I love farmer’s markets. Booths packed with fresh breads, pastries, flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and prepared food. I love to wander around all the booths first before selecting where I will shop. Sometimes I go with something in mind, but I try generally to let the freshness and selection lead me to my purchases and ultimately lunch or dinner.
Monday marked the beginning of the City Hall Farmers’ Market. The farmers market runs 11-6 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5.24 to 11.24. I have been going here for years since my office is a minute walk from it. This year’s opening brought out a few regulars and fresh faces.
One of the new booths was from When Pigs Fly Bread. They are a local company that sells their breads at their retail locations, local food stores, and markets like this. They had a fantastic selection of breads on hand. They savory breads looked great but their sweet breads looked amazing. I recently heard how great their chocolate bread is but their Mango, Pineapple, Raisin with Toasted Sesame and Ginger bread caught my eye. Yep, bread name is a mouthful but it seemed interesting because of its combination of fruits and nuts mixed in. While one can argue bread is perfectly fine for lunch I had to skip them, for now, to try something new. They are at the Farmers’ Market on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Another new vendor is Seta’s Mediterranean Foods. This booth called me in since it was the only prepared foods besides pastries farther down. I’m a sucker for Tabouli and Stuffed Grape Leaves but she had other things so I figured I should try something new. I got a salad made of bulgar wheat, tomatoes (paste), onion, and parsley. Bulgar is a favorite of mine because it is a great medium for holding together a salad and has a bit more bite than cous cous. Seta is at several markets this summer so check our her foods.
I was in love with th flowers at the Keown Orchards booth. They were selling fantastic hanging baskets, potted plants, tomato plants, and honey. The flowers were stunning! I think I have a dozen photos of this booth alone. I think my desk needs a calla lily :-) Keown Orchards is a pick your own farm so I imagine I’ll be dragging Price out there for apples this fall! Pie anyone??
I had seen Baked Orchard last year at the different farmer’s market. The owner carries a great selection of baked goods, like macaroons, tea breads, biscuits, and whoopie pies. I only had a dollar left left so I tried a walnut bar. I was explained that the bar is vegan and that it is made with rice milk and agave. I am not vegan but I like to try vegan items to see how the compare to ‘traditional’ items. I felt that this bar was really good; it had a nice flavor, light texture, and was not bland (which I was expecting since it is vegan). Follow Baked Orchard on twitter while they share their pasties around the city and MA for different farmers markets.
I really can’t wait for the weather to get warmer and the number of vendors increase and the fresh produce is available!!