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Farmers' Markets week of June 25th

It was so quiet at the Copley Market today. I really felt bad for the farmers. I guess, no one wanted to venture out into the heat.

Stillman's reported that they have put the netting on their blueberries-- apparently they are starting to ripen and need protection from the birds. We had their Italian sausage for supper tonight, and it is very good.

I bought salad greens and English cucumbers from Atlas. Greenhouse tomatoes from McArthur Farm-- we had some this week and while not the best ever they were good in a salad.

I picked up strawberries from both Hamilton and Stillman's (I try to buy a bit from all my favorite farmers) and my first fresh fennel of the season from Stillman's. I'll shave it on my mandolin and make a salad of it over a bed of arugula.
On the other side of the market, I tried some butter bookies from Tatte. Very nice and small enough for less guilt.

Cook's orchard had my husband's favorite oatmeal raisin cookies so I took their three for $5 deal and tossed a couple in the freezer for him.

It was so hot and humid that I did not visit every booth to see what was new. I'll try to do a better job on Friday.

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  1. Yesterday at Lexington was hazy, hot and humid. The stand selling seafood had gorgeous scallops, farm raised salmon and haddock by the time I got there. There was a lot of ice and plastic bags going on. Taza chocolate was also keeping everything in a cooler. The herb lady had a nice mixture available. Most of the farms were offering a variety of greens - chard, spinach, bok choy etc, ruhubarb, cucumbers, and hot-house tomatoes. Someone was selling strawberries. Two stands selling honey. Organic chickens are $2.49/lb and the same booth is selling eggs too. River Rock Farms had a nice variety of cuts available. Goat cheese lady did not bring her baby goat, but did bring her cheese. The Creamery had a number of semi-soft cheeses. The dip woman was also there. Ice cream stand was doing a brisk business. There's also two stands selling cereals/granola, hi-rise, and swissbakers (great macaroons and little burger buns!).

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    1. re: gini

      Where was the organic chicken stand? I was hoping to find chicken and couldn't find any. I guess I walked right past it!

      1. re: cambridgejen

        Its back was to Fletcher Ave, next to the Artists' Corner. Table is covered in flowers. They sell other items too - honey, greens.

      2. re: gini

        Sounds like Lexington has a really nice market -- that's awesome. Union Square this past Saturday was a little thin (and Scirraco didn't show up for knife sharpening until later....RATS) but it's building some momentum. I bought strawberries that were great ... actually tasted like strawberries. The lettuce and snap-peas were nice too. I am still missing the Yang's for the Asian-style greens and pea tendrils, etc. but I'm hopeful for next week.

        NB -- those of you who want to hit up knife sharpening at Sciracco's van, they are supposedly there every other week, so next time will be July 7. Just don't look for him early.

        1. re: yumyum

          I hit the Central Sq market on Monday (great veggies but no meats or cheeses) and the Lexington market yesterday (less selection of veggies but good meat and cheese options). Tomorrow I'll be checking out the one in Belmont just for comparison purposes, because it looks like they have a more extensive list of vendors - http://www.belmontfarmersmarket.org/v...

          (No, I don't normally go to the markets 3x in a week, but I'm scoping it out for the rest of the summer!)

          1. re: cambridgejen

            That one looks great! Thanks for the link. Think I might try it out next week. Could you report back if the lamb/pork folks were there?

            1. re: cambridgejen

              Where is the Central Sq market? Which days? Googling didn't seem to turn anything up...

                1. re: gini

                  Thanks, Gini! The site I found brought me to an outdated link from 2004.

            2. re: yumyum

              FWIW, I bought some outstanding pea "tips" at FK this weekend. A bag is about $4. Mixed in with organic greens, I get about 3-4 salads per bag..

          2. At Dewey Square today (Wed 6/27)
            Norse Farm strawberries. 'nuf ced. And this time it looks like they have enough that they won't sell out so quickly.
            Down the row, Keown orchards has wonderful rainier cherries and some sour red cherries (didn't try those).
            One, unnamed farm (I think the sign blew away) had garlic scapes and a full complement of early summer greens. Please reply if you know which farm that is.

            On the other hand, the non-farms are starting to outnumber the farms. There was a pottery stall, someone selling gargantuan bags of popcorn, and three bread shops (none of which was Iggy's). Hood also bought a booth, to hand out free milk. But at least their chocolate milk goes well with the cherries.

            There's still lots of space, so I'm hoping that more farms start showing up as the summer goes on.

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            1. re: kbw18

              I just went over to Dewey Square market on my lunch break- stopped at the unnamed farm as well for scapes and some greens for a salad tonight. Yum yum. I also noticed how many non-farms are proliferating the market. I really hope more farms start coming to Dewey Square since it's such a busy area.

            2. Davis Square today - more farmers than non-farmers, I'm happy to report! Kimball's Fruit Farm had both sweet and sour cherries - bought some of the sweet, and they are to die for. Fiore de Nonno (the fresh mozzarella vendor) was also there, as well as a goat cheese stand, maple products and River Rock beef. Bought swiss chard at Hanson's, and lettuce and arugula at another stand from Weston. (can't remember the name.) I really like this weekly Farmer's Market thread - thanks for starting it!

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              1. re: phoebek

                AWK! There were sour cherries and I MISSED them!!??! Thank you, now I'll pay more attention. Lots of greens and potted plants, all of us wilting noticeably. Strawberries! Signs up that next Wed. 7/4 is closed but that Arlington is open.

                1. re: Aromatherapy

                  I would've missed them, too, but I overheard someone talking to one of the staff - that's how I heard that they had both types, neither marked by a sign or any other identifier.

              2. I stopped by the Mission Hill Farmer's market today for the first time of the season. I got some strawberries from Drumlin Farm that are awesome! I had some from the Government Center farmers market several weeks ago that were fine, but nothing special. These, on the other hand, completely remind me of the ones I used to pick in my parent's backyard when I was little. I think maybe the strawberries have liked the recent hot weather.

                1. Coolidge Corner market today, didn't keep good enough track of the vendors...i was thinking of selling my painted furniture there, but the two craft venfors looked very lonely and unhappy.
                  Sassy River Sauces, which I saw at the Symphony Whole Foods, was there. Her sauces are low fat, and low calorie; pesto/tapenade type riffs. I bought a smoked tomato/olive tapenade, with mesquite-smoked tomatoes that she does herself. Wonderful, sweet smokey flavor. She's at Copley, as well..

                  Mizuna, strawberries, zucchini (I didn't ask too many questions...),
                  A GREAT piece if $12 a pound swordfish from the Globe fish woman, from Canada. Wish I'd bought more. That was the only bargain; her prices are pretty much on par with Whole Foods. Only more tastings will tell if the quality is any better.

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                  1. re: galleygirl

                    Globe Fish will have a stand at the Hopkinton Market on Friday 6/29, and will be in Newton when that market starts July 10. Their fish is very high quality.

                    1. re: rmperry

                      I stumbled upon a farmer's market right by South Station yesteday...did not even know there was a market there. Unfortunately I was into the 2nd hr of my 1 hr lunch break, so didn't have much time to browse. I did however, notice a stand from the "when pigs fly" bakery. They had a bunch of different flavors i've never seen in retail stores --chocolate bread w/dark chocolate chunks, an apple/cinnamon bread (which i purchased) and a few more savory types that i can't quite remember. The apple cinnamon loaf was still hot when i bought it --toasted it today w/ some butter, really delicious. I'd go back just for that vendor --does anyone know if they show up at any of the other markets? Looked like there were a few other vendors worth looking at, but unfortunately I just didn't have the time (or the cash, i spent my last 5 bucks on the bread.)

                    2. re: galleygirl

                      Does anyone know if the turkey pie man is going to be back at the Brookline farmer's market? Has he been spotted anywhere else?

                      1. re: lmuller

                        He doesn't usually show up until much later in the season - August or September, maybe?