Farmers Market Series Part Three: Framingham

I can see a kettle corn vendor as I drive up to the Framingham farmers market on the Village Green. I love the sweet and salty snack, and I grab a bag to munch on as I tour the market, not yet having had lunch. There are produce vendors on both sides of the sidewalk,…

The Mushroom Farm at Fungi Ally

Four years ago, Willie Crosby sat in his friend’s basement harvesting mushrooms from fruited sawdust logs. In a space that was only 8 x 16 feet, he could inoculate 200 logs per week with mushroom mycelium and bring them to harvest. Willie was a produce farmer but he was inspired to grow mushrooms after reading…

Making Pesto at the Market Test KITCHEN

The word “pesto” comes from an Italian word meaning “to pound, to crush.” This refers to the method of making pesto from crushed basil leaves and crushed garlic cloves. Last Friday in The KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, Stillman’s Farm set up a test kitchen to try out three different kinds of pesto. Some…

Farmers Market Series Part Two: Boston Public Market Pop-ups

The Boston Public Market, the largest indoor, year-round farmers market in Boston, opened two new seasonal locations over the last month: one in the Seaport District and one in Dewey Square. The BPM sources exclusively local produce, meat and goods from small businesses around New England, focusing on helping our local communities and economy. The small…

Farmers Market Series Part One: Needham

All during open-air market season, I’ll be visiting different farmers markets in Boston and Metro West (where I live), and reporting back about the vendors, produce, and goods for sale. First up- Needham Farmers Market. Last Sunday was opening day for the Needham Farmers Market, and I’ve visited twice. The first thing that you need…

Fish Tacos with Cabbage Kohlrabi Slaw and Avocado Crema

Last year started my love affair with kohlrabi, an underutilized winter vegetable, and this winter I am excited to cook with it again. Kolhrabi overwinters well, but it’s getting to the end of the it’s time. Pretty soon we’ll have spring onions and asparagus, but for the next couple of weeks, kohlrabi will still be…

Inside the Discovery Portal

“All we knew when we got into this business was that people wanted a better option for food at their office. That’s what we knew. We didn’t exactly know how we were going to solve for that. We had a general idea, and that’s where the innovation of the LeanBox itself came out of, which…

Tips for Eating Healthy and Supporting Local This Summer

It’s open-air market season! Next Sunday begins the outdoor farmers market in Natick, MA, and soon other open-air markets will be popping up around the state. There are so many positive aspects to the buy-local trend. As a registered dietitian, I hear a lot of people talk about eating fresh and supporting local farms, but they…

Local Craft Spirits Festival

The Clean Food Club stopped by the Local Craft Spirits Festival yesterday, hosted by the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, in the Central Square Cultural District, Cambridge MA. Hundreds of patrons gathered to celebrate local spirits, artisan beverages and craft brews. We talked to the makers behind distilled spirits and craft beverages, watched some cocktail demos and oyster shucking, and generally had a…