Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Focus on Food; Fourteen in 2014

The Brookline community made huge strides in 2014 towards creating a food system that focuses more completely on sourcing food locally!


Brookline - fresh and local - it's growing all around!

10. Little Kids Dig Local Food

Brookline Recreation Department’s Stephanie Springer has been busy inspiring a new crop of gardeners with Barbara Westley, Community Gardens Coordinator, and the Brookline Community Foundation Garden. Last spring and summer Brookline Rec. Dept. afterschool program participants and summer campers visited these gardens, learned about where their food comes from, and helped plant and harvest crops. Harvest from the Brookline Community Foundation garden was donated to the Brookline Food Pantry by the young gardeners.

11. Big Kids Take Action on Food

Brookline High School Food Justice Committee ran a food justice assembly in the fall for the 9 th grade class. Keep an eye out for the upcoming Hunger Banquet, a long-standing event at BHS. Read more here .

12.  Local Flavors Abound

In a local food victory, Brookline’s only certified green restaurant, The Fireplace will continue to serve up fresh and local in Brookline. Offering seasonal bests from over a dozen local producers, Jim Solomon continues his mission to serve the finest of Massachusetts and New England. Other new settings for savoring seasonal local flavor in Brookline include Rifrullo Cafe , Clover Food Lab , and just over the border in Boston is Mei Mei . Support local food in our local restaurants!

13. Farmer’s Markets go Year Round in Town

2014 marked many changes for Brookline’s Farmer’s Markets as they continue to bring fresh and local products to Brookline year round! This year many new and returning favorites fill up the Centre Street parking lot on Thursdays, June to November, with a kaleidoscope of colors, textures, smells and tastes. As the weather turns cooler a thoughtful selection of produce, meats, baked goods and special treats fills the arcade on Sundays November to June. Read more here and here .

14.  Growing Local All Over Town

In 2014 Goddard House got growing with help from Green City Growers (GCG) who led a weekly garden gathering with residents to install, tend and harvest a raised bed garden. This hands-on experience was so successful that the garden is expanding in 2015. A local favorite GCG has installed raised beds all over Brookline and interest continues to grow! Edibles are also plentiful in schoolyard gardens across town. The Community Garden at Larz Anderson, with 115 garden plots, continues to be in high demand. Window boxes, containers and hanging pots are overflowing all over Brookline - so dig in and eat local. Read more here and here .

Many strides were taken in 2014 across the country and in our backyard to become more conscious of the food we eat and where it comes from. This year we will continue to document this positive trend, and look forward to sharing it with you.