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Fun, Food & Friendly Farmers in Framingham

Filed under: Around Town by News Staff at 8:05 am on August 5, 2011

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Framingham Farmer's Market is more than just a place to pick up some fresh produce, (although there is plenty to choose from), it's a community event. You could just grab a few farm-fresh groceries and jump back in your car -- but you'd be missing most of the fun.

Twin brothers Will and Miles do a free craft project with Jackie Menino, Market Manager at the Framingham Farmer's Market.

Twin brothers Will and Miles do a free craft project with Jackie Meninno, Market Manager at the Framingham Farmer's Market on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

Each week, Market Manager Jackie Meninno has a different free craft project for kids to do.  This week twin brothers Will & Miles stopped by the ...[read more]

Framingham Farmer's Market at Centre Common

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 2:19 pm on June 4, 2011
Framingham Farmers Market

Fresh produce from local family farms can be found at the Framingham Farmer's Market on the Village Green in Framingham Centre each Thursday from noon 'til 5:30pm throughout the summer and fall.

Framingham, MA - With a nationwide effort to eat healthier and to support local business and family farms, shopping at the Framingham Farmer's Market helps locals meet these goals.

The market, located on the Framingham Centre Common, (also known as "The Village Green"), will be open each Thursday afternoons from 12:00 noon until 5:30PM from June 9th through October 27th, 2011.

With fruits and vegetables, (some picked just hours before the market opens), local residents and Framingham visitors have a chance to ...[read more]

Farmstand at Framingham MassPike Service Area

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 7:36 am on May 20, 2011
photo - local produce at MA Farmers Market

Massachusetts grown... and fresher!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Pick up some fresh fruit, veggies and other farm fresh local produce on the Pike!

Starting this weekend commuters traveling the MassPike, (I-90), will be able to purchase farm fresh fruits, vegetables and other products grown or made locally in Massachusetts at the Framingham MassPike Service Plaza from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

The plaza is located westbound on I-90 between exits 12 and 13.

Items for sale may included anything from farm fresh strawberries to baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, maple syrup, honey, eggs, flowers and more.  (The vendors are permitted to sell anything that does not compete with items sold in the service plaza restaurants and store).

Aside from the Framingham location, travelers will ...[read more]

October News from the Framingham Farmers Market

Filed under: Home & Garden by Deb Cleveland at 2:34 pm on October 11, 2009

NOTE: The following was contributed by Elizabeth Aurilio, the Framingham Farmer's Market Manager.

Framingham, MA --This week, expect to find a couple of new and interesting items at the market. Everyone is still coming to market with an awe-inspiring array of late summer and fall produce, baked goods, snacks, cheese and fall decorations, but now Matt Hanson has begun to bring jars of Framingham honey and Silvia's is stocking an unusual purple cauliflower.
Matt has been learning the art of beekeeping for a few years now - studying the specifics from his neighbor, a near-by farmer. He has both a light and a dark honey to choose from - and while both types of honey come from the same hive, the lighter, more delicate honey is the first to come off while the darker, more molasses flavored honey is scraped close to the comb. Many people swear that honey is the best cure for sore throats, dry skin and other ailments and that local honey, specifically, is above all the best naturopathic cure for seasonal allergies. While I'm in no position to offer evidence to any of those claims, I feel testimonial when it comes to taste. The honey is sublime and I recommend you snatch it up while you can. It will certainly dawn comfort in a warm cup of tea on a crackly, cold winter day.

I picked up an odd head of broccoli at Silvia's market stall yesterday and was marveling at the deep, jewel tones of emerald and amethyst in the florets. I know that sounds silly, but I garden and work in farmers' markets and am therefore easily excited by colorful vibrancy in vegetables. I wanted to pay my compliments to the farmer, so I held it up and commented on the beautiful broccoli. "That's not broccoli, it's a purple cauiflower" said Ed. He said he thought it was broccoli too, but that his wife insists it is a purple cauliflower. "Look at the leaf", he says, "that is the leaf of a cauliflower plant and even though I know it is biologically a cauliflower, it looks like broccoli and I think it tastes like broccoli - but not my wife, she thinks it looks like a cauliflower and tastes like a cauliflower" and with that he grabbed it from my hands and shoved it in my apron pocket to take home and help him settle the debate. Please come to the market and try the purple cauliflower - don't leave me stranded here as the lone middleman to this debate. I can't wait to hear what you think - and let you know where my verdict lies. See you Thursday!

News from the Framingham Farmer's Market

Filed under: Home & Garden by News Staff at 1:35 pm on September 6, 2009

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- Up until this season, I would have been inclined to think that a lot of rain would be good for such a water-heavy fruit as melons. Unfortunately, the converse is true.

All the early season rain has delayed the growth of melons and we are still watching to see if this will be the melon-prize week. We did have a few melons two weeks ago - that was the first crop's yield. The second crop, I'm told, will be larger and more satisfying - but when they will be ready for picking depends on the next few days' weather.

The farmers won't pick them if they are substandard - they only want to bring premium produce to the farmers' market. If a field taste determines more time on the vine is needed, then we will need to wait patiently for another week or so. In addition to melons, keep a lookout for another harvest of prune plums. Those should also be coming soon - hopefully this Thursday or the next.

Last week several of us panicked when the 12:30 opening holler came and went with no sign of our Hmong farmers. They did finally arrive, about 45 minutes later, bringing with them a fine selection of pea tendrils, watercress, mustard greens, amaranth, taioba, maxixe , thai basil and, my favorite - lemongrass. For those who missed them last week, rest assured that they plan to return with plenty more this week...and they're not expecting any further traffic delays (of course).

In addition to copious amounts of tomatoes, peaches, zucchinis, summer squash, beans, greens, eggplants, peppers, ground cherries and tomatillos, we'll also have our full, varied selection of cheeses, breads , baked goods, flowers and kettle corn. See you this Thursday!

Ernie Update: Ernie is still in the throws of harvest season but as he completes the harvest of first plantings, he is harrowing the finished fields and planting winter rye. This is a very busy time of year for him as he keeps up with the picking, plucking and pulling while tending to soon-to-be-harvested kohl crops and planting winter enrichment crops.

(Contributed by: Elizabeth Aurilio, Market Manager)

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