A Note from Our Farmers

An Update from World Farmers on behalf of the farmers at Flats Mentor Farm
Excess Water Causes Crop Damage
July 2021
All farmers are committed and resilient. Flats Mentor farmers in particular, are steadfast in their dedication.

With these recent rains, FMF farmers have been hit hard. All of our 5 FMF program land sites have been significantly affected; some worse than others. A significant portion of our landmark farm in Lancaster was flooded last week, parts of which are still under water today. It is disheartening and tragic to see, but many FMF farmers are still smiling. 
 
For those looking for the Flats Mentor Farm banner at your community market, we ask that you bear with us while we dry out. FMF farmers have indicated that this weather may result in a week or two without crops for market over the next few weeks, and those who do attend the market may go with less product and increased prices. Keep in mind that these increased prices are really just enough for the farmer to skate by – if that. 
 
The excess water has caused a variety of production struggles – complete crop loss, waterlogged plants, increased potential for disease and pest attacks on plants, and an inability to prep the land and get the second planting in the ground – just to name a few. Needless to say, mother nature has not been kind to us this season, and farmers are experiencing the effects of climate change in full force. 
 
All farmers in this region are struggling with production this season, so whether it’s a FMF farmer or another local farmer, please be kind to those who grow your food. And, buy from farmers directly so that they may attempt to recover and return next year – to once again grow our food. 
~ World Farmers ~

Learn more at https://www.worldfarmers.org/

Open Friday & Saturday

Fresh produce for you!

Join us at one of our four Somerville locations this Friday and Saturday, July 23-24, for fresh produce and more! We are excited to continue bringing you fresh food, grown by local farmers here in Massachusetts.

This week we will have: beets, broccoli, cabbage, callaloo, corn, cilantro, onions, potatoes, radishes, scallions, yellow squash, and zucchini!

Thank you!

Thank you all for such a wonderful season. In this crazy era, with all these new restrictions and guidelines, we loved serving you all every week and hope you enjoyed shopping. Now is the time we hunker down into the fall. I know I have a collection of squashes and pumpkins to eat from, but they won’t last very long at the rate I’m eating squash soup.

Looking for more food resources? Find help at somfoodlink

Local produce will be available at ROOTED in the Armory Cafe at 191 Highland Avenue, and the Winter Farmers Market will open up in December. The Winter Farmers Market accepts HIP and SNAP. More information is available at somwintermarket.org.

Final Market Week

Hi everyone. Thank you for such a wonderful season!

This week we will have cheese pumpkins and a variety of winter squashes.

We will also have fresh corn, kale, apples, beets, carrots, cilantro, collards, mint, onions, parsley, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, bell peppers, radishes zucchini, and tomatoes.

Our pre-bagged option will likely include corn, green peppers, zucchini, carrots and kale.

Hope to see you there!

Week 14

Can you believe it’s almost the end of the season? We can’t! We hope you join us for our last two weeks of Market and savor the taste of a Massachusetts fall with us.

We apologize for not being able to carry corn last week, but we’re going to try to again this week. It just wasn’t plump enough in the field, but I heard this week it is just about ready.

With any luck we should be carrying cranberry beans! Cross your fingers. if I can, I’ll post an update regarding whether or not we’ll have them FOR SURE and if we can sell in bulk.

We should also be carrying apples, beets, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cilantro, collards, kale, onions, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, habaneros, green bell peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, winter squashes, and we might even have some tomatillos.

This flat leaf kale goes by dinosaur, lacinato, or tuscan kale

From wikipedia: Lacinato kale grows 60 to 90 centimetres (2 to 3 feet) tall[11] and has dark blue-green leaves with an “embossed texture”; its taste is described as “slightly sweeter and more delicate […] than curly kale.”[12] The lacinato variety is sometimes called dinosaur kale because its bumpy leaves may resemble what dinosaur skin looked like,[13] and perhaps because the unique appearance of the leaves is evocative of primordial flora. Because of its taste, “slightly bitter [and] earthy”,[14] it has been called “the darling of the culinary world”

If you’ve bought lacinato kale from us, know proudly it was grown in right here in Somerville at South Street Farm!

Week 13

This weekend, we welcome in October. The weather doesn’t look so cold this week, but you never know this time of year. Hopefully, the frosts will wait.

We will be carrying more tender fruits and vegetables that were miraculously spared from the first frosts such as: cantaloupe, cilantro, eggplant, mint, zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, and Thai hot chili peppers.

Thai hot chili peppers in action. Each pepper between 1/2 inch and 2 inches long

We will also be carrying our more frost-hardy produce: apples, beets, kale, carrots, corn, cabbage, onions, red potatoes, sweet potatoes, and an assortment of winter squash.

In our pre-bagged bag, we’ll serve your autumnal needs with sweet potatoes, carrots, onions and kale.

As many of you know, our farmers are facing some crop difficulties. We’ve already had two frosts this year, and we are deep into a drought. That is to say, I hope we’ll have all this and more for the weekend, but I can’t guarantee it.

See you this weekend!

Week 12 corrected.

Hi everyone, I tried placing my produce order for the week and found out that both of the farms we source from got a frost this week.

With the frosts, crops of jilo, eggplant, cilantro, and callaloo died back. Such a shame to only have jilo for one week this year, but it is what it is.

The peppers must’ve been in a protected location, so we’ll be able to carry an abundance of habaneros this weekend like we haven’t seen yet! The cilantro and callaloo died back in the frost, but we’ll have parsley and cabbage for sale this week instead.

It’ll be another cold night tonight, cross your fingers we won’t get more frost before this weekend!

Week 12

Hope you all enjoyed the equinox on Sunday! Now it’s officially autumn. This weekend should be a little warmer than the last, but the weather won’t stay for long- so stop by the Market to stock up on our assortment of winter squashes, sweet potatoes, and jalapeños to keep you warm in the coming months.

One of our farms had a light frost this past week, but we still have more to offer including: corn, cilantro, arugula, red potatoes, onions, cantaloupe, green peppers, zucchini, apples, beets, callaloo, carrots, eggplant, jilo, and tomatoes.

In our bag this week we’ll have some green peppers, corn, zucchini, arugula, and onions.

Can’t wait to see you this week!