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Farmers' markets & farms week of July 16th

BostonZest Jul 16, 2007 10:37 AM

Which hound will be the first to report on this weeks markets?

On Monday I know about City Hall, Dewey Square and Cenrtal Square and I noticed that South Boston will open next Monday. Did I miss any?

I've added the local farms to this topic but if folks think that should be a separate topic, please feel free to set it up as someone did last week.


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  1. MB fka MB RE: BostonZest Jul 16, 2007 11:56 AM

    I just came back from Central Square. A few field tomato sightings. Some great looking purple eggplant. Blueberries & raspberries, string beans, corn is coming in.

    Bought some baby bok choy from the stand that carries all of the asian vegetables. Grabbed a few tomatoes to try, cauliflower, herbs.

    Where did grateful farm go to this year? I thought they were always in the back corner at Central?

    Also - on Saturday I hit up Stillman farms at the market in JP. The blueberries I bought there are really way too tart, which is disappointing. I'll use them to cook with instead. Good to taste the lettuce before purchasing, a few of the varieties were way too bitter for me (Boston, Red Leaf) but the Romaine I bought is quite lovely.

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      SEG RE: MB fka MB Jul 16, 2007 12:38 PM

      I spotted Grateful Farm at the market in Cambridgeport on Saturdays (Magazine and Memorial Drive)

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        MichaelB RE: MB fka MB Jul 16, 2007 01:04 PM

        I just hit Central Square as well - got some corn from Hutchins, and some of that excellent chinese eggplant (well, I hope it's excellent - first of the season locally) from Dick's market garden.

        I think the farm that used to be at the corner of the market wasn't Grateful, it was an organic co-op farm from out in Belchertown whose name I can't remember. I miss them a lot too - great people and some of the best produce I've ever seen anywhere around here; their tomatoes especially were a cut above everyone else's. I think they either stopped coming to markets around here (Central Square was the only one they came to) or dissolved the co-op itself; I think the latter, but I'm not positive.

        Grateful Farm (who I like a lot too) has a stand at the Charles Square market in Harvard Square on sundays and possibly on fridays as well.

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          MB fka MB RE: MichaelB Jul 16, 2007 01:39 PM

          Thanks for the tip - I'll have to try to remember the name of that farm. They never had high quantities, but wow was there stuff good.

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            MichaelB RE: MB fka MB Jul 16, 2007 06:14 PM

            Aha! Found it - Lampson Brook Farms Cooperative. All the info on them seems to be several years old so it looks like they may not still exist as a co-op, though I imagine some of the individual farms are still going. There's some information in the website below.

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            Baiye RE: MichaelB Jul 17, 2007 05:47 AM

            Grateful was at Charles Square (for I think the first time) last Friday.

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              nonaggie RE: Baiye Jul 18, 2007 09:27 AM

              They also had a little card posted about the Kendall market on Thursdays, so I think they are there.

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          Fendel V RE: BostonZest Jul 16, 2007 06:57 PM

          Newton has a farmer's market every Tuesday at Cold Spring Park on Beacon Street, west of Walnut. There's another market some time later in the week. You can find ourt by calling newton City Hall.

          1. litchick RE: BostonZest Jul 17, 2007 09:47 AM

            Got to Copley today right as they opened. At Siena Farms I picked up uncured garlic, rainbow carrots, lemon cucumber, and these wee little eggplants, about 2.5 inches long and beautifully striped with purple -- can't wait to try them. The carrots are terrific by the way. At Stillmans I grabbed a small container of blueberries and a few ears of fresh native corn. No chickens again. Sigh, one day I will manage to score the elusive Stillman Chicken. Atlas yielded a hugely flavorful green zebra tomato that went very nicely with my lunch -- I wish I'd bought more! And I tried a small brioche from the bakery stand that sits at the corner of Dartmouth and Boylston, the one with the super long biscotti and the french-style pastries. It was pretty much to die for. Wish I could remember the name of the bakery...

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              litchick RE: litchick Jul 17, 2007 12:29 PM

              I forgot to add that while at Wilson Farm this weekend, I noticed that they had a ton of their own crops coming in, including a first-time item for them: purslane. I was happy to see it there since it's a rare find at the weekly farmers markets. I think this week was the first batch harvested, and it didn't have the slightly tangy snap that I prefer in purslane, but I expect as the summer goes on, it will just get better.

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                BostonZest RE: litchick Jul 17, 2007 07:37 PM

                Tatte cookies and they are new this year. I keep looking at that nut bar they have.


                I picked up a box of the butter cookies to serve with berries as dessert earlier this month. They were also great.

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                  litchick RE: BostonZest Jul 18, 2007 11:38 AM

                  Oh yes, the nut bar. Drool. Haven't shelled out the $6 for the small (!) yet, but one of these days...

                  And an update on the Stillmans corn I picked up yesterday: it was delicious. Nicely sweet with a perfect texture.

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                aecs RE: BostonZest Jul 18, 2007 09:30 AM

                Has anyone been to the Dewey Square market today?? They have been super disappointing lately, so I'm not sure if it's worth going on my lunch break.

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                  BostonCookieMonster RE: aecs Jul 18, 2007 10:01 AM

                  I just got back from there. There isn't a ton going on, but I am currently gorging on INSANELY good blueberries from Nourse Farm. (They are really tart, though. But I like that.) I also got some peaches from Keown but haven't tried one yet--just excited to see them. And of course the When Pigs Fly samples were delicious as always.

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                    BostonCookieMonster RE: BostonCookieMonster Jul 18, 2007 01:52 PM

                    Update: the peaches are the bomb! Small and not SLURPY juicy, but super tasty. Mmmm.

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                      aecs RE: BostonCookieMonster Jul 19, 2007 09:35 AM

                      Oohhh I'm so happy I read your post yesterday before leaving the city- I picked up two lbs of peaches, some nice beets and some blueberries. All were wonderful. I will absolutely be back this afternoon for more, since all but ONE peach is left as of this morning!!

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                  mwk RE: BostonZest Jul 18, 2007 10:48 AM

                  I just returned from the City Hall market. Stillman's has a sign up for ordering turkeys and a menu of other meats. They have homemade slab bacon for $10.99/lb, which sounds interesting.

                  I also just finished eating a giant, ugly heirloom tomato, which was delicious. The other vendors had a great selection of greens and corn and squash, and I was able to get green bell peppers and cucumbers finally.

                  Oh, and a decadent Oatmeal Raisin cookie from the Danish Pastry House...Yum...

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                    cigalechanta RE: BostonZest Jul 18, 2007 02:16 PM

                    Here's a list of the Cambridge, Ones:
                    Copley square is Tues. and friday,
                    City hall was I think we went on Sunday or Monday. The Souith end was a Monday.
                    Today we went to the Davis square market, I bought beautiful flowers, fresh Mozzera, made this morning and a wonderful goat cheese made with chives but they had variations.

                    1. pamalamb RE: BostonZest Jul 19, 2007 09:12 AM

                      Has anyone seen zucchini flowers? Or is it already too late for them?

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                        litchick RE: pamalamb Jul 19, 2007 09:21 AM

                        Siena had them at Copley on Tues, I expect they'll still have some tomorrow at Copley.

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                          Aromatherapy RE: pamalamb Jul 19, 2007 10:18 AM

                          They bloom until frost.

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                            pamalamb RE: Aromatherapy Jul 19, 2007 10:58 AM

                            But you can't buy them at farmstands that long. A few years ago, before I had access to farmer's markets, I spent a week trying to track them down. The closest I got was Wilson's Farm saying they would pick a whole box for me, but I had to buy them all.

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                              porcospino RE: pamalamb Jul 19, 2007 03:59 PM

                              Siena has them until frost. Guaranteed. Just get there early as sometimes they sell out, and they're sure to be the freshest first thing after the market opens. They always have loads, though.

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                                Aromatherapy RE: porcospino Jul 20, 2007 05:19 AM

                                Yang's had them late in the summer last year, IIRC. It must be one of those circular demand things. If more people bought more flowers farmers would plant more squash... In Mexico people grow specifically for the flowers. The flowers are very delicate, you need to harvest carefully at the last minute, and turn them over fast. But the plants are blooming constantly.

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