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January 2011 local food, farmers' markets, CSAs, farm stands etc

BostonZest Jan 1, 2011 05:07 AM

Our first local food conversation of the year!

The new Somerville WInter market will open on Saturday the 8th at the Armory on Highland Avenue. It will have farms, specialty food, meat, fish and the first farm wineries to sample and sell at a market. This was legalized last year under a new law.

List of vendors and more details here.
http://www.bostonzest.com/2010/12/somerville-to-get-winter-farmers-market.html

My husband and I are still receiving Boston Organics and we'll pick up a fish share on Monday. I also intend to try the "farmers to you" from vermont that was praised in the December conversation here.Thanks to teabird and cassoulady for the feedback.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750563

http://farmerstoyou.com/

Penny
http://www.bostonzest.com/

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    southie_chick Jan 2, 2011 04:30 AM

    Is Seta going to be there? I spoke to her at The Downtown Crossing market before Christmas & at that point, she said she was unable to get into the Somerville market. Hope they changed their mind - I'm all out of hummus! ; )

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    1. re: southie_chick
      BostonZest Jan 2, 2011 09:05 AM

      She was on the list that Somerville provided for me. But her facebook page says she's on hiatus until May.
      http://www.facebook.com/pages/Setas-Mediterranean-Foods/102631793116921

      My husband is craving her Babaganoush & metch. He reminded me that we have to go get some yesterday. Someone has asked about Somerville so we should see an answer there.

      Penny
      http://www.bostonzest.com/

    2. gansu girl Jan 3, 2011 09:19 AM

      The Wayland Winter Farmers' Mkt. starts 1/8 and runs thru March 12 - 10-2 (at Russell's Garden Center): http://www.russellsgardencenter.com/wayland_winter_mkt.html

      GG
      http://www.semisweetonline.com

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        BostonZest Jan 3, 2011 05:31 PM

        This is a really great market-- treat yourself to a return to summer and head out there to enjoy the market set up in the Greenhouses. I can't wait to enjoy it again. I covered it last year for both Serious Eats and BostonZest.

        http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/market-scene-winter-farmers-market-wayland-massachusetts-ma.html#445822

        http://www.bostonzest.com/2010/02/market-scene-report-on-wayland-winter-farmers-market.html

        Russell's Garden Center are nice folks doing good things for their community that are win-wins for them too. We need more businesses like this.

        On another note, with our fish share partners out of town today, we took a zipcar and did the fish collection ourselves. We had four lovely redfish. I cleaned and filet them and did turn them into a fish chowder so we could share dinner with our pals when they return to town tomorrow.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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          y2000k Jan 6, 2011 09:48 AM

          Thanks for posting this! Wayland isn't too far from us, and there appears to be meat vendors there. I'll go check it out this winter.

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          owen_meany Jan 6, 2011 04:49 AM

          We just signed up for the summer/fall CSA from Picadilly Farm (pick up in Arl).

          http://picadillyfarm.com/2010/?page_i...

          We did so based on a great experience with Shared Harvest this winter which brought the folks from Picadilly to our attention.

          I'm sorry to let my CSA to Connors Farm (Danvers) lapse as we had a mostly good experience last year but I'm excited to try out Picadilly!

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          Shared Harvest
          Belmont, Belmont, MA

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            gansu girl Jan 6, 2011 07:00 AM

            We did Picadilly last summer/fall, also based on our Shared Harvest experience and it was awesome. We've re-upped for this summer and I'm counting the days . . ..

            GG
            http://www.semisweetonline.com

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            Shared Harvest
            Belmont, Belmont, MA

          2. BostonZest Jan 22, 2011 04:25 AM

            Heading for the Somerville Winter Market today. I'll report back later. Wayland is also open today. We'll have to try to get out there soon.

            Penny
            http://www.bostonzest.com/

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              Berheenia Jan 22, 2011 06:06 AM

              Today from 12 -3 at Marshall's Fenway Farm Stand there will be a demonstration on how the CSA will work. You will also get an idea on how much fresh produce you will receive for a full share or half share membership. This will be a great chance to learn more about this terrific opportunity to receive fresh local produce weekly during the growing season and to ask any questions you may have.
              It's also Sample Saturday. We love this place.

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                BostonZest Jan 22, 2011 03:59 PM

                This is so exciting.Just saw a post about another market In Milton.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/761263#6237942

                I adored the Somerville Market. Wine in one corner, lots of winter vegetables and they made a decision to allow some regional sourcing. This meant there was some nice fresh fruit and greens too. Enterprise farms sources from farms up and down the East Coast.

                We has scallops from the fish vendor, Seta's goodies, Bread from High rise and greens that were picked in Westport yesterday from unheated greenhouses. I had to stop at two bags of food because we were carrying all our camera gear.

                I've always been told by the farmers that if we create market for them, year round, they can and will grown year round.

                Penny
                http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                  Madrid Jan 22, 2011 04:32 PM

                  Penny, thanks so much for reporting on this. Every Sat. I've wanted to go but got deterred by icy sidewalks. I am going next Sat. no matter what! I want greens, wine, bread, and Seta.

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                    gimlis1mum Jan 22, 2011 04:45 PM

                    It was a mobscene! I filled up my bags, too. Littleneck clams, haddock, and crabmeat from the fish vendor; sourdough from Hi Rise and a jalapeno-cheese loaf from another bakery that was SPICY (forget the name but their cider donuts were great); and lots of root veggies. It was fun to try out some things that I'm thinking of growing in my garden next year - red popcorn, plus black and watermelon radishes.

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                      BostonZest Jan 23, 2011 04:19 AM

                      The Cider donuts were from "Great Cake Baking Company" from Marstons Mills. I managed to get a photo of them but they were sold out when I went back to try one. That High Rise sour dough was perfect with soup when we arrive home.

                      Penny
                      http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                        gimlis1mum Jan 23, 2011 07:50 AM

                        Thanks for the name - it was a little crazy trying to manage the goodies, the toddler and the stoller & I forgot to make a mental note of the bakery.

                        Also bought some fresh (unsmoked) kielbasa from one of the meat vendors. It was nice to see so many, I think there were at least 3 of them.

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                      BostonZest Jan 23, 2011 04:14 AM

                      I was tempted to reserve a Zipcar in the cold but for the sake of my research my husband & I traveled there via MBTA. It's actually an easy trip. We took the Green line to Lechemere, crossed the busway and took the 88 bus almost to the door of the armory. It's also an easy red line trip. Davis is about a mile from the site and the 90 bus will get you there.

                      The farmstead winery addition is excellent. This is also at Wayland. A new law passed last year allows them to sample and sell at markets.

                      Penny
                      http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                        Gio Jan 23, 2011 04:40 AM

                        Penny, is the armory market wheelchair accessible?

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                          gimlis1mum Jan 23, 2011 07:48 AM

                          I would say yes, Gio - I took my stroller in there with no trouble. The front door is a double; I forget if they both opened with no post in the middle, but again lots of strollers going in & out with no problem. The fish vendor was upstairs on the balcony but there is an elevator on the right side, just before you enter the big open room.

                          They did have a parking lot in back, which I didn't know about until I was leaving (I parked a couple of blocks away). There were also barriers in the few spaces out front so maybe they would let you park there, if the lot is full. The sidewalks right in front were cleared but not so on the neighboring blocks, I had to lift the stroller up & over a couple of times.

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                            Gio Jan 23, 2011 08:11 AM

                            Thank you very much, gimlis1mum. That certainly sounds doable...especially with an elevator too! (Winter sidewalks and snowbanks are a constant problem, but G usually gets me inside a building then goes to park) I've been dying to get to this winter market.

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                              Madrid Jan 23, 2011 09:58 AM

                              thanks also from me for this info...I'm not in a wheelchair yet, but have had joint replacements and need a third..I'm scared of the sidewalks and snowbanks as well but really want to get to this market! seems like every Sat. it's been open there has been extra snow, ice, etc....but it's still mobbed so I"m guessing I need to get there right at 10 when it opens.

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                          southie_chick Jan 23, 2011 06:59 AM

                          BZ, Seta was there - YAY! I'll have to make a trip down soon - I've been jonesing for her hummus (my hubby wants his metch too).
                          If you see me & need a ride, I always have plenty of room in my car 'cause my hubby works weekends so I'm solo on my weekend "chow trips". Just look for the NH plate on a white Acura .......... you'll know it's me when you see the plate on my car. ; )

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