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May 9, 2011 08:22 AM

Local produce in Boston

A post on the Belmont Farmer's Market website alerted me to this great article at

Just the other day I spoke with a fellow at Arax (not sure if he is the owner or a manager there; he orders produce for them) about their produce. He said that he would be carrying organic produce. I told him I knew of some great local organic farms he might want to contact. His comment was something along the lines of "we all get our produce at the same place", clearly implying that he thinks that the local farms are selling things they are not growing themselves. No doubt true for some, but it was disappointing to hear him brush off the idea of sourcing locally.

What are your favorite sources, other than CSAs, farmstands, and farmers markets, of locally grown produce in season? Organic is great, but anything grown locally is fair game!

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  1. Market Basket, in particular, and grocery stores in general, often have more local produce than one might expect. I've noticed things like collards, zucchini, winter squash, and other vegetables with stickers or bands indicating they're from some farm in MA, ME, or NY. I believe Shaw's tries to point out when this is the case, though most others don't.

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    1. re: emannths

      Recently at the Reading MB we bought a package of parsnips that were grown at a farm in Whately MA. Freedom Farm, I think it was. Really impressive.

    2. Sergi farms in Belmont - best corn around + more!


      1. Russo's carries local produce during the growing season and they indicate that on their signs. This time of year that's not much, though they do still have local Cortlands and Macs that are presumably cellared, and last I checked they had Massachusetts parsnips. The rhubarb, ramps and other spring items were still from elsewhere, last I checked.

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        1. re: stomachofsteel

          Yes, in recent years, Russo's has become consistently more rigorous about labeling their local produce. At the height of the growing season, they often group most of their local produce in one part of the store.

          1. re: stomachofsteel

            You have to be careful at Russo's though. I've noticed at times that they will leave the sign indicating something is local even when the label on the actual produce indicates otherwise. Also the definition of local seems like it can be stretched pretty far. I'm willing to accept New York and even parts of Canada but PA and SC seem a little further than local.