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…

Roasted Chicken with Beet Greens, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes

Have you ever eaten beet greens? Most people only eat the bottoms, the purple and golden yellow taproot that grows in the ground. But the green leaves and purple stalks on the top can be eaten too, and they are crisp and taste like spinach. Like other dark leafy greens, they are high in protein,…

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…

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…

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…

Grilled Haddock with Rhubarb Tomato Salsa

Rhubarb and zucchini are in season! Pleasantly surprised at the Natick Farmers Market yesterday, I bought some of each, and then I sat for 20 minutes trying to think of how to use them both. Rhubarb is usually used in sweet dishes, but it has a nice, naturally tart flavor. I really wanted to spend the…

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…