In New England, we are coming to the end of our farmer’s market season. If you’ve been inspired to hit the farmer’s markets then you still have a chance. This time of year is a great time to stockpile for the winter. I am about to hit all the garlic baskets and load up on my supply of garlic because grocery store garlic doesn’t even come close to the market stuff. We’re working on storing apples in the basement fridge, and so far it works. Doris at Noquochoke Orchards notes that some varieties of apples – like Golden Russet, Baldwin, and Ben Davis varieties can make it until April. If you have a cool dry place then you can store winter squash, potatoes, pumpkins and turnips., You can also buy cranberries for Thanksgiving and just put them into freezer bags and the freezer.
Here is a round-up of what’s going on at the local farmer’s markets.
Boston City Hall (Mondays and Wednesdays)
This market is open from 11:00 until 5:00 p.m. (in the summer it stays open later).
Cambridge Central Square (Mondays 11:30 – 5:00)
The market will run through November 24th so that your Thanksgiving horn of plenty may spill over with locally grown produce, kneaded bread, and raised meats.
Framingham Village Market (Thursdays)
Somerville Davis Square (Wednesdays 12-5)
Davis Square market will be open until the day before Thanksgiving. For the rest of the season they expect to have Warren Farm and Wellfleet oysters every week.
If you want to continue with all the goodies over the winter you have options. Enterprise Farm plans to offer a winter CSA (yes I will be getting to my CSA entry soon). The share will include their produce as well as produce from small farms a little further south in the US that will be purchased directly. For more info, stop by the Enterprise Farm tent. Also, River Rock offers a beef subscription service through the winter so ask Tom at the River Rock tent about getting meat delivered at home.
For more info: Federation of Mass Farmers