
“Locally grown means that the produce will be fresher, tastier, have
less chemicals, and be an overall healthier option for everyone,”
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-568-4028.
Cait Van Damm.