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Northshore March 2018

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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Bread Grains Milk Cheese Butter Yogurt Ice Cream Meats (including pork, lamb, grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey, prepared sausages, dried/cured meats) Fish Vegetables Fruit Pet food Pantry items (such as pasta/sauces, jams, honey, nuts/seeds, dried fruit, coffee/tea, oil/vinegar, etc.) Available Foodstuffs Eighty-plus farms grow, raise, produce, or supply: For a full list, visit 115 or buy into a CSA. Farmers to You fills in the gaps. First, there are very few food co-ops in Massachusetts, and those that exist carry limited local goods. Second, most CSAs do not offer the kind of variety that Farmers to You supplies. Georgaklis is sometimes asked whether he is competing with local markets. He responds: "We encourage people to buy as much as they can as close as they can, and then move out from there [to their regional sources]. We want to be that next level out. We are not competing with local farmers and producers, we are competing with supermarkets." So how does it work? Participating families place online orders on Mondays; Farmers to You picks up food from the farms on Tuesday mornings; and on Wednesdays, people arrive at pick-up points to receive their custom or- ders, which run about $40. Many participants make use of the chef's weekly recipes and menus found on the Farmers to You website. "It's such a gift to our families," says Geor- gaklis. "It helps people jumpstart the process of putting together meals and buying food accordingly." Simply put, Farmers to You is about healthy food and those who produce and consume it. But the organization delivers so much more. When asked what he thinks makes it popular, Georgaklis says, "Freshness and flavor—that's what keeps our families coming back time and again." PHOTOGRAPHS BY H.B. WILCOX (MESCLUN GREENS, BRUSSELS SPROUTS) PRODUCTS COURTESY OF FARMERS TO YOU Products from around New England locations including Ploughgate Creamery, Square Deal Farm, Strafford Organic Creamery, Jasper Hill Farm, Pete's Greens, Snug Valley Farm, and Jericho Settlers Farm.

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