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May 23, 2010 06:07 AM

Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. Week of May 23rd

Today will bring farmers to the SoWa Market and Cambridge in Charles Square.

One interesting thing to try are the Cat Tails from Silverbrook Farm (at SoWa) -- if they still have them. New to me and I'm learning it's an old ways food from Native American culture. Andy also had some beautiful shiitakes at Copley on Friday.

Here's last week's conversation if you want to refer to it.

What's open in your area?


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  1. Copley today we bought bread from Iggy's, feta and an ansiago style cheese from Narragansett Creamery, strawberries, chard, cucumbers and salad greens from Atlas. ( I have an Atlas market CSA.)


    1. What did you do with the cattails, and did you like them? I didn't even know that they are edible.

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        1. re: gimlis1mum

          I ate them raw- tossed in a salad, but Andy said you can use them in stir fries, soups, saute them.

          I have a piece on them up on Serious Eats today.

          One of the commenters was looking for recipes so I added some links to a couple of pages that I found but I haven't tested any of those.

          We are almost at the end of the season for these so if you want to try them track down Andy at one of the markets. He does City Hall today, Copley on Friday and SoWa on Sunday.


          1. re: BostonZest

            Thanks for the info,and for the link - I didn't know about that site.

            1. re: gimlis1mum

              The Serious Eats team are wonderful people. I love working with them.

              I'm sorry to say that when we went to the market on Friday the Silverbrook team said that their season for cat tails was over.

              I'll put a note in my calendar to remind everyone to try these next spring. We may have one more reason to celebrate the end of winter.


        2. Copley had a decent amount to choose from yesterday. I got some stinging nettles, mesculin, and arugula from Siena, fresh mozzarella from Fiore de Nonno, a log of chevre from Crystal Brook, baby leeks from Keone, pea tendrils from Silverbrook, and baby bok choy from Atlas. I got there too late to get any strawberries. Stillmans had a decent selection of meats also, but I still have three steaks from last week.

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          1. re: liamsaunt

            And, Old Friends Farm may look like they only sell flowers but they have wonderful greens in a cooler. I picked up a bag of micro greens that they are growing for chefs. Wonderful flavor.


          2. Has anyone's CSA started yet? I am in Waltham Fields, which starts the week of June 8.

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            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              The Luna Farm CSA based in North Reading has their first pick up next week. My first vegetable CSA! I can't wait!

              1. re: Bob Dobalina

                I got my first CSA delivery today, from First Root Farm (a small CSA based in Concord, MA that just started this year). Arugula, radishes, two kinds of lettuce, mizuna, and bok choy -- a great quantity and variety for June 1st.

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  Parker Farm CSA started yesterday. I got 1 head red leaf lettuce,1 head bibb lettuce,1 head chicory,1 bunch red russian kale,1 bunch mizuna,1 bunch pak choi,1 bunch spinach and 1 bunch pea tendrils in my small share. Awesome!