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

BostonZest May 23, 2010 06:07 AM

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?


  1. Bob Dobalina Jun 1, 2010 08:18 AM

    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
      Ladycale Jun 1, 2010 06:07 PM

      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
        greenzebra Jun 1, 2010 06:10 PM

        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
          joth68 Jun 2, 2010 09:52 AM

          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!

        2. liamsaunt May 29, 2010 06:53 AM

          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
            BostonZest May 29, 2010 08:33 AM

            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.


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            gimlis1mum May 25, 2010 06:24 PM

            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
              chowmel May 25, 2010 07:14 PM

              This site covers all the parts


              1. re: gimlis1mum
                BostonZest May 26, 2010 10:14 AM

                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
                  gimlis1mum May 29, 2010 09:36 AM

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

                  1. re: gimlis1mum
                    BostonZest May 29, 2010 04:44 PM

                    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. BostonZest May 25, 2010 05:27 PM

                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.)


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