SOWA famers market + Gilson's Lyceum CSA questions
My husband and I went to the SOWA farmer's market last weekend for opening weekend, and I have to say we were really disappointed. There was only one real farm stand there, everything else was prepared foods, and the selection of food in general was tiny! Is this normal, or should I expect it to get more exciting as the season goes on? We're coming from NYC, where we're used to buying all of our groceries (barring canned goods/cereal) at the local farmer's market for very reasonable prices. Can I do that in the South End?
Also, it seems like Gilson's Lyceum is the only CSA offering pickup of fruits + veggies near us. Has anyone tried their CSA in the past...Can you recommend it? The principle (credit for the season) sounds really nice and flexible, but we're concerned about prepaying for something we really know nothing about....
Any advice welcome!
There is a monthly discussion of farmers Markets, farms stands and CSAs. Here's a link to this months conversation.
This time of year there is not a lot to be had at Northeast farmers markets. The selection will grow as the season progresses and as more customers support buying goods from local sources year round.
Farmer Dave's also has a CSA drop off at Boston Medical Center on Friday. We're going on our second year with them, and am pretty pleased.
Stone Soup also has a pickup near South Station, so that might be near you as well. We used to get a share from them, but Farmer Dave's was more convenient for us.
The SOWA farmers market used to have someone from Russo's sell produce there, but it declined and stopped. Then the welcome development of the food trucks came in. By the end of last season, there definitely was more than one farm stand going, but judging from last year I can't say that it will be predictable.