Farmer's markets have always captured the best of food in my view. At their apex, they offer foods directly from their source. I love being able to directly support the farmers who work so hard to provide us with good food. In the summer, the Natick Farmer's Market is the center of our weekends. Each Saturday morning we go to stock up on vegetables, fruits and speciality treats for the week. We sit at the Natick Common, eating handfuls of just picked apples, sweet peas and blueberries.
Since the market ended in the fall, we have missed both the routine and produce, as well as the connections with the other vendors and the Natick community. So, we were thrilled that the first Winter Farmer's Market began yesterday. And there was a wonderful range of vendors. Dinner tonight will begin with the freshest of fish from Jordan Brother's Seafood. We bought shallots, turnips, potatoes, and carrots from both the Natick Organic Farm and Tangerini's Spring Street Farm. I made sure to stock up on my favorite jams from Fisher Brook Jams. This time she had a sample of a new flavor: blood orange. It was fantastic as it had the subtle sweetness of berries with the bite of a marmalade. I also bought another jar of spiced plum as the warm spices improve any toast.
Fabulous Family Meals was offering samples as were others. My 22 month old and I enjoyed a taste of Pam's Black Bean Salsa. We couldn't resist buying a raspberry scone and little oatmeal cookie from a new vendor.
Other options included fresh pasta, sauce and cheese from an Italian food vendor, chocolate from Cocoapelli Chocolates, organic meat from Chestnut Farms as well as beautiful crafts. Next week C and C Lobster Company will bring fresh lobsters and lobster meat.
The Natick Farmer's Market with take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Johnson School during January, February and March. The Johnson School, at 99 South Main Street is easily reached by heading South on South Main Street (Route 27) for about 1/2 mile past Natick Center.
Natick Winter Farmer's Market, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. from January to February, 99 South Main Street.