It’s Back! Charles Square Farmers Market

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.

I checked out the farmers market over the weekend and was happy to see the same vendors, plus some new stalls

(If you want to read my reviews about some of the vendors, check out  my blog posts about Q’s Nuts and 3 Little Figs)

Have you ever had free range eggs? It reminds me of the eggs we have in the Philippines, fresh from a relative's farmyard. This is from the Stillman Farms stall.

However before I buy eggs and produce, I usually gravitate towards the dessert stalls first

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.

I loved the big Sofra stall, where cookies exist seamlessly with veggies (much like in my own kitchen)

After my lovely dinner at Oleana, I’ve been meaning to visit Sofra Bakery but I still haven’t gone so I’m glad that I now have easy access to some Sofra goodies…

... like these bounties of fresh herbs and greens

I was intrigued by these oh-so-pretty chive blossoms

one of the best things I really enjoy about farmers markets is I'm exposed to fruits and vegetables that I don't normally buy or cook with. My next goal is to cook with radishes.

I want to try cooking with different cuts and types of meat too. For some reason I am intimidated by lamb so I never prepare it at home.

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.

I highly recommend the garlic and herb fresh cheese

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.

for instance, after you buy some goat's milk cheese from a cheese vendor, you can wander over to this stall selling goat's milk soap

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!

you can also buy fresh flowers at the farmers market - I think the colors in this bouquet really pop

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?

   

18 Responses to “It’s Back! Charles Square Farmers Market”

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted June 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Gorgeous photos! I am SOOOOO excited for all of the farmers markets in the area!

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    Elizabeth posted June 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

    So many new vendors this year! I haven’t been to the Charles Sq mkt yet this year. You’ll have to come visit me at the Harvard market on Tuesdays!

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    Daisy posted June 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Such an exciting time! love your photos.

    you’ve got to visit Sofra, you would just love it!!

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted June 2, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Yaaay! I didn’t know it had started. I’ll be there on Friday! Can’t wait for that Sofra stall!

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    Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner posted June 2, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I miss Massachusetts. Home is where the heart is :)

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    Heather posted June 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Men I may not know, but shoes, shoes I know! Love that episode of SATC!

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    Michelle Collins posted June 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    We stopped in there this weekend too! I’m so happy it’s finally Farmers’ Market season again.

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    dan posted June 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I work right by Sofra and I have trouble driving by and not stopping in. But yes, it’s great to know this market is back on, I thought most weren’t starting for another week or 2. You might catch a baby blue vespa nearby tomorrow…

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    Michelle posted June 3, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I tend to stop by the Charles Square farmers market on the weekends so I’ll have to shoot you a text the next time I go! Last year I made a goal of cooking with one new ingredient a week from the farmers markets and I loved cooking with new foods!

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    Megan posted June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I went to this Farmer’s Market the other week! I walked away with lavender-honey cheese and a big loaf of sourdough. YUMMMM. I wish I lived closer so I could go ALL the time!

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    Alaina posted June 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Ah, my old stomping ground. :-) I used to work at the Charles Hotel.

    And now I can walk to his market!! We should meet up there sometime.

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    Baking Serendipity posted June 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I love farmer’s markets! Yours looks so awesome! One of my summer goals is to cook with vegetables I’m normally not used to having in my kitchen too. Radishes are such a good one to start with! I’d be excited to see what you come up with :)

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    chrysta posted June 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Farmers markets are the best, arent they? I love all the fresh produce and great local goodies. Plus is so relaxing walking around and talking to people. Its one of my favorite things to do!

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    Rachel @Healthy_Chicks posted June 5, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Great recap Bianca! Like you, I absolutely adore Farmer’s markets. It’s one of the best things about living in Boston in the spring & summer. I’ve never been to the one in Harvard Square so I can’t wait to take a visit!

    There’s nothing like an afternoon spent at the Farmer’s Market, and that is certain. Thanks for such a fun post : )

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      Bianca Garcia posted June 6, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Healthy Chick Rachel! Let me know when you’ll be in my hood so we can schedule another date ;)

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    Megan posted June 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    There’s a Sofra stand now???!!! Must go! I always go to Inman Square and then supplement with trips to Charles Square, Central Square, and Kendall Square.

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    Megan posted June 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Oops that should have been Union Square! Was too distracted by Sofra to think straight!

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