Needham Community Publishes Healthy Eating Cookbook

Date: July 25, 2017

New cookbook distributed at Needham Community Farm Mobile Market

NEEDHAM, MASS. — Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID-Needham), the Charles River Center and Needham Bank have published and begun delivering free cookbooks in collaboration with the Needham Community Farm’s Mobile Market. The new “Guide to Fresh Produce” cookbook was written by dieticians at BID–Needham and features recipes that use seasonal selections of top-quality, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs that are available at the Mobile Market, all free of cost.

A collaboration between Needham Community Farm and the Charles River Center’s Horticulture Program, the once-a-week market brings fresh, local produce to low-income, food-insecure neighborhoods in Needham and educates adults with developmental disabilities and autism about growing organic produce.

A group from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, the Charles River Center and Needham Bank have published and begun delivering free cookbooks in collaboration with the Needham Community Farm’s Mobile Market. Photo credit: Jason Grow.

“BID–Needham is dedicated to providing resources to the community like this cookbook to encourage living healthier lives,” said Alyssa Kence, Community Relations Coordinator at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham. “We set out to create a comprehensive guide on how to store and prepare market products in simple, nutritious and cost-effective way. This cookbook was a combined community effort, bringing together local organizations to support the production of the book, which includes recipe submissions from local chefs and artwork from students at Needham’s Broadmeadow School.”

“The mission of The Needham Community Farm’s Mobile Market is to address the food inequity that exists right here in Needham by bringing fresh high-quality produce to those who need it most,” said Susan Shaver, President of Needham Community Farm. “Together with partners like BID–Needham, we can take active steps to reach out to our neighbors in need. The ‘Guide to Fresh Produce’ cookbook is a wonderful resource for recipients of the Mobile Market’s local fruits and vegetables. The book complements our mission and our core organizational values centered on community and collaboration.”

“Community integration is one of the major goals of the Horticulture Program,” said Mike Bolio, Horticulture Coordinator at the Charles River Center. “Working side by side with the Needham Community Farm for the past three years has been an amazing experience for everyone involved. For our program participants, learning how to grow food—and now being able to see how people benefit from their hard work with the completion of the Mobile Market—is something special to be a part of. This colorful new cookbook, a wonderful collaboration between local organizations, will give farm stand visitors new and creative ideas for preparing fresh produce.”

"We believe good health and local organic options go hand in hand," said Erica McLaughlin, Community Relations Manager at Needham Bank, which supported the development of the cookbooks. "We are so pleased to have been able to support this wonderful initiative alongside our community partners."