Friday, September 12, 2014

September is food literacy month

Did you know that September is food literacy month? This month long holiday might have started in California but there are plenty of events right here in Somerville for you to celebrate locally!

Are you curious about where your food comes from? Have you ever visited a farm and met a farmer? Do you cook food at home? Are you interested in making more informed decisions about food? Then this holiday is for you.

Here's a list of ideas to celebrate FOOD LITERACY MONTH!

~Read a book about food: "It's Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating"

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 ~Visit a local orchard to pick your own seasonal fruits!

~Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, you can visit the Union Square Farmers' Market.

~Every Thursday and Saturday you can visit Shape Up Somerville's Mobile Farmers' Market. Thursday markets are held at the Council on Aging at the TAB Building (167 Holland St) 1-3pm and North Street Housing (at North St and Powderhouse Blvd) 4-7pm. On Saturdays the market will be at the Mystic Housing development (530 Mystic Ave) 1-4pm.

~Eat tomatoes! The Somerville Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services and Massachusetts Farm to School celebrate tomatoes as the vegetable of the month.


~September 12-28 - Visit the Big E for some local shellfish.

~September 16 - Support our partner Groundwork Somerville at a fundraiser at Flatbread in Davis Square.

~September 27 - Join Groundwork Somerville on a bike tour of Somerville's Farms and Gardens!

~September 27 - Attend the Let's Talk About Food Festival in Copley Square, Boston. Discuss local vs organic. Learn some new recipes for fresh, healthy, family meals. Learn how to grow vegetables in your backyard. And much, much more!

Content provided by Karyn Novakowski, Somerville Farm to School Project Director.

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