Photo by Kate Peppard, courtesy of NAMA
I have to say, I am relieved that we got that huge snow a couple of weeks ago, as I am just not quite ready to say goodbye to the Egleston Farmers Market yet! Just imagine, this would have been our final market of the season, but fortunately we are going to be back next week (Satuday 3/2) as well for a make-up day. Phew.
Last week’s “Celebrate the Fruits of Our Ocean” event was incredible, with approxiately 550 people attending to watch Jason Tucker of Red’s Best filet a pollack and to revel in the throw down skills of Marcos, Mira, Irene and Max, who were presented with Maine Gulf Shrimp for the challenge. Marcos of Tres Gatos narrowly edged out the crew from Mei Mei Street Kitchen to “win” the throw down, but all agreed that the fare put out by both teams was phenomenal. Congratulations are deserved all around – and you can stop by this week to say hello to the Mei Mei crew and let them know how impressed you are with their skills!
Councilor Arroyo guided us through the event beautifully and our judges panel (David Warner of City Feed, Jared Auerbach (CEO of Red’s Best), Representative Liz Malia, Justin Dunk from Ula Cafe, Harry Perez from Plaza Meat Market, and Brian Sanchez, our Market Youth Ambassadors) had the difficult job of tasting the creations and passing their expert judgements. We thank them all for their hard work and for taking the time to spend with us at the market.
So, what is on for this week?
Grab your complimentary cup of Ula coffee, enjoy fiddle playing by Bronwyn Keith Hynes and visit with your farmers and food makers. Boston Handyworks is going to be back in with their gorgeous cutting boards (did anyone notice that Marcos Sanchez purchased one to use during the throw down?) and Silverbrook Farm is joining us with their produce and fantastic eggs.
We have a few interesting things happening, not least of which is the maple sugar evaporator being brought over from Agricultural Hall! Bill Perkins is going to demo the maple sugar evaporation process, so you can see first hand how maple syrup is made! We also have a couple of groups in who are raffling off some great prizes. You can support the Mendell School and Our Lady of Lourdes, who are both fundraising to support their programs. As well, our kid’s craft corner is being hosted by Egleston artist, George Anastos who will be making his ever-so-cute magnets with your little ones.
Sadly, we bid adieu to both Seta’s Mediterannean and Ruuska Pickles who are not able to attend through the end of the season… but read on to plan your market shopping attack as we are keeping things going strong through next week! Please mark your calendars for our make-up day on 3/2. It is hard to believe that this week was going to be our final market day, but we are squeezing one more in. Get your market fix before we close up shop for a few months.
And the usual reminder for you: BRING IN YOUR CANS! Trade your canned goods for raffle tickets; your support of the St. Vincent de Paul’s food pantry gives you a chance at a $150 gift card to The Butcher Shop. Our goal is to get 150 cans – we are only at 10! C’mon JP, you know you CAN do better than that.
Now, here’s the skinny on the market vendors this week:
Complimentary Coffee Corner is sponsored by Ula Cafe
Food Truck: who else, Mei Mei Street Kitchen!
Kid’s Corner: fun magnet making with Egleston artist, George Anastos
Music: Fiddler Bronwyn Keith Hynes is joining us
Vendor Stall Assignments:
1) JULIE TABERMAN – REIKI – curious or in the know? Get a treatment at the market!
2) DR. MICHAEL LOWNEY – Interested in Osteopathy? The doctor is in!
3) JOHN CROW FARM – humanely raised meats (beef, lamb, pork, they have goat, too!)
4) URBAN HYDR-O FARMERS – our favorite hydroponic growers are at a STEM conference this week, but will be back for the final market on 3/2
5) NOLA’S FRESH SALSA – fantastic condiments, fresh out of Crop Circle
6) STILLMAN’S TF – the usually fantastic selection of humanely raised meats (beef, lamb, pork)
7) STILLMAN’S FARM – great selection of produce, winter storage apples and more!
8) RED’S BEST – sustainably sourced seafood by local fishermen
9) GREAT CAPE BAKING - many breads for the offering, and when we are lucky, donuts. Let’s convince Patience to bring hot donuts for the final week on 3/2!
10) VIANNE CHOCOLAT – gorgeous, handcrafted chocolates out of Crop Circle!
11) VALICENTI ORGANICO – hand crafted pastas and pasta sauce (using their own tomatoes and basil), pair it up with some mozzarella from Foxboro.
12) FOXBORO CHEESE – many different cheese offerings, as well as
13) MARKET INFO & EBT
14) SILVERBROOK FARM - Jumping in for the last couple of weeks at the market is Silverbrook Farm! They also vend at Codman Square.
15) BUCKLE FARM – Farmer Jim is presenting at a conference this week, so will not be in with us, he’ll be back next week for the final week of the winter market.
16) THE CUPCAKORY – amazing cupcakes and whoopie pies right out of Crop Circle Kitchen.
17) HICKORY NUT FARM – goat cheese, fudge and soap.
18) AKA MARVELICIOUS – Delicious, vegan cookies, out of Crop Circle Kitchen
19) ENERGY SAVE – Owen Toney will be with us to help make recommendations for you to save on your energy usage
20) MENDELL SCHOOL RAFFLE – The Mendell School is fundraising and has some really great prizes on offer – tickets to sporting events, an iPad and lots more.
21) BOSTON CYCLISTS UNION – Offering a workshop on rotational systems
23) OUR LADY OF LOURDES RAFFLE – get a ticket for a chance at a large, flat screen tv
24) BOSTON HANDY WORKS – beautiful, hand crafted cutting boards by a Pine Street Inn program – chop up your veggies and fish on one of these and help end homelessness!