Sustainable Nantucket launches premier issue of new annual publication ~ Nantucket Grown™

July 27th, 2011

***View & download Nantucket Grown™: click here.***

We are delighted to announce that we have just released the premier issue of Nantucket Grown™, a new annual publication designed to expand our Nantucket Grown™ branding and outreach campaign encouraging island visitors and residents to source their produce and products locally.

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Specialty Crops on Nantucket – Grow & Preserve Your Own!

July 1st, 2011

WHAT IS A SPECIALTY CROP?

  • Most fruits and vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)

The USDA describes specialty crops as plants that are intensively cultivated and require a higher degree of management. Specialty crops include almost anything you would grow in your own home garden! Planting and cultivating specialty crops is a great way to maintain biodiversity and a healthy local ecosystem.

SPECIALTY CROP CARE

  • Know Your Soil!
  • Nantucket’s soil is quite sandy—which is actually great for root vegetables, like the potato and the carrot!
  • Add nutrient rich topsoil and ensure your beds are draining properly.
  • Due to Nantucket’s long spring, the growth of seedlings is best if done in a greenhouse or cold frame.

WHAT GROWS BEST ON NANTUCKET?

Specialty Crops Native to Nantucket

  • Beach Plum
  • Black Cherry
  • Highbush Blueberry

Non-Natives that grow well on the Island

  • Strawberry
  • Melons
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Oregano

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIALTY CROPS ON NANTUCKET?

For a list of island farms: CLICK HERE to Find Our Farms!

PRESERVE THE BOUNTY

Canning and pickling is the perfect way to preserve your garden’s harvest! From jams and jellies to salsa, relishes, and pickles, the options are endless. And what you make…can keep for years!

Learn more about preserving and find specialty crops at Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market!

  • See a canning demonstration
  • Pick up a recipe brochure and free samples of pectin
  • Enter the raffle to win your own Home Canning Kit from Ball ®

Saturday Market: June 11- October 15, located on North Union and Cambridge Streets, 9AM-1PM. (July 2 location: E. Chestnut St.)

New! Mid-Island Market: Tuesdays, July 12 – August 31, located at 113 Pleasant Street (next to Glidden’s Seafood). 3:30PM-6:30PM.

Attend our Preserving Workshop!

Preserving the Bounty: Fruits of Nantucket
Taught by Mary Wawro
Location: at her home kitchen
Date: July 31st
Time: 10AM to 1PM.
Cost: $45. Materials: $15.

Register by clicking here or by calling the office.

You can download a printable brochure that contains all of this information here: Brochure (PDF)

This Awareness Campaign is Funded in part with Generous Grants and Contributions by:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Discover you Can Canning Education Program from Jarden Home Brands, Makers of Ball Brand Fresh Preserving Products.

Nantucket Farmers & Growers

August 6th, 2010

Island Farmers and Growers harvest an amazing bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. This produce can be found at farm stands around the island; at Sustainable Nantucket’s Farmers and Artisans Market June – October; in local restaurants and in some island food stores.

Please consider purchasing locally grown food, flowers and plants first – you’ll be supporting Island families, Island businesses and the local economy while enjoying some of the most flavorful and nutritious foods available.

Check back here for updates throughout the season.

Nantucket Farms/Growers:

Bartlett’s Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd. 508-228-9403. Produce is available at the farm, at their truck on Main Street and in Siasconst in the summer season, and in season at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market. FOR SALE: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Horticultural Plants, Seedlings

Faraway Farms – By appointment only, delivery by arrangement: farawayfarmers@gmail.com. FOR SALE: Fresh Local Eggs, Vegetables, Pork, Lamb, Honey.

Nantucket Blooms, 508-221-3162. Available by appointment.

Boatyard Farm, 165 Hummock Pond Rd. 508-680-4494 or boatyardfarm@gmail.com. Produce available at the farm and in season at the Farmers & Artisans Market. FOR SALE: Vegetables, Herbs, Seedlings, Flowers, Honey

Moors End Farm, 40 Polpis Road. 508-228-2674. Produce is available at the farm, and in season at the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market. Call for hours and information. FOR SALE: Eggs, Fruits, Vegetables, Seedlings, Flowers, Horticultural Plants

Nantucket HoneyBee Co.  Local honey available at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market or by contacting David: nantuckethoneybee@gmail.com.

Nantucket Native, 508-332-2121. Produce available in season at the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market.

Pumpkin Pond Farm25 Millbrook Rd. 508-332-4750. Produce is available at the farm and in season at the Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market. Pumpkin Pond has been certified organic. CSA available. FOR SALE: Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Horticultural Plants.

Ooh la la Garden, 508-221-0344, petite fraisegardens@gmail.com.  Contact directly and purchase at SN Farmers and Artisans Market.  FOR SALE: Produce, Herbs, Container Plants, and Cut Flowers

Community Agriculture Initiative

June 15th, 2010

 The overall goal of our Community Agriculture Initiative is to support, encourage and further develop organic food production on island.  Specifically, this program will strengthen the local economy by helping entrepreneurs in agriculture and specialty food production get started, or grow their existing businesses through the following activities:

  • Classes and workshops
  • Agricultural intern program
  • Helping to develop, and supporting a Farm to School program
  • Making farmable land more accessible to farmers by leasing land and creating a community farm
  • Facilitating the purchase, storage and use of shared equipment for cheese-making and animal husbandry
  • Developing a community kitchen allowing people to produce quantities of prepared foods (jams, jellies, baked goods, etc.) that will be used for both food production and classes.