Sign up for Spring Market Shares!

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Eating healthy in college can be hard. There are only so many times you can pick through the salad bar in the Ratty or slurp a smoothie in Poppy’s (have we determined if this exists yet?) without wanting to just give up and grab a spicy with. Luckily, there is a solution to be found. If you missed the sign up for Brown Market Shares Program (BMSP) in 2015, there is another opportunity to join this semester.

Market Shares is an initiative that connects Brown students and faculty with weekly shares of local and sustainably-grown produce. In addition to yummy fruits and vegetables, there are also eggs, dairy, meat, and bread from producers and farmers across Rhode Island. Sample shares this spring might include sweet potatoes, butternut squash, kale, and carrots.

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Sign up for Fall Market Shares by Sunday, Sept. 13th

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Interested in eating local/healthy/fresh but never found the time/money/supplies? Want to put less effort into grocery shopping? Want to finally seem like you “have it all together” (i.e. talk about cooking)? Look no further: the Brown Market Shares Program has you covered yet again. But act quickly: sign ups for Fall 2015 close Sunday, September 13th at 11:59 pm.

BMSP provides a bundle of fresh, locally-grown produce to students, faculty, and staff each week from September 24th to December 3rd, excluding the week of Thanksgiving. A sample share might include carrots, apples, fennel, and even (the trendsetter) kale. Shares can be picked up right on campus at Hillel, and you can sign up for additional shares of dairy, meat, and eggs as well. For more information on signing up, pricing, and pick up, check out their FAQs. As the saying goes: “Buy a meal credit, and eat for a day. Buy a market share, and eat for the next ten weeks excluding the week of Thanksgiving.” The answer is clear: sign up today and don’t be left disappointed at the Ratty salad bar again.

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Sign-up for Spring Market Shares ends Wednesday

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If your New Year’s resolution wasn’t already to cook more often, the impending climate catastrophe certainly proves the usefulness of being able to fend for yourself — Thayer can’t always be there. Luckily, sign-ups for Spring Market Shares are still open until this Wednesday, January 28th at midnight.

The Market Shares Program provides weekly shares of varied produce for students, faculty, and staff alike; additional shares of eggs, dairy, bread and meat are also available. All Market Shares products are local and sustainably grown, so it’s as healthy for the environment as for you. The spring shares include apples, pea greens, carrots, kale, radishes, and more, and will run from February 5th to April 23rd, excluding the week of spring break. For sample shares and more information, look here. Sign up now and be one of the cool kids all prepared with a stock of kale and organic apples when the next blizzard hits.

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A Cool Thing You Shouldn’t Miss: Sign up for a Fall Market Share

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Don’t let the departure of summer produce get you down (RIP tomatoes and berries) – sign up for a Fall Brown Market Share and receive farm fresh fruits and vegetables every week!

This delicious Fall season will run from September 18th through December 4th. The weekly bounty will be available for pickup every Thursday at the Brown/RISD Hillel. The deadline for signups is Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 11:59p.m.

Want to volunteer for Market Shares? Interested students should email volunteering@brownmarketshares.com to learn more about getting involved with the organization.

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Fiery peppers from the New Urban Farmers

Perfect for the Providence weather

WTF is happening under Faunce Arch? We have the answer: a group of farmers from the New Urban Farmers, a collective of farmers based in Pawtucket, is handing out freshly roasted peppers to passersby. The group is using a giant-fire-spitting-turning-grill-thing to cook the peppers that they grew on their farm.

Similar to the award-winning Brown Market Share Program, the group aims to connect local farmers to the communities that they help feed. The group runs a market shares program that begins in late May and continues for the next 20 weeks. The price for a full share that feeds 2-3 people is $600, while a family share is $850. The program offers a payment plan that lets you pay per week. By buying into the share, you become a member of the New Urban Farmers. The money that’s paid to the program goes towards buying seeds, farming equipment, water and labor. And the produce that you get is completely organic!

So if you’re staying in Providence for the summer, consider joining the New Urban Farmers community. After all, “The community that grows together – grows together.”