The Farmland -Wakefield
I stumbled across The Farmland in Wakefield while bopping over to Sushi Island for lunch last week. (which I would pit against anything in Boston save for Oiishi- but that's another post.)
Wow what a great "little" grocery store, I'm really surprised that I hadn't seen more about it on CH. Similar in scope to Lamberts in Dot., much smaller than a Russo's or Idlewylde. Very nice produce. A pint of grape tomatoes $1.29-(I paid $2.99 in Shaws last week). Firm, tight Artichokes $.89 each, pencil thin fresh asparagus $1.89. A fair sized fish counter and a respectable meat selection. Their bakery section was larger than I would have expected with an incredible selection of store baked breads, cakes and pastry. I took home a sourdough baguette, not as "sour" as I like, but no slouch in any respect. A nice selection of cold cuts as well, the made to order sandwiches seemed very popular.
Generally speaking I'm not one to go for in store marinated items but for some reason the "steakhouse" marinated steak tips intrigued me (6.99 a lb). Cauliflower fritters looked good as well so I picked up 2 of those and 3/4 # of the tips for dinner.
I was unequivocally blown away by those tips, quite possibly the best I have ever had (although I hear McKinnon's gets high marks on this board, which I have yet to try). At first I was taken aback, as they were large-ish chunks (just two to made up the 3/4#) I am more accustomed to the supermarket steak tip "strips." I fired up the cast iron and let them rip, the marinade made for a nice seared crust on the outside keeping all of those lovely juices inside. (don't forget to let those bad boys rest for a few minutes once removed from the pan).
Tender, juicy and wonderfully flavorful, without the marinade masking the beef , but providing an additional flavorful nuance ...Yum, Yum, Yum. I was an instant junkie.
The cauliflower fritters were about 2 1/2 inches in diameter, light and fluffy, not too dense and probably would have verged on decadent had I the wherewithal to whip up a nice hollandaise, that could have been shared w/ the asparagus, but I was feeling lazy.
Fortunately, The Farmland is about a 10 min. drive from where I work so I most certainly plan to explore many of its other offerings. I hear that a Shaw's recently opened about 2 blocks from The Farmland but I implore regulars familiar with this hidden gem not to give up your patronage (that sounded a bit preach-y).
I would consider this a destination worth seeking out.
The Farmland 415 Main Street Wakefield, MA 01880 Telephone: 781-245-9797 Toll Free: 888-566-0400 Fax: 781-245-3329 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ...
I'm lucky to live in Wakefield so I know Farmland very well. Curiosity pulled me into the new Shaws....hate it. I still buy my staples at the Market Basket in Middleton and TJ's and use Farmland for fill in produce and specialty items. My favorites from the deli are the calamari salad..YUM!!! the lemon pepper chicken and the rosemary ham. I love the cinammon raisin bread from the bakery too.