Meeting the Needs and Filling the Gaps
While there are a number of organizations working within the local food system, our region still lacks sufficient access points where consumers can directly purchase local food – particularly within low-income neighborhoods. Farmers also lack aggregation, distribution, and processing infrastructure that will allow them to increase their revenue and feed even greater numbers of people.
Coastal Foodshed aims to fill these gaps, connecting consumers and producers.
New Bedford Farmers Markets
The outdoor New Bedford Farmers Market operates between June and October at three sites, and the indoor market from November – May. We have 17+ vendors and accept cash, credit, debit, SNAP, and HIP. Visit our facebook page to say updated!
Subsidized CSA/Farm Share
Our subsidized CSA/Farm Share program brings low-cost CSAs to low-income neighborhoods in New Bedford. It gives participants weekly delivery of vegetables with flexible payment options and cooking education.
New Bedford Mobile Farmers Market
One of our newest programs, we are piloting a farm stand at Pacheco Elementary to provide fresh, local vegetables in a neighborhood where residents can’t easily access one of our three farmers markets. We have plans to add more farm stands throughout the city, eventually turning them into mobile market stops to reach a greater number of residents directly.
Regional Food Hub Initiative