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Farmer's Markets & CSAs - June 30 & it's July!

I went to Copley on Friday to pick up salad greens and walked home with two bagfulls of stuff. This despite the fact that we will be dining out most of the time for the next week or so.

Here's a link to all the markets
http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/t-a...

Here's a place to find farms and CSAs

http://www.localharvest.org/

If you find a farm worth a visit while I have some time off, please let me know.

Penny
http://www.bostonzest.com/

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  1. Hey BZ -- thanks for posting a new thread ... I was about to put my Saturday score on the old one but didn't want it to get lost. We're really getting into the swing now....

    Saturday at Union Square -- FINALLY got the Stillman's lamb after basically stalking them, calling the farm, pleading and wheedling. When I showed up the gal said they were holding the lamb for one customer who keeps asking. That be me, and I bought both chubs they brought.

    That task behind me, I was free to look around in relative peace. I got:
    basil, cilantro, small cukes (armenian?) red and yellow carrots and a caraway rye (thanks Striper for the inspiration). The B+R rye is sooo good.

    Now, if the Yangs can get there soon, it will be perfect.

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    1. re: yumyum

      Enjoy the lamb, yumyum. It is our favorite item from our meat CSA with Stillman. At the Harvard square market, I bought some good early beets for $2.00 and the beet greens were nice enough to cook like spinach with olive oil and adobe. I thought prices were high overall. A woman in front of me paid $3.00 for a single tomato ($5/lb). Lettuces and radishes looked good and were fairly priced.

      1. re: gourmaniac

        That's my problem Gourmaniac. I got it last year on a whim and can't go back to the supermarket stuff. I swear I've been stalking them until I got it on Saturday. I make a great lamb burger with it, and it's delicious.

        BTW -- the beets I got last week at the Central Square market were great. Roasted the bulbs and cooked the greens as you did.

    2. Medford will take Thursday 7/3 off, and starting again on the 10th will run from noon to 7 (one hour earlier start).

      1. Waltham CSA - 2 heads of lettuce, one bunch of small onions, 2 squash, 3/4 lb. of spinach, one choice of kale, cabbage or kohlrabi, one choice of swiss chard or some other green, one bunch of beets, 2 pts of snow pea pods. (Actually this was last week's share, since the new week starts on Tuesday.)

        Looked rather meager in the bags, but now on paper, looks like we got a good amount of veggies. Who am I to complain? Still can't get through it all in a week.

        Fava beans should be coming in next week's share - they look tremendous and jealous that folks on Tues and Thurs will get the first pick - the pods are all green and full, not afflicted with fungus like years' past.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I have a CSA share with Revision Urban Farm and this weeks share had an amazing bunch of radishes from white to purple (I really want more), chard, a bunch of leeks although I thought they were scallions, two heads of lettuce, a small bag of salad greens, basil, cillantro, dill, bok choy and a bunch of callards.

          I hope we get fava beans, they are my favorite. I am looking forward to peas as well.

        2. I arrived at the Bedford FM at 3:00, which is an hour after it opens. Some of the produce and about half of the staff were starting to droop in the humuggly weather... this customer as well! Looked like the same cast of vendors as at the season opener 2 weeks ago. I am happy that the green tops of both the beets and radishes look very fresh, and will braise them together. I think I will try steaming the beets, since I don't grill and my AC has a hard enough time keeping up without turning on the oven. The head of leaf lettuce bought 2 weeks ago isn't quite gone, but I got a second one. The hothouse tomatoes at $4/# looked better than the $5/# heirlooms - but I'll never get used to the idea of $2 for a single tennis-ball size tomato. I haven't had any local strawberries, but passed on them because at $6 a box I didn't want to chance their turning moldy in the fridge, having been out in all that heat.

          I then went over to Farmer Dave's East Street Farm in Tewksbury, for the first day of the farmstand. The freezer had a good assortment of Shaw's (the Dracut farm, not the market chain) ice cream quarts, but the produce counter pickings were slim, with beets, radishes, cukes, zucchini, and lettuce appearing to be the only stuff grown onsite. Their Bedford counterparts looked to be better quality. The staggered plantings of corn in the adjacent fields ranged from knee-high to over 5 ft if you include the tassels.

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          1. re: greygarious

            Hey, grey, I meant to reply to an earlier thread where you mentioned that you wished more CSAs had evening drop-offs. It's too late for this year, but Parker Farm out of Lunenburg drops off between 6:30 (sometimes a little earlier) and 8:15 on Tues., Wed., and Thurs., in Davis, Porter or Central depending on the night. Not sure if any of those locations work for you. So far we've been quite pleased with the quality and variety. A small share is $300 this year and a large $475 and the program runs from mid-June to mid-November.

            1. re: bear

              Thanks, bear, but I'd need a pick-up in the Rts. 2/3/93 area between 128 and 495.

            2. re: greygarious

              We stopped at Bedford FM, last week, and it's nothing I'd go out of my way for. We enjoyed our strawberries and the brats from the meat guy were really good. The problem for me is it's not cost effective. I couldn't afford to buy a week's worth of veggies there ( there weren't that many selections when I went, anyway). So I looked at it as a place to buy some treats but I'd bankrupt my food budget shopping there every week.

            3. Am I the only one for whom the www.massfarmersmarkets.org link doesn't work? I get the frame and links but no content. Oh well, who needs content. (Firefox and Safari both on Mac.

              )

              We hit the Kendall farmers market last Thursday, but it was pretty slim pickings around 1:30. Apparently they run 11-2 on Thursdays. I did pick up a nice loaf of sourdough wheat to hold me over till I can make some this weekend. Wish I remembered the bakery.

              I'll try a bit earlier this week. Live music and cafe tables add a nice touch if you're looking for lunch.

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                1. re: Aromatherapy

                  I work for Mass Farmers Markets, and unfortunately our website is down ... has been down for several days and won't be up for another few. Very sorry for the inconvenience, we're working on it but the non-profit approach to web hosting has us a bit stymied (i.e. our pro bono guy is on vacation!). In the meantime, check out http://www.mass.gov/agr/massgrown/far... which also has dates and times for all the markets state-wide.

                  1. re: Market_Advocate

                    Thanks a lot for the link (and the explanation), that's very helpful. I didn't know East Boston Central Square had a farmers market, I'll have to check it out.

                    1. re: Market_Advocate

                      You may need to review the site in some detail.

                      When I google "ma farmers markets" I get a google warning that the site is installing malicious scripts when viewing pages there. This warning is listed on any page with the root "www.massfarmersmarkets.org"