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March 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm (associations, food, Networking, Sustainability) (, , , )

SBN ALLocal Dinner at The Independent in Somerville, MA

I am caught up in the momentum of the “farm-to-table” movement.  I like knowing where my food came from and appreciate that I’m going right to the (local) source, skipping the middleman.

I recently attended the Somerville ALLocal Dinner (March 15, 2010) organized by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston.  All ingredients were locally sourced and produced from farms in Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Prince Edward’s Island.  The organizers and the restaurant team at the Independent in Union Square, Somerville, MA did an amazing job, especially considering the difficulty of sourcing locally in mid-March in New England.

I started the night with some respectable Massachusetts wines (Nantucket Vineyard’s “Sailor’s Delight” Sirah/Viognier, and Westport Vineyards Pinot Blanc) paired with select Vermont artisanal cheeses.  There was also a lengthy list of Massachusetts beers, which I didn’t try on this night, but I do love local brews and can get them any time locally (Martignetti’s, on Soldier’s Field Road, is the Mecca of all distributors)!

The four courses included a Salad of Local Greens, with des nuages artisanal curd & cider mustard vinaigrette; Dave’s fresh New England root vegetable ravioli tossed with arugula in brown butter mushroom sauce; New England bouillabaisse with Maine beauty tomatoes, Maine blue mussels, New England shrimp & Massachusetts ocean perch (there was a vegan option that I didn’t even glance at); and a dessert of Christina’s Maple Ice Cream with Somerville maple syrup infused whipped cream.

The conversations were lively amongst the great company of enthusiast and local food leaders.  The people here value where there food comes from, and are interested in learning and sharing about local agriculture.  I found a great resource – the Sustainable Table – which suggest: “The easiest way to start buying local is the choose one product to focus on.

Learn more about the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston, and mark your calendar for the Local food Festival 2010.

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Somerville ALLocal Dinner Sourced Farms

March 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm (food, Sustainability) (, )

SBN ALLocal Dinner at The Independent in Somerville, MA
Menu Contributors


Swartz Family Farm, Amherst (lettuce)
Full Bloom Farm, Whatley (organic celeriac)
Long Plain Farm, Whatley (onions)
Simple Gifts, Amherst (garlic)
Purity Cheese, Quincy (ricotta)
Chip ‘n Farm, Bedford (eggs)
Shaw Farm, Dracut (milk, cream)
Shy Brothers Farm, Westport (des nuages curd)
Golden Meadow, Hollison (honey)
Coastal Massachusetts (New England Shrimp, Red Perch)
Benjamin Maleson Wild Mushrooms (Copper top Mushrooms)
Iggy’s Bread, Cambridge


Backyard Farms, Madison (vine tomatoes)
Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater (carrots)
Olivia’s Garden, New Gloucester (arugula)
Ricker Hill Orchards, Turner (apple cider vinegar)
Maine Sea Salt Company, Marshfield (salt)
Maine Natural Oils Co-op, Presque Isle (mustard oil, canola oil)
Fiddler’s Green, Belfast (organic white flour)
Coastal Maine (blue mussels)


Long Wind Farm, E. Thetford (tomatoes)
Deep Root Organics, Johnson (golden beets)
Dwight Miller & Sons Orchard, E. Dummerston (apple cider vinegar)
Von Trapp Farmstead / Jasper Hill Cellars, Waitsfield / Greensboro (Cheese)
Blue Ledge Farm, Salisbury (Cheese)
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne (Cheese)
Cabot Creamery, Cabot (butter)

Prince Edward’s Island, Canada

Lester & Mark Graig Farm (organic russet potatoes)


Christina’s Ice Cream
Clean Catch, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Dave’s Fresh Pasta
Groundwork Somerville
Organic Renaissance

My thoughts on the 3/15/2010 ALLocal Dinner.


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March 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm (Uncategorized)

See December 2009 Entry….


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