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Positive Pemberton Farm experience

Sal Monella Nov 29, 2006 03:46 PM

Got stuck without some ingredients on Thanksgiving. All the grocery stores closed. On a whim thought of Pemberton Farm on Mass ave. They were a life-saver. Had everything my wife needed to complete the dinner. Expensive but high quality stuff. I can't complaing too much about the prices because they came through. Their assortment of chocolates (among many other items) is great. Similar to Cardullo's in Harvard Sq. but a lot easier to park. I'll be hitting this place much more often now.

  1. hiddenboston Nov 29, 2006 03:53 PM

    I love the place. I have several friends in that neighborhood so I get there every now and then. They do have good products there. It is indeed pricey, though. They also have a decent selection of plants for sale, as well as items for the home, etc.

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      phoebek Nov 29, 2006 06:36 PM

      I'm also a great Pemberton fan since it's just a couple of blocks away from home. I've never had any problem with prepared foods, but I have had cream go bad despite the fact that the sell date was far in the future.

      1. Aromatherapy Nov 29, 2006 06:56 PM

        I go there a lot too--so easy to zip in and out--and agree that you have to be careful. I like what they're trying to do but maybe they just can't sell enough fast enough. Have not had any problems with milk, cottage cheese, etc. though.

        1. itaunas Nov 29, 2006 07:05 PM

          I used to go to Pemberton more when they had less items and I think the produce is considerably less good than before -- they seemed to have better focus before expanding the selection. Its still convenient from time to time, so I buy things there. Whenever they have the mini pecan rolls from buns of boston, I snap those up.

          As a side note I went to a non-thanksgiving turkey dinner with the turkey and sides provided by them. They were either pretty brave or didn't take a temp, because the bird got a further couple of hours at 350 and the thighs weren't quite running clear (they told the host to keep it at 140). Breast a bit stringy, but not dry. Nice caramel color, decent gravy, mashed, and very_sweet yams. The green veggies were a weird potpourri of stuff which I politely nibbled. Decent, but I preferred our home meal.

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          1. re: itaunas
            Aromatherapy Nov 29, 2006 07:40 PM

            Funny, I think their produce has improved. It was pretty bad for a while. Of course I can't remember when that was.

          2. MaineRed Nov 29, 2006 07:44 PM

            I havent had a bad sandwich there...so tasty and fresh!

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            1. re: MaineRed
              daigle Nov 29, 2006 11:22 PM

              Totally agree. And even their pre-made sandwiches are fresh and often inventive. It's over a mile away and I often walk there to pick up lunch.

              1. re: daigle
                gini Nov 30, 2006 12:50 PM

                I really like their fresh sandwiches too - and for the price, it's a actually a good deal.

                Their deli case has some interesting pre-made food, but their fish, produce and dairy departments are very overpriced.

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              DoubleMan Nov 30, 2006 01:53 PM

              One thing that I find strange (though very pleasant) about Pemberton's is that their selection of Newman's products is usually $1 less than buying them at Shaw's or Stop and Shop ($2.20 for Fig Newmans vs. $3-4).

              They could definitely use an expansion (and price reduction) in their meat and fish selections.

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              1. re: DoubleMan
                Aromatherapy Nov 30, 2006 02:18 PM

                I've never chanced their fish. Anybody? It would be convenient but I'm dubious.

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