Spring Harvest News From Mass Farmers Markets 2012 Strawberry Dessert Festival Opens June 1

Jam-packed with delicious fresh fruit, the 2012 Strawberry Dessert Festival opens June 1, 2012 in greater Boston restaurants and cafés. For the month of June, chefs in greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts will offer fresh, delicious strawberry-themed creations to benefit Mass Farmers Markets (MFM).
MFM is the only non-profit organization working on behalf of the 250 farmers markets held in the Commonwealth. From traditional strawberry shortcake to a five-course strawberry tasting menu, diners will find a treat to enjoy.
“Massachusetts farmers appreciate the support of these chefs for our fifth annual festival,” said Jeff Cole. He continued, “A strong farmers market system ensures the viability of our state’s family farms and provides everyone with access to fresh, healthy,and the best tasting locally produced food.”
Cole is the Executive Director of the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets (FMFM). He has served as Executive Director of FMFM since 2000. Jeff has farmed family land in Sutton, MA since 1981. He and his wife Martha own and operate Silvermine Farm.
To make your lunch or dinner reservation, please call the restaurants directly. A list of participating chefs can be found at: www.strawberrydessertfestival.org.
www.massfarmersmarkets.org The Federation of Mass Farmers Markets is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to partner with farmers, consumers and communities to foster, enhance and sustain farmers market in Massachusetts to improve regional farm viability, consumer nutrition, and community social and economic development. Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) was founded in 1978 as a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the University of Massachusetts Extension Service, and farmers from across the state. Today, it is the only organization working state wide on behalf of farmers markets, the communities in which they are located and the farmers who rely on them as a crucial source of income. Media Contact: Betty Fulton or Sarah Leaf-Herrmann Commonwealth Promotion, Inc. T: 617-266-6540 sarah.leaf1@verizon.net bfulton@commpromo.com