I’ve been told that spring isn’t canceled. So with this promise of spring, we are working hard to get our community and backyard gardens ready for the growing season so people can have fresh, healthy food to put on their tables. As with most things these days, this pandemic is threatening this promise.
Now more than ever community and backyard gardens are a critical part of our local food system. Gardens help improve food security and the health and nutrition of our most vulnerable populations. And now, with looming job losses and income instability for many more residents, growing some of one’s one food in backyard, community, and even container gardens can make a big difference in the health and wellness of our community during this unprecedented time.
We want you to know that we are working harder than ever to deliver new and innovative ways to serve our economically vulnerable seniors and families–through virtual training, safe seed and seedling distribution, enhanced digital content through our website, and a new, affordable container garden program.
We need your help to keep the promise of spring alive for our gardeners and program members. Please consider making a monthly, sustaining gift to Backyard Growers so we can continue to serve our community. When you make a new or increased monthly contribution today, your donation will be DOUBLED thanks to our friends at The Lenny Zakim Fund . Please make the biggest impact possible by supporting us today. DONATE HERE
If you’re interested in more Information on how you can become a Backyard Garden participant or Community Gardener, including income eligibility information, click here . For households that do not meet BYG income eligibility, Backyard Growers has partnered with Black Earth Compost to deliver and install raised bed gardens around the region.
For more information on our plans for Backyard Growers’ programs, visit my blog post here.
With gratitude and wishes for strong health and happier time
Lara Lepionka
Founder & Executive Director at Backyard Growers


Stop by Brother’s Brew for their fabulous homemade world famous donuts, fresh coffee, and various other wonderful baked goods and sandwiches.

Brother’s Brew is located 27 Main Street





APERTO. Yes, we are open today!!! With the most safest precautions and intentions of feeding our community! We have fresh local produce just harvested from @cedarrockgardens, lots of pasta, our house made tomato sauce, @consorziovaccherosse parmigiano + all our Italian friends provisions! Call today for curb side pick up ☎️ PASTA HOTLINE 978-868-5005.

Pastaio Via Corta is located at 123 Main Street, Gloucester.


Dear Short & Main Customers,

First we want to thank everyone for their generosity over the past week.  As the ground shifted beneath our feet last week we had to lay-off 90% of our beloved staff and move to a new business model of curbside pickup.  It’s been tough obviously but the number of well wishes and takeout orders have helped raise our spirits.

With continued optimism, we hope to stay open and serve our community in these surreal times. When we get through it we hope to hire everyone back and probably have a really, really big party.

Until this is over the staff that have been let go could use some assistance.  We’ve set up a relief fund for our affected employees located on our website.  If any of our customers are able to contribute it would mean a great deal at this time.

We’re excited to offer our monthly burger special this Wednesday the 25th.  We expect to run out and would like to give all of you the option to reserve one online before Wednesday. If you’re worried about not getting one please go to our websitewhere we’ll explain how it works.

The following Wednesday, April 1st, We’ll be offering our monthly fried chicken special and give you the same reservation option we’re using for Burger Wednesday.
Starting Thursday March 6th we’ll bring back non-pizza entrees for all our GF friends, starting with Massachusetts raised beef short rib and then moving to a delicious roast chicken from Green Circle Farm the following week.

We’ll post our menu to the website every time it changes but we’re trying to keep things a bit simpler for the time being.

-sincerely Short & Main

WEDNESDAY  MARCH 25    BURGER NIGHT  fresh-ground grass-fed beef from jordan farms
WEDNESDAY  APRIL 1     FRIED CHICKEN  chicken from green circle farms


Stop by Brother’s Brew for their fabulous homemade world famous donuts, fresh coffee, and various other wonderful baked goods and sandwiches.

Brother’s Brew is located 27 Main Street





Dear Short & Main customers,

Obviously things are moving pretty fast.  Before Governor Baker’s announcement we had decided to close our dining room and switch to takeout service only.  We are ready to continue serving you in a safe and responsible way.

Place your order over the phone with a credit card and we will deliver to your car on Short Street.  No cash, no signatures, no door handles.
We are of the belief that we can’t be too cautious or too clean.  It’s for that reason that we will not be doing delivery at this time as it adds an extra link in the chain that we’re unable to control.  We hope that you trust us to be diligent and mindful during this time. That trust feels personal to us and we’d like to keep it at all costs.

We will be opening an hour early; 4pm to 9pm for now.

Our public events are obviously canceled but we will still be serving burgers and fried chicken on the first and last Wednesdays of the month.  You can pre-order via phone or email if you’re worried about our popular specials running out.

Let’s FLATTEN THE CURVE together!

-sincerely Short & Main

Wednesday March 25th Burger Night

Friday March 27th Steve Lacey Record Release

Saturday March 28th GIRL lbgtq dance party

Wednesday April 1st Fried Chicken from Green Circle Farm


Many share our worries in regard to local small businesses. Our restaurants and the friends who work in these establishments, downtown Main Street retail shops, Cape Ann’s fishermen and lobstermen, the nonprofits that serve our community, artists, writers, photographers, musicians, designers, the list goes on and on. We are all going to be hit hard by this devastating turn of events.

One way in which we can help each other stay afloat is to buy gift cards. It may sound inconsequential, but every purchase will help. Our friends at Duckworth’s have a link to purchase gift cards and it is a great example of one small way we can help. Duckworth’s Gift Cards

Any local business that wants to communicate with their customers and the public about special offerings during these extremely challenging times please feel free to email me ( or email any of our contributors and we will post here. Thank you!



ONLINE IS UP. We are now accepting online orders. You can visit my website to not only have my dried pasta shipped to you but also some really really amazing specialty pantry items. As usual we still plan to open on March 25th, Wednesday, with the intention of servicing good food for our community here taking the most serious precautions. Your health and ours in the most important and we want to make sure everything goes smoothly. My need now here in my community is to make sure everyone has access to good food, whether it’s local or imported from small farmers, we plan on being fully stocked and providing the best food possible. Stay tuned!


Dear Customers,

The health and safety of our staff and customers is of utmost importance to us. We are following the recommendations and updates provided by the Gloucester Health Department. We are taking the additional measures to make keep our restaurant clean and safe:
-We are asking any staff member feeling ill to say home.
-We are asking all staff to wash their hands at regular intervals throughout service.
-We will have hand sanitizer available at the entrance of the restaurant.
-All surfaces in the kitchen and public spaces will be sprayed with a food safe disinfectant spray regularly.

Curbside Pickup: Because we know some people will want to limit their exposure to the public, we are poised for an uptick in to-go orders, and will be adding delivery service as soon as Wednesday the 18th

Our events are still scheduled as planned.  If anything changes we let you now.

Wednesday March 25th Burger Night

Friday March 27th Steve Lacey Record Release

Saturday March 28th GIRL lbgtq dance party

Wednesday April 1st Fried Chicken from Green Circle Farm


Hello friends,

We are committed to our collective health and are taking direction from the CDC and ServSafe to keep all of us safe.

We are washing, and washing and washing our hands some more.

We are using a CDC approved bleach solution for cleaning tables in between guests.

All tableware has been sanitized through our high temp dishwasher before it gets to you.

Our compostable straws are individually wrapped.

Door knobs and pulls will be wiped frequently.

We have hand sanitizer in all server stations and the restroom.

We are using single use menus and recycling after each use.

This situation seems to be evolving rapidly and on that note, we fully understand that you may have to cancel last minute. We appreciate that and ask that you give us a quick call to let us know. Health and safety come first.



Recently we had a delightful dinner at Oliver’s Harbor Restaurant. The food was outstanding and equally so, was the service provided by these three sweet ladies!

Jeovanna Miranda, Johayne Miranda, and Caroline Olivera


Last night at Short and Main we had the best dinner of oven roasted Cape Cod Sea Scallops, warm farm fresh winter veggies, and the always superb Louis Prima pizza. Bethany, our friendly and knowledgeable bartender, asked if I would like to try Cappelletti instead of Aperol. I did try and absolutely LOVED it!!!

I found Cappelletti to be dryer and more richly flavorful than Aperol. Aperitivo Capelletti and Aperol are both red bitter liqueurs (aperitivos). Some red bitter liqueurs are spirit based and some are wine based. Cappelletti is categorized as gentian root infused aromatized wine. It’s difficult to find a list of ingredients because the recipes are closely guarded family secrets. Essentailly Cappelletti is made of wine, bitter gentian root, carmine (cochineal), alpine herbs, and spices. Carmine is obtained from grinding beetle shells into a fine powder and is what gives Cappelletti its distinct ruby red color. Carmine has been used for centuries to color food, clothing, cosmetics, and paint pigment.

Cappelletti may be the oldest classic red bitter liqueur in production. “The producer, which goes by the full name Antica Erboristeria Cappelletti, was first established in 1909. For most of their first century they were located in the historic Piazza Fiera in the center of Trento. Today they are located 20 km south of Trento in Aldeno, surrounded by vineyards and apple orchards. As the name would suggest, the firm was and is still today focused on products from traditional herbs, roots and flowers. They achieved fame in the region for their productions of amari and aperitivi, including the classic red bitter Aperitivo Cappelletti. All production is done in house by the fourth generation of the family, Luigi and Maddalena.”

Next time you are at Short and Main, say hi to Bethany and try a Cappelletti Spritz. You won’t be disappointed

Short and Main is located at the corner of Short Street and Main Street at 36 Main Street, Gloucester. During the winter months, they are open from Wednesday through Sunday.


Congratulations to Danielle for the continued success of her fabulous homemade pasta and wine shop. Danielle has a gorgeous new website, with great information on her local sources and the natural, organic wines she carries, with photos by Nubar Alexanian.

Visit Danielle’s website here. 

Message from Danielle ~

Three and a half years ago, I decided to take the biggest risk of my life and open up my shop in a tiny 800 sq. ft. space that was originally a shared space. My cool retro display case broke the first day, half the shapes were extruded and half the shapes were made completely by hand, and I even tried a little tricolore up at the top.

I’ve since refined, worked on my Italian language skills, educated myself more on regional Italian cuisine and family recipes, visited with numerous farmers and artisans here and in Italy, as well as meet and feed some of the most wonderful people in my community.

It’s super exhausting, challenging and tiring. But I love this more than you could ever imagine. Having the opportunity to educate and put real food on your tables has been my life goal. What I’m saying is, holy shit, the store has changed since the beginning, now I’m on Main Street, selling real Italian provisions from @gustiamo and natural wines from @selectionaturel . My importers and I have the same values and views. We work so hard as outcasts to deliver you the real message and passion of the people behind your food and wine.

Updated my website, check it out. I now am not just a pasta shop, but a provisions + natural wine shop too. Wow, to believe I built this with my two hands is not worthy of thanking all the people that helped me along the way….especially my customers – we have created a serious movement, thank you for coming into the shop. The power of the consumer is REAL!

Located at 123 Main Street, Suite 1, in historic downtown Gloucester.


Open Wednesday-Sunday  11 AM to 7-ish PM

Closed Monday & Tuesday

The moral of the story is Danielle pretty much lives at the shop. Give us a ring if you’re heading out and you’d like to place your order in advance and/or you think you might miss us.


+1 (978) -868-5005


Wishing the Duckworth Family and Friends a Happy Fifteenth Year in Business

Duckworth’s is the heart of our East Gloucester neighborhood. Thank you to Ken and Nicole for hosting countless joyful celebrations and making wonderful memories for so many at your beautiful and welcoming restaurant.

Here’s to fifteen plus more years ❤ ❤ ❤

Emma Duckworth was only one year old when Duckworth’s Bistrot first opened in 2004. Here she is today at sixteen with Gillian, Colleen, and Michelle.



We’re looking forward to trying Cape Ann’s newest restaurant this evening and will let you know how we fare 🙂 The menu looks very enticing.

Dinner Menu

Antique Table Dinner Menu

View Lunch Menu


$5.95 Minestrone Soup
$5.95 Chicken and Vegetable Soup
$6.95 Clam Chowder


$7.95 House Salad
Field greens, cherry tomatoes, red onions, cucumber, creamy balsamic vinegar dressing
$8.95 Caesar
Romaine hearts, caesar dressing and our homemade crostini, parmigiano cheese
$10.95 Caprese Salad
Fresh mozzarella, vine tomatoes, roasted peppers basil, extra virgin olive oil.
$8.95 Spinach Salad
Baby spinach, roasted peppers, tomatoes and honey-roasted walnuts with a lemon dressing.


$14.95 Antique Table Antipasto
Sampling of cured meats with vegetables and cheese
$12.95 Fried Calamari
Crispy fried Squid rings, and hot cherry peppers served in a spicy marinara sauce hot cherry peppers.
$14.95 Mussels
Sauteed with choice of garlic, olive oil and wine or marinara.
$16.95 Antique Table Clams
Sauteed with garlic, olive oil, onions, fresh tomatoes and baby spinach in a white wine sauce.
$13.95 Shrimp Grand Marnier
Egg battered shrimp, flamed with grand marnier liqueur and orange juice.
$10.95 Meatballs
Home made with mushrooms, in red sauce topped with ricotta cheese.
$11.95 Eggplant Rollatine
Stuffed with mozzarella, Romano cheese and basil, served in a marinara sauce with crostinis.
$12.95 Prosciutto Rollatine
Prosciutto rolled with provolone cheese, peppers & basil, drizzled with balsamic reduction.
$10.95 Bruschetta
Toasted bread, topped with diced tomatoes, basil, olive oil, garlic & pesto sauce.


$10.95 Margherita Pizza
Roasted garlic, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and basil.
$11.95 Antique Table Pizza
Red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, grilled chicken breast and mozzarella cheese.
$13.95 Shrimp Scampi Pizza
Baby shrimp with garlic, lemon, olive oil and mozzarella cheese
$10.95 Boscaiola Pizza
Marinara sauce, mushrooms, prosciutto and smoked mozzarella


$6.95 Broccoli Rabe
$2.95 Oven Roasted Potatoes
$3.95 Sauteed Spinach with Garlic and Oil
$3.95 Oven Roasted Seasonal Vegetables


$16.95 Chicken, Ziti, & Broccoli
Choice of garlic oil and fresh tomatoes or Alfredo sauce
$16.95 Penne Vodka
Sauteed chicken, bell peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes in a pink vodka sauce.
$14.95 Cheese Ravioli
Our homemade Ravioli served with marinara sauce.
$18.95 Lobster Ravioli
Lobster filled ravioli in our delicious lobster cream sauce.
$17.95 *Gnocchi Basilico
Potato gnocchi sauteed with garlic, fresh tomatoes, basil, olive oil & romano cheese.
$16.95 Bolognese
Our delicious hearty meat sauce ,tossed with your choice of pasta
$15.95 Ricotta gnocchi
Hand Rolled with wild mushrooms & Alfredo or baked with marinara, mozzarella cheese & basil.


$15.95 Eggplant Parmigiana
$16.95 Chicken Parmigiana
$18.95 Veal Parmigiana
Breaded, baked with marinara sauce, basil and mozzarella cheese served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken Florentine
$18.95 Veal Florentine
Chicken or Veal cutlet, with roasted peppers and baby spinach in Alfredo sauce. Served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken Marsala
$18.95 Veal Marsala
Pan seared with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce. Served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca
Baked in Alfredo sauce, topped with prosciutto, provolone & romano cheese served with pasta.
$16.95 Chicken or Veal Francese with Pasta
sauteed egg battered chicken breast with artichoke hearts & fresh tomatoes in lemon & white wine sauce.
$17.95 Orechiette
Sweet Italian sausage ragu, sauteed with garlic and broccoli rabe in a light tomato sauce.
$16.95 Fettucini Carbonara
Prosciutto, onions and romano cheese in an Alfredo sauce.
$16.95 Fettucini Putanesca
Garlic, olive oil, anchovies, capers, olives and basil in a marinara sauce.
$18.95 Antique Table Fettucini
Sauteed with shrimp and spinach in an Alfredo sauce.
$18.95 Linguini Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Pan seared shrimp with garlic and basil in a spicy marinara sauce.
$17.95 Linguini Mussels
$18.95 Linguini Clams
With your choice of garlic, olive oil and wine sauce or marinara sauce.
$18.95 Chicken Valdostana
Topped with prosciutto and fontina cheese, stuffed with spinach, & roasted peppers over roasted vegetables & potatoes in a tarragon and truffle oil cream sauce
$16.95 Chicken Picatta
$18.95 Veal Picatta
Pan seared with capers and lemon in a white wine sauce, served with pasta.
$23.95 Di Mare- with choice of Risotto or pasta
Clams, mussels, calamari, scallops & shrimp sauteed with garlic. Choice of red sauce or garlic white wine.
$20.95 *Salmon
Pan seared and topped with tomato and caper sauce, served with roasted vegetables
$18.95 * Fried Haddock
Rolled in pecarino cheese and served with our homemade tartar sauce and roasted potatoes.
$18.95 *Antique Table Haddock
Panko crusted and pan seared haddock served over risotto in a lemon caper, butter and white wine sauce.
$21.95 Pork Chop
French cut and stuffed with bacon, figs and gouda cheese, served in a creamy port wine with mushrooms & roasted potatoes
* served with a side salad