Gather to share local brews along with original or favorite poems about food & drink.
Falmouth Art Center, 137 Gifford St.
Celebrating the bounty of the Falmouth Farmers’ Market and Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” the What’s Falmouth Reading? Committee presents “Eating with the Seasons,” a three-part series of hands-on demonstrations and food tastings, starting on April 13 at Highfield Hall in Falmouth.
Each session runs 9:30-11 a.m. and is FREE of charge, but advance sign-up is required as participation is limited.
“Sourcing local foods is so important to our economy and our health,” said Susan Ryan Ackell, a chef and a member of the Falmouth Farmers’ Market board. “By demonstrating how easy it can be to prepare the wonderful foods we can find locally, we hope to make people more aware of what goes into good food, as well as what doesn’t go in.”
on Saturday, April 13, features Carrie Richter of Peachtree Circle Farm in Sippewissett. Carrie will discuss effortless ways to extract every ounce of pleasure from local food from spring to fall, by freezing, drying and putting by each season's bounty. She will accompany her talk with demos, tips and tastings guaranteed to convince you: plan ahead now!
will be held on April 20 and will feature shellfisherman Matt Weeks. He’ll discuss where to harvest shellfish on Cape Cod, demonstrate how to buy and use the right equipment, and show participants how to shuck and eat oysters.
, is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, and will feature Patricia Gadsby and Susan Ryan Ackell of the Falmouth Farmers Market. They will show participants how to make fresh cheese at home, and will offer samples and recipes.
Children’s Program Room. Call 508-457-2555, x5
GROWING VEGETABLE SOUP
by Lois Ehlert(Preschool - Grade 1)
A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup. Vegetable soup recipe included.
by Paul Fleischman (Grades 1-6)
Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants providing him with clothing, shelter, food & drink, thus helping him create his own civilization & changing his life.
Saturday, March 9, 10 – 11 am. Drop-in.
NOURISH YOURSELF & FEED YOUR FAMILY
Nutritional wellness for parents & caregivers, with Certified Holistic Food Coach Crickett Warner.
Saturday, March 23, 10 – 11 am. Drop-in.
HEALTHY EATING: Stories & Activity
For Children & Families with Miss Laura & Holistic Food Coach Crickett Warner
Wednesday, March 27, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Souper: Story Supper for Families
Stories read by Miss Laura, with a light supper of Vegetable SOUP!
Saturday, May 18, 10 am – 2 pm
Children’s Story Walk: Growing Vegetable Soup
Coonamessett Farm, 277 Hatchville Rd.
For more info, call Children’s Room at 508-457-2555, x-5.
Includes Family Science Packet.
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Falmouth Public Library Resources
Are you inspired by one of this year’s What’s Falmouth Reading? books on food, like The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and thinking about becoming a locavore? Locavores eat food that is grown locally or within a radius of where they live because they believe that regional food sources boost the economy and protect the environment. You might be surprised at our local food sources here in Falmouth and on the Cape. Below is a list of resources to get you started on becoming a locavore and finding local food sources, from farms and farmer’s markets to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooperatives.
These books define terms and provide a general background on the topic
Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food
L. A. Duram. (2010). Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood
REF 338.1 ENC
This comprehensive encyclopedia provides readers with relevant information on where their food comes from and discusses social, economic, ecological, and political concerns regarding food. Contributors range from university researchers to various organizations and agencies related to food. A great resource for understanding terms and concepts!
Encyclopedia of Food and Culture
S. H. Katz, & W. W. Weaver. (2003). NYC: Scribner
REF 394.12 ENC v.1-3
This award-winning encyclopedia claims to cover everything from “agronomy to zucchini” and is the ultimate resource for all things related to food. All aspects of food and food culture are covered from nutritional values to psychological effects. Entries are compiled by historians, chefs, anthropologists, and researchers and include illustrations, sidebars, recipes, and timelines. Perfect for students, researchers, and the curious!
Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America
A. F. Smith. (2004) NY: Oxford University Press
REF 641.3 OXF
A smorgasbord of the history and culture of food and drink in the USA. Nearly 200 authors bring together in 770 entries scholarship on wide-ranging topics from airline and funeral food to fad diets and fast food; drinks like lemonade, Kool-Aid, and Tang; foodstuffs like Jell-O, Twinkies, and Spam; and Dagwood, hoagie, and Sloppy Joe sandwiches
Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
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Pauline Pears, ed. (2005) NY: DK Publishing
REF 635.0484 ROD
An in-depth, illustrated reference on organic gardening with detailed instruction in and tips on the techniques required to produce wholesome fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers, and high-quality herbs without the use of chemicals. Includes topics such as cultivation, pest control, composting, and year-round gardening methods.
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The following databases provide easy access to articles on the topic gathered together in easy, subject-specific collections—from why to be a locavore to how to be a locavore and much more. Try searching “locavore” or “local foods” after clicking on the links below or access the articles through the Library website at the Full Suite of Gale Databases.
You will need your CLAMS card!
Culinary Arts Collection
Gale (Firm). (2008)
Culinary arts collection. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning.
This database provides articles, book reviews, buyer’s guides, and recipes from more than 150 cooking and nutrition magazines such as Natural Life, Natural Health, Nature Foods Merchandiser, and Pro Farmer. Look for the links on the right of the screen, too, for links to other subjects such as “sustainable living” and “farmers.” This is a great resource for industry information and practical instruction, as well.
Environmental Studies & Policy
Gale (Firm). (2006)
Environmental studies and policy collection. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage Learning.
With more than 800 journals of full-text information, this database provides answers to all environmentally-related questions from such publications as Farm Industry News, Mother Earth News, Smithsonian, and Sierra. Do not forget to click on other suggested subjects like “agricultural industry” and “community supported agriculture.”
Gardening, Landscape & Horticulture
Gale (Firm). (2006)
Gardening, landscape & horticulture collection. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale Cenage Learning.
This collection of nearly fifty journals is described for farmers, biotechnologists, and gardeners of all levels, who seek information from practical applications to scientific theories. Do not forget to try searches on beekeeping, herbs, and edible flowers!
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Regional & Local Websites For Locavores:
Buy Fresh Buy Local
A go-to resource that offers a harvest calendar to let locavores know what is in season (includes fish, too); a list of local farms, farm stands, and farmer’s markets; restaurants that support local farmers; local news & events; and links to other helpful resources.
A 20 acre farm and research enterprise that sells its produce and offers educational opportunities, as well as tours, entertainment, a café and gift shop, and ice cream. The farm has also added a shellfish division, too, that endeavors to collaborate with such agencies as Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Sea Grant, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory and the Laboratory for Marine Animal Health at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ecovian describes itself as “an online green city guide created by a community of passionate members dedicated to living a sustainable lifestyle.” Compiled by community members, this a good source for Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) within a 60 to 140 mile radius. In fact, there are 121 CSAs listed.
Edible Cape Cod
Celebrating the abundance of local foods, season by season. Online version of print magazine published by Dianne & Doug Langeland. Articles, recipes, interviews, e-newsletter.
Falmouth Farmer's Market
The Falmouth Farmers' Market was established in 2008 at Peg Noonan Park on Main Street in Falmouth, MA. Each Thursday (from May to October) afternoon's market features Cape Cod and Southeastern Mass. grown and artisanally crafted vegetables, fruits, cheeses, lobsters, breads, pies, pastas, smoked fish, herbs, vegetable starts and ornamentals. They also hold one-day markets in November and December. See website for dates.
Local Food Report
On the air at WCAI 90.1 FM. Featuring ardent locavore Elspeth Hay of Wellfleet. Hear the podcast or read Diary of a Locavore Blog about food on Cape & Islands, South Coast and farmers’ markets.
Tony Andrew’s Farm
This well-established farm offers fresh fruits and vegetables, and you can pick your own. Their website provides a list of what produce is available, as well as events being offered. Pumpkin picking in October and strawberry picking in June are local favorites!
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For Farmers On Land Or Sea:
Barnstable County Beekeepers Association
A 35-year-old group of more than 200 honeybee enthusiasts from Cape Cod and the surrounding area. The BCBA meets monthly to discuss topics relevant to beekeeping on Cape Cod. Topics include hive management, honeybee pests and diseases, swarm control, plants and pollination, and extracting honey.
Cape & Islands Farm Bureau
This 70 year old grassroots organization has over 700 members, whose goal it is to “make farming more profitable” and “assist those who are interested in better management and use of land and land development to best preserve the “Agricultural Way of Life.”
Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association, Inc.
A nationally recognized, non-profit organization that aligns protection of the oceans with the interests of our historic fishing community. We support stewardship of coastal ecosystems through education, research, and policy programs. Started in 1991 by the local fishing fleet, the Hook Association has become the leading community fisheries organization in the region. We are taking action now to make sure there are fish for future generations.
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
The Extension provides information on both agricultural and marine food systems. Their website also includes annual reports, programs & events (including 4-H), environmental safety issues (water quality reports), and a great “A to Z Index.”
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
A community of farmers, gardeners, landscapers, and consumers with the mission to educate members and the general public on local organic systems, the NOFA/Mass website not only maps out organic food sources and raw milk dairies, but it also offers workshops and conferences that include topics on soil, cheese, poultry, beef, and beekeeping, to name just a few. They are also a great resource for policy and legal issues in relation to organic farming.
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP)
A where, how, and why website; SEMAP offers information on where to by locally grown foods, how to grow your own food, and why support such efforts. SEMAP’s mission is “dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.” Their online publication “Where to Start” is very useful.
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Below are other information sources that may help those who are interested in learning about (or joining) local associations or even starting their own farm—on land or sea!
Agricultural Land Use on Cape Cod: looking to the future
Katherine Beauchamp and Maggie Geist, (2011?). Barnstable, MA: Association to Preserve Cape Cod.
REF LocHist 333.76 BEA
Beauchamp and Geist’s study provides useful information relating to the Association to Preserve Cape Cod and the local agricultural community. The study covers a range from inventories, affiliations, surveys, and policies, and a useful bibliography. A great resource for those interested in planning their own gardens.
New Alchemy Quarterly. New Alchemy Institute
(1981). East Falmouth, MA: Published by the New Alchemists for contributing members of the New Alchemy Institute.
REF LocHist 630 NEW
Although it is no longer published, the New Alchemy Quarterly is a great local resource. Ahead of its time, New Alchemy’s research in agriculture, aquaculture, and bioshelters is very useful with articles ranging from organic gardening to pest control, and greenhouses for winter food production to indoor fish ponds.
SEMAC Mini-Grant Profiles
Southeastern Massachusetts Aquaculture Center. (1998). Barnstable, Mass.: SEMAC
REF LocHist 639.8 SEM
Do not forget that locavores on the Cape may rely upon the bounties of the sea, as well. SEMAC’s mission is to “foster the sustainable development of private/public aquaculture endeavors within the southeastern region.” Their grants focus primarily on local shellfish.
AMERICAN ARTISANAL: finding the country’s best real food, from cheese to chocolate
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THE BLACK DOG SUMMER ON THE VINEYARD COOKBOOK
BLUE EGGS & YELLOW TOMATOES - recipes from a modern kitchen garden
Jeanne T. Kelley
THE CAPE COD TABLE
CAPE COD WAMPANOAG COOKBOOK: Wampanoag Indian recipes, images & lore
CLEAN FOOD - a seasonal guide to eating close to the source
EARLY SPROUTS: cultivating healthy food choices in young children
ECRC J 649.3 Kal
EARLY SPROUTS COOKBOOK
NEW ECRC J641.5 Kal
EDIBLE: a celebration of local food
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ORGANIC, SUSTAINABLE & LOCAL FOOD
Leslie A. Duram
REF 338.1 ENC
FOOD RULES: an eater’s manual
FRESH & HONEST: food from the farms of New England & the kitchen of Henrietta’s Table
FRESH FOOD FROM SMALL SPACES
R. J. Ruppenthal
HARVEST EATING COOKBOOK: more than 200 recipes for cooking with seasonal local ingredients
THE HEIRLOOM LIFE GARDENER: the Baker Creek way of growing your own food easily & naturally
Jere & Emilee Gettle
JOURNEY AROUND CAPE COD & THE ISLANDS COOKBOOK
LOCAL BOUNTY: seasonal vegan recipes
LOVE SOUP: 160 all-new vegetarian recipes
THE MARTHA'S VINEYARD TABLE
Jessica B. Harris
MOOSEWOOD RESTAURANT COOKING FOR HEALTH: more than 200 vegetarian & vegan recipes for delicious & nutrient rich dishes
THE ORGANIC COOK'S BIBLE
PLENTY: one man, one woman & a raucous year of eating locally
POTLUCK AT MIDNIGHT FARM: celebrating food, family & friends on Martha's Vineyard
THE PRODUCE BIBLE: essential ingredient information & more than 200 recipes for fruits, vegetables, herbs & nuts
Jesse Ziff Cool
A SLICE OF ORGANIC LIFE
Scheherazade Goldsmith, ed
SUGAR SNAPS & STRAWBERRIES: simple solutions for creating your own small space edible garden
TABLE TALK: FOOD, FAMILY, LOVE: a cookbook
THE TOWN THAT FOOD SAVED: how one community found vitality in local food
THE VEGETABLE GARDENER’S BIBLE
Edward C. Smith
VINEYARD HARVEST: a year of good food on Martha's Vineyard
THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET COOKBOOK: a guide to natural foods with 350 recipes
WOODS HOLE COOKS SOMETHING UP: favorite recipes from a Cape Cod village
Woods Hole Historical Museum
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Cook’s Illustrated (Bi-monthly)
Edible Cape Cod (Quarterly)
Fine Gardening (Bi-monthly)
Mother Earth News (Bi-monthly)
Organic Gardening (Bi-monthly)
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PREVIOUS WHAT'S FALMOUTH READING PICKS
2012 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Seen the Glory: a novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, by John Hough, Jr
2011 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Silent
Spring, by Rachel Carson.
2010 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Moby-Dick,
by Herman Melville.
2009 What's Falmouth Reading Book: An
Invitation to Poetry: a new favorite Poem Project anthology, edited
by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz.
2008 What's Falmouth Reading Book: This I Believe edited Jay Allison and Dan
2007 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Curious
incident of the dog in the night-time, by Mark Haddon.
2006 What's Falmouth Reading Book: Mountains
beyond mountains, by Tracy Kidder.
2005 What's Falmouth Reading Book: The Color
of water, by James McBride.
2004 What's Falmouth Reading Book: 1984,
by George Orwell.
2003 What's Falmouth Reading Book: To
kill a mockingbird, by Harper Lee.