This season, the setup of the market is a little different due the Boston Marathon Memorial. Most of the vendors are lined up along St. James and wraps around Dartmouth St. Dick's market garden wasn't there on the day that I was there, but it looks like their booth may be along Boylston St. When I first got to the market, I have to say that I was anxious to see the memorial. So that was my first stop. It is really beautiful, but it is a lot to take in at once. So I had to take a break and walk around the market for a bit.
My first stop was to Sienna farm, where everything always looks gorgeous and you just want to take pictures of everything. They had plenty of asparagus, greens, arugula, radishes, beans, eggs, and cheese. I picked up a bag of mesclun salad greens for $5. My next stop was to Silverbrook farm as the scallions caught my eye. I picked up a bunch of asparagus for $4, radishes, and scallions. Now it looks like I can finally make a local spring salad that I have been waiting to eat for so long! Another vendor that I love, and recently read an article about in Edible Magazine, is Seta Mediterranean Foods. I highly recommend the hummus and kale salad. Both are absolutely delicious! So I had to pick those up as well. I took another walk around the market to see what else is there. Mostly the same vendors as last year, including Atlas Farm, Crystal Brook Farm, Iggy's Bread, Sofra Bakery and Cafe, Stillman's and many more. I am posting the prices of what I bought because I am trying to compare farmers market prices to my local grocery store, which is Hannaford. Both the greens and asparagus are at grocery store prices!
Okay, then back to the Memorial. I walked around taking pictures and reading the messages that people wrote. There is an overwhelming amount of shoes and hats with messages and also thank you messages to the first responders. I saw many flags from other cities sending their thoughts and prayers to Boston. There were also large message boards that people wrote on. There is chalk and markers so everyone can write their own messages on the boards. Looking closely at it you can see the faint messages that have been washed away and more messages written over it. Because there was so little space to write on, I made a small heart with my initials to show my support for the victims and first responders and love to my city. For some reason, a Stanley Cup Champions hat with Martin written on it got to me and the water works starting coming. I thought that would be a good time to head down to Roxy's Grilled Cheese. Although it is very emotional, this is a beautiful memorial and is worth a visit. It really shows how many people care.
I managed to calm down on the short walk to the Boston Public Library to get myself a green muenster. Yep, its a grilled cheese with bacon, avocado, and muenster cheese. A don't forget a basil, coriander lemonade to go with it. I made a nice picnic for myself at the park and enjoyed this beautiful day at Copley Square! I just love this city!
Many farmers markets are opening this week! Happy farmers marketing!!
Recipe of the Week: Lemony Roasted Asparagus
1 bunch asparagus
1 lemon for juice and zest
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400. Cut the tough ends off the asparagus and wash. Put olive oil and lemon juice into a large baking pan. Add asparagus and top with lemon zest and some salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 10-15 minutes (depending on the thickness of the asparagus). Take out and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese and put back in the oven for another five minutes until melted. I enjoyed this with some sweet and spicy salmon and black beans, but this would go great along chicken or white fish as well.