July 2011 Farmers' Markets, CSA, Farm Stands Ect.
What going on at your market?
I visited the Brookline Market last Thursday to shop and for a photo assignment. It is still one of the best markets in the area with a really nice mix of vendors.
I bought lovely fresh haddock from Cindy the Fish Lady, two new fabulous flavors (Ginger and Chipotle) from Taza chocolate, bread from Clear Flour and berries from Stillmans.
We also sneaked in a sandwich from Michael's Deli before the market-- another bonus of visiting Brookline.
Who will report next? What is coming in your CSA? Any meat or fish CSA reports? Anyone out doing Pick-your-own or visits to farms or farm stands planned for July?
256 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446
I'm in only my second summer of doing a farm share with 5 other people (we share a large), so I feel like I want to check in with some other folks about some of this (but not my farm share mates in case I'm being a jerk). So far we've mainly gotten cabbage,lettuce (romaine or red leaf) kale, collard greens, and beets, with the occasional small amounts of of scallions (once), broccoli (once), snap peas (once)and anemic carrots (I mean SUPER thin and strngy) and parsley or cilantro and some turnips. The other day a friend in my neighborhood invited me to come look at her garden (we live in a fairly verdant part of Boston where many people have backyards). I was amazed to see rows and rows of arugula, basil, lettuce, and many other herbs. She actually begged me to take arugula and basil as it needed to be thinned. So obviously the weather has been gangbusters for vegetable growing.
I guess I am just feeling a little ripped off by all the cabbage and beets that I'm getting in the farm share. Are these even "summer vegetables"? Who wants to roast turnips and beets when it's 90 degrees out? These just aren't the things that I want to cook , week after week in the summer, plus I feel like these veggies the most inexpensive at retail prices, I could buy as many organic collard greens at whole foods as I wanted for less money if I wanted to. Our farmer also sells at farmers markets and I suspect he is saving the pricier stuff (arugula, basil, peas) to sell there. But I'm a newbie to this stuff so maybe I'm wrong in feeling a little ripped off. Any thoughts from other farm share folks would be appreciated.
This kind of complaint has been posted before by other people, probably about other CSAs. Why not go to one of the farmers' markets where your farm sells and see if their selection is any different from what you are getting? That is the only way to know if you are being treated fairly or not.
My CSA (Waltham Fields Community Farm) has been going gangbusters with all sorts of good stuff. Plenty of greens - that is the backbone of the June harvest around here - but yesterday, for example, my share partner and I got fennel, beets, cucumbers (okay, just one!), garlic scapes, kohlrabi, chard, cabbage, leeks, fava beans (just 20 pods, but enough to use with something else), green beans, parsley, basil, dill, cilantro, and snow peas. There were some small carrots, regular radishes, escarole, frisee, lettuce, kale, collards, arugula, summer squash (small, but it's the beginning of the season), baby onions, scallions, a few varieties of lettuce, and a few other things I can't remember also available as choices. The bottom line is the summer vegetables, such as squash, are just beginning. Last week was the first week we got basil and summer squash, for example, and this week was the first week for green beans and cucumbers. Hang in there - things may improve for you.
Thanks Pinch of Salt, I think that I just need to be more patient. Probably the thought of roasting veggies in this heat isn't helping with that! The farmer's market produce is listed in the same email as the farm share produce and they are pretty much the same. Come to think of it I got some radishes and kohlrabe as well.I guess I just got jealous when I saw my friends garden, but then again she probably never planted cabbage or collards. I'll just keep reminding myself how super healthy they are, and break out the juicer.
Marshalls Fenway CSA for this week
And the following comments from them
We are in mid season with the peas. I can only hope the season will last for a few more weeks!
Coming soon corn-peppers-blueberries-peaches-sweet onions
Some native Massachusetts corn started coming in this week from western MA. But the ears are still somewhat young. Every day they are getting better! Their corn is usually 10-14 days ahead of ours, so ours should be soon!