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DORSET — Northshire Grown: Direct, the local food project in Dorset, has a new home in the Marble House Project.

Northshire Grown: Direct will be available through June and July, on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28.

Northshire Grown: Direct is a direct-to-consumer local food purchasing initiative that offers area produce, meats, farm-fresh dairy and value-added products in a lightly curated, bundled box.

A box, focused on fresh produce and themes (taco, breakfast, picnic) might include up to 10 different farms’ products. Customer-generated philanthropy fuels Northshire Neighbors in Need, which distributes additional boxes to area families in need of extra food support.

Northshire Grown: Direct was launched in April 2020 as a COVID-19 local economy response effort to help farmers and food producers recoup lost sales due to the sudden shuttering of retail, restaurant and institutional markets during the public health emergency.

The project was initially based at J.K. Adams Farmstand for three months, and then moved operations to the Dorset Playhouse in June.

With Dorset Theatre Festival about to take up residency at Dorset Playhouse for its 2021 season, a new packing and distribution site was necessary.

Northshire Grown: Direct, in its release, said it is deeply appreciative of the opportunity to use the Marble House Project’s barn and facilities for this community-focused work.

Everyone is welcome at the Northshire Grown: Direct. Ordering, which happens over three days every two weeks, is open to all.

The Northshire Grown: Direct partnership is run by community volunteers with administrative and staff support from Merck Forest & Farmland Center.

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