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Everett Community Growers partners with Whitsons

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Provides local produce to Everett Public Schools

  In collaboration with Whitsons Culinary Group, Everett Community Growers (ECG) now provides farm-fresh produce to Everett Public Schools. Since September, ECG, an urban farm and food justice organization located in Everett, has collaborated with Whitsons to provide Everett students with organically grown vegetables.

  This partnership has created a unique opportunity where students gain the educational experience to connect to what’s on their plate and learn more about locally grown produce. ECG Farm Manager Lenka McNally and Youth Crew members have harvested fresh produce weekly to be served in the Everett High School (EHS) cafeteria. This produce has then been incorporated into EHS’s menu items for the past month. The culinary team, which is led by Chef Raymon, has been educating students on these vegetables and demonstrating how to prepare them into various recipes.

  “We have been looking forward to our weekly harvests and love showing the students how we use the different items,” said Whitsons General Manager Alyssa Charles. “Students who never tried Babaganoush and Eggplant Rollatini were wowed at how tasty these dishes can be. Other students enjoyed freshly picked curly and lacinato kale tossed with romaine lettuce in their salads and homemade pesto pasta made with ECG’s kale and basil, which completely sold out.”

  Upcoming culinary plans include using ECG’s tomatillos in a salsa verde as an accompaniment to EHS’s popular Coyote Grill Nacho Bar station. ECG and Whitsons hope to continue to develop their partnership to include workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. ECG is looking forward to continuing to harvest from their farm for the remainder of their season and into the future to ensure Everett Public Schools students can experience, taste and learn from enjoying healthy and delicious produce grown right in the heart of Everett.

  Want some farm-fresh produce yourself? This season, ECG will continue selling their produce at their farm at 548 Broadway on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. until October 30 and on Wednesdays for pre-order pick-up from 3 to 6 p.m. until November 3. Visit their website to order online and learn more about their food justice work: www.everettcommunitygrowers.org.

Whitsons Chef Raymon poses with freshly harvested eggplant and lacinato and curly kale harvested that day from the Everett Community Growers Farm. (Courtesy Photos)
The Everett Community Growers Farm, which is located at 548 Broadway in Everett, displays Whitsons banner and announces an innovative partnership.

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