Farmers Market and Local Chefs Make a Winning Combination

Posted: October 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Event, G Bar and Kitchen, Swampscott Farmer's market | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Beautiful and savory plates by Chef Brackmann of G Bar and Kitchen earned the Chef Throwdown trophy.

This Sunday will mark the end of the Swampscott Farmers’ Market first season. If you haven’t been this year, you should plan to check it out. In addition to beautiful produce from area farms, they host some terrific locally produced foods. We enjoyed Patty’s Guacamole out of Gloucester, tasty treats from Salem’s Sweet Adeline’s, and lush jams from Marblehead’s Fille de Ferme.

Chef Craig Hawley prepares a fresh lobster for the grill.

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being one of the judges at a Chef Throwdown at the market, but due to technical difficulties haven’t been able to post photos until now. It was an awesome event, with all three chefs stepping up to the plate in spectacular fashion, and the crowd hanging on every move.

Chef Brackmann whipping up butternut zucchini pancakes.

Chef Gregg Brackmann of G Bar and Kitchen may have walked away with the saucepan trophy, but I think the judges were the true winners for the chance to taste some unique and wonderful dishes.

Chef Guarino plates his ceviche.

Brackmann’s plating was gorgeous, and his accompaniments, like acorn squash and corn hash, red and purple pepper puree, and butternut zucchini pancakes were fresh and funky, highlighting seasonal produce. Chef Joe Guarino of Red Rock Bistro wowed the judges with a salmon ceviche that was a taste revelation.

Tangy and tender salmon ceviche by Red Rock Bistro’s Chef Guarino.

We loved Chef Craig Hawley’s Bar-B-Que Bistro (seriously, the coolest BBQ truck I’ve ever seen) which he graciously lent to the proceedings, but we loved his smoked purple pepper stuffed with rich seafood etouffé even more.

Craig hawley’s divine smoked purple peppers stuffed with seafood etouffe.

The Swampscott Farmers Market is a great addition to the local food scene, and we congratulate them on a successful first year and thank them for hosting such a well-organized and entertaining throwdown.

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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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