Farmers' markets, CSAs, Farm Stand Etc. for October 2011
While some farmers markets are coming to the end of their run, I'm hearing some exciting rumblings about more winter markets. And, we still have markets like Copley, City Hall and Dewey Square that are open until Thanksgiving.
When does your market close?
What are you hearing about winter markets?
Are you doing in Winter CSA?
What farm stands and Orchards are you visiting the time of year?
Since Copley is open until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I just added money to my Atlas Farm Market share.
City Hall Cafe
695 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420
Allendale Farm announced they were harvesting ginger.
The Old Friend's Ginger is fantastic but they are only at Copley on Fridays. They also do the Newton Market on Thursdays.
Check when you are in Whole Foods. The Old Friends site says you can find it as some Whole Foods Markets.
This local ginger is fantastic. I've even given it to friends as a present.
I have cobbled together my plan for this Fall, Winter, early Spring this way. I have signed up for a late Fall share with Farmer Dave's (my current CSA). This is a weekly delivery for 7 weeks beginning November 1. I will split that with another family. Also have signed up for Red Fire Farm's Deep Winter share which is 6 deliveries spread through January, February and March. Then I am also signed up at First Light Farm for their late Fall/Spring Share which is one delivery per month in November, December, March, April and May. At first I thought I would get the East Coast share from Enterprise Farms but had read a negative review. I recently met someone who has participated in this share and was quite satisfied. I hope I don't regret the decision I've made vs. my first inclination. Time (and reviews of this year's share) will tell I guess.
First Light Farm
94 Locust St, Danvers, MA 01923
The Melrose Farmers' Market (Sally Frank's Farmers' Market) will be open until the last Thursday in October... the 27th. I'll miss it. It was great to have a market so close to us. This Saturday we're off to Tendercrop Farm in Newbury and will begin to stock up on root vegetables to store for later eating. TCF grows a number of different varieties of winter squash and I love sampling every one... one of my favorite vegetables. Also, I'll begin to search for unpasteurized cider. They've had small turkeys for sale all Summer and they were fab on the grill so we'll continue to buy those.
There's going to be a Cambridge winter farmer's market starting in January at the Cambridge Community Center on Calendar Street.
It's a few blocks off of River Street, about mid-way between Central Square and the river.
Red Fire Farm and Enterprise are also going to use Cambridge Community Center as the drop-off for their winter CSA shares.
Went to a planning meeting for this a week or so ago. Vendors still TBD. If there's something you'd specially like to see there (or if you want to seel there), contact Jose Mendez at CCC.
I heard from the people who run the markets at Dewey and City Hall that the Dewey location plans to stay open one day a week up until Christmas this year. Last year's winter farmers market in Somerville was a huge success story and they'll be back. I have also heard that there will be a winter farmers market in Cambridge.