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Offer your input at Somerville by Design Open House on June 24

The second Union Square Somerville by Design Open House will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30PM at the former Post Office in Union Square.

Catching up on Somerville development plans? Read an account of the latest developments in the Somerville Journal article, “Big plans and price tags for Union Square.”

From #SomerBlizz to #SomerBliss

SomerBlissFrom June 1st to June 30th, help kick off the summer by supporting local Somerville businesses that had a rough winter!

Shop and eat locally during the month of June and tweet how excited you are for summer using #SomerBliss.

The business with the most June mentions scores a SomerBliss banner and free memberships from Somerville’s business support organizations.

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