Farmers' Markets week of July 1st
I’m just back from the Copley Market, and I scored a treasure---Cook’s Orchard picked one pint of blueberries and they are now on my kitchen counter waiting to make my husband a very happy man. Other folks say their blues are almost there but not quite yet.
Many have field raspberries coming in now. Hamilton Orchards had both the greenhouse ones that are not sprayed and the outside version.
Most vendors said this would be their last week for strawberries so enjoy them while you can.
Atlas added some very pretty pattypan squash to their line up. Their cooking greens selection is wonderful. Beans and greens is one of our favorite quick summer meals.
Sienna farm has some of the prettiest displays. Chris is bringing in more and more items from the kitchens at Oleana. Pastries, spice boxes and some dips (Farmer Chris from Sienna Farms is married to Ana Sortum chef at Oleana.)
Stillmans had ground lamb back this week. I just love creating new dishes with it. Aiden said that he is hoping for his first early corn about July 10th.
I went to the Lexington market today and the selection was quite good. I am a bit berried-out at the moment but I stocked up on beef from River Rock, chicken and eggs from an organic farm whose name escapes me now (maybe it was Butter Brook?), lovely beets from Stillmans, and gorgeous chard, carrots, summer squash, and tomatoes from Busa. There were all kinds of wonderful looking lettuces, greens, peas, and beans. I didn't find any broccoli this time though, unfortunately.
I was surprised at how many stands were open at the Arlington market given that it was the 4th. We bought romaine and salad bowl lettuce, zucchini and summer squash, and fresh peas from Busa. Their lettuces are always great. I usually just go to the farm but since I was off work I caught them at the market. The meat stand is Chestnut Farms - didn't get anything there but they were selling sausage, grass fed beef (ground), and pastured pork chops.
There were blueberries at Brookline yesterday, from Kimball's, I think. I got a different variety of summer squash from Enterprise, and I've forgotten the name already. It's yellow with green shading toward the blossom end, and the sign said it has a nutty flavor. Ring any bells?
At Dewey Square yesterday, when I asked Norse Farm how much longer they'll have strawberries the woman there said "fifteen minutes."
They had field raspberries, and will have blueberries next Monday. On the veggie side of things, two kinds of peas, broccoli, and some lettuces.
Unfortunately, Dewey Square has been pretty quiet this week - looks like the farmers take this week off too.
It was back to Mission Hill for me yesterday - unfortunately no more strawberries, but I did get some interesting stuff from Drumlin farm including candy striped beets (really pretty and nice to eat raw), some sort of Japanese turnip - these were really good raw too - a bit sweet, a bit bitter and nice and crisp. I had not had either of these before, but they were really quite good. This weekend I am going to try them cooked to see which way they are better (in my opinion of course).