Fresh picked greens
These salad greens were picked the day before the market from an unheated greenhouse at North Star Farm in Westport, MA. Even in New England, farmers can grow crops year-round if they have a market for them.
Crispin Mutsu apples are keepers!
Storage crops like these Crispin Mutsu apples from Apex Orchards in Shelburne, MA, brought color and sweet flavor to the market.
Elaine Hsieh Chocolates
Perfect for your Valentine (or me!). Early Valentine's Day shoppers were able to taste before they purchased at the table for Somerville's own, Elaine Hsieh Chocolatier. And, purchase they did. By the time we began shopping, the supply of these luscious, small-batch, handmade confections was almost gone.
A Taste of Taza
More Chocolate tasting was going on at the Taza Chocolate table. I use Taza Chocolate Mexicano discs to make soul-warming hot chocolate. Taza has a new line of Chocolate Mexicano Extract that they say "puts the intense cacao and warm spice flavor profile of our Chocolate Mexicano discs into the hands of bakers and cocktail enthusiasts."
Assistant Market Manager Elizabeth Ginsburg
The market is such a success story that, Ginsburg could be seen doing media interview after media interview. Here, she was explaining the wide range of products at the market. Breads, seafood, meats, eggs, prepared foods, wine, winter vegetables, chocolates, and even some regionally-sourced East Coast citrus and fruit. Everything from fresh, local greens to Yacht Club Soda from a Rhode Island family who has been making it since 1915.
Apple Cider Donuts sold out quickly
Over at the Great Cape Baking Company apple cider donuts were the hit of the day. Customers were opting for one in the hand and more in a bag.
Root Vegetables from Winter Moon Farm
Purple top tunips and daikon radishes from Winter Moon Farm in Hadley, MA where farmer Michael Doctor specializes in growing winter crops.