Blue Heron Local Cuisine

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Salem Farmers Market July 13, 2009

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Hey People,

What are you doing on Thursday between 4 and 7? Going to the Salem Farmers Market in Derby Square, of course! It’s finally open. Go show them some love. Buy some lobsters, and greens to eat them with.

 

-goldlentil

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Boston Market—not just a chain anymore? February 21, 2009

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Could it be? Instead of the mall otherwise known as Faneuil Hall or the cut-rate supermarket otherwise known as Haymarket (not that I don’t love going there—it just has very few local products), is downtown Boston going to get a year-round market full of local produce, vendors, and cuisine? The Boston Globe thinks so.

I’ve been to the Reading Market in Philadelphia, which is a lovely combination of food stands, which range from Middle Eastern and Indian fare to delis and ice cream, local produce stalls, and cookbook sellers. I hope Boston can bring in the same vibrant, local mix. Soon. I want some heirloom tomato chutney.

-goldlentil

 

Salem Farmers’ Market February 19, 2009

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Good news, all you Salemites! It looks like the rumored Salem farmers’ market is coming to pass this summer. The farmers’ market will take place in Derby Square from 4 to 7 on Thursdays. More about the market and the vendor application here.

-goldlentil

 

The end of farmer’s market season October 25, 2008

It’s a very sad day; we went to the last Marblehead farmers’ market of the season. We stocked up on cheese; feta; red-wine lamb sausage; gala apples; and fougasse (our newest discovery, a circular flat bread with sesame seeds, salt, and pepinas on top that tastes like a distant but infinitely superior relative of the fresh pretzel). We also came home with pea tendrils, dandelion greens, and a jerusalem artichoke. The pea tendrils will go into a stir fry, the dandelion greens will serve as the base for No Egret’s Hot Bacon Salad, and the jerusalem artichoke, which is new to us, will be used in a stew or shephard’s pie later on in the month.

(photo from wikipedia)

(photo from wikipedia)

 

My apple of the day is the Cameo, which is red-striped over yellow. It has a nice aromatic taste and the apples are small and crunchy, just the way I like ’em. Cameo is a surprise cultivar from Washington and is thought to be a cross between red delicious and yellow delicious (delicious is quite the euphenism for those bland supermarket apples—it almost moves me to quotation marks).

 

Best of luck to those of you finishing off the Eat Local Challenge.

 

-goldlentil

 

Fried Clam Epicenter of Massachusetts August 27, 2008

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thanks, roadfood.com, for the photo!

thanks, roadfood.com, for the photo!

According to the Boston Globe, Route 133 is the local clam center of goodness. Of the four clam shacks reviewed, only The Clam Box and the all-famous Woodman’s use local clams exclusively. JT Farnham’s and our favorite, Essex Seafood, use local clams for the most part, but will go farther afield if they can’t get local.
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Interested in more local seafood adventures? At the Gloucester farmers’ market, you can see, and possibly take gustatory part in, a seafood throwdown, where local chefs are given $25 to spend at the farmers’ market and fifteen minutes to pick out produce and fish. Then they have an hour to cook a meal at the farmers’ market. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of the people chosen at random to eat blue fish with braised mustard greens, red-skinned potatoes, sweet corn, caramelized leeks, and tomatoes. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it.
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The article also mentions the possiblity of Community Supported Fisheries in Gloucester. Anyone interested in picking up a weekly share of fresh North Atlantic fish? Be still my beating localvore heart.

-goldlentil

 

Eating Local on the Road July 15, 2008

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photo by no egrets

photo by no egrets

I just want to give a quick shout out to the Mass Pike farmers’ market program. I’ve been on the road a lot recently, eating lots of local food from barbeque to bagels, and Sunday night I was speeding toward the North Shore, looking forward to being home, but also thinking about my empty refrigerator, knowing I was way too tired (and cranky) to deal with the Big Chain Republican Grocery Store near my house. However, at the Lee service plaza, I found a farmers’ market and was able to buy fresh corn, tomatoes, zucchini, and squash. I came home across the river and made a beautiful Massachusetts-grown tomato sauce with zucchini, adding rosemary and thyme from my (very happy) garden.

 

-goldlentil

 

Local Food in the Salem News June 27, 2008

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weeding potatoes (thanks, tinyfarmblog!)I learned some great things about local cuisine in the North Shore from this article from Salem News. There’s a new farmers’ market in Newburyport and look for one is Salem next summer. The article covers the usual ground: how farmers’ markets build community and are a great way to move beyond the near-interchangable tastes of supermarket tomatoes and strawberries. It also discusses how customers in Marblehead may not mind paying a lot of money for exotic vegetables, but customers in Peabody may be more interested in the savings and quality achieved by buying directly from the farmers. I find farmers’s markets are often cheaper than the grocery store, especially if I’m looking for organic produce. Many farmers’ markets accept WIC too.

 

The farm facts were the most interesting to me. Did you know that 5% of farmland in Massachusetts is located in Essex County? Essex County also ranks thirty-fifth in the country for the value of agriculture sold directly to consumers. Long live the farm stand and the co-op!

Expect some new links to show up on the blogroll as I explore more places and ways to eat locally in the North Shore.

 

(thanks, tinyfarmblog, for the photo, and cara for the heads up!)

 

-goldlentil