Wenham’s Grassy Roots Feeds Body and Soul

Posted: March 19th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Breakfast, Cafe, Grassy Roots, Wenham | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Let’s face it, healthy food is not always delicious. But we’re happy to report that at a lovely new spot in Wenham, we found a lunch you can feel good about. We stopped into Grassy Roots last weekend and were delighted by the airy space and the fresh selections.

We started with one of their juice combinations, which are made on the spot from whole fruits and vegetables. The Get Up and Go is a tasty combination of pineapple, lime, and cucumber ($7) that was made on the less-sweet side at our request. (It would be fabulous with a touch of gin in it, but that’s another story.)

The store carries a great selection of smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and panini, along with fresh baked goods. We tried the Lovely Viola, which featured large chunks of moist poached salmon, arugula, onion, and dill tartar ($10). Definitely worth returning for. We felt the same way about the Barstool, a combination of roasted eggplant, hummus, roasted red peppers and watercress that tasted incredibly fresh and more decadent than most vegetarian sandwiches ($8).

Of course, since we wanted to report on all of the shop’s offerings, we had to try a few of the goodies on display. Honestly, the things we won’t do for you people. The triple chocolate brownie was dense and fudgy, though we’re not sure the small size was worth $1.50; the muffins were moist and flavorful; and the cheddar chive bacon scone was one of the best savory scones we’ve ever had—cheesy and smoky with a wonderful light texture.

If you’re traveling on Route 1A, definitely stop into this high quality breakfast and lunch spot, and if you try the mocha morning smoothie, let us know how it was because we already regret not trying it.

Grassy Roots
152 Main St, Wenham
(978) 468-5200
grassyroots.squarespace.com

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Eating Our Way Through the Newburyport Farmers Market

Posted: September 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Marketplace, Newburyport, Newburyport Farmer's Market | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

We had a great time last Sunday at the Newburyport farmer’s market—with 27 vendors and a jazz band, the place was hopping. Along with the bountiful vegetables, there were baked goods to sample, all-natural sausages cooking, and crafts galore.

Our pick for best farm stand was Middle Earth, which had a beautiful display of onions, turnips, tomatillos, and watermelon. Watermelon was also present at the Heron Pond Farm stand, which had great looking eggplant and a trailer full of corn picked that morning ($.60 an ear).
 
Other produce of note included gorgeous heirloom tomatoes from Arrowhead Farm and regular and golden raspberries ($4 for a ½ pint) from Applecrest Farm Orchard, which also had delicious cider donuts ($.75).

The aforementioned baked goods were from Blue Egg Baking Co., which had cookies and scones for sale, along with whole grain cake and brownie mixes that are formulated to be made with vegetables like beets or zucchini. We tried a small square of each, and they definitely do not taste like they’re good for you.

The sausages were from Kellie Brook Farm in New Hampshire, where they raise all-natural veal, port, chicken, turkey, and beef. There were chicken pot pies for sale ($15), quarts of chicken chili ($12), and ½ pints of chicken liver pate ($5).

For those still looking to munch, there were samples from Me and Goji, a design-your-own-cereal-or-granola company as well as smoothies, wraps, and chai from White Heron Tea.

If you live in the area or feel like taking a Sunday drive, we highly recommend stopping into the market, which is held at the Tannery Marketplace (about four blocks from the main square).

If you’re there on September 20, you’re in for a treat: Toyota’s Farm to Table tour is sponsoring a special event featuring nine local chefs paired with farms to showcase local offerings. There will be a chance to win a culinary prize and free rides in a Prius or Highland Hybrid.

The market runs through October 25th, and founding director Shari Wilkinson says she’s looking at ways to continue it into the winter months.

We’d like to give a big shout-out to Kim Gobbi of Newburyport Today, who met us at the market, talked with us about the local food scene, and introduced us to some terrific people and places. Definitely check out her site if you’re headed up that way, and if you’re not, take a look at the What’s For Dinner? section of Newburyport Today, featuring delicious recipes using local products.

Newburyport Farmer’s Market
Tannery Marketplace, Newburyport
thenewburyportfarmersmarket.org

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