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Dewey Square Farmers' Market
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Written by Melissa Wallace   

On a busy Thursday afternoon, I walked around Dewey Square to visit the farmers' market. It was a gloomy Thursday, but the streets were busy with people, most likely on their lunch break looking for some good food.

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 Bon Me was parked at the market and had a long line of people waiting for their lunch. Although it was a bit chilly, the tables were packed with people eating their lunches in the square.  

This market has a little bit of everything including fresh produce, meat, fish, bread, and other baked goods. Some of the many vendors include Pleasant Valley GardensKimball Fruit FarmFreitas FarmLilac Hedge FarmRed’s Best SeafoodWhen Pigs Fly BreadSwissbakers, and Q’s Nuts.     

As I walked around the market to check out the many vendors, the plethora of tomatoes at Kimball Fruit Farm caught my eye. I love the pints of small tomatoes, so I picked up two of those along with garlic and spring onions. I thought it would be nice to make a colorful bruschetta for an appetizer that evening. Since I decided to make bruschetta, I needed a fresh baguette, which I found at When Pigs Fly Bread.

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Farmers' Market on Wheels
Features - Farmers and Markets
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Snappy asparagus, juicy tomatoes, plump, sweet cherries – it’s easy to enjoy the taste of fresh, seasonal produce. Unfortunately, despite the abundance of it we have here in Boston, there are still some neighborhoods that don’t have access to any of it. Thankfully, a group of locals are hoping to change that – with a farmers’-market-meets-food-truck.

Daniel Clarke and Josh Trautwein – both Northeastern grads - recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their invention, Fresh Truck (you can learn about the rest of the Fresh Truck team here). Their goal was to raise $30,000 in order to bring healthy food to the communities that need it most, in bus form. Not surprisingly, Clarke and Trautwein reached their goal, and plan to deliver their first busload of goods in April or May.

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to eat healthy and be well,” Clarke said.

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The Newburyport Farmers' Winter Market
Features - Farmers and Markets
Written by Liz Lamson   
Just because the temperatures are dropping outside does not mean you have to say goodbye to the most convenient way to get your locally-grown foods. The Newburyport Farmers' Market has a winter edition that runs on Sundays, twice a month, December through March. Here, you'll be able to find tons of locally-grown and prepared foods and crafts from all around New England. 
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Tomatoes Right in Our 'Backyard'
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Written by Michelle Lahey   

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a Summertime Salad Tasting event hosted by Backyard Farms and Neptune Oyster.

Backyard Farms

Backyard Farms is a year-round tomato grower based in Madison, Maine. They grow three different kinds of tomatoes: on the vine, beefsteak and cocktail tomatoes. Backyard Farms’ tomatoes only travel as far as the farm can drive in one day.

At the event, Backyard Farms’ VP of marketing,Pete Lewis, taught us a lot about the farm and their tomatoes. We learned that Backyard Farms uses beneficial insects as their main source of preventing unwanted insects from coming near their fruit, and they also depend on bees to naturally pollinate their plants. Due to their year-round growing season, Backyard Farms is also able to provide more than 200 jobs in their community. 

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A Different Kind of Market
Features - Farmers and Markets
Written by Michelle Lahey   

Fresh fruits and vegetables. Locally-made cheese. Hard-working farmers. These are just a few reasons why we frequent the farmers’ markets. Add to this some live music, the sun setting, and string lights overhead, and you’ve got yourself a whole new reason to get excited about local food.

Thanks to the popularity of their Saturday morning farmers’ market, Union Square Main Streets launched Swirl & Slice last Thursday – a market dedicated to specialty foods produced by Massachusetts farms. The market, which takes place every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., provides consumers with specialty foods they can, for instance, pack for a picnic, or take on a weekend getaway with friends. Items at this brand new market include wine, cheese, breads, jams, cut flowers, cured meats, nut butters and other locally-produced foods. 

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