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.

A part of our multi-level strategy to build a more locally based and self-reliant food system on the island, the premier issue of Nantucket Grown ™ is a full-color publication that highlights the local growers, artisans and small businesses who participate in the Farmers & Artisans Market, and restaurants who source locally, provides a take-along Find Our Farms map that also lists produce available on-island by season, gives information about our projects and programs and contains recipes and information for those looking to grow their own food on Nantucket.
In one article, Claudia Butler sings the praises of mint; in another, Dani Coleman talks about the tradition of canning fruits and vegetables. Peter Brace outlines the potential future for small-scale chicken farming on the Island in his article “It’s a Chicken n’ Egg Thing”.
“We see this as another tool to help promote local farmers, food producers, and artisans, along with restaurants that use local foods in their menus. We also hope to inspire people to try their own hand at growing – whether it’s raising a few chickens or planting a small garden. There’s a way for everyone to move toward a healthier way of life and we want to support those who are already doing it along with those who want to get started. This is a fun and informative way to do that.” says SN Executive director and Nantucket Grown ™ Editor-In –Chief, Michelle Whelan.
Nantucket Grown magazine will be published once a year and is available at the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market (Saturdays, 9am – 1pm – downtown) and at the SN Mid-Island Farmers Market (Tuesdays, 3:30pm- 6pm, 113 Pleasant Street), as well as at the following Island businesses: Annye’s Whole Foods, Bartlett’s Farm, Hummock Pond Farm, Moors End Farm and Stop & Shop.

** Please note – “The Blossoming of the Farmers & Artisans Market”  article correction:   Patty Myers served on the original Market Committee; The Market was the brain-child of  Heather Leisher Coffin and Wendy Fereshetian.

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.

SN Launches Nantucket Grown™ Brand to Benefit Local Food

February 25th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket is pleased to announce the launch of our new Nantucket Grown™ brand aimed at promoting and encouraging the consumption of locally grown food on Nantucket.

Sustainable Nantucket is focused on connecting on-island consumers with sources of locally grown food.  Nantucket Grown™ will provide farmers with an instantly recognizable branding campaign that will indicate to consumers that the food they are purchasing was grown, processed, and distributed on Nantucket.  Sustainable Nantucket will provide our local growers with Nantucket Grown™ stickers to place on all produce being sold at our Farmers & Artisans Market, and elsewhere.

Nantucket Grown™ is modeled on existing ‘Buy Fresh, Buy Local” brands developed in other Massachusetts communities, such as CISA’s “Be A Local Hero” and Martha’s Vineyard’s “Island Grown” brand. These brands have been very successful in raising awareness around the importance of sourcing food locally. The image for the brand was designed by island artist Sue Riddle, who also designed our Farmers & Artisans Market logo.

Eventually, we also intend to make our brand available for use by island restaurants featuring locally grown foods on their menus. This would NOT take the place of naming the individual farm or grower on the menu listing, but instead be something that could be placed on the bottom of a menu, or in an advertisement, as an indication that this particular restaurant has met our criteria for sourcing food locally. The sight of the Nantucket Grown™ logo will be an assurance to consumers that the restaurant they are frequenting makes every effort to purchase the freshest local produce and foods available.

“We see this brand as an essential part of what we are working to accomplish in terms of fostering a sustainable food system, and in turn a vital economy for the island. Nantucket Grown™ is addressing the need to raise awareness and expand the Market for local food, and is evolving hand in hand with our Farmers & Artisans Market, Farm to School Program, Community Agriculture Program and Youth Council.” states executive director Michelle Whelan.

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

Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market

June 15th, 2010

The Nantucket Farmers and Artisans Market is designed to encourage and support agricultural enterprise and cottage industry on Nantucket by providing a community venue for our local growers and craftspeople to sell their products, make connections and form relationships with their customers,  and a place where the community can come together and support our local economy.

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.