Cook’s job open, apply now

Blossom Center has been hosting dinners every Tuesday at 5:30pm, which get between 60-80 attendees, and Thursday lunches at 12:30pm, which get around 30 diners.  Mary, who has been the cook, is leaving us after Thurs Sept 1st to go work for her mom in FL. She made great food, and also added that friendly hostess quality that makes community members and new guests feel welcome, plus enjoyed involving the kids in cooking activities occasionally.  (scroll down for an idea of past activities)

We are seeking a new cook –quick!  If you’d just like to try out a week or 2 before long-term commitment, that might work too.  Wellness is a theme, so health-conscious cooking knowledge is a plus.  Pre-prep food to be available on other weekdays, in addition to the 2 main meals.

Position is Part Time, unless applicant is also willing to do various mail-order fulfillment jobs between kitchen tasks.  Then it could be Full Time.  Fill out Job Application and attach any resume or additional explanation you wish. And/or call Tamarin 413-623-2155 x111. EmploymentApp

Annual Block Party / Band / Picnic 7/17 1-5pm

band 057-Lft side crowd & band This was last year’s event. Come this SUNDAY 7/17/16. Ozzie’s will serve food 1-3pm, and the Band (Picky Bastards) will play 2-4pm, under the tents. Free event, sponsored by Middlefield Community Service Group.  Bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, coolers, etc. 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield. It’s a great time. Potluck deserts encouraged.


Summer 2016

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Dinners & Lunches by donation are very popular!  Enjoy the Local Food, and the chance to meet and chat with new folks and old friends. Every Tuesday at 5:30pm, and every Thursday at 12:30pm. (also self-service lunch options on other weekdays)

JULY 17, 2016, Sunday afternoon, will be the big annual picnic and Live Band outside under the tent, beside the pond. Sponsored by Middlefield Community Service Group, but open to other town’s residents too. (the banner picture for are from previous year’s picnic/ block party.)


Winter 2016 News

Jan 012-exercisevacWk 022-eat pizza More happening all the time at Blossom Center! The mission of improving life in our area has led to: Chances to eat and socialize with your neighbors — every Tuesday dinners at 5:30pm, and every Thursday lunch at 12:30pm. Donations for meals welcome.  Health and wellness — exercise equipment now available whenever the building is open (M-F 7am-6pm, and Sat 9:30-11:30am).  Elliptical, treadmill, weights machines, inversion board.

Last school vacation week had cooking classes each day for all ages. (Here Melinda, Carson, and Michael made pizza for lunch for 40 people.)  Feb vacation week ideas?

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Blossom Center community center encourages building links between people –whether simply over coffee hours (M-F 1-2pm & Sat 10-11am), or by belonging to the membership who make, or participate in, the varied activities to improve our shared part of the world. Membership forms available at the building, 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield Ma, or this link: BC-intro-member-waiver2013

Skill-Share: Nutrition

Our first volunteer in the skill-sharing, mini-workshop chats is Sandra, who gathered lots of great info about eating healthier. She’ll be offeringing this after the Tuesday dinner 10/13, and Thursday lunch 10/15. Tuesday dinner starts at 5:30pm, and the Nutrition Chat will start at 6:45pm. Folks can come to either or both. Thursday lunch starts at 12:30pm and the chat/ question and answer sharing will start at 1:15pm

Dinners by Donation

Blossom Center dining hall is now providing weekly dinners at 5:30pm every Wednesday in September, and every Tuesday in October.  Mary is cooking menus subject to change, but updated on Facebook at: Blossom-Center Middlefield.  Community feedback is encouraged –either by voting with your feet by attending the nights that work well for people, or by comment on facebook site or this website: or leave a message at 623-2155×111. There is a sign-up sheet in the dining room, but more food is made than needed so RSVPs are not required. Left overs will be available for take-home meals or lunches.

Newly cooked lunches are every Thursday at 12:30pm for both September and October.

Donations can be in dollars, or –if you coordinate this with Mary– donate food abundance from your gardens, or help with prep and clean-up.

The Community Center’s mission is to improve quality of life for Middlefield and surrounding area. One thought is that a local place to get home-cooked food might improve life, and strengthen community (for those who stay to eat with neighbors and friends).

Blossom Center would also like to host mini-workshops on subjects like nutrition, sharing recipes, and other health and wellness, or fun topics. People with recipes or interests to share should be in touch. So should people interested in adding an after-dinner music element. Blossom Center is at 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield, upper rear entrance.

Eating together

crop067-lunch crowdCommunity Potluck Dinner is Second Friday of each Month (except Aug) at 6:30pm. We’ve been hosting these fun and friendly events since 2010. 35-55 people usually gather. Newcomers are welcome. That’s the beauty of potlucks –infinitely expandable.

Fall 2015 dates for 2nd Friday Potluck are 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, & 12/11/2015.

We got a reply to the request for a cook, so we are trying Dinners by Donation every Wednesday at 5:30pm for the month of September, and accepting feedback and direction on days, times, types of food, which best fits enhancing people’s lives. (That’s the overarching goal of any of these experiments.) Want to share a cook? Want to ‘go out to eat’ at a meet-new-friends, and join-your-neighbors type meal? Since these are not potluck, an RSVP list is helpful. –But not required, since we try to make enough food to have left-overs for lunches or take-out on Thursday.  (Sign-up sheets are in the Dining Room –back entrance 16 Bell Rd.) We had 35 folks come to the meal on 9/2. The remaining dates for Dinners by Donation are Sept 9, 16, 23, 30.

Annual Picnic, Band, Block Party July 12, 2015 1-5pm

12-7-15 JKband007 12-7-15 tent crowd008Live Band under the big tent –diverse music genres– playing 2-5pm. Catered grill by Ozzie’s from 1-3pm. Free. All sponsored by the Middlefield Community Service Group, as annual event for community. Everyone welcome. Bring your own beverages and lawn chairs. Bringing potluck sides and desserts to share optional. Settle on the lawn or under the tent. Bring your friends and family, or come solo. Lots of room!   16 Bell Rd, Middlefield, on SUNDAY afternoon 7/12/15 from 1-5pm.

The tent is up and ready for the big 5th Annual event.


Solar Info

Green Geetings from Tamarin Laurel, from Middlefield MA.

I am organizing information and experience sharing on Photo-Voltaic installations. The aim is to help people in our hilltown region, who might be interested in solar electric, easily learn what they need to for making their own decisions. The timeframe is to see what can be accomplished this spring, summer, and fall of 2015.

Share your wisdom, experience, interest, case study example, resource suggestions, participation. Comment here, or call Tamarin weekdays 623-2155 extension 111 (area413). First organizational / planning meeting will be during Town coffee hour on Saturday Apr 11, 9:30-10:30am, at Blossom Center dining hall, 16 Bell Rd, Middlefield. But planning will be ongoing, so joining in on sharing your interest at any time is encouraged.

Cooking job open

Hiring Alternative Cook  – (Please pass this on to your networks for: holistic health, permaculture, local food, alternative spirituality, community-building, sustainability, herbal and nutrition knowledge.)

Great Job opportunity for sharing your enthusiasm for health and food. Flexibility on hours, days. Qualities sought: Cook/ teacher/ food coop organizer/ gardener/ health & nutrition coach. Mainly Cook, able to feed 30+ efficiently, familiar with commercial kitchen equipment, good at meats as well as vegetarian dishes.    

Where: Middlefield Ma (Western Mass), beautiful country location with dining hall and community kitchen of a nonprofit members’ organization (Blossom Center), plus employee wellness program for 20-person businesses (AzureGreen & Abyss Distribution).

Call Marin (Tamarin) at AzureGreen 413-623-2155 x111 for info or interview.