Spinach, Strawberry and Feta Salad with Homemade Honey Garlic Dressing

Stepping into the center of a new farmers market for the first time can feel overwhelming. Depending on the number of vendors and the layout, it can resemble an intermediate-level maze. Between the crowds, unpleasant weather and lack of maps or signage, knowing where to start and what to buy can seem daunting.  Approaching the…

Salmon Nicoise Salad

I finally filled my basket this late spring season with leafy greens and colorful carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes (not pictured, because I ate them immediately). All of the recent cold weather made me think that we were skipping spring and going straight into summer, but not to worry. It’s all growing now! While I did…

Growing a Kale Caesar Salad 

Spring has been slow to get growing; this time last year I was cooking with zucchini and tomatoes but they haven’t popped up yet this season. Instead of tables full of veggies, produce vendors at the farmers market had tables full of seedlings, and lots of asparagus. I’ve spent the past year shopping without a…

Gazpacho: a quick dish for the tomato season 

I grew up in a lively city in southern India. Summers were long and winters mild. I marked the time of the year by the seasonal fruit and vegetables that vendors carried through the city streets on carts. The vendors called out their wares just as American ice cream trucks play music to announce their…

Bringing sexy back to ugly

“We wanted to start a farmers market here,” says Bobby, “but no farmers would come. So I became a farmer.” Bobby Walker-Crayton is a farm manager and trainer at the Urban Farming Institute. Sitting on a bench in the shade at UFI’s Sportsmen’s Tennis Club farm in Dorchester, farm managers, apprentices, and interns alike have…

Natick Community Organic Farm

It’s 7:40 am and there’s heavy traffic as I drive through the town center of Natick, MA. Once I drive through the throng of cars waiting to cross Rte 9 and hit the Mass Pike, the town is peaceful. This is the only time that Casey Townsend, the Assistant Director at Natick Community Organic Farm, can…