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ozinboz Nov 6, 2010 10:33 AM

This week I've been digging into golden beets, collard greens, all manner of kale from my weekly trek to Copley Square farmer's market. I am sadly watching the veggies dwindle and the vendors tell me they will pack up after Thanksgiving.

Now that I'm used to the variety of veggies, I am dreading going back to poor carrots and bags of spinach from the local supermarket. i wonder where you buy your veggies after the farmers markets shut down? I am especially looking for things like collard greens and kale.

I'm based near Davis Square, although as you can see I'm willing to travel anywhere the T will take me.

Thank you

  1. tazia Nov 6, 2010 10:50 AM

    I live near Davis as well and find myself going to Russo's weekly or bi-weekly for our greens fix. We don't have a car, but find Zipcar to be worth it to make it to Russo's alone. I resisted it when my car died, but Russo's is so fantastic, I couldn't stay away. We have rabbits and eat greens ourselves and their prices are way, way better than most other places around. Grabbing kale and collards from Whole Foods was slowly bankrupting us.

    We tried the Somerville Market Basket and were not impressed. Dave's Fresh Pasta has some nice greens in a pinch, though I can't recall off the top of my head how much they have in the winter. Any of the big grocery chains have also always disappointed me.

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    Dave's Fresh Pasta
    81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

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    1. re: tazia
      Science Chick Nov 6, 2010 11:45 AM

      Russo's does have wonderful produce at a great price. The only thing that keeps me from shopping there regularly is that virtually none of their fruits and veggies are organic. I asked them once about it, but didn't get much of an answer. So I find I'm stuck with Whole Foods and Trader Joes (some of their organic lettuces and veggies are ok) :(

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        teezeetoo Nov 6, 2010 12:06 PM

        i love russo's. as to organic, i've gotten some sad, tired greens for huge prices at whole foods and can't imagine that just because they are labelled "organic" they're better for me than the vibrant fresh greens at russos.

        1. re: teezeetoo
          Science Chick Nov 6, 2010 06:57 PM

          Not to get into the whole organic argument here.....but I wouldn't buy any sad, tired greens no matter where they were from or what they were labeled! Although, say what you want about WF, but I've rarely, if ever,even seen any subpar greens there. And I would always consider pesticide fraught vegetables as not good for me..........

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          stomachofsteel Nov 7, 2010 03:44 AM

          I once saw flats of cherry tomatoes on a cart at Russo's, waiting to be put out on display. The cardboard flats were printed with the logo for Full Belly Farm in California, which is a certified organic farm, and the world "organic" also appeared on these flats. The display for these tomatoes said nothing about being organic (which in fact I've never seen at Russo's). This made me wonder if sometimes they do sell organic produce but just don't label it as such.

          1. re: stomachofsteel
            Science Chick Nov 7, 2010 04:25 AM

            That's interesting........you have me wondering too.....

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              PinchOfSalt Nov 7, 2010 12:01 PM

              I am sure that happens sometimes. I once bought some bananas at Russo's that were the same price as all of the bananas on the display, but had stickers on them that said they were organic. I was clued into this when I saw the produce guy taking them out of a box that was labeled organic.

              The bottom line is you are right. Russo's sometimes gets organic produce but for some reason does not differentiate it from their other stuff.

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                trueblu Nov 7, 2010 06:54 PM

                Part of the reason for this might be that organic produce is a small proportion of the total. By labelling organic, by implication, the rest is not, and somehow emotionally becomes 'inferior' (for rather nebulous reasons, with apologies to S.C). By having no such labels, one judges the quality of the produce by its look, smell, texture (and ultimately flavour). I admit one can't detect the pesticides (from some non-organic farming) and the E.coli (from organic farming) by these criteria.

                I don't lose sleep over it, and enjoy what I perceive to be good quality ingredients (not universally so).

                tb

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          Madrid Nov 6, 2010 01:31 PM

          I was at Sherman Market in Union Square today and meant to ask them how long they will be able to source local greens and root vegs. I have a fantasy that somebody is cellaring and will bring out local stuff throughout the winter. And that a local farm has greenhouses and will keep growing kale, especially the dinosaur variety, which is absurdly priced at Whole Foods and which Market Basket doesn't carry.

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          Sherman Market
          22 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

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            little.tiger Nov 6, 2010 01:47 PM

            Another vote for Russo's. The kale, collards, mustard greens, chard of various colours look consistently fresh there. I shop there once a week, and try to change up the day I show up. The Asian greens are more hit and miss. And I live walking distance to a Whole Paycheque...even factoring in the gas I'd save by going there, it's still worth my weekly trip to Russo's for the greens and various other staples.

            1. BerkeleyPowerGrip Nov 6, 2010 07:25 PM

              Yes, Russo's is the best! I use Zipcar to get there, too. If you're stuck on public transit, buses can get you to Wilson Farm in Lexington (way up Mass Ave: 77 bus, then the 62 or 76, I think). Wilson Farm has great stuff, but a bit pricier than Russo's. Have you tried the Haymarket on Friday and Saturday?

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              Wilson Farm
              10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

              Haymarket
              Blackstone St, Boston, MA

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              1. re: BerkeleyPowerGrip
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                ozinboz Nov 9, 2010 01:46 PM

                Yeah I've tried Haymarket... it's a pretty big market right? With the fresh-shucked oyster stand? (Mmm thanks for the reminder.)

                I thought the prices at Haymarket were really cheap... I bought a lot of stuff. But I ended up regretting a lot of the things I bought. Maybe I had a really bad run of luck, but I ended up with:
                * A flat of mangoes where about three quarters were bad when I cut into them - looking soft and grey from the inside like rotting
                * Really sour oranges, and dry, like when you get a lot of fibre

                I never get bad stuff at Copley Square, so this discouraged me.

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                Brock Lee Robb Nov 6, 2010 07:41 PM

                Also love Russo's. The 558 bus runs past, and though I think its infrequent, it is possible to get there on MBTA.

                1. MaineRed Nov 6, 2010 07:54 PM

                  Figure out a way to get to Wilson Farms in Lexington if you can!

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                  Wilson Farm
                  10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421

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                    stomachofsteel Nov 7, 2010 03:52 AM

                    This is sort of a limited window, but last year there was a Winter Market at Downtown Crossing between Thanksgiving and Christmas and it included at least one farm stand. Looks like they're planning on doing it again, and I see Stillman's Farm is listed as a vendor.
                    http://dtcholidaymarket.wordpress.com/

                    That said, I'm with many others here -- I buy all my produce at Russo's once the farmer's markets close. I'm lucky enough to live close by, but I know plenty who drive from Cambridge and Somerville to shop there. Sure, it's not all perfect produce all the time, but it's definitely better than what I've found at grocery stores in the past. And I've always been happy with the kale, which I buy often.

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                    Stillman's Farm
                    1205 Barre Road, New Braintree, MA

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                      bear Nov 7, 2010 04:46 AM

                      The Globe magazine section had this article today. Might be helpful.

                      http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

                      1. BostonZest Nov 7, 2010 05:04 AM

                        We'll continue to use Boston Organics, friends just signed on for their "Dogma Box" which is sourced as close to here as possible.

                        I'm looking into signing up for the Farm to You service from Vermont. I like the fact that I can order bread, dairy and meat from them.

                        There is another conversation on "November Farmers Markets" here that has discussed some other alternatives, winter markets and CSAs here:

                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/744233?tag=boards;topic-744233

                        Penny
                        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                          skordalia Nov 7, 2010 05:16 AM

                          +1 for boston organics. the dogma box gets a little squash and root-veg dominated in the colder months (as it should) but their regular boxes are excellent and I think a very fair deal compared to whole foods and similar places. you can switch between boxes are you see fit and it's generally quite flexible. and you can't beat it for convenience (home delivery).

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                          ozinboz Nov 9, 2010 01:49 PM

                          Thank you everyone for these fantastic replies. To summarise, I have decided to check out Russo's using Zipcar. But I also checked out Boston Organics and I think it looks really good. Especially since it appears I can choose to opt in/out on a weekly basis. Which means I can get my fruits and veggies delivered during those cold winter months when I will be loathe to go and cart all my produce home on my back. :)

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                            djd Nov 9, 2010 02:09 PM

                            Shared Harvest and Red Fire Farm's winter CSAs are sold out, but it looks like Enterprise is still open:
                            http://www.enterpriseproduce.com/farm...
                            Note it's not local in the way that a summer CSA is. The website has the details.

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