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Posted 12/11/2017 11:53pm by MCFBoard.

The Medway community has supported MCF events, purchases at our farm stand, and participation in our three seasons of CSA shares program for 8 years. The Farm Manager oversees all aspects of production, developing and executing the Farm Operations Plan, provides leadership and maintains a safe and welcoming environment. The Farm Manager works with the Education Coordinator to serve the local community, aligned with the Medway Community Farm Mission and Goals, in coordination with the Board of Directors.

Full time 1-year contract, offering competitive salary, Vacation/Holiday time-off, Health Insurance Stipend, and on-site housing (reduced rent).

Complete Job Description and application details: http://bit.ly/2l3pj8x


 


 

 

Posted 12/4/2017 9:45pm by MCFBoard.


Medway Community Farm is sad to announce the departure of our Farm Manager, Katie Bekel. We wish her well in her future endeavors, in farming and making healthy and safe food available to more communities, and beyond. We appreciate Katie’s hard work and determined efforts on behalf of MCF, in support of our mission, and as an advocate for preserving local farmland, promoting farms, encouraging farm supporters like you, and farmers in their work.

We will keep the Medway community up-to-date on developments for the 2018 season, CSA shares, and farm stand vegetable availability when we know more, as we actively seek the best candidate to fill this position.    
 
- The MCF Board of Directors



Posted 11/20/2017 6:31pm by MCFBoard.

Dear Friends,     

As our eighth Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) growing season winds down at Medway Community Farm, we reflect on the journey our organization has taken and the wonderful Medway community of which we are honored to be a part.   

Medway Community Farm began with a vision of healthy local food, community connections, and food education. The vision was put into action with trust from the Board of Selectmen and your votes at a Town Meeting. The Town of Medway allocated land at 50 Winthrop Street to this mission, we established a not-for-profit section 501(c)3 organization, and we were off and running in 2009. Through the generosity of our community in support of our events, purchases at our farm stand, and participation in our three seasons of CSA shares program, our mission is sustained and our community expands.     

As 2017 comes to a close and you make plans for end-of-year charitable contributions, MCF invites you to make a Giving Tuesday tax-deductible donation on Nov 28th. If your plans include some Cyber Monday purchases on Nov 27th, please start at smile.amazon.com with our MCF link. Through Amazon, your purchases help MCF at no cost to you.

Each year since our inception, there are inspiring stories of the learning, hands-on experiences, and healthy eating that make both our present, and our future, brighter. Visit MCF for yourself and explore the joy of woods and fields on our sign post
 self-guided walking tour. You can volunteer for seasonal hands-in-the-dirt seeding or field work and discover the vitality of fresh vegetables, perhaps some that are new to you!

Within Medway Community Farm’s three-pronged Mission we delight in sharing Food: families gather their vegetable shares or purchase their favorites at the farm stand and market. Our volunteers and patrons also share their experience with their friends and family at the farm, where learning about and preparing new and interesting produce happens. We work and celebrate together with our Community: Individuals and families volunteer with seasonal hands-on help, for special projects, and participating in animal care. Volunteers at the Farm make a significant difference in our operation. Community events are a popular connection for many, with the Farm-to-Fork event to raise awareness and funds for the future, and a Fall Festival to celebrate the harvest and the joys of autumn. Also through Education: Farm-to-School programs with 2nd and 3rd graders growing seedlings at Burke-Memorial School nurtures an early appreciation of biology, nutrition, food production, and new tastes. All 4th graders are beneficiaries of the sustained School-to-Farm program, with four visits in the spring, learning about biology, food, and environmental science. This experience also builds practical farming skills in planning, productivity, and cultivating their own crops for their own farm stand sale day. The students manage all aspects of preparation, marketing, and sales. Our Summer Fun on the Farm and Farmer-in-Training programs, and child and adult workshops are also a resource through MCF education.    

Our nine-year journey has provided young students the opportunity to explore interests and discover ideas in agriculture, science, food topics, and environmental studies. Students at every level remark on the farm being their “happy place”, a place of pride and accomplishment, and of tasty food. They love to teach their families and friends about new vegetables
 and the importance of caring for the land. And Medway High School students regularly volunteer at MCF, contributing to our community and to the Farm’s success.

Your generosity is vital to help us continue to grow relationships between students, teachers, and Medway Community Farm. Those relationships are the key to a future of sustainable agriculture and a healthy community.

Today, we ask that you consider contributing your support for the first time, or renewing your generous past support so that we can sustain and expand our programs and broaden our community connections. Choose a level below and make a simple, powerful statement for the future. Thank you for your help in making Medway Community Farm’s impact a lasting legacy.

With gratitude,
Don Franzen
Board President                 


Donate to Medway Community Farm this Giving Tuesday 2017

In honor of GivingTuesday we invite you to make a substantial and tangible impact on the future of the farm and of our community. On Tuesday, November 28, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose, to celebrate and encourage giving.   

Help us create our most successful #GivingTuesday. Contribute to our Annual Appeal by making an online, tax-deductible 
donation.

Choose the level that works best for you right now.

$25.00 – cover the cost of a 128 plug flat of seedlings to be planted in the student gardens
$50.00 – cover the cost of a family’s week of vegetables donated to local Food Banks
$75.00 – cover the cost of staffing for our farm-to-school and school-to-farm relationships, summer programs
$120.00 – cover the cost of a week-long summer program for an area child
$500.00 – cover the cost of CSA shares for local families needing support
$______ – choose your own level of giving – your generosity makes an enormous difference   

You can also ask your employer. Many organizations will match your donation, which would double your contribution and impact. Please check with them to leverage every action to the fullest!    

Thank you for everything that you do and give in support of our Mission.





 

Posted 10/14/2017 3:44pm by MCFBoard.

Come get dinner Tuesday, October 17th
from 4:00-8:00pm in support of 
Medway Community Farm's fundraiser at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Franklin.

Mark your calendar now, and join us. 50% of the proceeds go to the Farm (bring this image on your phone, print, or tell the cashier that you are supporting the Farm)!




Posted 9/30/2017 12:40pm by MCFBoard.



Medway Community Farm

7th Annual Fall Festival


Sunday, October 1st, Noon - 4:00

   Our annual celebration of the Fall, the harvest, and enjoying the land that makes our Farm special and productive is coming October 1st from noon to 4:00 pm. Bring the whole family...spend a fun afternoon in a beautiful place.

   Enjoy hayride farm tours with our Farm Manager, Katie, nature crafts, activities for kids of all ages, Food trucks, vendors with fun food, cool organizations, and the great music of Little Jed and the Phat Daddies. MCF veggies, local honey from Nancy Russell (from MCF hives!), T.C. Scoops ice cream and more will be available for sale as well! Our partner Crafted - Craft Beer & Wine, Holliston, MA will be there to help you discover what you always wanted to know about regional craft beer and exciting wines.

Learn from our speakers about blueberries, honey production and healthy hives. And Lucy, Medway Children's Librarian, will share a harvest story! 

And take the self-guided walking tour of the Farm...stroll all around our main site. Each of the 15 stops along the way provides information about all aspects of our community farm: history, agriculture, and resources are included. Check it out!



 

Posted 9/13/2017 8:01am by Katie Bekel.

We have a beautiful fall harvest awaiting you! Fall is the best time for savory pies, cheese-y pesto pasta with veggies, potato pancakes and more! Fall veggies are perfect for stews, and are so hearty and nourishing, you will be happy it's almost winter.

Fall share pick ups are packed with 2 weeks worth of veggies since they only occur every other week, for a total of 5 pick ups over a 10 week period. The Fall share includes lots of favorites like sweet potatoes, winter squash (kabocha, delicatta, butternut, acorn, etc), kale, onions, garlic, scallions, radish, turnip, potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, cabbage, fennel, scallions, popcorn, spinach, and more. Select either Tuesday or Thursday pick ups.

Ready to sign up?! Fill out the SIGN UP FORM at our website:

 
Want all the details?
Price: $250 for Fall CSA PLUS $50 Friend of the Farm donation* OR 5 hours volunteer work
Dates: Oct 10/12
Oct 24/26
Nov 7/9
Nov 20/21
Dec 5/7
Pick up Location: Farmstand at 50 Winthrop Street Medway, MA (on colder nights pick up will be moved to the farm house)
*provides funds to make improvements to farm infrastructure
Posted 8/11/2017 5:21pm by MCFBoard.
Farm to Fork Fundraiser Dinner
September 9th, 2017

for a magical Saturday evening under the stars
(and twinkle-lit tents)  
on the Farm

Join us to raise a fork, a glass, and important funding for the future of farm fresh food, farming & food education, and community connections in Medway.

Watch our short video introduction here:




Get your tickets here by September 1st!



Oh la la, look at this exciting menu from SweetPea's Catering of the freshest of vegetables from our fields, locally sourced fruit and protein for our 6th annual event.

New this year is an exciting Silent Auction & Mystery Wine Drawing during our appetizer/cocktail hour. Look at this wonderful list of donated items:

Anne's Market Medway: Lottery card packs
Chat Noir Medway: $25 Gift Certificate + 1 free manicure
Curves Fitness Medway: $0 Signup Fee + 3 Month Membership
Debra's Flowers Holliston: Topiary plant
Dennis Coakley/Custom Celtic Knots: Custom Name Sign
Direct Tire Medway: Oil change + tire rotation & balancing 
Holistic Health Medfield: Gift Basket
HOT Pigeon Medway: Art Clock
Iron Horse Fiber Arts Natick: Fiber Gift Basket
Jameson Dempsey Medway: Wooden Pot & Pan Rack
Juice on Main Medfield: Gift Certificate
Medway Community Farm: PYO Flower Share 2018 season
Medway Famous Pizza: Pizza Coupon
Mickey Cassidy's Medway: 4 rounds of golf for price of 2
Molly's Apothecary Medway: Gift Basket
Muffin House Medway: Multiple $25 Gift Certificates
Nosh and Grog Restaurant Medfield: $25 Gift Certificate
Park Street Books Medfield: $25 Gift Certificate
PJs BBQ Medway: Gift Certificate
Salon Amalfi Millis: Gift Certificate
7th Wave Brewery Medfield: Growlers of beer & coupon/t-shirt
Taylor Family Chiropractic: $150 off exam & x-rays
Whole Foods Market Bellingham: Gift Basket
The Yoga Studio Millis: 8 Class Pass
Zig Zag Cleaners Medway: $20 Gift Certificate

And don't forget the Mystery Wine Drawing. Win one of the magically
mixed cases of wine from our collection! 

Get your TICKETS by Friday the 1st. 


Join your friends and neighbors for a delicious meal together in this verdant, peaceful setting with live music by Little Jed and the Phat Daddies

Also exciting this season is our wonderful partnership with Crafted - Craft Beer & Wine who is supplying locally sourced beers and delicious wine for the evening.




Reserve your place, get your TICKETS now!





Appetizers, Aperitifs, Silent Auction
Mystery Wine Drawing
Family Style Meal, Music, Firelight



Get your tickets here
 by September 1st.






 

Posted 8/6/2017 10:06pm by MCFBoard.

Lots of fresh veggies and at a loss for serving ideas? In partnership with Crafted - Craft Beer & Wine, Holliston, MA, Medway Community Farm is sharing recipes gathered by Crafted's owner (and beer and wine info expert) including suggested pairings. Check them out on our website and coming newsletters.

Here's a taste: r
ecipes with your CSA share ingredients, to expand your cooking and dining enjoyment, with wine and beer recommendations to enhance your meal.



Honey Mustard Pale Ale Sauce 
Adapted from BeerAdvocate Magazine: Cuisine a la Biere, July 2010 

This recipe is an easy, flavorful and versatile sauce to use on greens from your CSA share (with a thick piece of rare tuna on top is my favorite), and also works great as a base for potato salad with a little lemon juice, chopped onions and some garlic. 

Ingredients:
 
·   1/3 cup of your favorite coarse mustard 
·   1/4 cup hoppy pale ale or balanced IPA (Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale or Firestone Walker’s Union Jack are good options) 
·   2 tbsp local honey (such as Nancy Ann's from MCF hives, available at the farnstand)
·   1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
·   1 tsp coarse salt 
·   1/2 tsp cracked or coarsely ground black peppercorns 

Prep: Whisk ingredients together, put it in a canning jar. Keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. Makes 3/4
 cup, scale up as needed. 

Beer Pairing: It’ll depend on what you put this sauce on, but honey can do some nice things with a lighter, hoppy beer, playing off the fruitier, floral flavors, some of our top picks: Wash Ashore’s Maya Mae IPA and Lord Hobo’s Glorious Pale Ale.  

Recipes and pairings selected for Medway Community Farm CSA Members by Ken Onofrey, owner of Crafted.   

Crafted is a craft beer and wine shop located in Holliston, Massachusetts.  We feature over six hundred craft and imported beers and a selection of unique wines. We've got new products arriving daily and events happening every weekend! 
Come visit us at: 400 Washington Street Holliston, MA  01746   www.crafted-ma.com  

And get your tickets now for the Farm to Fork Dinner, Saturday, September 9, catered by Sweet Pea's, with wine and beer supplied by Crafted, music by Little Jed and Phat Daddies, and a special silent auction and mystery wine drawing during our appetizer hour. Don't miss it!




 

Posted 7/16/2017 9:01pm by MCFBoard.

 

 

 

YOGA AT THE FARM

Help support Medway Community Farm on Monday nights from
6-7pm with a donation based gentle yoga class!

Come stretch and strengthen your body, connect with your breath and calm the mind with yoga and aromatherapy. Class is suitable for all ages and levels. Please bring a yoga mat or towel and any other props you might like.

Classes will be Monday nights from 6-7pm on the community lawn space of the farm. The sessions will be held 7/24, 7/31, 8/7 and 8/14 (weather permitting). Any questions? Please contact Alison Dempsey at alison.dempsey@medwaycommunityfarm.org

Posted 7/7/2017 5:03pm by MCFBoard.

Farm to Fork Fundraiser ~ September 9th, 2017



Get the date on your calendar. Get your tickets! Get your friends and neighbors in on the party plan!

Sweet Pea's Catering returns to partner with our Farmers, creating an inspired menu with the freshest of vegetables, locally sourced fruit and protein for our 6th annual event. Gather your friends and neighbors for a delicious meal together in a glorious setting with live music by Little Jed and the Phat Daddies.

New this year is an exciting silent auction & mystery wine drawing. Watch for auction highlights and details on our website.

Buy your tickets now






 

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