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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

BostonZest May 17, 2014 04:03 AM

Area summer farmers' markets are opening.

I went to Copley on Tuesday and was came home with a heavy shopping bag. Since the farms are supporting more winter operations for winter markets, wholesale customers, their own farm stands and winter CSAs the early season selections are better than ever.

I bought asparagus, mixed salad greens, baby arugula, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, scallions, goat cheese, bread, and cookies. There was a lot more on offer.

I have an Atlas Farm Market share so most of my produce came from that stand. For fans of Old Friends Farm, Atlas brings in their greens and later in the season their local ginger.

SOWA, Copley, Cambridge Center, Jamaica Plain (677 Center) And Union Square are open as of today. Here are links to location maps and more opening dates for the central Boston markets.
http://www.bostonzest.com/local_foodf...

Because of construction, Prudential Center won't be happening this year. Roslindale will move the the MBTA parking lot, and City Hall Plaza will become the Boston Public Market on the Greenway. The proposal for a Beacon Hill market was withdrawn.

What's your favorite market? When does it open? What are you seeing? What farm stands have you visited? What was in your CSA box?

Penny
http://www.bostonzest.com/

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    Madrid RE: BostonZest May 17, 2014 06:25 AM

    thanks so much, Penny! Copley is my favorite but I have a hard time getting there. I live near Union square and the mass farmers market site says they don't open until June 1, so I am psyched for today! I want to get everything you got, but at Union there will probably be a more limited selection.

    I am so glad the winter markets have helped us get more produce earlier. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    Madrid

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      Madrid RE: Madrid May 17, 2014 10:12 AM

      Union Square was open today and mobbed; nice to see such a large crowd, as usual.

      Unfortunately, no asparagus, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers. Lots of plants, some cheeses, Iggy's as usual (yah!), some new vendors with interesting jarred relishes and fermented foods, and Carr's cider, which I love. A good cheddar and scallion scone from Mariposa. No Narraganset yogurt, which I am still in search off after buying some at the Somerville Winter Market.

      I did get there late...around noon when they close at 1...and got the last bag of stinging nettles! I have always wanted to try them so I am psyched about that. Time to go to Eat Your books and my Paula Wolfert cookbooks.

      Does anybody know what happened to Ocean Ice Pops? I loved all the flavors, but especially the cherry limeade and watermelon blueberry. They weren't there today and I never saw them at the winter market either.

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        CportJ RE: Madrid May 20, 2014 03:58 PM

        I think I've seen Ocean Ave. recently. Maybe at the Cambridge winter market?

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          LilBrownBat RE: Madrid May 22, 2014 05:14 AM

          I don't know Narraganset yogurt, but if you're looking for something made close to home, look for Sidehill Farm which has some distribution in the Boston area -- http://www.sidehillfarm.net/find. It's fabulous, particularly the maple flavor.

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            shutterbugRI RE: Madrid May 22, 2014 06:03 AM

            Narragansett Creamery is located in Providence, Rhode Island but its fine products are available throughout New England including the Boston area. A list is provided in this link.

            http://www.richeeses.com/markets/

            I particularly like their mozzarella.

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              Madrid RE: shutterbugRI May 22, 2014 06:20 AM

              I'm looking for the yogurt, in particular, and have tried several of the places they list to no avail (they aren't going to have all their products at every place they list). I should just contact them to ask where to get the yogurt and if they are going to any Boston area summer markets.

              All of their products are great!

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                shutterbugRI RE: Madrid May 22, 2014 04:34 PM

                Narragansett Creamery is a vendor at the Hope Street Market in Providence. It is the biggest outdoor market in Rhode Island, with 40 vendors and several food trucks. If a call to the creamery indicates the yogurt is carried there, a visit is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday morning.

                http://www.hopestreetmarket.com/ourve...

                Though the Hope Street Market is located in Providence, it is not in the city center. It is off Route 95, at the Providence/Pawtucket line, a few miles from South Attleboro, an easy ride from Boston.

                The Lippitt Park grounds are grassy and tree-lined, with places, sunny and shaded, to sit and enjoy a snack from one of vendors. A children’s playground lies at the far side of the park.

                Good luck with your Narragansett Creamery yogurt search!

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                  BostonZest RE: shutterbugRI May 22, 2014 05:16 PM

                  Thanks for the tip ShutterbugRI. I'm going to add this market to my agenda for the next trip to RI to visit family.

                  I know right where it is!

                  Penny
                  http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                  erfer007 RE: Madrid May 22, 2014 06:17 PM

                  I don't know where you're from, but I saw their yogurt today at City Feed and Supply in Jamaica Plain. That market in RI mentioned below is amazing! We love their winter market especially- totally worth the hour drive! Good luck!

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                    Madrid RE: erfer007 May 24, 2014 12:26 PM

                    thanks to everyone on the yogurt. I heard from them and they said that American Provisions, Bee’s Knees, City Feed & Supply, Siena Farms, Allendale Farm "should" have the yogurt. They don't always know because many vendors get it from a distributor. They also said Whole Foods has the yogurt but I've never seen it at the locations I frequents. They said to request the store stock it.

                    They might be at SoMA this summer but don't know yet.

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                      PinchOfSalt RE: Madrid May 29, 2014 06:18 AM

                      I've seen Narragansett yogurt at the Fresh Pond Whole Foods. It's not with the other yogurts. It's over by the cheese department, up on a high shelf near the fresh mozzerella, etc.

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                        Madrid RE: PinchOfSalt May 29, 2014 10:38 AM

                        wow, thanks for the tip on the location. Who would have known?????

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                Madrid RE: Madrid May 24, 2014 12:18 PM

                yay! asparagus, green garlic, greens today at Union square.

                No ocean ice pops.

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                  BostonZest RE: Madrid May 24, 2014 12:35 PM

                  Madrid, I just checked and Ocean Ice Pops hasn't updated their facebook or twitter feed since the end of last summer and they are not listed on the vendor list for Union Square this year.

                  http://maps.managemymarket.com/1478

                  I'll keep my eyes open for word about them at other markets.

                  Penny
                  http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                    Madrid RE: BostonZest May 24, 2014 01:17 PM

                    I am worried that they are gone..............

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                      CportJ RE: Madrid May 29, 2014 10:45 AM

                      Maybe they are focusing on their kombucha business.

            2. C. Hamster RE: BostonZest May 18, 2014 04:38 PM

              Thanks a lot, Penny!

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                rozziegirl RE: BostonZest May 19, 2014 02:40 PM

                Thanks for starting this. FYI - here's a link to the schedules: http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/FMF...

                1. foodieX2 RE: BostonZest May 19, 2014 02:46 PM

                  Hingham's Farmers market has been open a couple of week. Love this one because of the variety. You can find poultry, meats and seafood in addition to the regular items and produce you find at typical ones.

                  I drive by the farm that I get a CSA from daily and it is really coming along. The hope to have the first share a week or 2 after Memorial day.

                  1. BlueMagic RE: BostonZest May 20, 2014 11:45 AM

                    I did not do a CSA last year and missed it..but the previous 2 years I was not happy with the CSA I was using.

                    This year I am trying out a new CSA..Simone's Riverside Farm in Methuen. I was very impressed when I met with them. They seem to be focused on the consumer. It starts up in a few weeks and I am looking forward to it.

                    1. Allstonian RE: BostonZest May 20, 2014 12:09 PM

                      I didn't see any cherry tomatoes at Copley today, but I got a nice bunch of asparagus, a bag of spinach, and a cucumber, along with a bag of nuts from Fastachi.

                      Lots of prepared foods, baked goods, veggie starts and herb/garden plants, plus Cape Cod Fish Share, at least 3 different meat farmers, and someone with half a dozen varieties of cultivated mushrooms, along with several different mushroom-based bottled sauces.

                      I can vividly remember when there was little more than those veggie starts and other plants available before Memorial Day - it's so exciting to see how things have changed with the push to more off-season farming.

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                        CportJ RE: BostonZest May 20, 2014 03:59 PM

                        Does that mean City Hall Plaza will be inside the new building at the Haymarket T stop? or on the Greenway between Haymarket and the N. End?

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                          BostonZest RE: CportJ May 21, 2014 03:37 AM

                          They are claiming this is a new market but it is the move of the former City Hall Market and will be in front of the proposed public market building facing the greenway. I didn't get there on Monday. Maybe today.

                          I hope for the sake of the vendors it does better than when they tried to move it to the other side of City Hall last year.

                          I still feel this is a bad location because people will compare the prices and mix it up with haymarket's stuff or avoid it because they think it is haymarket. I was already hearing that last year when it was on the Quincy Market side of City Hall.

                          I bought asparagus, tiny radishes, mixed greens, baby arugula and a grass fed hanger steak at Copley yesterday.

                          I saw rhubarb, scallions, head lettuce, carrots, bok choi, mushrooms, spinach plus the other meat, bakery, nuts, seafood and artisan food vendors.

                          Penny
                          http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                            BostonZest RE: BostonZest May 21, 2014 03:31 PM

                            I did stop by the new Boston Public Market on the Greenway farmers' market today and so did half the politicians in the state.

                            They did have a nice array of vendors and it is an easy to shop location. Nice wide sidewalk with two rows of tents and plenty of space in the center. I bought cherry tomatoes from Freitas Farm and pastry from Pain D'Avignon. Silverbrook Farm had great looking asparagus, greens, mico sprouts, radishes, potatoes, and eggs.

                            Red's Best Seafood was on hand, Union Square donuts, Stillman's, When Pigs Fly bakery, Farmers market Ice Cream, RI Mushroom Co., and a few more.

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                              CportJ RE: BostonZest May 21, 2014 03:45 PM

                              Good point. It would probably do better if the public market were open or at least more people knew about it and where it will be.

                              Here's what they say on their website:

                              "The farmers market will be located on the plaza facing Surface Street and the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will operate every Monday and Wednesday from May 19 – November 26th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and feature many of your favorite vendors from the City Hall Farmers Market."

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                            sciaccagirl RE: BostonZest May 21, 2014 02:12 PM

                            If a drive up to Newburyport is to your liking I highly recommend the Newburyport/Arrowhead Farmers' Market
                            at 6 Federal Street. It's open Sundays, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
                            plus WIC & Senior Coupons Accepted. Dick Chase who farms his family's land coordinates this market. They have greenhouses that are producing some excellent spring crops, plus they have delicious eggs that their hens lay as well. Read more at http://arrowheadfamilyfarm.com/How%20...

                            1. MichaelB RE: BostonZest May 22, 2014 06:36 PM

                              Central Square market on monday didn't have much produce, although I did get some excellent fat asparagus from Hutchins Farm.

                              Two new vendors there - Union Square Donuts (surprisingly great donut holes!) and a new hard cider maker called Far from the Tree. They were sampling two ciders, both very crisp and dry. One was straight apple and the other one was fermented with hops and mint, which was unusual and refreshing, although I preferred the straight apple version.

                              1. Aromatherapy RE: BostonZest May 29, 2014 05:05 AM

                                Captain Marden's truck has been selling fresh fish at Pemberton in N. Cambridge on Friday afternoon, 3-7 I think. (Sort of relevant.)

                                1. LindaWhit RE: BostonZest Jun 8, 2014 06:53 AM

                                  (Didn't find a June 2014 Farmers Market thread, so I'll post here...)

                                  I wasn't aware of it until driving through my town yesterday, but it looks like Tewksbury has a (very small) Farmers Market - started yesterday, June 7th, and goes through the end of September. Two local farms (Farmer Dave's from Dracut and Pleasant Valley Gardens from Methuen) and Stillman's at the Turkey Farm is there with meat and eggs. A local bakery, Mirabella's, and several organic essential oils/skin care companies. I'll check it out next Saturday.

                                  Location is not the greatest, however. On Livingston St. near the local ball fields (accessed from either Route 38/Main St. past the country club OR from Dascomb Road/East Street). It would be better if it could be on Main Street, but other than a mostly empty parking lot near Jon Ryan's Pub/Pushcart Cafe, I can't think of a place where it would fit.

                                  http://www.tewksbury.info/Pages/Tewks...

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                                    BostonZest RE: LindaWhit Jun 8, 2014 07:34 AM

                                    I just started a June version!

                                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/978284

                                    Lots more markets opening in the next few weeks.

                                    Penny
                                    http://www.bostonzest.com/

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                                      LindaWhit RE: BostonZest Jun 8, 2014 08:33 AM

                                      Thanks! Just reposted on the June thread, and added about sharing a CSA with coworkers.

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