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News and Alerts (April-May)


 
Welcome Spring–again!

We hope warmer weather will be here for good by the time you pick up your May orders!

This month we welcome a new producer, Elzire’s Acre where Terri Steiner makes artisan soap with milk from her small herd of La Mancha and Nubian and goats.
Terri uses natural and mostly organic oils, butters, herbs, scent with essential oils, local honey and also Manuka honey. She hand renders fat back from a local farm for lard, and uses only food grade lye.
Check out her variety of rustic bars ranging from Pure Goat Milk Castile made with only two ingredients, saponified organic extra virgin olive oil and organically fed goat’s milk, to the black Smoky Mountain Morning Pine Tar Goat Milk Soap made from creosote free kiln burned pine tar.

Here are a few more new items from our Mass Local Food producers.

• Charlie’s Redhouse Farm is back with the first full crop of certified organic greens. Brynna says, “Look forward to more variety as the season progresses, but for now, eat your greens!”

• Glimpses of New England Past has several new breads this month:Hunsa, Greek varieties and Carrot Bread.

• Made From Scratch is introducing baked goods made with gluten free ingredients over the next few ordering cycles. Please note – products baked with gluten free ingredients are processed in a kitchen that also uses wheat, dairy, and nuts. First up this month are chocolaty brownies.

• Hillside Herbals has Herbes de Provence. This is a classic French herb blend that includes lavender and is traditionally used in roasted chicken(recipe included).

• Signal Rock Farm has relisted. Marianne invites everyone to Open Barn Day on May 3 from 10am – 3pm to see blade shearing by Kevin Ford and their newborn lambs.

• White Buffalo Herbs has a new blend, Lavender Potpourri, and their all-natural Bug-Off repellents are back.

• Hames & Axle Farm announced the arrival of a new generation of goat kids and plans to be rolling out more soap as the season progresses.

• Light of the World Candles has lots of great scents for Mother’s Day gifts or to freshen your house this spring. Fragrances include Spring Meadow, Rose Garden, Grapefruit and Mangosteen and Morning Dew. New scents include: Red Currant, Citrus Basil and Cucumber Melon.

• Greenwood Hill Farm is not listing any products for this order cycle. Watch for them in June.

Be Persistent, Shoppers!
For many of Mass Local Food’s small family farmers, it is often quite difficult to predict two weeks ahead how much of a certain product will be available by the end of the ordering cycle. Most list their “best guess” and can occasionally overestimate, resulting in having to mark an item “out” on delivery day.
More often, however, they underestimate and find that they have more available during the ordering cycle.
If there’s an item you really want, you may want to check the website more frequently over the 10 days that orders are open. You may be able to purchase items that had previously been showing up as 0 quantity.

A short tutorial on ordering for new members
The Mass Local Food ordering system is different from most online ordering systems. Once you place an item in your cart, it is considered ordered and must be paid for. To remove an item, change the quantity to ’0′ and then be sure to click “update.”

Have a Problem with Your Order? Let Us Know!
Mass Local Food wants you, our loyal customers, to have the highest quality, thoughtfully grown/raised products available from our producers. Occasionally, an item may not meet your expectations and if that happens, we want to know about it. If you are unhappy with any product, please contact the producer directly (on the Mass Local Food home page, click on Meet our Producers and you will find email addresses for all of them). Feel free to send an email to our Producer Committee:
producers@masslocalfood.org and we will work with you to arrive at a suitable solution.

Thanks Emergency Fund Donors!

Thank you, members who have contributed to our emergency/reserve fund. This fund was created to address issues such as emergency replacement of an expensive freezer, damages not covered by insurance and expenses incurred to open a new site.

Donations can be made to Mass Local Food Cooperative, Inc., P.O. Box 26, Westminster, MA 01473. You also can donate by clicking on item # 3036 in the list of products (under Massachusetts Local Food as the producer) and enter the amount you wish to donate.

Please note, donations are NOT tax deductible. The amount of your donation will be listed on your invoice.

Special Thanks to Delivery Day Volunteers
Mass Local Food relies on volunteers to keep our co-op running. We always need help on delivery day at the sorting site in Gardner or the pick-up sites in Central Mass. Please consider volunteering at least once during the year to show your commitment to local food and those who bring it to you. Volunteering on delivery day also is a great way to get to know other members and to feel part of our fabulous community. Thank you to all our delivery day volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

Pickup Sites


Berlin – the Common House at Camelot Cohousing in Sawyer Hill Eco Village, 69 Village Court, 5 – 6:30 pm.

Framingham - First United Methodist Church, 360 Water Street, 5 – 6:30 pm.

Hardwick- Robinson Farm, 42 Jackson Road, 5-6 pm

Holden –  Busy Bee Nursery, 57 Broad St. 01522 (it’s in Jefferson, technically, part of Holden), 5-6:30 pm.

Hudson – Hudson Appliance, rear entrance, 167 Main St, 5 – 6 pm.

Sterling -  1835 Town Hall, 31 Main St. 01564, 5 – 6 pm.

Westminster -  Senior Center in the Legion Hall, 127 Main St. (opposite the Pharmacy at the lights), 4:30-6 pm

Worcester – Briarwood Retirement Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, 5 – 6:30 pm.

University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, 5 – 6 pm.

Remember to bring your checkbook and grocery bags when you come to pick up your order. Pickup site organizers will not have change if you bring cash. Many thanks for your cooperation!

Meet Our Producers

April Order Cycle
  • Orders Open: Apr 18, 2014
  • Orders Close: Apr 28, 2014
  • Delivery Day: May 02, 2014
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