What a great way to start this Tuesday–I love chatting with Rob & Lisa of the Southshore Morning News on WATD 95.9 FM every other Tuesday morning. But talking about food–especially local food–well that is just something I could go on about all day! However, on The Green Quick Fixes 5, there’s only time for 300 seconds.
Here are today’s segment highlights and five tips for Eating Local in the Southshore.
Eating local lowers carbon footprints, supports local economies, and there are many practicing organic and sustainable farming to buy from. For at least five months out of each year, farmers markets, a CSA share, and my garden supply most of what we need in my household.
1. Farmers’ Markets and Farmstands
Marshfield, Fairgrounds, Fridays 2-6 p.m. beginning June 13th
Plymouth, Courthouse Green Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and Stephen’s Field on Sandwich St. Thursdays 2:30-6:30 p.m. beginning June 16
Duxbury, Tarkiln Community Center Thursdays 1:30-5:30 p.m. beginning June 30th
Love the roadside stands? There are many in Carver and Plympton. Want more listings? Check out FarmFresh.org.
Most are closed out, but contact Silverbrookdartmouth.com for pick-ups in Boston, South Shore, and Cape Cod with both half and full shares. They throw in free-range eggs on occasion!
Also, try The Farmer’s Garden of Rehoboth, with pick ups on Saturdays at the Braintree Farmers’ Market and Sundays at the Rehoboth Farmers’ Market. There are 20-week and 10-week shares available.
Want farm fresh produce delivered? Check out Southshoreorganics.com for baskets of local produce delivered right to your door. Single baskets start at $35 and a Family Harvest is available for $55.
3. Try your own raised bed or container garden.
There is nothing finer than heading out to the backyard for your own basil, peas, tomatoes and more. Try Jonnyseeds.com, which has a page of organic seeds you can order. The frost free date is May 20th–so get going!
4. Restaurants go local!
Even though Martha’s Stone Soup in Plymouth has closed, there are others in the area that are serving up fresh, local, and organic fair. Try Anna’s Country Kitchen on Ocean Street in Marshfield for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Anna’s also has Sunday brunch with wild blueberry pancakes, crab cakes and eggs, and more.
Worth the drive, head out to Michael Leviton’s Lumiere on Washington St. in Newton. This all organic, Modern French bistro sources locally and regionally. Leviton goes to great lengths, serving one of the best and largest organic wine lists and will impress you with every taste from amuse to dessert. Try the sour cream sorbet–amazing!
5. Dairies & Bakeries
All kinds of food purveyors are getting in the green game.
If you are interested in raw milk and local cheese, Foxboro’s Lawton Farms sells at the Attleboro and Plymouth Farmers’ Markets. Raw milk should come from grass-fed cows only, and the milk is filtered and bottled immediately. It contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), aka the “Wonder Fat,” said to produce muscle, block fat molecule production, enhance immunity, and even prevent some cancers.
Got a green, sweet tooth? Skippin’ Rocks Bakery in Manomet bakes up cookies and pastries from organic ingredients.
Keep up with all of these and other local food listings in edibleSouthShore magazine, available free at Morrison’s Home & Garden on Long Pond Rd. in Plymouth.