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Today! Yay! … and flower power!

Farmers Market 1-1-2

Go, REC FARMERS MARKET, GO!!!!

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At Crystal Park (aka University Park) 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

REC farmers markets – the most diverse farmers markets in the city!

SNAP/EBT Cards, WIC, Senior coupons accepted at all REC FARMERS MARKETS!

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And … FREE YOGA ON THE WORCESTER COMMON …

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And … Worcester, we are doing it! Revitalizing our downtown!

Why, just look at the pretty grounds of the Mercantile Center (the old Worcester Galleria)! Yesterday, I saw flowers galore outside their building, across the street from City Hall. And their flowers cascaded, sprouted and bloomed all through our downtown, all the way to St. Vincent’s. Lovely!

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The DCU Center could learn a few things from their across-the-way neighbor! The sparsely planted DCU trees don’t soften their big, harsh building. Don’t make it look inviting! And where are all the colors! No pretty flowers!!! Damn!!!!

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For Worcester Public Schools nutrition matters

By John Monfredo, Worcester School Committee

“The first and most respectable of the arts is agriculture.” -Rousseau

The Worcester Public Schools continue to achieve a balance between academics and wellness as we try to provide nutritious foods for our students. Recently Massachusetts celebrated “Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week.” Throughout the state local famers were delivering boxes and bags of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables destined for school cafeterias.

The kick off for the event was held right in Worcester at City View School. “Massachusetts Harvest for Student Week celebrated the wonderful connections that are being forged between school food services and farms all over the state,” said Kelly Erwin, Manager of the Massachusetts Farm to School Project. Worcester was chosen for the “kickoff” because it is a one of the leading schools in the state promoting health foods and as Ms. Erwin stated there is a School Food revolution taking place in Worcester. She went on to say that Worcester has emerged as a leader in the state. Ms. Erwin referred to Worcester Public School Nutrition Director, Donna Lombardi, as the rock star of nutrition for she has had Worcester well ahead of the curve on nutrition initiatives. Continue reading For Worcester Public Schools nutrition matters

New Main South Farmers’ Market is open!

By the great folks at Worcester’s REC (Regional Environmental Council)

After a great pilot program last September, the Regional Environmental Council’s Urban Gardening Resources of Worcester (UGROW) has kept its promise and successfully brought a new farmers market to the Main South community for this year’s New England harvest season. The Main South Farmers’ Market (MSFM), located at 807 Main St at the corner of Benefit and Main has been up and running since Saturday, June 6 and will be open every Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, through October 31.

Local farms have been setting up shop on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm at the corner of Benefit Street & Main Street to sell their locally grown produce and locally made products. The last two Saturdays, there was a variety of produce, freshly baked breads, freshly made corn tortillas and handmade crafts. Gibson’s Dairy provided local milk, cheeses, eggs, honey and maple syrup. At the first market day, there was also entertainment by Dan Burke. Youth from the Toxic Soil Busters were also on hand to perform their latest and greatest hits. Continue reading New Main South Farmers’ Market is open!