Posts Tagged ‘Community Character’

SN Wraps Up First Season of Mid-Island Farmers Market

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The first season of Sustainable Nantucket’s Mid-Island Farmers Market at 113 Pleasant Street has come to a close, but SN staff and volunteers, encouraged by the positive response to the Market, are already thinking ahead to the 2012 season. (more…)

Nantucket Golf Club Grant Assures Growth of Farm to School Program

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program has been awarded a generous $15,000 grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to hire and pay a stipend for two garden managers and curriculum resource aides for 2012 for the gardens at Nantucket High School and at Nantucket Elementary School/Small Friends. (more…)

Helping the Garden Grow – Summer Camp at the NES Garden

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This Summer, Sustainable Nantucket donated time to the Community School’s Summer Day Camp. Farm to School Interns Maria King and Elizabeth Murphy taught campers about planting, weeding, & cultivating in the Nantucket Elementary School garden, and guided them through a number of fun educational activities and projects focused around the garden. (more…)

Updates from the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

On October 6th the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners picked over 100 lbs. of organic produce generously donated by Pumpkin Pond Farm. This produce was used in meals prepared at the NPS cafeteria, including organic lettuce for sandwiches, and a delicious salad bar featuring beets and carrots!

—————————————————————————————————–On August 24th the gleaners assembled at Moor’s End Farm where we spent an hour picking 500 lbs of tomatoes of all varieties. From there, we headed to the NPS kitchen, where Linda Peterson instructed us on how to best preserve the bounty! Natty and Nora cleaned tomatoes while Samantha kept busy peeling and cutting onions for use in tomato sauce. Vanessa, Sarah, and Beth carefully prepared the delicate tomatoes for cooking by coring, cutting an “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes, and in the case where tomatoes were roasted, halving the tomatoes. Linda then steamed many of the tomatoes, placed them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, peeled the tomatoes (with volunteer help) and then made them into a tasty tomato sauce. Linda also passed out tomato sauce recipes for the volunteers to try at home.

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On August 18th Moors End Farm donated a large quantity of onions to Farm to School. NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson will prepare and freeze the onions for use in French Onion Soup, which will be served to students this October. Linda plans to serve the soup with a garden salad, veggie tray and milk. Yum! This sure changes our perception of cafeteria food!

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On August 11, 2011 the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program made history!  With corn donated by Moors End Farm, the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners – made up of 15 community volunteers, ranging in age from 3 – 50 years – husked over 700 ears of corn in under 1 hour!

FSD Director Linda Peterson taught volunteers about food safety, demonstrated how to correctly husk the corn, explained how she will preserve it for the students of the Nantucket Public School System to eat in the Fall when corn is no longer locally available.  Linda also explained that 700 ears of corn is just the right amount to feed every public school student for one lunch day!! (500 ears for the middle school & high school, and 200 ears for the elementary school).

Linda demonstrated her methods for preserving the corn, which involves steaming and then freezing. She also demonstrated her method of removing the kernels from the cob. Students at NPS typically eat crushed corn or similar preparations of cut corn, and Linda wanted to give students the opportunity to enjoy corn on the cob at school. To that end, some of the cobs will be preserved whole, while the remainder will be stripped and used in a variety of preparations, such as creamed corn and corn muffins.

Participants Included: Linda Peterson, Food Services Director; Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Pauline Cronin; James Cronin; Anna Cronin; Jessica Ryder; Stephanie Ryder; Roy Ryder; Beth Davies; Sophie Davies; Nora Harrington; Caillean Daily; Orion Malfatto – Daily; Cameron Hewes; Sophia Basile; Zoe Bazos & Yasmine Bazos. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Team Sustainable Nantucket Walks for Autism

Friday, August 19th, 2011

On Saturday, August 20th Team Sustainable Nantucket will be at Jetties Beach bright and early to participate in Nantucket’s Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Our enthusiastic team members include staff, interns, and volunteers: LeeAnne Richard, Rachael Callahan, Nora Harrington, Mei Mei Hunter, Mariah MacKenzie, Lily Metcalfe, tammy Sadot, Bob Schmid, and Michelle Whelan. Rest up tonight, guys, you have a big day ahead of you! (more…)

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Locally Grown Dinner Series: Fall 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Our ever-popular Locally Grown Dinner Series is back for 2011!

This year, Nantucket favorites Straight Wharf Restaurant, The Club Car and American Seasons will each host a four-course dinner featuring seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. Designed to highlight and strengthen the connection between consumers and the island’s farmers, growers, food producers and chefs, the series is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating and buying locally, as well as to raise support for the work of Sustainable Nantucket. These dinners are intimate, community-minded, celebratory gatherings that are always sold-out occasions. (more…)

Go Green & Get Healthy! Take a Nantucket Bike Tour & Find Our Farms!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
This August, Nantucket Bike Tours is offering a very unique way to experience the Island – on two wheels with their cycling tour of local farms! Join Nantucket Bike Tours for a scenic pedal around the Island, meet local farmers and see firsthand where our food is grown! Let the experienced guides from NBT take you around to our sites with their comfortable bikes and easy pace. These tours are available to all levels.

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

Wednesday, 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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Story Time at the Farmers & Artisans Market

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

This year we are pleased to welcome our friends from Nantucket Bookworks and some very special guests for Story Time at the Farmers & Artisans Market. Story Time is held on certain Saturdays at our downtown location at 10AM. Here’s the complete list of dates:

July 9: Curious George
July 16: Corduroy Bear
July 23: Froggy
July 30: Madeline
Aug 6: Max the Bunny
Aug 13: Ladybug Girl
Aug 20: Barnaby Bear