Chelmsford Winter Farmers Market: Nov. 3 Opening Day
Wanted to mention that the 2012/2013 winter farmer's market in Chelmsford kicks off this Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Agway in South Chelmsford. Info and directions here:
I lobbied to get one of my favorite vendors from the summer markets, Samira's Homemade, to sign up for the Chelmsford Winter Market so I could continue having a supply of ful medammes, muhammara, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and the like while the snow flies. Just heard the other day that Samira's will be at this year's market so I thought I'd share.
Side note: If you wanted an interesting food Saturday, you could consider a side-trip to Gene's Flatbread which is less than 2 miles away from the Chelmsford Agway.
For 2012/2013 winter markets nearer to Boston (Brookline, Somerville, Cambridge, Newton, JP), see this handy thread where Hounds have been posting:
Thanks very much for this tip.
Don't bother trying to stop by Gene's for chilled noodles though, folks. I've already eaten them all.
I finally went to Gene's on a weekend, so I was able to meet the lovely "Mrs. Gene" and try the weekend-only noodles, which were exceptionally silky. The cubes of the gluten extracted from them have a satisfying, meaty texture. I asked her at what time they typically run out. She said most often noon, but it can vary. The day before was rainy, so they lasted till 4. The previous weekend they were gone very early because someone called in an order for 20 portions to go. But the chewy #4 hot chili garlic noodles remain my favorite, and they are always on the menu.
The first year of the Agway market (this is the third) I got a basketball-sized cabbage from Jones Farm, which was selling them by the unit rather than by the pound. Once I got home I realized it was going to monopolize my refrigerator for a l-o-n-g time, which it did. Could have halved it but then it would not have kept as well. It lasted for 3+ months, which was a great value, but a lesson not to *buy* any food bigger than your head.
Loved your observation about the mega-cabbage, greygarious. Just got back from the Chelmsford market today (11/3) where Jones Farm had a more varied selection of greens than in years past. They still had a few items grown in the field (radishes) but the outdoor stuff is about done. They have started picking greens grown in their greenhouses, which they intend to do through the winter months. We snagged some arugula, lettuce, a bag of mixed spicy greens, and radishes.
All we needed today were greens, but they had apples, winter squash, cheese and other items on offer too.
Deb Jones told me that Jones Farm is also planning to attend the Woburn Winter Farmer's market this year.