Living in Boston, we’re so lucky to have fresh and locally grown produce available all year round, thanks to the Boston Public Market! The indoor market is open all 12 months of the year and is home to 38 vendors which include local farms offering meat and produce, as well as gourmet purveyors. I make a weekly stop at the market, whether it’s to enjoy a Nutty Greens smoothie from Mother Juice or to pick up groceries from Siena Farms or Stillman Quality Meats.
I recently got my hands on a copy of the Boston Public Market’s new cookbook! Organized by season, the cookbook highlights which items you can typically find in a CSA during those months. For example, in the Winter we can look forward to enjoying items like bok choy, brussels sprouts, gourds, mushrooms, beets, carrots, broccoli, potatoes and more! The cookbook was created by the Boston Public Market Association Staff and it includes over 100 recipes and highlights on their vendors. It makes for a great holiday gift (or gift for yourself) and is another wonderful way that you can support the market.
The recipe that Kyle and I are most looking forward to making this winter is the Sweet Potato with Sausage and Arugula dish (recipe below). We look forward to picking up sweet potatoes from Siena Farms, sausage from Stillman Quality Meats, and cheese from Jasper Hill Cellars.
SWEET POTATO WITH SAUSAGE & ARUGULA
4 medium sweet potatoes
1/2 pound Hot Italian sausage
1 bunch green onions, chives, or small shallot; diced
1 bag arugula
1 small wedge of Alpha Tolman cheese
Flake salt and black pepper
1. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork several times. Bake in oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
2. While potatoes cook, brown sausage in large skillet.
3. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise and serve with a spoonful of browned sausage, a handful of arugula and grated cheese. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with green onions.
VENDORS AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC MARKET
Beantown Pastrami Co.
Boston Honey Company
Boston Smoked Fish Co.
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Corner Stalk Farm
George Howell Coffee
Jennifer Lee’s Gourmet Bakery
Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery
Massachusetts Farm Winery and Growers
New England Farm to Fiber
Peterman’s Boards & Bowls
Red Apple Farm
Soluna Garden Farm
Somerville Bread Company
Stillman Quality Meats
Union Square Donuts
Wolf Meadow Farm
Have you been to the market? Which vendors are your favorite to visit?