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June 2011 Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands Etc.

Here's the place for the latest news on our local food suppliers. What's at your market? How is your CSA going? Anyone hear of CSAs with openings? Have you made it out to a farm stand?

It's Friday so Copley is open today.

Strawberries! Atlas Farms had their early season strawberries on Tuesday at the Copley Market. They were pricy but like the ones they had last years they were ripe-to-the-stem and delicious. I believe these are grown in their hoop houses. Their cucumbers and greens have been great.

Strawberry photo here:
http://www.bostonzest.com/2011/06/to-...

Hamilton Orchards had some greenhouse raspberries at Copley.

Spring Brook at Prudential (Thursdays) has had asparagus and fiddlehead ferns. And, Turtle Creek wines are now at the that market.

Fastachi Nuts is at both Copley and The Pru market this year and they will be doing other markets as well with their nuts, mixes and nut butters. At the Pru market you can get his nut butter, when Pigs fly chocolate bread and Cook's Jam for the most incredible sandwich.

On a more serious note, while most of the Tornado coverage has been about homes and businesses in the urban and suburban areas hit, many of the farms that serve the Boston area are out there and some of them suffered damage.

I heard that Old Friends Farm had some damage. Atlas is in that same area but I haven't heard any news about them so far. Marge Cook of Cook's Orchard said they had damage. Kate Stillman said they had some crop damage but the family was fine.

Hail is the enemy of farmers so when you see your farmer friends ask how they are doing. They may have had a very bad week. We could see some supply problems from the storm.

So who's next to fill us in on their locally grown or produced finds.

Penny
http://www.bostonzest.com/

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  1. Joined Marshall's Fenway Farm CSA and they say ..

    22Sent out 1st CSA newsletter this morning. CSA Produce will start the week of June 6th. I know we will have Asparagus, Broccoli, Lettuce and dear I say Strawberries? and much more. Don't forget we have our CSA Fund Raiser coming up on June 4th. Stay tuned for more info!"

    We can't wait - stopped in today and checked out the abundant Clear Flour Bakery offering.

    1. I picked up my CSA from Drumlin Farm on the 1st. Included were delicate & delicious lettuces, Hakurei turnips, shunkyo radish, easter egg radish, scallions & huge bunches of spinach. The Pick Your Own will start in a few weeks. Greg said there are already strawberries on the vines, they just need to ripen!

      At that point in the day (just around noon), they'd had a small hail storm. Next week, I'll find out the extent of damage from the later storms.

      1. I've swung by Dewey Square & here's what I've checked out so far -

        Bought a basil plant from Kimballs - I've had it a week & I haven't killed it yet so I'm doing pretty good. : )

        Had both the banana bread & pumpkin bread , $7.50 each (no nuts in either) from Baking With Joy (?) - both very good. I think they're only there on Thursdays.

        Had a chocolate berliner (well, actually 2) from Swiss Bakers - it seems like they unfortunately are using less chocolate filling but they were fresh & tasty. $1.65 each.

        Seta has not been there yet. Per the girl at the info booth at the market, somone hit her car (she's OK) & ripped off the door . She's supposed to be there next week depending on the car repair. She also said Seta's booth will be there on both Tuesdays & Thursdays, but Seta herself will only be there on Thursday (she's having someone else man the booth on Tuesdays).

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        1. re: southie_chick

          Bought a hangar steak at Dewey Sq from Batcheller Hill Farm today, first time I;ve tried them..good assortment of beef, pork and lamb on the "menu." I was there at 6ish and they were pretty picked over. They're only there Tues..mkt Tues Thurs. Ms 9 picked u some orange mint, asparagus and a nice bag of mixed greens..plenty of herbs and I cheese guy who I'd never seen.

          1. re: 9lives

            Where exactly is Dewey Square? I got the map fr the BPM website, but I don't know how accurate that is (knowing how google has messed up directions for me in the past, lol). Plan to be in town on Thurs, but my knee is sore from walking too much on Monday (couldn't resist it on such a gorgeous day) & I don't want to over extend myself.

            1. re: threedogs

              Dewey Sq is diagonally across the street from South Station...on the Greenway. Clover Food truck is also there.

              1. re: 9lives

                Thanks, 9lives! Easy for me to get to, also. :D

                1. re: 9lives

                  And, Seta is back at Dewey Square! Got 2 hummus & a metch - great as usual. She didn't have any pita bread so I had to wait 'till I got home to break into it - instead of downing a whole tub of hummus at my desk which I was sooooo tempted to do.
                  Clear Flour had the cheddar snails again, which were good, but for $3 each are a little pricey - especially since I've discovered a bakery near me (Dutch Epicure in Amherst, NH) which sells a similar tasting roll for $0.65 each.
                  Love the banana bread & pumkin bread from Baking With Joy (?) - went with the banana bread this week.
                  Disappointed by my berliner from Swiss Baker - barely any chocolate in it. I remember the first one I had last year had a LOT more chocolate in it, but they gradually started cutting back the amount. I've talked to them about this at the end of last year, & during the Winter market ...... & again this year but they just say they'll tell someone about it. I'll probably skip this next week.
                  Got the asiago & fromage blanc from the cheese guy (can't remember the name of the place). Both were good. Fromage blanc was very creamy & could have used just a touch of garlic & salt to bring out the chive flavor.

          2. I know that some Farmer's Markets carry seeds & plants - I'm on the lookout for veggies to plant this week. Has anyone seen anything notable at any Farmer's Market that would be close to or accessible by the T from Watertown? Looking for the usual tomatoes (heirloom would be nice) in addition to other plants/seeds - and yard long (Asian) beans (seeds). I had a huge bunch of seeds I can't find since my move in December. Probably won't find them until I move again, lol (which I hope will not be for a long, long time - I hate moving SO MUCH. Ugh!!)

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            1. re: threedogs

              Last Sunday at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge there were lots of plants. I think there is trolley service from Watertown on Mt. Auburn St to Harvard Square.

              1. re: threedogs

                How about Central Square on Monday? Most markets have lots of plants this time of year. They have Keown Orchards and they are bringing lots of veggies to Copley.

                And, out your way Russo's should have what you need. I'll bet they may even have the seeds.

                Penny
                http://www.bostonzest.com/

                1. re: BostonZest

                  Cambridge is easy to get to - it's good to know about the one at the Charles Hotel - didn't even know there was one there! Thanks!!

                  Central Square is good - I'm going to check them out tomorrow if I can. And I completely forgot about Russo's plants (will check them out & see if they have seeds too!! Duh!! Been shopping at Arax for my fruits & veggies lately)

                2. re: threedogs

                  Sherman Market (Union Sq, Somerville) has some seedlings. Not sure what types. The sign said that they come from a farm in Waltham, I think, which would be even closer to you if the farm would sell them direct.

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                  1. re: threedogs

                    Have you checked out the Tues afternoon Spring farmers market in Nonatum (At the Am Legions parking lot on California Street)? It's not a far walk from Watertown sq. I was there today and there were at least 2 or 3 stalls selling seedlings & plants. I definitely saw some tomato plants.

                    1. re: y2000k

                      No, I didn't even know there was one there! That's very close - great info, thanks so, so much.

                      I picked up a few tomato plants at the Gov't Center farmer's market on Monday. Probably have enough (hahaha - that's funny - the words "tomato plants" and "enough" in the same sentence, lol). I'll check them out.

                      1. re: threedogs

                        You're welcome. Just to expand on the Nonantum location, it's every Tuesday afternoons in June (for the Spring Market), then switches over to Friday afternoons for the Summer Market. Details here: http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/Parks/Spec....

                  2. Just moved to Boston from Los Angeles. In LA, there are lots of local farmers markets, but the Wednesday one in Santa Monica, and the Sunday one in Hollywood are generally considered to be among the best, with the most and most interesting fruit and vegies.

                    Is there an analog in Boston? Which FMs are generally thougth to be the biggest and best?

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                    1. re: David Kahn

                      No, Santa Monica is legendary and we really don't have anything like that. But, Amelia Saltsman author of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market cookbook did visit Copley Square a couple of years ago and said she liked the market.

                      Where are you in the Boston area? I cover farmers' Markets for Serious Eats so I've been to a lot of them. And, if I can't point you to a great one near you others here can.

                      Penny

                      http://www.bostonzest.com/

                      1. re: BostonZest

                        Thanks so much Penny. I live in the South End and work in Back Bay.

                        1. re: David Kahn

                          Then you have great markets at your disposal. On Tuesday and Fridays Copley Square. On Thursdays the Prudential Center has a small market on Boylston Street and on Sundays you can visit the farmers and food vendors at the SOWA Open Market over on Harrison Avenue.

                          Those are close but nice walk or subway ride will take you to more markets.

                          Dewey Square is open across from South Station on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is a really nice and growing market.

                          Monday and Wednesday there is a small market on City Hall Plaza.

                          After June 16th the Brookline Farmers Market opens in Coolidge Corner. That one is worth a visit.

                          The Union Square market in Somerville is worth a visit on a Saturday morning (9am to 1pm market hours) because it is in a neighborhood full of GREAT ethnic food shopping.
                          http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/...

                          Now none of these are as large or have as many types of food as your former markets in California. We don't have the same climate or focus on agriculture but our local market scene is growing and improving each year.

                          I'll let the rest of the fresh & local fans tell you about their markets!

                          Penny
                          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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