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Aug 19, 2010 06:07 PM

Noteworthy items at the Boston area farmers' markets

This week had an appearance of okra at the Prudential Center Farmers' Market. And strawberries were back at the Cambridge Center (Kendall Square) Market. Anybody else find some unique or noteworthy items at the markets this week?

Prudential Center Farmers' Market
800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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  1. Mamadou's Bakery had some amazing whole wheat-walnut bread at the Belmont Farmer's market. This was the first week they had it. Delicious!

    Also, Red Apple Farm had a hitherto unknown to me variety of apple, William's Pride (I think) at the Lexington Farmer's Market. It is an eating apple with huge flavor. It is crunchy, with a nice balance of sweet and tart, and a flavor that is quite redolent of rose. The flesh is a bit on the yellow side and near the skin it is blushed red. Quite distinctive and something I will definitely seek out again.

    Red Apple Farm
    455 Highland Ave, Athol, MA 01331

    1. Everybody has peaches and nectarines right now but I nominate Keown Orchards' saturn peaches as the best of the best. Tiny, sweet little white peaches - tasty even when quite firm. Gourmet-priced at 4 bucks/pound (their regular peaches are less, and good as well) but worth it. Keown goes to Central Square, Cambridge on mondays and Copley on tuesdays and fridays (and maybe to other markets as well).

      Also, they haven't shown up yet but I asked at Kimball about greengage plums and they said they might have them next week. I had some last year and they were some of the best plums I've ever had - succulent and sweet, with real plum flavor. mmm.

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      1. re: MichaelB

        Thought I had posted this but I seem to be having computer glitches tonight. I also love the Saturn peaches. They are among my favorite photo subjects. I love photographing them as much as eating them.

        We also had some fantastic Mirai corn from Stillman's last night. It's fantastic. Husband and I both took a bite of the raw corn and decided to barely cook it. we gave it a scant 3 minutes in an already steaming pot and feasted.

        Stillman's also had a nice melon selection. We had one of the little French melons for dessert.


      2. I saw figs today...has anyone else seen them? How long have they been/will they be around?

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          1. re: MaggieCat

            Copley. Can't remember the name of the stand, but it's the only one that sells gooseberries during the summer. Anyway, they had one container of figs and were selling them 50 cents per fig. I bought one and it was great, but didn't have time to ask about them.

            1. re: yanz

              Hamilton Orchards sells gooseberries. I'll have to ask Barbara Hamilton about the figs and report back.


              1. re: BostonZest

                there were no figs yesterday at the hamilton orchards stand at the copley square farmers market

                1. re: galangatron

                  you are braver than I was...I didn't even venture out in the awful weather.

        1. Not exactly a typical farmer's market find, but there was a vendor at the Cambridgeport farmers' market named something like "Lion's Share Foods" that was selling truly kick-ass kimchee a couple of weeks ago. I'm not sure my kimchee experience qualifies me as an expert, but I have had it at most of the good Korean restaurants in this area, as well as some bottled kinds from various supermarkets, and this beat the pants of all of them.

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          1. re: Ruprecht

            I just did a rainy run through of the Cambridge Center (Kendall Square) market. Nothing too surprising this week. Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are still around. The good news about the rain and cooler weather is that lettuce is back. Both Dick's Market Garden and Herb Lycaeum have amazing deep red lettuce.


            1. re: Ruprecht

              They were at SoWa several weeks ago with a fantastic pre-made salad of bulgur wheat, olive oil, celery, scallions and onion with some nice spices involved. The guy at the stand told me that they were hoping to roll out kimchee and kombucha within the next few weeks, so it sounds like they succeeded!

            2. Not a 'find' just yet - but in a few hours I hope ;) Wanted to let folks know that the fish guy is returning to the Revere farmer's market today (12-6 at beach, Shirley Ave. cross-street). I know there were discussions about when he would return so hoping for some good stuff later today. This is a small market (Hereford Valley, Farmer Dave's, Big Sky Bread and couple other vendors) but has been growing each week. Next week is 'Taste of Revere Beach' with local restaurants like Kelly's providing samples at the market. Hoping next week's find is fried clams ;)