Northshire Grown changes distribution location

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DORSET — Northshire Grown Direct, the community-supported agricultural project that launched in April as a way to help area farmers and producers connect their goods with consumers, has relocated its curb-side pick-up site from J.K. Adams in Dorset to the Dorset Playhouse.

The move to the new location is due to re-opening of the J.K. Adams' retail store, which temporarily closed because of COVID-19 restrictions on business. Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on theaters, and size limits on gatherings, have rendered the Dorset Playhouse site available for this special service provided by Northshire Grown, which is a project of Merck Forest & Farmland Center.

Customer pre-orders will be available for pick-up between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the front of Playhouse. Distribution is slated for Wednesdays, with June 24 and July 8 currently scheduled.

Use of the Playhouse property for CSA distribution was granted by the Dorset Players, who own the historic theater, and the Dorset Theatre Festival, the independent non-profit theater company, which has presented a summer season of professional theater at the Playhouse for the past 43 years and with the cooperation of the Town of Dorset.

In a unique twist, the Playhouse served as the original location for the Dorset Farmers Market in the 1980s.

Northshire Grown Direct is a collaboration of more than 25 local farms and food producers whose normal distribution of products to local restaurants and institutions was also interrupted by the pandemic. The project currently serves some 150 customers through curbside pick-up on each distribution date. An additional 50 area families are served through the Northshire Neighbors in Need initiative, which is funded directly through the CSA's customer base.

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