Bedford CSA in Bedford will Support Low-Income Community Access to Fresh Food

Submitted by New Entry Food Hub

A new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) site, New Entry Food Hub, will open June 18 in Bedford. The New Entry Food Hub is a nonprofit group dedicated to strengthening local communities and increasing access to fresh food by partnering with senior centers, homeless shelters, childcare facilities, food banks, and other organizations serving low-income community members. New Entry’s organization also provides training and support to the local farmers who serve the CSA, many of whom are graduates of its new farmer training program.

Retail Visioning Workshop Brings Professional Advice and Fresh Ideas to Bedford’s Storefront Business Owners

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Bedford’s Economic Development Director

The Town of Bedford is pleased to be bringing an exciting workshop to our area for the benefit of our storefront small businesses.  The retail industry is facing changes, large and small — but there are things that can be done to survive and thrive!

This FREE workshop provides ideas and instruction in the areas of business identity and positioning, store design, visual merchandising and retail marketing.   Tips, tools, trends and tricks of the trade will be shared — and business owners’ questions will be answered.

Revitalizing Bedford’s Retail Districts through a Massachusetts Downtown Initiative Grant

Submitted by Erin Sandler-Rathe

Collaboration began on May 1 to begin implementation for Bedford’s Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) grant. Bedford was awarded the $15,000 grant earlier this year through a competitive process administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). Emmy Hahn, Program Coordinator for DHCD, introduced Christine Moynihan of Retail Visioning to Town officials and a representative from the Bedford Chamber of Commerce.

The grant will provide an opportunity for 5 to 8 local small businesses to work directly with Moynihan to improve their presence in town and to draw in customers.

Community Champions, and a Rapscallion Fundraiser for Minuteman Senior Services

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

March was Meals on Wheels Month at Minuteman Senior Services (MSS), and several Community Champions helped with deliveries and assisted at the congregate meal site.

Neighbors on Tap, a fundraiser for Minuteman Senior Services, promises to be a wonderful event where guests can support the organization’s services and learn more about MSS while enjoying excellent food and drink at Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton on Monday, April 29

The Stop and Shop Strike in Bedford ~ Day 10 ~ “Don’t Stop! Don’t Shop!”

By Julie McCay Turner

As shoppers pulled into parking spaces in front of the Stop and Shop store in the Great Road Shopping Center, a picketer calling out “Don’t Stop, Don’t Shop” drew an appreciative wave from most drivers as they pulled away on Saturday afternoon.

On strike for more than a week, there have been no deliveries of fresh goods to the Bedford Stop and Shop for more than 10 days, and many shelves are as bare as if a Bomb Cyclone were headed our way. But a table outside the store is fairly groaning under the weight of donations for the striking workers delivered by supportive residents.

Dockless Bike Share is Back with Lime E+

Submitted by Alyssa Sandoval, Economic Development Director

Lime has relaunched in Bedford starting this week in Bedford Center and Depot Park and is now offering electric-assist bikes. Lime bikes are available around Bedford for short-term rental (through an app-based program) to promote alternative transportation and help reduce vehicle trips and congestion.

Unfinished Business to Take Care of . . . Minuteman Diner: Coming Soon to Bedford

From Diane & Ed Cohen’s family to yours – Welcome to our kitchen!

We were only married for a year when Diane & Ed Cohen decided to open E. D’s Neighborhood Café in Medford Mass. “We thought at the time it was a great opportunity “, quotes Ed Cohen. Ed was in his final few years as a Food Service Specialist in the Army National Guard cooking for over 1,500 civilians & soldiers on any given weekend, a degree in Food Marketing with a minor in Hotel Restaurant Management & Diane had a work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit & positive attitude that is hard to find. “Looking back,” says Diane Cohen, “how did we do what we did, no research, no technology, no business plan, a little bit of money that Ed had saved up from the Army & just raw determination to make it work.

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