Farmers Market Series Part Four: Newton

The pine branches hang low at Cold Spring Park, and nestled between the trees is the entrance to the Newton Farmers Market. The market has a couple dozen vendors, and I stop at each of the tables. There are long lines at the ice cream booth and at another booth making meat pies, and I stop…

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…

A cup of mushroom tea with Liat Racin, founder of Tamim Teas

A bite of ginger, a little nuttiness from the turmeric, and a deep earthiness. That must be the taste of the mushrooms… or maybe that’s still the turmeric. The hot cup of Lion’s Share mushroom tea steams, and makes the room smell of ginger. In Liat Racin’s kitchen in Somerville, the shelves are lined with…

Baked Apples Stuffed with Quinoa, Mushrooms, and Dried Cranberries

A couple of weeks ago I visited Fungi Ally, a local mushroom grower in Western Massachusetts, and I picked up about 3 lbs of assorted mushrooms. That probably sounds excessive, but let me explain. Over the last couple of years that I have been sourcing almost exclusively from farmers markets, I’ve noticed the lack of…

The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: a Q&A with the author

New England-native Tracey Medeiros recently published The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook, the pages of which are filled with recipes using seasonal produce and locally sourced goods. The Clean Food Club interviewed Tracey about her new book and her passion for the New England food system, and we talked about her love of Vermont maple syrup, the admiration she…

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…