Blue Heron Local Cuisine

Cooking, Eating, and Drinking on the North Shore (and beyond)

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.




Drinking locally March 10, 2009

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home_cornerLast week, at our favorite local cafe, No Egrets and I had Rapscallion Ale for the first time. They were handing out samples, and who were we to refuse? I’m normally a darker beer fan, but their honey ale* was sharp and sweet. It is also made from local honey. The Premier ale was a Belgian ale, and was nice and complicated, just the way I like my Belgian ales.


Rapscallion is the old Concord Brewing Company, new and revised, under different ownership. The beer is brewed in Holyhoke and served all around southern New England in draft form only. It’s available on the North Shore at Gulu-Gulu.




* Please note that the green font does not in any way constitute an endorsement of green beer.


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.



Becoming Local July 3, 2008

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When the weather and workload allow it, Cara and I walk around the pond on our lunch break. We began this habit early this March, after what felt like a long cold imprisonment inside. We kept a close eye on the bare branches and iced-over pond, looking for the first stirrings of thaw and then spring.


One day in April we saw a narrow white question mark across the water—the distinctive silhouette of a heron. Last year I had seen both white herons and a great blue heron, but this year, it seemed the pond played host only to white ones. There were three of these solitary hunters standing out against the far dark shore. The turtles came out to sun themselves on the log. We could see up to ten turtles of all sizes, and ages, lined on the log in the far corner of the pond. Red-wing blackbirds flew overhead. We once saw an oriole.


Cara reported our daily heron and turtle count to one of our coworkers, who is native to Essex. “There are no herons around here, they must be egrets!” she told us. Cara grew up in southern New Hampshire and I grew up in Virginia. We hurriedly corrected ourselves, sure that we just weren’t local enough to know. A few weeks later I got into a conversation with a man on my street who is a birder. He said that he sees herons all over the place. Although he is originally from Maine, he has lived in Beverly for forty years. Who are we to believe? (more…)


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!)