Farm Partnerships Bring Local Produce into Our Kitchen & Community
It’s the growing season, and during this time of year our kitchen is packed with donated produce from local farms, purveyors, and food rescue organizations. Through these partnerships we receive fresh, seasonal produce that would otherwise remain unsold or left in the fields. As soon as each shipment arrives, the fun really begins, as our chefs and dietitians work side-by-side to incorporate the produce into scratch-made, medically tailored meals for our clients.
 
Every Thursday, thanks to Land’s Sake Farm, the benefits of local produce extend beyond our kitchen and into our urban community through our Farm to Fork Nutrition Education classes. Class participants take home a Land’s Sake Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, courtesy of the Town of Weston and Stop and Shop. Participants, some of whom are nutritionally vulnerable, learn how to prepare healthy dishes using the CSA ingredients, taste-test new recipes, and receive healthy recipes to take home.
 
“Our Farm to Fork classes get participants excited to eat and cook with fresh vegetables,” says Valerie Machinist, Community Servings’ Manager of Nutrition Services. “Every week we hear about what participants cooked using their CSA share from the previous week. It also encourages them to try new things – last week there were eggplants in the share, and one participant swore she hated eggplants. We made a delicious and healthy baba ghanouj (Middle Eastern eggplant dip) served with homemade whole wheat pita chips, and she admitted that she loved it. Nothing makes our dietitians happier than seeing people expand their food horizons and enjoy healthy foods. And I think that’s what Community Servings strives to do with all of our meals.”
A FARM-TO-FORK RECIPE:
Sesame Zucchini Muffins
Photo by Shaina Olmanson
With the dog days of summer comes the need for some light and bright muffins! This month, we give your typical zucchini muffin a twist with a touch of lemon zest. If you want to take it a step further, top the muffins with some sesame seeds for a non-traditional crunch! 

Buy a Tile, Leave a Legacy
Purchase a tile as part of our Food is the Foundation Campaign ! Make a donation of $1,000 or $2,000 and have your name, or the name of a loved one, permanently displayed on our beautiful donor acknowledgement wall in our new building. This is a limited-time opportunity and we have a limited quantity of tiles to sell!

Thursdays, 4:30 PM, until October 24
August 14
September 19
October 17
October 19
October 24-26
Farm to Fork Nutrition Education Class at Community Servings sponsored by Land's Sake Farm and Stop and Shop.
Community Servings' Young Leader (CSYL) Summer Party in our new Community Room and patio! Learn more and RSVP .
Save the date for CSYL Foodie Crawl at Assembly Row
Save the date: 7th annual Food is Medicine Symposium at Harvard Law School
5th annual Brunch Battle at District Hall - Proceeds benefit Community Servings
America's Test Kitchen Boston Eats - Proceeds benefit Community Servings and Future Chefs
Tis the season for MICROGREENS! We received a donation of micro radish greens so Qudsiyah, one of our former Teaching Kitchen trainees, snipped & included them in a pesto pasta salad. In addition to classroom instruction, our Teaching Kitchen trainees work alongside our professional culinary team & help prepare client meals. #behindthescenes #whatscookin #microgreens #eatlocal
School’s out, which means we’ve been seeing more young people in our kitchen during the day! Mason & Ben helped Kimanee package meals for our clients this morning. Mason & Ben’s mom is Beth, one of our RDNs. There are many ways for kids to support our mission, like making cards for us to include in clients’ meal bags. #volunteersmakeithappen
We recently visited our friends Southern Proper & Toro with a Staff Family Meal to thank them for their ongoing support of our mission to prepare & deliver scratch-made meals to our clients. #Boston's restaurant community is so generous with their talent & time -- whether they're donating pies for #PieintheSky or rolling up their sleeves & volunteering in our kitchen -- we're so grateful for their support. Thank you, friends!
Thank You!
The Red Sox Raffle raised more than $11,000, providing hundreds of free, scratch-made meals for our clients! Thank you to our generous sponsor, Citizens Bank

For the $6,000 grant provided by the Cambridge Community Foundation to help fund our scratch-made meals and nutrition program for our clients and their families living in Cambridge.