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Now Open: Union Square Farmers Market

Mid May through Thanksgiving, Saturdays, 9 AM – 1 PM.

In the heart of Union Square, Somerville MA. Served by MBTA buses 86,87 and 91

This weekly market offers the best locally grown and regionally produced agricultural items including vegetables, fruits, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, breads, pastries, chocolate, and wine. We feature rotating guest vendors each week, as well as live entertainment.

We accept cash (of course!), SNAP/EBT, CREDIT and DEBIT cards.  SNAP users receive a $1-to-$1 match up to $10 each week on purchases.

See you at the market!

Save the Date: 2015 Fluff Fest on September 26

Save the Date for this year’s Fluff Festival.  It will take place on Saturday, September 26.  We need your help to make the tenth anniversary of the Fluff Festival great.  We are looking for the right theme so we are soliciting ideas.  As this is a big undertaking, we also need lots of help so if you are interested in working to put the Festival together or in volunteering on the day of Festival, let us know.  Just Fluffsend your theme ideas and/or your name, contact info and area of interest in volunteering to esther@unionmainstreets.org.

Weekend Events in and around Union Square

Somerville is the place to be this coming weekend, May 2-3.  Here are two great events:

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2015 Jane’s Walk: Explore Hidden Assets of Union Square
Janes Walk Flyer 2015

Please help with the 2015 Farmer’s Market SNAP Match

Union Square Main Streets needs your help to provide fresh, local food from the farmers market to Somerville’s lowest income residents.

How it Works

SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) recipients use their benefit cards to purchase farmers market tokens. Union Square Main Streets then matches every dollar up to $10 dollars, allowing SNAP customers to purchase $20 instead of $10 worth of healthy, fresh, local food.

Your contribution will help feed our neighbors. All donations are tax deductible. So please, give today.

Please join the campaign online at:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2015-union-square-farmers-market-snap-match

Why This is Important

Between 2000 and 2010, the poverty rate in Somerville grew from 12.5% to 18%. More than 13,000 Somerville residents live below the poverty line. And recent federal budget cuts have further reduced food benefits making healthy farmer’s market food inaccessible for most.

How You Can Help

Since 2010, Union Square Main Streets has spent $10,000 matching SNAP payments and helped hundreds of our neighbors eat good, fresh, locally grown food. Help us ensure that we can continue to provide access to healthy food for those in need. We need $4,500 to sustain the SNAP match for the 2015 Union Square Farmers Market season. The opening of the farmers market is just around the corner and we need your donation today.

Your contribution will help feed our neighbors. All donations are tax deductible. So please, give today.

Donations of any amount help!

Here is what your donation provides:

  • $10 = one SNAP match for one family
  • $40 = SNAP match benefits for one family for one month
  • $100 = one SNAP match for ten families
  • $200 = all the SNAP match funds for one Saturday farmer’s market

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2015-union-square-farmers-market-snap-match#home

Understanding the Proposed New Zoning Plan

As part of Somerville’s planning process for the future, the city has proposed a new zoning plan that would make substantive changes to the current zoning code.  The Board of Alderman has until June 27 to vote on the changes and if plan is voted down, the city would have to re-start the process.  The Board of Alderman will next meet to discuss the plan on April 15.

The proposed zoning plan is 308 pages long.  For help in understanding the plan and learning more about it, you can read this recent article, “Everything you wanted to know about Somerville’s new zoning plan but were afraid to ask”,  or go to the city’s special website: http://www.somervillema.gov/zoning/

Come help clean up Union Square with old and new friends…

A great opportunity to work with your neighbors in cleaning up our Square while having some fun conversations…

WHEN:
Saturday, April 25th (Rain Date April 26th)
10 a.m.-noon is the Clean UP
Noon-2  p.m.  BBQ at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House

WHERE:
WARD 2:  Union Square Parking Lot @ SCAT Building
Albert F. Argenziano School @ Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street
South Street Farm, 100 South Street

Tools and bags will be provided; just come and help clean up for two hours then join us for a community barbecue and SomerGreen Festival with music and family friendly activities immediately following the cleanup from noon to 2 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive.

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