It’s that time of the year again! Farmers markets are back, and my favorite one is the Charles Square Farmers Market in Harvard Square. I’m lucky to live just a couple of blocks away, so every Friday and Sunday, it’s easy for me to drop by and take my pick from the variety of fresh produce and other items available.
I said this last year, and I’m saying it again: There is something so relaxing and gratifying about farmers markets. Maybe it’s the rows and rows of stalls and white tents that appeal to my sense of order (even at its busiest, it still seems like organized chaos). Maybe it’s the beautiful produce: the bright greens, the colorful berries, the rich hues of the veggies that reminds me of jewels and fashion (is there anything more chic than the color of the eggplant?). Or maybe it’s the fact that I always visit farmers markets on a lazy afternoon, with the hot summer sun lulling me to an easy calm.
These cute individual cheesecakes are from 7ate9 Bakery, which is a start-up company that delivers cheesecakes to the greater Boston area. Every week they will have a special cheesecake at the farmers market – the ones above are the classic flavor.
Lamb, I may not know. But bacon, bacon, I know. (Any Sex and the City fans get my Carrie reference?) I bought some smoked bacon from John Crow Farm and now I might never go back to supermarket bacon ever again. It was so thick and flavorful. I kinda wish it is already the weekend so I can have some bacon for brunch (a weekend brunch with bacon just feels more special, ya know).
I also bought some cheese from Cricket Creek Farm – they have this fresh cheese that is as soft and spreadable as goat cheese, but is actually made from cow’s milk.
It was fun checking out the non-perishable items as well. Even though the Charles Square Farmers Market seems small (compared to say, the open market in Haymarket Square), there is still a good variety of vendors.
Surfing Goats Soaps are made with Nigerian dwarf goat milk. Goat’s milk soap is good for people with sensitive skin, or people who suffer from chemical allergies. If you’re not down with bathing with goat’s milk, I still urge you to visit this stall just to look at the pictures of the dwarf goats. They are so darn cute!
I’m glad it’s farmers market season again and I’m looking forward to many fruitful visits in the coming months. Do you have a farmers market that you regularly visit? And have you ever cooked with chive blossoms?