It's starting to look a lot like summer around Boston's Farmers' Markets with some of our favorite summer crops coming into the city from the farms, orchards, pastures, and ocean. The heavy rain followed by heat has taken its toll on our farmers but they're doing their best to keep planting and harvesting.
Stillman's Farm has some of their early corn at their stands at markets throughout the area.
The Word from the Farms & the Commissioner
“The purchasing of locally-grown fruit like blueberries through a wide range of local food markets not only helps support our local growers, but also contributes to the rich agricultural heritage of the Commonwealth,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “And blueberry season marks the arrival of summer in Massachusetts.”
Lily Carone from Atlas Farm reports that the blueberries are in and, "There is a full array of color on the stand now - including rainbow carrots and chioggia beets!"
Peter Ward, Manager of the Central Square Farmers' Market, did some taste-testing for you. "The sugar snap pea is vastly overlooked. And its reputation isn't enhanced - on the contrary, it's damaged -by the over-chilled tasteless snap peas you might see at the supermarket. I tried sugar snap peas from every vendor at the Farmers Market ...and their snap peas are crisp, crunchy and moist and sweet."
You can see in the photos some of the wonderful produce we've been enjoying.
Get Some Before It's Gone!
Garlic scrapes, radishes, and strawberries are all coming to the end of their spring crops.
Lisa from Atlas Farms says, "Peppers, eggplant, heirloom tomatoes...it's all just around the corner."
Plus, more varieties of corn, peppers, and the early stone fruit
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Words: Penny & Ed Cherubino
Photos: ©2013 Penny & Ed Cherubino
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