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Stearns Farm CSA

Stearns Farm CSA Community-supported agriculture (CSA) in Framingham, Massachusetts. More info at http://www.stearnsfarmcsa.org

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One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to say "good morning" to our seedlings. It feels so good to see the...
04/05/2022

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to say "good morning" to our seedlings. It feels so good to see them out of the greenhouse as they get ready for the fields!

Volunteers needed! We are looking for volunteers to help out at our seedling sale in May. You'll be working with us to g...
04/01/2022

Volunteers needed! We are looking for volunteers to help out at our seedling sale in May. You'll be working with us to greet customers and help retrieve preorders. May 7, 8, 14, and 15. Email [email protected] for more information.

It's always so exciting when the chives come back! ...#csa #framinghammassachusetts #community #chives #springishere #sp...
03/26/2022

It's always so exciting when the chives come back!
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#csa #framinghammassachusetts #community #chives #springishere #springdelicacy #herbgardens #stearnsfarmcsa

Stearns Farm is hiring! We are offering 2 part-time field crew positions as well as a bookkeeper. If interested, please ...
03/24/2022

Stearns Farm is hiring! We are offering 2 part-time field crew positions as well as a bookkeeper. If interested, please send your resume to Ember at [email protected] 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

Reason #739 why we love Freckles: he lets us know where we can almost definitely pests! Here you can see Freckles intent...
03/21/2022

Reason #739 why we love Freckles: he lets us know where we can almost definitely pests! Here you can see Freckles intently sniffing under our bags of soil and letting out big puffs of air to try and get critters to scatter. Sure enough, when we moved a few bags, we uncovered a mouse nest. Thankfully there were no mice living there (the rat zapper got them already!)

03/21/2022
Light, color, growth, and birdsong return once again. Happy Spring everyone 🌞🌻🌱🐦🐌
03/20/2022

Light, color, growth, and birdsong return once again. Happy Spring everyone 🌞🌻🌱🐦🐌

Any other farmers wish they put on sunscreen today? 😲 There's always one day when I forget the strength of the sun, and ...
03/18/2022

Any other farmers wish they put on sunscreen today? 😲 There's always one day when I forget the strength of the sun, and today was definitely that day.
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Had a productive week at the farm. Pruned the blueberries, seeded more veggies, burned some brush, and cleaned up some stuff left in the fields all winter. Success!

The greenhouse is quickly becoming a sea of popsicle sticks and cute, delicious plants. Thank you to everyone who volunt...
03/16/2022

The greenhouse is quickly becoming a sea of popsicle sticks and cute, delicious plants. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make labels! There are literally thousands of labels to make each year so your help is greatly appreciated.
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#seedlingsale #community #volunteer #csa #popsiclesticks #buylocal

Look who's back!!! Kerry started her 4th season at Stearns today and I couldn't be happier. It's also Freckles' 3rd seas...
03/14/2022

Look who's back!!! Kerry started her 4th season at Stearns today and I couldn't be happier. It's also Freckles' 3rd season chasing and catching rodents for us. The farm is lucky to have them both! #dreamteam
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#csa #pestcontrol #springisalmosthere #community #framinghammassachusetts

03/12/2022

Our onions are finally beginning to stretch up towards the sky! The black dots you see on the tips of the greens are the seeds they germinated from.

03/07/2022

πŸ”Š Birds are BACK. Sound on to hear them chatting! I also heard and saw the first killdeers of the season. Always a welcome sight this time of year.
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#migration #birds #farming #framinghammassachusetts #stearnsfarmcsa #lookupandlisten

Stearns Farm is located on land that was donated to @sudbury_valley_trustees in the 70's. It's a real treat to have acce...
03/02/2022

Stearns Farm is located on land that was donated to @sudbury_valley_trustees in the 70's. It's a real treat to have access to the trails that begin at the farm and continue into Callahan State Park. They're open to the public year-round so come check them out! Just be sure to wear waterproof boots since it's #mudseason πŸ˜‚
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#trails #stearnsfarmcsa #sudburyvalleytrustees #callahanstatepark #properfootweariskey #getoutside

Hello little ones πŸ‘‹πŸΌ...#onions #babyplants #csa #germination #paperpotco  #snowoutsidewarminside
02/26/2022

Hello little ones πŸ‘‹πŸΌ
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#onions #babyplants #csa #germination #paperpotco #snowoutsidewarminside

Ever wanted to try growing your own mushrooms in your kitchen?? @fatmoonmushrooms is offering virtual classes in the beg...
02/22/2022

Ever wanted to try growing your own mushrooms in your kitchen?? @fatmoonmushrooms is offering virtual classes in the beginning of March. Head to our website for details and to sign up.

The late winter and early spring winds are always a bit annoying on a farm. πŸ€ͺ Recently they were strong enough to move o...
02/21/2022

The late winter and early spring winds are always a bit annoying on a farm. πŸ€ͺ Recently they were strong enough to move our silage tarp. Not to worry! The ground is covered once again. Hopefully it will stay put 🀞🀞
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#wind #silagetarp #csa #farming #framinghammassachusetts #stearnsfarmcsa #mud

First day seeding in the greenhouse! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰...#seeding #csa #onions #framinghammassachusetts  #community #greenhouse #stearn...
02/16/2022

First day seeding in the greenhouse! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
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#seeding #csa #onions #framinghammassachusetts #community #greenhouse #stearnsfarmcsa #wheredidmyfrecklesgo

πŸ“£Volunteers needed!!πŸ“£Do you have good handwriting and a few hours to spare? We are looking for some help with making lab...
02/14/2022

πŸ“£Volunteers needed!!πŸ“£
Do you have good handwriting and a few hours to spare? We are looking for some help with making labels for our seedling sale this year. We will provide all supplies and include instructions. DM me for more details!

Can't wait to start seeding in the greenhouse next week! The beginning of the season always has me feeling a mix of exci...
02/10/2022

Can't wait to start seeding in the greenhouse next week! The beginning of the season always has me feeling a mix of excitement and trepidation. But mostly hope. Lots of hope for an amazing season for our community and crew. πŸ˜„
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#csa #community #stearnsfarmcsa #framinghammassachusetts #2022season #agriculture #herewego #hope

There may still be snow on the ground, but we have so many exciting events to look forward to before the CSA shares begi...
02/08/2022

There may still be snow on the ground, but we have so many exciting events to look forward to before the CSA shares begin:
MARK YOUR CALENDERS!
* March 5th-12th - Grow your own mushroom virtual classes with @fatmoonmushrooms (online registration will begin soon)
* April 23rd - the 10th Annual Earth Day Festival on Framingham Common from 11-3
* Stearns Farm's annual Seedling Sale on May 7, 8, 14, and 15 from 9-2
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#community #markyourcalendars #framinghammassachusetts #earthday #seedlingsale #mushrooms #stearnsfarmcsa

Thankfully the greenhouses are looking good after the last couple storms. No major damage (though I did accidentally pus...
02/05/2022

Thankfully the greenhouses are looking good after the last couple storms. No major damage (though I did accidentally push the handle of a shovel through the plastic while trying to knock some sheets of snow off πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ)
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#greenhouses #snowandice #csa #framinghammassachusetts #stearnsfarmcsa #oops

Our beautiful cookbook is still available to buy in our store online! Since the farm is closed at the moment, you can pi...
02/03/2022

Our beautiful cookbook is still available to buy in our store online! Since the farm is closed at the moment, you can pick up your book at the farm on March 19th from 10-2. We will offer more pick up days as the season begins. It's a great way to support the farm, get new recipe ideas, and check out beautiful pictures of the farm. I highly recommend πŸ€—
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#eatyourshare #cookbook #csa #eatmoreveggies #framinghammassachusetts #buylocal #recipes #stearnsfarmcsa

Thanks to the people at Bookmobile in Minneapolis, who printed our cookbook, for the shout out (we love our cover, too)!...
02/03/2022

Thanks to the people at Bookmobile in Minneapolis, who printed our cookbook, for the shout out (we love our cover, too)! Our next pickup date for orders is March 19 from 10 am-2 pm. Order from the store to reserve a copy. We'll have some on-site, also.

https://stearnsfarmcsa.org/store/?model_number=EatYourShareCookbook

I love the colors of this cover. Eat Your Share is a paperback cookbook from the Stearns Farms CSA in Framingham, Massachusetts. Roasted pears and potatoes? Yes please. More info at https://bit.ly/3r2nuIx

January/May/June/JulyπŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…...#csa #community #greenhouse #tomatoes #eatlocal #buylocal #stearnsfarmcsa #framinghammas...
02/02/2022

January/May/June/July
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#csa #community #greenhouse #tomatoes #eatlocal #buylocal #stearnsfarmcsa #framinghammassachusetts

I'm organizing seeds and getting excited for the PYO flower garden! If you don't know, we offer a PYO Flower and Herb sh...
01/28/2022

I'm organizing seeds and getting excited for the PYO flower garden! If you don't know, we offer a PYO Flower and Herb share for 10-weeks starting in July. It makes a great gift for your valentine or for yourself "just because"! πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’
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#csa #pyoflowers #pyoherbs #bakercreek #stearns #community #valentinesday #selfcare #wellness

Friendly Warning ⚠️- below I speak plainly about dealing with rodents at the farm. 🐭🐭They cause serious problems at ever...
01/24/2022

Friendly Warning ⚠️- below I speak plainly about dealing with rodents at the farm. 🐭🐭
They cause serious problems at every farm, especially in greenhouses. They can devour entire seedings of their favorite seeds such as cucumbers and beets, and I've seen them chomp away dozens of seedlings including eggplant, sunflowers and hot peppers (like, really?!)
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Since we grow organically - and because poison is a threat to any animal that might eat a dead mouse killed by poison - we only use traps. Some of you may know that sometimes mouse traps aren't enough. You may get lucky at first, but they get smart and eventually figure out how to eat the bait without getting caught.
πŸ‘‰πŸΌTHE SOLUTION?: The Rat Zapper
I HIGHLY recommend. To anyone, to everyone. I have never N-E-V-E-R caught so many mice. Easy, humane, reusable, and extremely reliable.
That is all, thank you.

✨✨ Dreaming of fresh tomato season ✨✨... #stillwinterhere #framinghammassachusetts #eatlocalgrown #csa #mountainfresh
01/22/2022

✨✨ Dreaming of fresh tomato season ✨✨
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#stillwinterhere #framinghammassachusetts #eatlocalgrown #csa #mountainfresh

I've been meaning to thank @paperpotco for recently sending the farm their unique deck of playing cards. I've actually b...
01/19/2022

I've been meaning to thank @paperpotco for recently sending the farm their unique deck of playing cards. I've actually been using them a lot and love the art and information on each card. Thanks again!

We still have 2022 veggie and PYO flower shares available. I know it's hard to imagine walking around the farm in a t-sh...
01/15/2022

We still have 2022 veggie and PYO flower shares available. I know it's hard to imagine walking around the farm in a t-shirt on a day like today, but I promise we will be there before you know it! Get a share today and join our amazing community.

✨✨ I've been spending most of my time working from home planning for the season, but today I checked in on the farm. Sti...
01/14/2022

✨✨ I've been spending most of my time working from home planning for the season, but today I checked in on the farm. Still here and still beautiful. ✨✨
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#mafarms #framinghammassachusetts #winter #snow #neededacomputerbreak

What are your goals for 2022? Do you want to join a new community or spend more time outside? Maybe you want to learn so...
01/09/2022

What are your goals for 2022? Do you want to join a new community or spend more time outside? Maybe you want to learn something new or just eat more veggies (they really are so so good for you and so so delicious!!)? Join our CSA - Stearns still has shares available for the 2022 season! Already a member? Tell your friends, families, and neighbors!
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#mafarms #community #csa #eatmoreveggies #getoutside #volunteer #framinghammassachusetts #locallygrown

Interrupting our usual broadcast to show you all my kitties enjoying the sun today. 😸😸 Personally, I stayed warm by doin...
01/08/2022

Interrupting our usual broadcast to show you all my kitties enjoying the sun today. 😸😸 Personally, I stayed warm by doing chores and making veggie stock. My house now smells amazing.
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#winteractivities #farmingintheoffseason #stayingwarmandcozy #homemade #kitties

It's the time of year when farmers think back to the previous season and tweak their crop plans. A little more of this.....
01/05/2022

It's the time of year when farmers think back to the previous season and tweak their crop plans. A little more of this...a little less of that...maybe try new varieties... - it's a really fun and important process. We tried growing these purple scallions for the first time last season and are absolutely in love 😍 CSA members can count on seeing them in their shares again!

During the growing season, I typically don't have much time to preserve the harvest - but I do my best. I'm a fan of ove...
01/03/2022

During the growing season, I typically don't have much time to preserve the harvest - but I do my best. I'm a fan of overnight refrigerator pickles, freezing whole tomatoes, and hanging herbs to dry and use later. I recently filled tea bags with herbs and flowers from our gardens and gave some away as gifts. What a great way to remember the summer while keeping warm all winter long!

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862 Edmands Rd
Framingham, MA
01701

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20-Week CSA Summer Share
10-Week Back to School CSA Share
PYO Flower and Herb Share

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Visit Stearns Farm CSA at Framingham Earth Day Festival. They focus on the local environment and on topics related to using and preserving the crops. They offer opportunities to learn about farming by volunteering to work there once or on a regular basis. Learn more about getting involved! #earthday #framingham #recycle #localma #farmsinma
Spring is finally here - time to start thinking about purchasing a CSA share for the season! Click here to check out our local farmers resource page for a few suggestions - just click the "CSA" box to narrow your search. More local producers will be added soon! https://assabetmarket.coop/our-store/farmers-producers/ And remember, we're opening a community-owned grocery store that prioritizes LOCAL farms. More than 1,600 residents already own our store - click here to become an Owner today and let's open our Co-op! https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Business Alliance Small Farm Hutchins Farm Lilac Hedge Farm LLC Barrett's Mill Farm Stearns Farm CSA Long Life Farm Harper's Farm & Garden Codman Community Farms Siena Farms Small Farm
It's bad news, but it comes with a simple step we can take to reverse course. SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS, ORGANIC FARMS, and those minimizing pesticide use. And support community-owned grocery stores (co-ops) that source from them! Check out our local farm and producers resource page here (more to come): https://assabetmarket.coop/our-store/farmers-producers/ And help us open our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store by becoming one of our 1,600+ Owners TODAY!: https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Central Mass Grown NOFA/Mass National Young Farmers Coalition Massachusetts Mass Farmers Markets Green Maynard Green Acton Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Small Farm Hutchins Farm Barrett's Mill Farm Long Life Farm Stearns Farm CSA Applefield Farm
Did you miss our Q&A With General Manager Sam McCormick!? Watch it now! We are PSYCHED to welcome Sam as General Manager of our Assabet Co-op Market. Sam comes with a deep background in cooperatives and has also managed a green construction company, a perfect fit as we look to secure our site and build our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store. Welcome Sam! And for all our store supporters, it's time! Become an Owner TODAY and let's open our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store! https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Business Alliance Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Maynard Family Network Maynard Farmers' Market Wayland Winter Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Family Network Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Hudson, MA Farmers' Market River Valley Co-op Concord Food Co-op Brattleboro Food Co-op Neighboring Food Co-op Association Central Mass Grown Small Farm Stearns Farm CSA Hutchins Farm Bolton Local Green Maynard
We LOVE this interactive map of River Valley Co-op's LOCAL suppliers! Imagine the economic impact, the environmental impact, the COMMUNITY impact of a full-service grocery store sourcing so much food from LOCAL farms and producers! That's exactly what we intend to do when we open our Assabet Co-op Market, a LOCALLY sourced, COMMUNITY-owned grocery store. More than 1,600 local residents already OWN our store, and our site search is on - target: Maynard, Massachusetts! Click here to become an Owner TODAY, get GREAT Owner benefits, and let's open our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store! https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Business Alliance NOFA/Mass Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc Small Farm Hutchins Farm Stearns Farm CSA Cucurbit Farm Barrett's Mill Farm Hillside Harvest Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Central Mass Grown Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council Nashoba Valley Eats
Congratulations to BriarPatch Food Co-op now set to open a SECOND locally sourced, community-owned grocery store! Not many businesses thrive for 44 years, but locally sourced, community-owned grocery stores like BriarPatch are the most sustainable businesses around. And our Assabet Co-op Market is next! With more than 1,600 Owners, our site search in high gear (target: Maynard), and $1.5M of our $2M Capital Campaign goal, we're ready to build our store! Become an Owner TODAY, get great benefits, and let's build our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store! https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Business Alliance Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Central Mass Grown Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc Massachusetts Young Farmers & Ranchers Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Stearns Farm CSA
A HUGE Thanks-Giving to so many local farmers and producers who stepped up throughout the pandemic, proving they're the backbone of a stable food system. Owners, please join us in saying THANK YOU! And if your local farmer isn't on here, tag 'em and shout 'em out! Elena and Karl at Small Farm in Stow Ray at Applefield Farm in Stow Johnny and Laura at Serendipity Cafe in Maynard Gordon and Liza at Hutchins Farm in Concord Melissa and Lise at Barrett's Mill Farm in Concord Ember at Stearns Farm CSA in Framingham Ryan at Lilac Hedge Farm LLC in Holden Frank at Carlson Orchards in Harvard Clovis at Haynes Farm in Chelmsford Kate at Daisy Hill Farm (Gardening with Mittens) in Acton Linda and Shane at Balance Rock Farm in Bolton Laura at Long Life Farm in Hopkinton Steve at Hudson Hives in Hudson Now let's open our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store and get some of these folks on our shelves, eh? Become a Co-op Owner today! https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Hudson, MA Farmers' Market Transition Framingham Stow Area Parents Network - SAPN Maynard Family Network Harvard Family Association Bolton Local
Owners, please welcome our Co-op's General Manager Sam McCormick! Sam will join us for this Sunday's 2020 Annual Owners Meeting, 2-3PM on Zoom :) Welcome to our community-owned grocery store, Sam! (*All Co-op Owners have been sent the Zoom access link. If you did not receive that, please e-mail [email protected].) "I’m thrilled to be joining you as the new General Manager of Assabet Co-op Market. Throughout my interview process, I’ve been struck by the values that your fantastic board and supportive membership have consistently upheld, and I am honored to join such a wonderful group of likeminded individuals. Like many in the pandemic, I have found myself reflecting in recent months on the importance of those who are willing to collaborate in order to lift up the needs of a community. I see exactly these qualities in the Assabet Co-op Market and look forward supporting them further as a group. "A little bit more about me: I was born and raised in Philadelphia had have worn many different hats over the years. In addition to the years that I managed the Mariposa Food Co-op, I have spent time in co-op education, green construction, and business management and consulting. I am passionate about food sovereignty and social equality, and have tried to embody these values in all of my pursuits. When I’m not at work you can usually find me on a bike, practicing mixed martial arts, or somewhere outside enjoying nature. My partner, Catie, and I are looking forward to the incredible rivers and trails in your area and can’t wait to explore them. In the quieter moments, we are often settled down at home with our catsβ€”Pip, Tiny, and Ryeβ€”surrounded by too many books (I am a bookworm and Catie is a PhD in English) and an excessive array of houseplants. "I look forward to getting to know you in the coming months as we search for a new home for Assabet Co-op Market (spoiler alert: my construction background and hard hat should come in handy). Warmly, Sam" Maynard Business Alliance Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Maynard Family Network Maynard Anti-Racism Alliance - MARA Maynard Cultural Council Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Family Network Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Central Mass Grown Small Farm Hutchins Farm Applefield Farm Stearns Farm CSA Serendipity Cafe The Flower Pot Metrowest Kung Fu Kind goods 6 Bridges Gallery Maynard ArtSpace
CO-OP COMMUNITY, WE JUST BLEW PAST $1M IN OWNER LOANS & EXTENDED OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO NOV. 23!!! In just four days, our Owners have stepped up to make almost $200,000 in interest-paying loans to our Capital Campaign, including a generous $50,000 match loan that was matched. We're now more than halfway to our $2M goal and opening our community-owned grocery store! To allow for the election's schedule, we're extending our Capital Campaign through Nov. 23. To learn about making an interest-paying loan to open our Co-op TODAY, e-mail [email protected] for your prospectus! Together, we're investing in more than a locally sourced, community-owned grocery store... OUR local farms. OUR local economy. OUR community and our neighbors. OUR families' food. Let's reach out $2M goal NOW and build our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store. E-mail [email protected] for your prospectus today! Maynard Business Alliance Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Maynard Family Network Concord Family Network Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Acton-Boxborough Family Network Sudbury Family Network Stow Area Parents Network - SAPN Central Mass Grown Small Farm Hutchins Farm Stearns Farm CSA Carver Hill Orchard Shelburne Farm Pick Your Own Apples, Peaches & Pumpkins Carlson Orchards Old Frog Pond Farm Harvard Family Association Harvard Cultural Council Maynard Cultural Council Maynard ArtSpace
AWESOME NEWS! We're just $75,000 away from $1M in our Capital Campaign, halfway to breaking ground on our locally sourced, community-owned grocery store! Co-op Owners - yes, all 1,500+ of us - find out about these INTEREST-PAYING LOANS that keep benefits LOCAL as we open the area's only COMMUNITY-owned grocery store! E-mail [email protected] for your official prospectus TODAY! Still not a Co-op Owner?! The benefits are AWESOME and the local impact will be HUGE. BECOME AN OWNER TODAY and let's open our Co-op!: https://assabetmarket.coop/co-op-owners/become-an-owner/ Maynard Business Alliance Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce Maynard Family Network Maynard Farmers' Market Acton-Boxborough Family Network Acton-Boxborough Farmers Market Concord Family Network Sustainable Sudbury Green Acton Green Maynard Central Mass Grown Applefield Farm Small Farm Hutchins Farm Stearns Farm CSA Siena Farms Transition Framingham