Early August Farmers' Markets
I stocked up at City Hall and on Friday at Copley so I'm actually going to skip the market today. But, I figured we could use a new topic line for the reports on what is coming in and what we are learning from our various farmers.
On Friday, Stillman's didn't have any meat at all. Aiden said it was all going to their CSA members. Fortunately I stocked up a bit at City Hall on Wednesday. Even there, they did not have signs out for it and I had to ask.
Had a lovely time at the Brookline market last night. I got a pound or so each of scallops and excellent bluefish (which I slathered with Gulden's spicy brown mustard and broiled - mm mm good!) from the Fish Lady. I can't recommend strongly enough that folks sign up for her e-mail if they're interested but don't get to the market till after work like me - she was 100% sold out except for pre-ordered goods when I got there at 5:30.
From the Hmong stand I got Chinese broccoli and mixed stir-fry greens (amaranth, pea tendrils, and...I forget what it's called, that long, narrow arrow-shaped leaf) to go with those scallops tonight.
Elsewhere I got a nice bell pepper, a ton of fruit because we've been making yogurt a lot lately - blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and nectarines; and two lovely bouquets from Stillman's because they were $7 each or two for $10 and how can you pass up a deal like that? Although once I got home I ended up with one pretty generous bouquet of flowers and a HUGE bunch of basil in the fridge - the Stillman folks love to use basil as the green filler in their bunches, but while it smells great at first I don't like to actually use it in the arrangements becuase it wilts and gets gross in no time. Whatever - the rest of the flowers are still great - mostly a mix of liatris and zinnias - and we'll certainly put the basil to good use!
In Dewey Square today:
Norse Farm has some amazing heirloom tomatoes, as well as the usual staple of Summer produce. Great looking summer corn.
Keown Orchards (absent for a while) has reappeared with peaches - white, yellow, and Saturn. They also have corn, some summer apples, and squashes.
The nameless organic farm has its usual assortment of produce as well, although that booth was too crowded for me to get a very close look (limited time).
And finally, the Herb Lyceum was doing their herb thing.
Non-farm items: Iggy's bread, When Pigs Fly bread, two folk singers I hope never to hear again, and a pottery stand.
I've walked over to find it pretty sparse some days recently. Wednesday seems to be the biggest day, so I've tried to do as many Wednesdays as possible.
I just want to put in a good word for the sweet italian sausage that is sold at the Arlington Farmer's Market. Sorry I am not remembering the name of the farm, but I cooked some in a sauce with tomato, eggplant, garlic, and cousa this weekend and the sausage was fantastic. Very lean, nice flavoring...highly recommended! Next time I wil try their garlic/cheese sausage.
Monday, August 6 - Central Square
Just got back and I'm loving the field tomatoes from the first farm stand on the right (yeah, sorry, I didn't catch the name), chowing on one right now. Also, the farm stand that has the asian veggies had a great mixed lettuce bunch for $2 - red leaf mixed with that lettuce with the leaves that look like long fingers---I forget the name. Tastes great (it seems to me that this season I've found way too many bitter greens at the markets). They also had a small amount of "pumpkin blossoms".
Lots of peaches, raspberries, blueberries still around and a great variety of summer vegetables.
A great find at the Medford Sqr farmers market (Thursdays): The Fish Lady... we got 1/2 lb of bluefish and one of cod ($8-9/lb) so tasty and fresh! delicious on the grill with Busa Farm's corn...
She had scallops, shrimp, salmon (farm raised), halibut...all for $8-14/lb. She said she'd be there every week--hooray!
One of the suppliers at the Davis Square farmer's market today had decent looking heirloom tomatoes at full size. The field tomatoes are getting better also, though for some reason the cuke selection wasn't as good this week. Some lovely blueberries and Swiss chard as well.
I stopped there yesterday and I didn't catch the name, but the 3rd vendor in on the left had some great peaches. I bought a few of those heirlooms yesterday, too, but haven't tried. The heirloom tomatoes I bought from Stillman in JP last saturday just weren't as tasty as the field tomatoes.
The asian vegetable stand had some great looking bok choy again, and amaranth which tasted amazing.