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Who has consistently fresh and nice Asian greens (Cambridge/Belmont/Watertown area)?

little.tiger Oct 28, 2010 08:56 AM

I normally shop for these once a week at Russo's. Sometimes everything is nice and fresh, sometimes not so much. I try to vary the day I show up to, but haven't noticed a pattern yet. Whole Paycheque generally has good fresh stuff, but usually for 1.5-2 times the price. Is there anywhere else to go?

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  1. Small Plates Oct 28, 2010 09:46 AM

    If you can make it to a farmers market, the Yang family of Farms (Hmong) have lovely greens. You can find a market near you at the Mass Farmers Federation website here: http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/

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    1. re: Small Plates
      Allstonian Oct 28, 2010 10:05 AM

      It's true that the Hmong farms (there's also Flats Mentor Farm and I think at least one other) have the BEST and freshest Asian greens - in season.

      However, most of the local farmer's markets are closing for the season within the next two or three days, and the handful that aren't will only be open until Thanksgiving. After that, you will probably be limited to Russo's or other commercial markets until next June or so.

      1. re: Small Plates
        StriperGuy Oct 28, 2010 12:47 PM


      2. Luther Oct 28, 2010 02:33 PM

        HK Supermarket in Allston has high turnover on the brassica of your choice (~20 types) plus good deals on stuff like pea leaves. Other vegetables (garlic, tomatoes, scallions), not so much.

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        1. re: Luther
          little.tiger Oct 29, 2010 08:32 AM

          Thanks everyone. I guess it's time to cross the river.

        2. StriperGuy Oct 29, 2010 08:39 AM

          Just for the record I love the Hmong folks, but pretty much ANY of the major Chinese markets also tend to have good green veg either in Chinatown, the two on the edge of the South End, Kam Man, and H-Mart. Heck even the Hong Kong Mart (?) in Allston has half decent veg.

          3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

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            BackBayGirl Oct 29, 2010 11:13 AM

            Drat! The Harvard U. Farmers' Market has a Hmong (sp?) farmer stand and they sell excellent Asian greens, and their prices are wonderful. The problem is, the Harvard U. Farmers' Market's last day was on Tuesday. Perhaps they frequent other farmers' markets in the area?

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            1. re: BackBayGirl
              StriperGuy Oct 29, 2010 11:32 AM

              Many shut down this time of year. And pretty much all are done by Thanksgiving.

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