Saturday, December 15, 2012

Brookline Winter Farmers Market

Well, it's been some time since my last post.  It's seems to be a combination of not having any farmers markets to go to and being in a routine of working long hours.  I did find some time to stop by the Brookline Winter Farmers Market two weeks ago.  It's a indoor, small market in the Arcade building in Coolidge Corner.  I went thinking I could go to the market and then stop by the nearby trader joe's to stock up on wine and goodies.  I have had better ideas than tackling Brookline on a Sunday afternoon.  Parking was tight and trader joe's was jam packed with people.

The vendor's include Stillman's Farm, Silverbrook farm, Cape Cod fish share, the Cupcakory, Nella pasta, Samira's homemade, and clear flour bakery.  I stopped by Stillman's to get some lettuce, tomatoes, and breakfast sausage.  Stillman's has a variety of roots and greens, but also sell meat.  For those not to familiar with Stillman's, they are advertising their holiday meal samplers or you could order a fresh turkey for your holiday meal.  Next, I stopped by Silverbrook Farm to get some scallions, carrots, and kale.  The farms are full of beautiful root vegetables and fresh greens this time of year.  I like to make a beef stew filled with various root vegetable for a fresh, warm winter meal.  Samira's homemade is a delicious spot to stop for hummus and other mediterranean goodies.  For those that like something sweet there is cupcakes and they looked pretty good.  I also saw some hot chocolate, but didn't get the name of it.  Overall, if you live in Brookline, this would be a nice weekly trip to get your local veggies during the winter.  The goal of the market is to have a farmers market for all four seasons!  If you feel like being adventurous and battling a crowd, check out the Brookline Winter Farmers Market on Sundays from 12-5 on Sundays.

I have also been compiling a list of winter markets to shop at this winter.  Here is what I have so far:

Brookline Winter Farmers Market - Sundays 12-5
Egleston Farmers Market - Saturdays 11-2 ( I have been following this market for some time and I am dying to go)
Somerville Winter Farmers Market - Saturdays 9:30-2:30
Cambridge Winter Farmers Market - Saturdays 10-2
Natick Winter Farmers Market - Saturdays 9-1
Wayland Winter Farmers Market - Saturdays 10-2
Medford Winter Farmers Market - Thursdays 3-7
Framingham Winter Farmers Market - Thursdays 12-5:30

These all the markets I know of in the Boston area.  If you know of other ones in your area, let me know and I will add it to my list!!  Keep in mind that some markets do not open until January.  It makes it hard to eat local in December!!

Recipe of the Week:  Homemade Cranberry Sauce from ( I doubled the recipe since I was going to multiple dinners)
I made this homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.  And I can't take all the credit because my husband helped, as he reminded me of this all day on Thanksgiving.

10 cups cranberries
6 cups white sugar
2 cups apple cider
juice of 2 lemons

Put all of the ingredients in a large pot on medium high heat until the cranberries burst.  Get a large bowl and a strainer and push the sauce through the strainer, leaving the cranberry skins and seeds in the strainer.  This sauce can be canned, but I put the sauce in mason jars and put in the refrigerator since I would be eating this the next day.

My thanksgiving goodies!!