Market Scene: Brookline Farmers Market in Brookline, Mass.
Note: Each week, one of our various Market Scene correspondents from around the country checks in with what's fresh at the farmstands in a particular region. Today, Penny Cherubino (Boston Zest) drops by from Boston.
The Brookline Farmers Market has been a part of the Coolidge Corner shopping experience for thirty-one years. It's a place of full-flavor shopping with produce, cheese, eggs, ice cream, bakery, specialty foods, beef, turkey, pork, lamb, and fish vendors.
It's a busy market, with long lines forming at favorite vendors like Clear Flour Bakery. This family-operated, artisan bakery specializes in creating the authentic breads of Italy, France and Germany. Clear Flour always appears in any list of the best bakeries in the Boston area.
Another market star is Cindy the "Fish Lady." The queue at her stand is a combination of market shoppers walking up to buy what's on hand, and regular customers who have placed orders for pickup at the market.
Cindy always has a ready supply of cooking tips and tidbits about the seafood you're buying. Once you have the information you need, your order is sealed, then bagged with a couple of scoops of ice for the trip home.
These scallops were shucked on the docks in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the morning of the market. They illustrate just how pristine seafood can smell exactly like the sea.
Middle Earth Farm had a great item for those who love to cook. Their "Chef's Bunch" combined a bit of parsley, scallions and green garlic for $2.
Other farms displayed their latest offerings. Stillman's Farm had a wall of beets on one end of their stand and a sea of blueberries on the other. Enterprise Farm had some of the season's first sweet corn, and Kimball Fruit Farm showed off the first peaches.
The Brookline Farmers' Market is held each Thursday from 1:30 pm to dusk in the Centre Street West Parking Lot off Beacon Street. This market runs until October 29th.