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Jul 7, 2008 07:22 AM

Farmers' Markets & CSAs week of July 7th

Since the threads are still very long and active and this is really the time when the markets, CSAs and farm stands begin to perk, I'll keep starting a new thread each week. If conversation dies off, I'll put up something like "Late July."

If anyone would like a different approach, let me know.


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  1. I'm a CSA newbie. I signed up for a half share with Stillman's this year. So far it's been great. Except that I need to shlep from Quincy to JP on Saturday mornings to pick up (I know they have a pickup in Quincy, but it's on Friday afternoons and I work in Boston).

    This week's haul included some fantastic beets with bright fresh greens attached, a big bag (almost two pounds) of sugar snap peas, green leaf lettuce, a large beautiful bunch of arugula, some Dinosaur Kale, red radishes, a nice zucchini and a nice yellow squash. I'm SO happy that you fellow Chowhounds turned me on to CSA. I had never heard of it before I saw the posts here.

    By the way, the Stillman's farm newsletter this past week had a recipe for "Kale Crunch". I tried it and it was fantastic. If you are wondering what to do with the Kale, or you think you don't like it, try it this way. It's basically cut in pieces, tossed with some olive oil, salt and pepper, baked on a tray in the oven, covered with grated parmesan cheese. The pieces come out like kale crisps, covered with the salty cheese. Very good.

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    1. re: mwk

      Hmm. The half shares at Brookline didn't get radishes, and I definitely didn't get 2 lbs of peas. A pound maybe. Harumph. We got the other things you mentioned though, and the quality has been fantastic.

      1. re: MrsCheese

        There were definitely radishes in our half-share in Brookline this week -- maybe they ran out?

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          I went a little on the later side to pick up in Brookline this week (probably about 12:45) and at that point radishes were only for full shares. Not a big deal, especially with the quality and size of the other stuff. Next week should have blueberries and (maybe) cucumbers!

        2. re: MrsCheese


          Let me clarify a bit. We received our box, and then the gentleman told us that we could pick two additional types of veggie from open bins of veggies on the table next to him. There was a choice between more kale, lettuce, arugula, zucchini, cilantro or the snap peas. When we asked him how much to take, he just said to take what you want. So, we had about a pound of peas in the box (estimating), and we took the same amount again from the bin, along with a great bunch of Cilantro...which I had forgotten to mention above.

      2. Regarding the Copley Sq. market today, does anyone know if there will be any kind of dairy stand? Specifically I'm looking for butter...TIA!

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        1. re: heathermb

          No butter, but I did get a nice log of goat cheese along with a pint of strawberries, some small tomatoes, garlic scapes, baby beets, red potatoes and a teeny strawberry tart for my mid-afternoon sugar fix.

          All of this in Copley...only downside is the major excavation going on in the middle of the square so it was noisier and dustier than usual.

          1. re: heathermb

            heathermb, do you know if they had any radishes?

            1. re: iamsam

              I didn't see any and was actually looking for some in case I did also find some great butter.

        2. waltham farms tuesday - 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch beets, 1 small bunch baby carrots, 2 lbs summer squash-various types, 1 bunch "torpedo" onions, 2 cukes, choice of 1 kale or chard, PYO - 15 fava pods, small handful of green beans, various herbs.

          1. I missed the boat on a CSA share this year, sadly. Now that the high yield months are upon us, is anyone finding they have more produce than they can use? I'd be happy to buy into a share. I live by myself, so a quarter share would be more than enough, probably. I'd be happy to help out with pickup, too. A JP or Brookline pickup would be ideal.

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            1. re: ltlbird

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            2. Just went to the Lawrence farmers market. Very small, two farms are all that were there. Boston Hill Farm and some farm from Groton, MA. Selling the typical produce of the season and plants.

              I got some corn that I was told was from Groton, MA. I did not believe the guy, but I bought it anyways. Called my regular farm - Verrill in Concord - and they said their corn might be ready late next week. At that point I knew I had been taken for a ride. Must have been from Groton, CT.

              I can't see myself stopping at this one again.

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              1. re: mjg0725

                Thanks mjg, for the info on the Lawrence location. Guess I'll have to aim for the Saturday farmers' markets closer to home.

                1. re: mjg0725

                  I was skeptical too when I saw a sign at a farmstand in Gloucester (near Wingersheek Beach) advertising local corn. The clerk said it was from Hadley, MA (definitely said MA) and they've had it or a week or two. It's not the best I've had (but I'm a corn on the cob snob, and only eat corn when it's local and in season) but it was pretty good and it was so nice to have good corn!

                  Cider Hill farm sent out a mailer the other day saying their corn is tasseling and they expect to have it around July 20-25. But just because some farms in our area don't have it doesn't mean they can't have it at farms out west.