Farm Share Fair in Somerville – Wednesday, March 29th

Fresh, raw carrots in shades of orange of purple with the words Farm Share Fair.

If you’re looking forward to eating fresh and local this season, then you might be interested in joining a CSA.

There are many farms to choose from with different deadlines for payment. It can be confusing figuring it all out in time.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were one place that you could go where you could find out about all the farms in the Boston area offering a farm share program? Well, there is!

Farm Share Fair is happening this Wednesday, March 29th, from 5:30pm – 8:30pm, at The Armory in Somerville.

Enjoy veggies, fruit, meat, poultry, fish, honey, cheese, herbs, & flowers produced in New England.

The Farm Share Fair is Boston’s annual direct-to-consumer information event for food producers across the region.

Compare all the great Farm Share (CSA) programs available in the Boston area. Meet our fabulous local producers with distribution spots near you. We’ll have some great local food vendors and retailers too.

So if you want to support local farmers and eat fresh, then head over to Farm Share Fair!

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Image: 2017 Farm Share Fair

Now on Craving Boston: Sakonnet Farm in Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island

Sakonnett Farm in Rhode Island
Last week I mentioned that on the drive back from Connecticut, I visited Tiverton, Rhode Island for a Craving Boston article. Well, the article is up now!

Sakonnett Farm in Rhode Island

I hope you’ll go take a look and read about Sakonnet Farm. I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning more.

Farm Fresh Eggs ~ Life List #49

One of farm fresh eggs frying in a pan

The thing about having a life list is that it’s written at one very particular time. As we all find out eventually, the only constant in life is change.

There must be something about May, because I wrote my life list back in May 2010. Well, a lot happens in six years. Some of the things on my list I have accomplished already. Others I don’t particularly care about anymore at all. Or they can happen in a way that I didn’t anticipate. Like #49 for instance.

Gather fresh eggs and cook with them.

I no longer feel the need to gather the eggs myself. But I have always wanted to cook with farm fresh eggs. As far as I’m concerned, #49 is now accomplished.

farm_fresh_eggs

This past week, I noticed that most of the eggs were gone and it was only the middle of the week. I sent a text to G asking him if he could stop and buy some. He texts back that he just passed a farm stand with eggs for sale. So he went back and bought a dozen. Talk about perfect timing!

One of the things that I noticed is that each egg looks different. Different shades, spots and speckles. Unlike the ones from the grocery store where they are all sorted to look exactly the same.

With these farm fresh ones, the brown ones are mixed with white ones. They are integrated! Bigger too. These seemed extra large. Also they were longer and less round. The yolk seemed bigger proportionately and the flavor seemed a bit deeper.

Now that it’s spring and summer is coming soon, I’m going to be on the lookout for more farm fresh eggs.

Hanson Farm + Sugar Hill Dairy in Bridgewater, MA

Hanson Farm Sugar Hill DairyThe last few days have felt like fall and now it’s official. Autumn arrived today. While summer is probably my favorite season, there is a definite beauty to fall and a certain coziness that comes with a bit of chill in the air.

Last week, my mom and I enjoyed one of those precious last days of summer by visiting Hanson Farm, which is about 25 miles south of Boston in Bridgewater. The farm has a dairy, so we decided to treat ourselves to some ice cream.

My mom had the frozen pudding, which she said was the best that she has had in years. I couldn’t pick just one, so I combined some seasonal favorites, apple crisp and pumpkin patch. They were delicious! Besides the wonderful flavors and texture, the portions are big, so a small ice cream was still a lot.

If you’re in the area, stop by and enjoy some scoops at Hanson Farm!

Is He Back? The Modern Day Milkman.

milkman in milk truckJust before arriving at work one day last week, I saw this milk truck from Thatcher Farm. With a modern day milkman.

It wasn’t until editing this picture that I noticed he had been looking my way. I was too busy with my phone and he must have been wondering why I was taking a picture. I’ve heard of their farm before and learned that they have a dairy delivery service in the Boston area. Pretty cool.

My parents and their contemporaries talk about the milkman, the rag man and others who delivered or picked up items to and from homes on a regular basis when they were young. Sometimes in a cart with a horse.

Most people don’t have their milk delivered anymore. Many like me don’t drink dairy milk. Usually it’s almond milk, but I drink coconut milk, hemp milk and other milks sometimes too. Not that I’m against dairy. I eat cheese and yogurt all the time. I love ice cream and eggnog as well.

Getting a dairy delivery fresh from the farm seems to happen a lot more nowadays. A recent CNBC article says the milkman may be returning to modern day life. But it looks like he is already here.