Growing Community Farmer Highlights
We recently won a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources for our Growing Community program. We purchase local produce from a different Cape Cod farmer each month and donate it to up to five long-standing soup kitchens or post-Covid free meal organizations on the Lower and Outer Cape. We are grateful to partner with Soup Kitchen in Provincetown (SKIP), Truro Community Kitchen in Truro, Common Table in Wellfleet, The 246 Community Kitchen in Wellfleet, and Lower Cape Lunch (LOCAL) in Orleans for this program. Since November, we have purchased braising mix from Dirt Farm Provisions in Orleans, celeriac from Dave’s Greens in Truro, salad mix, radish microgreens & pea shoots from E&T Farms in Barnstable, mushrooms from Cape Coastal Farm Products in Truro, radishes from Phoenix Organic Farm in Brewster and salad mic, radish microgreens & pea shoots from Sketchy Greenhouse.
Each of the organizations we donate produce to distributes copies of our Farmer Highlights with the pick ups on days the donated produce is incorporated into the meals. The Farmer Highlights serve to educate the reader about the month’s local farmer, produce item, and how to access free & discounted fruits and vegetables through the nutrition incentive programs we fund at nearby farmers markets.