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We are a network of neighbors and friends dedicated to local food, good eating, and building community.  We are based in the Whipple Hill area, which is the junction of Winchester, Arlington, and Lexington but have members from a wide area.  We rely on farms we know and our own gardens to get food on the table year round, using food traditions that unlock nutrition and taste unknown in the industrial system.  If this sounds like you, please join our group!

Our cooperative structure efficiently bridges the gap between the seasonality of local harvests and the eating of a whole diet based on them year round.  At the same time we advance our own knowledge as food artisans, experience the joy of creating and sharing, contribute to regenerating the local economy, and participate fully in the relationships upon which the local food system is based.  

Our products derive from such sources and methods as dairy cultures--buttermilk, creme fraiche, yogurt, butter, cheese, kefir and whey; lacto-fermentation--sauerkraut, kimchi, sour pickles, sodas, beet kvass, and more; scoby or yeast culture--kombucha tea, vinegar, hard cider, ginger beer, water kefir, sourdough bread; and other preservation methods such as freezing, dehydration, covering with olive oil, and canning.  

Clearly, one person cannot keep all that up alone, which is why we need you!  Here's a quote from an article that could well be the group credo: "We envision a society where every household has a speciality, be it soda or sauerkraut, soap or stock, bread or soy sauce, that they make in quantities sufficient for five or ten households--precisely the quantity that maximizes efficiency without compromising quality."

We meet in small groups to learn from and support each other in specific food preparation tasks that will extend the season of a quantity of local farm produce or otherwise transform a raw ingredient into a product ready for the kitchen or table.  Members can provide support in many different ways besides helping in the kitchen, including obtaining the raw ingredients fresh and economically, providing the venue, or assuming childcare responsibilities.  

Trade may be the focus of an event, in which members bring items to share, swap or trade.  As more of us learn the skills we share, and as we increase our reliance on the local food system year round, then with a little creative organizing it should be possible to coordinate a trade event at any time of the year that meets the needs of all participants.  

Finally, by pooling our resources we can support local farms, leverage our ability to buy in bulk and save, and pave the way to create new jobs and enhance our own livelihoods within the local food system.  

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  • 5 days ago · 10:00 AM

    Home Composting Workshop

    2 Food Artisans

    Registration open to kids ages 8 and up, too! (with adult participant) Learn about the science of compost, why compost is critical to organic gardening, and how to... Learn more
  • April 15 · 8:00 PM

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    5 Food Artisans

    THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT AS OF 4/12! YOU MUST BE REGISTERED VIA WLFARM.ORG TO ATTEND.Registration open to kids ages 8 and up, too! (with adult participant) Learn about... Learn more
  • April 14 · 5:30 PM

    Farm Share Fair 2016

    2 Food Artisans

    Do you love local, fresh food?  Maybe you’ve been thinking about joining a CSA – a Farm Share? A Farm Share program allows you to receive a fabulous box of great stuff... Learn more
  • February 15 · 6:00 PM

    fermentation themed dinner & cocktails + fermentation 101 workshop

    5 Food Artisans

    Aurum Restaurant & Boston Ferments are teaming up again for a night of fermentation on Monday, February 15th! Our last workshop was standing room only so we’ve decided... Learn more
  • Oct 24, 2015 · 10:00 AM

    Healthy Soup Making Workshop

    3 Food Artisans | 4.00

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