Farmer’s Markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and
local farms are just some ways to can enjoy fresh produce, meats, seafood and
dairy, this summer. Going with your
family can be an enjoyable way to spend a summer day and get kids excited about
I love going to the Farmer’s Market with my family. Walking
around different stands, sampling products and buying fun new vegetables and
cheeses to enjoy is relaxing. Many markets have music and activities for kids.
Here is a link to find a Farmer’s Market near you. http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org/
There is pretty much one every day somewhere within driving distance. Last summer I enjoyed the Wilmington Farmer’s
Market (Corner of Middlesex Avenue & School Street, Sundays 10:30 - 1:30
June 17 - September 30, 2012). The Marblehead Farmer’s Market (Marblehead
Veterans Middle School rear field off Vine Street, Saturdays, 9 :00 to 12:00
June 9 – November 17) is small but a fun place to pick up some fruit and baked
goods for a little picnic on the coast for a day trip. I hope to check out some
other markets with my family and friends this summer. There are also many
during the week. I have heard great
things about the Lexington Farmer’s Market (Corner of Mass Ave and Woburn and
Fletcher, Tuesdays, 2:00 – 6:30, May 30 – October 30). If you’re traveling this
summer outside of Massachusetts check out this national directory to find a
farmer’s where you are going, http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/
It is a fun place to grab a picnic lunch and really get into the local scene of
your vacation destination.
What is a CSA? Community Supported Agriculture. It is a way
for you to buy a “share” of a local farm and get great produce all summer (some
all year round). This is a great way to
support local farmers and have lots of fresh delicious produce to cook with. Usually
you go to pick it up at a specific location once a week or every other week. To
find a CSA near you, visit: http://www.nofamass.org/programs/csa/csa.php
If you are daunted by this and are afraid you might have too many vegetables to
use up in one week, split a share with a friend or neighbor and take turns
going to pick it up.
Regardless of where you get your fresh vegetables this
summer (getting them at Stop and Shop or local farm stand like Calareso’s in
is ok of course!) here is one example of a fun summer menu:
Roasted Corn on the
Cob, Mixed Potato Salad and Boerewors inspired Cheese Burgers with Strawberry
Corn: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Shuck corn. Place corn
right on oven rack and roast for about 20 minutes and serve. Yes, that simple. Serve with butter and salt.
Mixed Potato Salad: Peel and dice the same amount of sweet
potatoes and white or yellow potatoes. Boil in salted water until fork tender.
Drain and cool. While potatoes are cooling, mix about 4 parts Miracle Whip or
mayo to 1 part Dijon mustard (adjust amounts depending on your taste). Add potatoes to dressing mixture and add salt
or pepper to your taste. You can add scallions, onions, shallots or celery if
Boerewors inspired Cheese burgers: Boerewors is a South
African sausage that I LOVE! I haven’t been able to find it yet around here, so
I have found ways to recreate the flavor. Mix 1.5lb ground beef and 1.5lb ground
pork with about a ¼ cup of milk, 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar, ¼ cup panko
bread crumbs, 2 eggs, salt, lemon pepper, 2 tsp ground cloves, 2 Tbsp ground
coriander, and ½ cup of finely diced cooked vegetables (I use leftover what
ever I have on hand, eggplant and onions or carrots and zucchini) . Tip: always cook a small patty of your ground
meat mixture and taste it for seasoning before making burgers. Once it tastes
the way you want, make patties and separate them with wax paper and refrigerate
until you are ready to grill. Let them come to room temp before grilling.
Serve with your favorite cheese and toppings. Chutney is a
fun condiment to use with this burger.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups mashed fresh strawberries (or whatever berries
you have on hand. Even frozen berries that have been mashed).
- 1-2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional for a twist)
- In a large bowl, combine the milk, cream, sugar, salt,
vanilla, strawberries, and food coloring. Pour the mixture into the
freezer bowl of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's
Enjoy the amazing farms and markets this summer. The kids
will love it and you will love the food. Maybe you will even get your kids to
eat a vegetable!
Cooking Bucket List Update:
I've conquered fresh calamari! I can cross that off my cooking bucket list!
I made fried calamari that everyone in my family ate. Very easy. Just chop the squid tubes and dredge with flour mixture (flour, salt, lemon pepper, thyme and oregano) and fry in vegetable oil for 2-3 minutes or until gold brown. Drain on paper towel and serve with lemon. We ate it with caprese salad and some leftover mixed potato salad for dinner Sunday night.
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