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Market Scene: Central Square in Cambridge, MA

Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Market Scene: Central Square in Cambridge, MA

[Photographs: Penny & Ed Cherubino]

Central Square in Cambridge has grown into an important food destination and the Central Square Farmers' Market gives lovers of fresh, local food another reason to visit the area.

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At the Kimball Fruit Farm stand, chef Steve Johnson had packed boxes with as much produce as he could carry back to his restaurant Rendezvous in Central Square.

Steve, a James Beard award nominee for Best Chef in the Northeast, was buying ingredients for his weekly "Monday Evening After Work Tapas Bar." He also told me his market finds often inspire a great staff meal for his team. We also caught Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, which is just around the corner from the market, shopping too.

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Market manager Peter Ward is very proud of the select group of vendors at this market. "We have some venerable, mainstream farmers who are fantastic in terms of production: Dicks Market Garden, Steve Parker, Kimball Fruit Farm, and Keown Orchards. If there was no one else but them, we'd have a great market, but our market is enhanced by other vendors."

He went on to sing the praises of specialty vendors like longtime market mainstay Farmer Al "the Calaloo Man," Hutchins Farm for certified organic produce, Kueh Singapore Pastries, Flat Mentor Farms with their spectacular Asian greens, High Rise Bakery Company, and Austin Brothers Valley Farm Meat.

See all the market photos in the slideshow ยป

Central Square Farmers' Market

Mondays 2 to 6 p.m. through November 21, 2011
Bishop Allen Drive and Norfolk Street, Cambridge MA (Map)

In Season Right This Minute

Peaches
Early Pears
Heirloom Tomatoes
Salad Greens
Celery
Garlic
Summer Squash
Squash Blossoms
Green Beans
Shell Beans
Early Season Apples
Chili Peppers
Cabbage
Cucumbers
Eggplants

Coming Soon

Winter Squash
Mid-Season Apples
Pumpkins
Cranberries

About the author: Penny Cherubino is a farmers' market fan, journalist, photographer, and the publisher of BostonZest. More from Penny: BostonZest.

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