Concord Roots: 2015 Food Day Celebration

Concord Roots Recipes
Participating Locations

Recipes Featured at the Library

Email ConcordFoodNetwork(at)gmail(dot)com if you would like Concord Roots signage and customized food day brochures and posters to display.

Concord Roots is a community-wide effort around locally sourced root vegetables that will coincide with National Food Day on October 24th.  These vegetables will be available for purchase at local farm stands and grocery stores and served roasted for the occasion in local schools, other institutions, restaurants, and homes. 

Concord Roots will highlight each part of our food system from food production to food waste recovery and show how these parts are all connected and can be brought closer to home. Concord Roots grounds our community in the whole story of what we eat and how we eat. Who knows what we’ll discover together?

How Can You Participate in Concord Roots?

  • Serve root vegetables in your institution's cafeteria- schools, businesses, hospitals,etc.
  • Feature root vegetables on your menu
  • Feature root vegetables at your market or farmstand
  • Cook root vegetables for the people you live with at home
  • Teach a cooking class with root vegetables

Posters, recipes and signs are available for your display.  Email ConcordFoodNetwork[at]gmail[dot]com

Processing & Storage

  • Is there a business that could/would cut up vegetables so that it’s ready for institutions to cook?
  • How much existing and potential storage capacity is there at farms or elsewhere in town so that locally grown root veg can be purchased all winter long?

Food waste recovery

  • The Concord Food Policy council is looking into coordinating large food waste producers in town to secure a contract with a food waste hauler.  Please contact Ian Calhoun at 80 Thoreau if you are interested in this: ian(at)80thoreau(dot)com
  • If you are part of a school "green team" or sustainability effort, how is your institution processing waste? Do you compost?   Let's keep the compost local so that it can go on community & home gardens to enrich soil and grow nutritious root vegetables next year.

Sharing Your Participation

Let the Concord Food Council know what you have planned and we will feature it in our announcements, on the website, and on the Concord Food Network Facebook page.  Please send any information about what you will be doing to celebrate Concord Roots (announcements, invitations, recipes, photographs anything!) to concordfoodnetwork(at)gmail(dot)com.  If you are coordinating an event, please post it on the Events Page.

Questions about publicizing your participation: please email ConcordFoodNetwork(at)gmail(dot)com.

Questions about procurement or preparation for Concord Roots, please contact Concord Roots co-chairs:

Mayra Seyfarth (MSeyfarth(at)emersonhosp(dot)org)
Clinical Nutrition Manager/General manager, Emerson Hospital

Maria Barker (mbarker(at)colonial(dot)net)
Director of Nutrition and School Food Services, Concord Public Schools

Further Information

October 24, 2015 is National Food Day!

Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies. It builds all year long and culminates on October 24.

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Massachusetts Farm to School Harvest of the Month for October is Pears!

2015 Concord Roots Participants

The list is just getting started!  Please email concordfoodnetwork[at]gmail[dot]com if you would like to participate.

Farms with Root Vegetables for Sale
First Root Farm -Fall veggie sale Saturday October 24
Hutchins Farm - Last Day November 1

Institutions and Schools Serving Root Vegetables

The Concord Public School cafeterias
Emerson Hospital cafeteria

Restaurants Serving Root Vegetables
80 Thoreau

Food Access Organizations Growing, Sharing or Serving Root Vegetables
Gaining Ground
Open Table


2014 Participants

Institutions and Schools Serving Root Vegetables

The Concord Public School cafeterias
Emerson Hospital cafeteria
Nashoba Brooks School
The Fenn School
Minuteman High School Fife & Drum Restaurant
Concord Academy

Food Access Organizations Growing, Sharing or Serving Root Vegetables
Gaining Ground
Open Table

Restaurants Serving Root Vegetables

80 Thoreau

Markets Featuring Root Vegetables
Debra's Natural Gourmet
Crosby's Marketplace
Verrill Farm
The Concord Cheese Shop

Farms Selling Root Vegetables

Check out these local farmstands during the week of October 20th and stock up on some delicious, locally grown root vegetables.


Barrett’s Mill Farm
Farmstand open Tuesday & Thursday, 3pm-6pm, Saturday 11am-4pm


Brigham Farm

Farmstand open at 9am daily

Carrots & beets grown by Crooked Row Fields


First Root Farm

Fall Veggie Sale & 6th Annual Garlic Planting, Saturday October 25th

Garlic planting in the morning, followed by the Fall Veggie Sale from 2-5pm in the Big White Barn at 955 Lexington Road


Hutchins Farm

Farmstand open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-6pm

25 lb. bulk bags of carrots and 50 lb. bulk bags of potatoes available for preorder, to be picked up the last week in October

Pete & Jen's Backyard Birds
Fresh ginger (a rhizome) grown for the first time in their greenhouse is available in their mini store.

Salt Box Farm
Fall CSA and featured Garden Special Soup

Verrill Farm
Farmstand open daily, 9am-7pm.  All root vegetables 1/2 price! Concord Roots Lunch Special (October 24th): Onion Tart with Gruyere Cheese, samples of root veggies at the stand.  Also parsnip chowder, kohlrabi and celery root gratin.

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