Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pickling history and an Akin Bak special

The Mass Outdoors blog has a good article on pickling.
Looking for an easy way to preserve the delicious produce you bought during Farmer’s Market Week? Read more on the history of pickling. 
Served crispy as an appetizer or spicy as a snack, pickled green beans, more commonly known as “Dilly Beans”, can even be served instead of celery in a Bloody Mary. Pickling is a way of preserving food especially during the summer when there is an abundance of fresh, local produce. 
Pickling began 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. Pickling was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Pickling and food preservation developed and grew in the United States during the sixteenth century with the arrival of new foods from Europe and other parts of the world. Although the process was invented to preserve foods, today pickled foods are made and enjoyed because people like the way they taste.
history of pickling
history of pickling

Continue reading the full article here

Akin Bak Farm posted to Facebook about a special they are running for those looking to pickle cucumbers

Akin Bak Farm is on RT 140 in Franklin
Akin Bak Farm is on RT 140 in Franklin

You can also find information about Akin Bak on their webpage

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Mobile food pantries hit the road

As announced earlier, the Boston Globe gets to talking about the mobile pantry that the Franklin Food Pantry has started.
In a move to serve residents who otherwise have difficulty accessing its services, the Franklin Food Pantry has launched a delivery service to provide assistance where its clients live and gather. 
Last month, the private, nonprofit operation began a series of weekly deliveries to three rotating locations — two at the town’s Housing Authority properties and one at the Franklin Senior Center. 
“One of the reasons we looked into doing a mobile pantry is that hunger can be very isolating,” said Erin Lynch, the pantry’s executive director and lone employee. “As much as possible, we want to make sure we’re reaching neighborhoods and connecting them to the resources they need.”

You can continue reading the full article in the Globe West section of the Boston Globe edition on Thursday or online here

the Franklin Food Pantry's mobile pantry
the Franklin Food Pantry's mobile pantry

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Volunteers for the mobile pantry can sign up here