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Brookline winter farmers market - great news!

Jenny Ondioline & I visited the last Brookline farmer's market of the season yesterday (nice haul: lacinato kale, spinach, beets, some kind of choy with freaky maroon leaves, garlic, and frozen raspberries at the excellent price of $5 a pound, all from Dicks, plus kabocha squash and red cabbage from Stillman's and Roxbury Russet apples and a couple of sweet potatoes from Kimballs.) While there, we learned that there will be a new winter market starting up in November, in the Arcade Building in Coolidge Corner:

It will be Sundays from noon to 5 PM, starting on November 4. I'm absolutely thrilled.

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  1. That's excellent. What other winter markets are there, besides Somerville's?

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    1. re: FinnFPM

      There's one in Cambridge at the Cambridge Community Center, which is about a ten minute walk from the Central Square T stop. Saturdays from 10- 2. Really nice atmosphere and lots of choices, from baked goods to fish to pasta and veggies.

      1. re: mvi

        Just note that the Cambridge Winter's Farmer's Market doesn't start until January.

      2. re: FinnFPM

        Egleston Square in JP is working to set one up. Looks like they are almost there with fundraising efforts, and they have a permit. I believe they will be setting up inside Our Lady of Lourdes, which is a few short steps from the Brewery, near the Stony Brook T station. https://www.facebook.com/#!/EglestonF...

        1. re: powella

          Stillman's just announced via FB that the Egleston market is on starting this Saturday, November 10.

          Only 2 Saturdays in November and 2 in December, but it looks like they are on for every Saturday in January & February. http://eglestonfarmersmarket.org/

          1. re: Allstonian

            Medford's going to run one too, Thurs. 3-7. Starting 12/6. I can never make it but apparently there are more vendors than for the non-winter one. http://www.medfordfarmersmarket.org/

        2. re: FinnFPM

          There's a new winter market in Newton on Tuesdays from 1:30-6pm at the Hyde Center (90 Lincoln St., about 1 1/2 blocks from the Newton Highlands D Line stop), starting November 13th.

          1. re: overproofed

            A few more details about the Newton winter market... It will be open through June 25 - after that, the regular outdoor market will be open. Yesterday, there were more than a dozen tables, including beef (the only stand that was outside), fish, a couple of vegetable stands, an apple orchard, popcorn, maple syrup, fresh pasta, jam, Turtle Creek Winery, and a couple of others I can't remember right now. I don't remember seeing a bakery, which would be nice, but there is a bakery (Bread and Chocolate) less than a block away.

            They're in half of a small gymnasium. An after-school program has the other half. Although the gym fronts on the street, the doors aren't too obvious - you have to go around the side of the building, and sort of behind the gym.

        3. Wow, that is fantastic! So excited it's on Sunday too. Much more convenient for those of us who work past 5 on weekdays.

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          1. re: Klunco

            thanks for letting us know. the winter markets have changed my life for the better! let's keep up reporting on winter markets. Somerville's starts Dec 1...and let's don't forget the markets that stay open until just before Thanksgiving. Somerville Union Square goes until 11/17 so I won't be too deprived before the winter market opens dec. 1.

          2. And it brings traffic into the Arcade, which is a beautiful piece of the past. I recommend MJ Ready, the oddly named Thai place, assuming they're smart enough to open those days. It seems to consist of a husband and wife, with the wife doing the cooking. Served me perhaps the single hottest dish I've ever had in Boston. Could have fused Helium.

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            1. re: lergnom

              wow. never heard of it. will have to check it out.

              any other food recs for a brookline sunday? ramis will be open, not interested in zaftig's....

              1. re: Madrid

                Check out Otto pizza across from the arcade for some great pizza.

                1. re: Madrid

                  I often like to hit Paris Creperie for a savory crepe and a cup of tea on a cold winter weekend.

                  1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                    I like the crepes at Paris, but their service has gone from bad to worse. We have not had a completely correct order in months there.

                  2. re: Madrid

                    Bottega Fiorentina that is literally across the street from the arcade has a great prosciutto & mozzarella sandwich, and a very good espresso as well.

                2. This is excellent! Any news on what vendors will participate?

                  1. This will officially be starting on the 11th, FYI.

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                    1. re: FinnFPM

                      Good to know. Thanks for the update!

                    2. Awesome! Thanks for the tip, Allstonian!

                      1. We took the T to Brookline on Sunday. It was great to see some favorite vendors around for the winter and so close to mass transit. Stillman's Farm and Silverbrook served as anchors. Clear Flour had a small selection but said they were feeling things out when I asked if the selection would change. I did get 2 breads and scones.

                        The Cupcakory was there. I'm sure The good folks in Brookline are happy to have her back in town.

                        We also saw Nella Pasta, Cape Cod Fish Share, Cannistraci Fine Foods, Cook's Farm Orchard, and Samira's Homemade.

                        Some of the photos we took are here: http://www.bostonzest.com/2012/11/bro...

                        It's a great old building and there are a lot of interesting small businesses in there. I hope the market helps those folks too.

                        They could use better signage for the market. I sat outside on Harvard street for awhile and people were walking by, peeking in and would go in when I told them there was a farmers' market.

                        Another plus is that it is quite close to Otto Pizza so I had my mashed potato, scallion, bacon pizza fix!


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                          1. re: BostonZest

                            We stopped by on Sunday as well, and do totally agree that they need better signage. We got veggies and short ribs from Stillman's Farm, and some fantastic stuffed grape leaves from a very nice man at Samira's Homemade. Can't wait to return, there are so many other excellent vendors we want to try out.

                          2. What a clever way to make a winter farmers market. That building needed something fun to happen it! I can't wait to go.

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                            1. re: cherrytomato

                              I think the setting actually adds to the experience. It is a beautiful building inside and you can see by the shine on the floors that someone still cares deeply about it. Wouldn't it be incredible as a year round local food market with a few of the fine service places it has now. One stop errands!

                            2. Sunday is now my favorite day of the week!
                              I stock up on fresh farm goodies at the Brookline Farmer's market in the Arcade Building. My fish share provides the protein and Stillman farm provides all the veggies.
                              Just made an omelet with fresh spinach, tomato and cheese and eggs from Stillmans. Last night I used the Autumn spiced linguine for the pasta vendor there. I am in heaven!

                              1. Yet more great news - the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market is adding Mondays as well! They'll have a different set of vendors on Mondays, 11:30 AM to 6:30 PM, starting next Monday, January 7.

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                                1. re: Allstonian

                                  This is good news for those of us who work in the area. The summer market opens too late for my lunch break and everything is gone after work.