If it’s a Tuesday and it’s summer, it’s almost certain I’m at the Harvard University farmers’ market. Situated at the northern end of Harvard Yard, amongst lush green grass and a water fountain, it’s an enjoyable experience just to walk through the market. There is often live music as well as cooking demos by area chefs. Today’s demo featured Chef Paul O’Connell of Chez Henri who made a vichyssoise garnished with fresh basil, radish, and garlic scapes tossed in a sherry vinaigrette. (Sorry there aren’t pics, next week I promise!) When asked if the soup is on the menu at Chez Henri, Chef Paul replied not yet, that he was sampling it at the market to see what people think. Judging by the response of those who tasted it, it will definitely make its way onto the menu soon.
As for my own purchases, I bought arugula from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA, spinach from Silverbrook Farm in Dartmouth, MA, and strawberries and sugar snap peas from Lanni Orchards in Lunenberg, MA.
Sadly, because I did not have my camera with me today, I could not take pictures of the rest of the amazing produce available today, but to give you an idea, young carrots and beets, both red and golden, blueberries and gooseberries at Ward’s; lettuce, kohlrabi and radishes from Plato’s Harvest; currants, honey, eggs, and zucchini at Silverbrook; raspberries, rhubarb, garlic and kale at Lanni’s; Narragansett Creamery sampling their Renaissance Ricotta, yogurt, and Salty Sea Feta; and as always, Taza Chocolate, bread from When Pigs Fly, pastries and loaves from Danish Pastry House, mozzarella from Fiore Di Nonno, and much much more.
The Cambridge/Harvard University Farmers’ Market runs Tuesdays, 12:30-6pm at the intersection of Oxford and Kirkland Streets. For more info, visit their website or check them out on Twitter.
For information on all MA farmers’ markets, check out the Mass Farmers’ Markets website and Twitter.