August Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands etc.
- BostonZest Aug 1, 2010 08:45 PM
This is month of plenty on our farms. We celebrated with great food from local growers
Today my husband and I shared a meal with friends. We are Stillman's chicken, local corn, Atlas Farm potatoes, barley from Four Star Farms made into a tabouli with herbs from my rooftop herb garden, tomatoes, cucumbers, and scallions from Atlas. Even our Gelato was local.
It was a great meal.
Who ate local foods this weekend?
From what farms or CSAs?
Did you visit a farmstand?
I finished my bucket o' blueberries from "Al" at the Central Sq farmer's market. I love that dude's blueberries - that's about 4 lbs blueberries in a week or so.
I also had Austin Bros. Farm's grass-fed beef last night for dinner (rib-eye) - interesting. My first taste of grass-fed beefsteak. Nothing to do with the quality of the meat, so much as I'm deciding if I like the beefier, almost gamier, taste of grass-fed beef. The meat is so much leaner though! And I appreciate the more normal portion size.
I have eggs all the time, and I finished off farm fresh eggs from Austin Farms as well for breakfast and dinner.
I have corn and garlic from one of the stands waiting for me at home (can't remember which one). My sister also passed along some local carrots and eggplant from her CSA share.
Not a farmer's market, but I had homegrown scallions, zucchini, and Chinese chives. YUM!
Last night we had a Stillmans chicken cooked on the grill, with new potatoes, carrots, and onions from Verrill, and a salad of tomatoes and basil from Verrill and fresh mozzarella from Vermont. Saturday night we had chipotle pork burgers with ground pork from Stillmans, cilantro and green zebra tomato from Verrill, and buns from Nashoba, along with corn on the cob and zucchini from Verrill. Good eats!
Talk to me of the ground pork from Stillman's -- I was on the never ending quest for ground lamb (which they do very well but they never have in Union Square) and was offered up ground pork instead. Looked pretty fatty to me, and I like fat. How is it?
I ended up with a package of Canadian bacon instead, and man that stuff is great.
Picked up corn, tomatoes, eggplant and eggs from Allandale Farm Saturday. Corn was out of this world!
Waltham Fields Community Farm - Saturday's pick-up was substantial - arugula, 2.5 lbs. of tomatoes, 1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes (pyo), pint of green/yellow beans (pyo), garlic, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, 6 ears of corn, and more....