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Late May Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, CSA updates

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 The proposal for a Beacon Hill market was withdrawn.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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  1. 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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    1. re: Madrid

      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.

      1. re: Madrid

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

        1. re: Madrid

          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.

          1. re: Madrid

            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.

            1. re: shutterbugRI

              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!

              1. re: Madrid

                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!

                1. re: shutterbugRI

                  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/

                2. re: Madrid

                  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!

                  1. re: erfer007

                    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.

                    1. re: Madrid

                      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.

                      1. re: PinchOfSalt

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

              2. re: Madrid

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

                No ocean ice pops.

                1. re: Madrid

                  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/

                  1. re: BostonZest

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

                    1. re: Madrid

                      Maybe they are focusing on their kombucha business.

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

                1. 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. 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.