To Market, to Market…

Posted: June 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Marblehead Farmer's Market, Marketplace, Newburyport Farmer's Market, News, Salem Farmer's Market, Swampscott Farmer's market | Tags: , | 1 Comment »


For many foodies, the start of summer had nothing to do with the calendar or the weather—it’s all about the farmers markets. Personally, we are chomping at the bit. Apparently so are the folks in Newburyport, who had their farmers market opening day May 6th.  Marblehead jumps on the bandwagon this Saturday, June 9 (Veteran’s School, 217 Pleasant St., 9:00 to 12:00), followed by Salem on June 14, along with many others in late June and early July. Salem is held at Derby Square on Front St., Thursdays from 3:00 to 7:00, and Newburyport is at The Tannery Marketplace on Sundays from 9:00 to 1:00.

Many folks are excited that Swampscott is getting its own market this year, starting on June 10. It will be open Sundays through October from 10:00 to 1:00 at the high school. Clark Farm will anchor the market with a large variety of produce; John Crow Farms, Maitland Mountain Farms (known for their pickles and flowers), Fille de Ferme (homemade jams and jellies), Cherry Street Fish Market, and Big Sky Breads round out the initial group of vendors.

If you aren’t familiar with John Getting’s terrific resource North Shore Locavore, you should click on through and check it out. Not only does John keep a full list of farmers markets, he  continually updates with great information on farms stands, CSAs and local foods all over the North Shore.

Please let us know about your favorite market or vendor in the comments or by email. We’ll be visiting markets all over the North Shore this summer and posting about our finds.

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Summer in a Bottle

Posted: September 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Ellie's Going Green, Marblehead, Marblehead Farmer's Market, Marketplace, Salem Farmer's Market | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

One of the things we miss most about summer is fresh basil from the garden. Yes, we made pesto and put it in the freezer in anticipation of the January blues, but we wish we could somehow bottle that wonderful flavor. And that’s exactly what four enterprising women did just over a year ago, creating Ellie’s Basil Vinaigrette.

Actually, Ellie Monnin, a chef, had been making the vinaigrette for many years, but last July, she got together with Darnell Vipperman, Barbara Bane, and Heidi Jarcho to turn it into a business. All four partners are Marblehead residents, and the product is currently made in the town’s St. Andrew’s Church kitchen.

The dressing is not only delicious, it’s sugar free, cholesterol free (it’s made with extra virgin olive oil), and gluten free. It’s also highly versatile—it can be used to dip bread or artichokes, as a dressing for potato salad, or a marinade for fish, chicken, or beef. It’s also good with hot pasta, as dressing for pasta salad, and drizzled over vegetables. We had it last night over chopped tomatoes and cubed fresh mozzarella for an easy, extremely tasty side dish.

Thus far, the vinaigrette has only been available at the Salem and Marblehead farmer’s markets. But Monnin and her partners are looking for a commercial kitchen where they can produce larger quantities and hope to have it in local stores this winter. Once that’s accomplished, they plan to expand into other products (they mentioned cookies), so stay tuned.

Ellie’s Going Green
www.elliesgoinggreen.com

Photo: Darnell Vipperman (left), Barbara Bane (middle), Ellie Monnin (right), and Heidi Jarcho (missing).

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Summer Bounty, Coming Up!

Posted: June 3rd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Beverly, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynn, Marblehead, Marblehead Farmer's Market, Marketplace, Newburyport, Newburyport Farmer's Market, Peabody, Revere, Rowley, Salem, Salem Farmer's Market | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Sure, this gorgeous spring has been wonderful for walking and biking, enjoying the flowers, and getting a head start on our tans. But let’s face it: the best thing about the recent weather is the bounty we’ll soon find at the various North Shore farmers markets. To that end, we’ve got a list of the markets, their opening dates, their locations, and their hours, plus links to our FM posts from last year. Enjoy!

Revere Beach, Thursdays 12:00-6:00
Revere Beach by the William G. Reinstein Bandstand
Opening day: July 23

Lynn, Thursdays 11:00-3:00
Union St and Exchange St
Opening day: July 2

Marblehead, Saturdays 9:00-12:00
28 Vine St, behind Veteran’s Middle School
Opening day: June 12
Summer At Last: Marblehead Farmer’s Market

Salem, Thursdays 4:00-7:00
32 Derby Square
Opening day: June 17
Greens Galore at Salem Farmer’s Market

Beverly, Mondays 3:30-6:45
Veteran’s Park, Rantoul St and Railroad Ave
Opening day: June 28

Peabody, Tuesdays 1:00-6:00
Central St and Railroad Ave
Opening day: July 1

Gloucester / Cape Ann, Thursdays 3:00-6:30
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center
Opening day: June 24

Rowley, Sundays 8:00-1:00
Rowley Town Common, Rte 1A
Opening day: July 11

Saugus / Cliftondale, Tuesdays 10:00 – 3:00
Cliftondale Square off Rte. 1 at Jackson Street
Opening day: July 6

Ipswich, Saturdays 9:00-1:00
Ebsco Parking Lot on Estie’s Street
Opening day: July 10

Topsfield, Saturdays 7:00-12:00
207 Boston St, Topsfield Fairgrounds
Opening day: July 10

Newburyport, Sundays 9:00-1:00
The Tannery Marketplace, 50 Water Street
Opening day: May 2
Eating Our Way Through the Newburyport Farmers Market

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Greens Galore at Salem Farmer’s Market

Posted: July 13th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Marketplace, Salem, Salem Farmer's Market | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

There are a lot of things to like at the Salem Farmer’s Market. The gorgeous produce, of course, but also bonuses like organic European-style bread and pastries, lobsters from A&J Lobster, goodies from Nana’s Kitchen, ready-to-eat seafood from Rowand’s Fisheries, and live music.

First, the produce. Our pick of farm stands is Green Meadows, which had a gorgeous display of all-organic vegetables including spherical zucchini and multi-colored chard. We also noted raw wildflower honey from Tomten Beeworks in Ipswich and adorable beeswax candles. The beets at Green Meadows were larger and better looking than the ones selling at another stand for the same price.

Along with the abundant greens at stands like Long Hill Orchard and Clark Farm, we spotted new potatoes and bright-pink radishes.

At the top of the courtyard, we were happy to find the much-smaller First Light Farm stand, which featured zucchini blossoms, organic eggs, and a selection of Valley View Farm goat cheeses.

One last note on produce: we were there at 5:30 and saw several signs for raspberries, but no actual berries. If you want fruit, get to the market nearer to its 4:00 opening.

We had never heard of The Swiss Baker, but we were drawn to Armand Bryl’s bright yellow truck and astounded by the breads and pastries for sale. Bryl, originally from Zurich,  bakes once a week from his truck, just before market day.

His products are pure European delight, and they are only available at the Salem market (and occasionally Lowell). The breads are 100% organic—we sampled the chewy, complex, and highly addictive multigrain—and the pastries are nearly so. (Organic butter would make them too expensive, Bryl said.)

There was a great selection of fresh fish at the Rowand’s booth, including pieces of maple BBQ salmon for $8 and fish kebobs with a mix of salmon, tuna, swordfish, and halibut, also $8. Patrons looking for something to munch on immediately were buying lobster rolls ($10) and Maryland ($2) or natural ($3) crab cakes.

The baked goods at the Nana’s Kitchen stand were almost sold out, and we could see why. The large brownies ($3) and double chocolate cookies ($1) looked terrific. These treats are sold mainly through retail outlets like Shubie’s in Marblehead.

One last thing to like about the Salem Market: it’s right up the street from Artist Row where you can shop for lovely crafts, use the public restrooms, and have a refreshing cocktail at one of The Lobster Shanty’s outdoor tables.

www.salemfarmersmarket.org
Thursdays 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Derby Square, Front St

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