Buddy doesn’t care about fresh lettuces, garlic scapes, swiss chard, kale, spring turnips, fresh radishes, and kohlrabi, but he comes every Saturday morning to the Rockport Farmers’ Market with his pal, Mike Raymond from First Light Farms. Mike unloads a truck-full of locally grown (Hamilton) produce in a flurry, usually just as the market is opening at 9:00, while Buddy goes back to napping. Mike’s a little late because he’s often harvesting and loading up his truck by himself in Hamilton, and he wants to pack as much in as he can. Along with Buddy, it’s a friendly farm stand. One of my daughters is often there to help Mike sell.
And now we have Apple St. Farms produce, too!
When your own cherry tomato crop overwhelms the deck, bring your overflow to The Rockport Farmers’ Market. We’ve got a “Homegrowers’ Wheelbarrow,” dedicated to local people with just a few of their own garden crops to share.
Local grower Marvin Roberts has been with us with his - whoosh! There it goes! – Well, Marvin WAS selling his rhubarb, but it sold out before the bucket touched ground. Marvin has a wonderful garden. If the birds don’t get them first, he may bring raspberries and peaches, but we’re not promising. Marvin’s had a beautiful selection of herbs and onions recently, but each week will be different. You have to come check out the Wheelbarrow to see what Marvin – or anyone else – may have.
Last week at our “Ask The Expert” table, Mary White was answering questions. The first week Marvin talked about perennial vegetables; this week he’ll be there answering questions, and probably giving a short talk. I believe Jerusalem Artichokes (a native species!) are part of the syllabus.
Of course, we also have Pride’s Osteria with us. Pride’s makes the pesto that won the World’s Best competition in Genoa, Italy. But they’ve also been preparing homemade foccacia, which is for sale by itself, or you could take away a fresh foccacia, buffala mozzarella and heirloom tomato lunch, one of the most delicious meals I personally have had in ages. This sandwich is perfection. When Mercedes ran out of tomato, she substituted paper-thin slices of Mike Raymond’s spring turnip. Perfection improved.
The best smoked fish ever is with us, too – Sasquatch Smoked Fish – along with Seaview Farms grass-fed beef, fresh eggs, and honey. And more. Brothers’ Brew coffee, homemade donuts, Anadama Bread. And more. Each week will be a little different, but we’ll never be too big, and we’ll always be dedicated to the best most local food around.
Here’s The Official Rockport Farmers’ Market menu; post it on your refrigerator; plan serving a variation of it every Saturday night from June 22 – September 7th. While you’re there, add foccacia to your Saturday afternoon lunch.
Sasquatch smoked mussels served with toasted Fish Shack Bread croutons and salted First Light Farms spring turnips
Pride’s Osteria fresh fettucini and pesto
Seaview Farm Rib Eye Steaks
Brothers’ Brew Homemade Bread
First Light Farm salad of spring greens and herbs
Homemade Crostada from Mercedes Flavin
The Rockport Farmers’ Market, “The Food Less Traveled,”
Located Saturday mornings, Harvey Park in downtown Rockport, 9:00 – 1:00
You can watch Paolo Laboa making his winning pesto on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYdAW9sZQrQ