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Area farmers' Markets 6/11/07

How about a weekly report on what we are finding and enjoying in area farmers markets each week?

I shopped Copley today.

Hamilton farms had raspberries!

I bought organic strawberries at the Atlas Farm stand plus and their great European cucumbers and baby lettuce mix.

Siena Farm had a cone cabbage that I grabbed for a batch of slaw and green garlic. They also had purple Kolrabi, greens and scallions.

I buy my honey from Keown Orchard-- I ran out two week before the market open and did without rather than settle for less.

There are lot of plants for gardens and some greenhouse tomatoes around. I didn't buy those.

There a a number of new specialty food folks at this market-- a pastry person, a fudge sauce and spice mix.

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  1. There's no way those raspberries are local. Mine haven't even flowered yet.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      I see flowers here in the city. A warm spot on the south shore might manage it?

      1. re: Aromatherapy

        Not bloody likely outside a greenhouse as, from late spring to late fall, the south shore is *cooler* than inland because the ocean is cooler (right now, in the mid-50s).

      2. re: Chris VR

        Mine have set fruit, but I don't expect to start picking any before July. Maybe they have a sheltered spot?

        1. re: Chris VR

          Many of the farms have greenhouses. All the products at the farmer's markets must come from a local farm and they are checked.

          1. re: BostonZest

            I've never heard of raspberries being grown in a greenhouse but now that I Google it, you're probably right! For some reason I would have thought they wouldn't work well in a greenhouse.

        2. Norse Farm, who I've only seen at Dewey Square, had strawberries on Monday. I got one of the last three quarts they had. They were also selling wonderful-looking local asparagus.

          On a side note, after trying local strawberries that taste like strawberries, I'm never buying California strawberries (that taste like straw) again.

          1. I too hit the Copley market, usually on Fridays. The past few weeks Chris at Siena Farms has had some teriffic rainbow swiss chard -- I've discovered that if you have one of those wok-shaped bbq baskets, and you toss the chard with a little olive oil, you can cook the greens on the grill in about 5 mins to a perfect (and smoky!) done-ness. It's heaven. Siena Farm also has very good fresh green garlic and arugula, though I prefer the arugula they get later in the season since it gets a bit spicier.

            Last week I got some spicy lamb sausage from Stillman Farm -- it's new for them this year, and it is awesome. I've heard their meat CSA is great, and after that sausage, I'm tempted to join up.

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            1. re: litchick

              Last week I bought pork chops from Stillman's that were delicious. Expensive, but delicious.

              Also, I went to the city hall market on Monday. I bought some english peas, which were great. I just shucked and sauteed them with some olive oil, shallots, and S & P. Scrumptious! I am hoping that they will have some strawberries left when I get out of work this afternoon.

            2. Great thread idea! I just got back from Arlington - there were some new faces there, including Chestnut Farms and Danish Pastry House (temptation!). I got some of the Hot Italian pork sausage and frozen ground beef from Chestnut.... they also have eggs (which they were out of), and a meat CSA, too. Lots of lettuces, herb plants, and beautiful strawberries from Kimball Fruit Farms. One place had 12 kinds of basil plants! I also picked up haddock from Globe Fish and Crystal Brook's goat cheese.

              The sign said there'll be more vendors next week, but it was a good showing for the first market of the year!

              (Danish Pastry's 7-layer bar and cinnamon brioche were heavenly, btw.)

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              1. re: Raedia

                Danish Pastry House has also shown up at the South End Open Market. I gave into temptation one Sunday morning, and didn't regret it.

              2. I was just at Davis Square market, and Kimball Farm has strawberries! I bought some, and then also bought their final asparagus - it looked lovely. I was at Central Square on Monday and Hutchins Farm (organic from Concord) has the nicest lettuce ever. It's so great to have market season again. The Davis Square market is one of the best - it has more variety than most in that you can get meat and cheese in addition to green things.

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                1. re: obie119

                  I wasn't able to get to the Davis farmer's market (sudden business trip), but my partner went and bought salad greens, purple scallions (who knew?), and fresh mozzarella.

                  1. re: obie119

                    I was there yesterday also. Damn those strawberries were good. Tasted oddly like ... strawberries (as opposed to packaging material, which is what the Whole Foods stuff tastes like). Missed the asparagus (must have gotten there late).

                    Discovered a Taza Chocolates tent (see the chocolatier thread for more info on this) and apparently, a mozzarella maker named Fiore di Nonno rents space from the same factory area, so they're also selling fresh mozzarella also. Very different from what I'm used to -- not quite as stringy or as fatty, but very, very, very good. Can't wait to go back next week and get some of the organic stuff, which has not been colored with titanium dioxide mineral powder (apparently this is how they get mozzarella cheese white - blech).