Archive for ‘farmer’s market’

September 22, 2011

The Greenhorns Film Premiere – Cambridge, MA – September 28, 2011

If you love food, you love farms.

Growing up in central/upstate New York I had a great appreciation for the local farms scattered just outside my hometown. Fresh just-picked produce is one of mother nature’s greatest gifts. My personal favorite is locally grown corn on the cob, always best in mid to late August. I tend to eat it raw, right off the cob – it’s just so sweet and fresh.

With our modern reliance on quick and convenient food products, the food, and the path it took to get to you, are often lost. Remember, your fruits and vegetables were once connected to the ground, watching the skies, just like you, for signs of rain and the promise of sunshine. And even those processed and packaged foods, although “created” in a factory, often have ingredients that originated on a farm. Farms are incredibly important. Farms are food.

If you are not already familiar, The Greenhorns, a national nonprofit organization composed of, and in support of, young American farmers, is attempting to bring farming back to the center of our foodscape, where it deserves to be. Often perceived as an old-fashioned and outdated profession, farming today is actually the opposite, as their highly anticipated film, “The Greenhorns,” proves.

Our national food system is facing a number of crises, one of them is the oligarchy developing within farming, as more and more small and independent farms lose their battle against giant food corporations and governmental entities. Another is the massive amount of farmland being lost to environmental destruction and development. For example, New York State, my home state as mentioned above, is losing a farm to real estate development every 3.5 days. “The Greenhorns” is an inspirational and uplifting film that reminds us all is not lost. As young and innovative farmers begin to  influence the national farming scene we can only hope it will encourage a return to the farms, and we can get back to eating that delicious and locally farmed food we love.

In support of farms, please plan to attend the screening of “The Greenhorns” on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. The premiere will take place at the Brattle Theater and tickets are $5.00. More information is below.
All proceeds from this event will support the projects and outreach programs of the Greenhorns nonprofit organization
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September 21, 2011

At the buzzer!

With only days to spare I am going to get this Gazpacho post up while it is still in fact summer! Gazpacho is one of my absolute favorite things about the summer season… there is something about it that is just so refreshing. Cool, fresh and delicious, it is the perfect way to beat the summertime heat.  I also love eating a dish that is completely raw – no cooking required!

I have been meaning to post this since July, prime Gazpacho time, but things got crazy. Don’t despair, there is still time to enjoy this wonderful summertime soup one more time before the highly anticipated transition to heartier soups. I cannot wait for fall soup season!

This is the kind of ‘recipe’ that all you recipe-lovers hate, because it isn’t one. Everytime I make gazpacho I do it a wee bit differently and adjust ingredients to taste. So what you’ll need are the ingredients below and a good food processor to smush it all together! Add, remove and adjust ingredients to your liking! Mine typically includes extra bell peppers, scallions, and some fresh jalapeno.

Ingredients:

lots of ripe tomatoes, cored (seeds and guts removed)
colored bell peppers – chopped
scallions – chopped
red and white onion – chopped
cucumbers – peeled and chopped
fresh jalapeno – diced
garlic – diced
stale bread crumbs – chopped, included to add texture (not necessary)

I blend all of the above in a food processor and then add (to taste):

olive oil
hot sauce
parsley
cilantro
tomato juice
fresh lime juice
salt and pepper – very important with gazpacho!

Also important, let the gazpacho sit at least 12 hours, if not a full 24 hours. The flavors really need to blend together in order to come out perfect!

July 12, 2011

Allandale Farm

Having access to fresh and local produce is always important, but it is an absolute necessity in the New England summertime. Sunshine and hot days make me run from heavy, hearty dishes, and turn instead towards fresh salads, crisp vegetables and perfectly ripe fruit. Is there a meal more refreshing meal than mixed greens, chopped cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh Vermont goat cheese and delicious vinaigrette dressing? I don’t think so.

A few weeks ago I visited the Allandale Farm in Brookline, Mass, and found an abundance of fresh local and delicious produce. A visit to the farm is a must for anyone in the Boston area this summer, although you can easily rack up quite an expensive tab! The majority of the produce is locally grown at the 30 acre farm in Brookline, or at a satellite farm in Groton, Mass. The farm also partners with other local food crafters to sell coffee, tea, honey, cheese, salad dressings and marinades, bread and ice cream. Everything seemed of the highest quality, and was well worth the extra cost (when compared to the mega grocery stores in Boston). In addition, there are nine greenhouses on the property that grow a wide variety of  herbs, flowers, plants and shrubs for sale.

I even got to hang out with some chickens!

The Allandale Farm is located at 259 Allandale Road in Brookline, MA, and is open 7 days a week.
http://www.allandalefarm.com/

April 13, 2011

Welcome to Spring!

Spring is finally here! Over the past few weeks we’ve had quite a few sunny days, and I do have to say that there is nothing like a bright blue spring sky to uplift spirits. I’ve started to see leaves on trees and colorful flowers beginning to bloom all over the city. With the onset of warmer weathers things begin to get exciting in food again – I’m (almost) done with squash, root vegetables, and potatoes, and I am ready to move on to lighter fruits and vegetables.

Summer is my favorite food season – grilling, fresh fruit, seafood, and my favorite part – farmer’s markets! Boston is lucky to have an abundance of wonderful farmer’s markets throughout the city neighborhoods, and I plan to visit as many as possible this summer and feature them here.

So, in honor of a new season, this week’s edition of What’s in Season Wednesday is dedicated to spring! A variety of fruits and vegetables are in season in New England throughout spring and into early summer. I have listed a few of my favorite spring produce items below and included their individual harvest seasons:

Arugula – mid May – late September
Asparagus – late April – late June
Beets – mid May – late September
Broccoli – mid June – late October
Cabbage – early June – late October
Chard – mid May – mid September
Collards – mid May – mid November
Fava beans – May – late June
Garlic greens – mid May – late June
Mint – early April – early September
Onions – early June –  September
Parsley – mid May – October
Rhubarb – mid May – late August
Spinach – April – early July
Strawberries – mid May – mid July
Thyme – mid May – September