Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSAs etc. week of June 6th
Last year we needed weekly threads to keep up with the conversation. A couple of the older ones seem active. Should I keep setting up a weekly or would the local food fans prefer to have fewer conversations going?
Mentioned elsewhere but I tried the pizza shell (partly baked) that Iggy's had at Copley this week and was surprized at how good they were. I usually work from good raw dough. For a quick meals they are a great option.
The baby arugula from Old Friends Farm was fantastic.
So, who is shopping where this week? I'll be going to Belmont (opens on the 10th) to cover that Market for Serious Eats. I can't wait to try the bread so many have raved about from Mamadou's Artisan Bakery
Mamadou's Artisan Bakery
63 Swanton St, Winchester, MA 01890
Hit Dewey Sq..best produce at Kimballs. Bought some fresh garlic, mizuna and arugula. A few other places, When Pigs Fly and some Swiss place.
The MIT cart, Clover Lab? is there. Menu looked interesting but I'm not much of a veggie eater; so strolled over to LaGrassa's for pastrami and corned beef. That's a meal..:)
Looking ahead to next week --- Medford Farmers' Market will open again on June 17th in a new location -- the Whole Foods parking lot in West Medford on Route 16. Hours 3 to 7.
Monday's Central Square market in Cambridge much more active than two weeks ago - Dick's Market Garden and Farmer Al both have their stands set up and everyone's greens were overflowing. I got some asparagus at Kimball (cooking tonight), some good strawberries and some *great* tomatoes at Dick's, some more tomatoes (haven't tried yet) and conversation (always entertaining) from Al, who says the honey may be ready in August, and an enormous head of lettuce from Hutchins Farm. The folks doing fresh pasta and sauces had a crowd tasting samples in front of their stand - I don't usually buy prepared food at the markets, but the sample I tried two weeks ago was tasty. There's a new organic vendor as well - something Hammock Farms? They were mostly selling plants and greens (of which I had too much already) but they looked good. Snap pea season and cherry season both just starting, which is pretty exciting.
I just had my first CSA pickup from Luna Farm in North Reading. What a bounty! The sunny weather has apparently meant good things for veggies. This week we got:
2 quarts of strawberries
A few other things I can't remember, but quite a bit, even though we split the order with someone else. Looking forward to the rest of the season!