Well, it’s been a while since I posted. But in the meantime, Nichole Shrafft and others have been killin’ it in the representing Rockport department, so that’s been awesome. A whole bunch of stuff is coming up, so I wanted to pass along some information, starting with a local Food Forum in Rockport scheduled for next Thursday night. We can all get together and figure out the answers to some pressing food-related issues. There’s an anonymous survey too, in case you want to make your thoughts known and submit any questions to the panelists. Click HERE for the survey.
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Tomorrow, from 10am until supplies run out: a traditional fish cakes & beans, along with Trupiano’s sausage, served fresh at the Rockport Farmers Market. Proceeds benefit the market. The brunch features Cape Ann’s heritage food. A big thank you to Rockport Farmers Market vendors Mike & Grace from Trupiano’s Sausage and Tim & Ruth Sullivan of Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, along with food writer Heather Atwood for providing the food for tomorrow’s brunch!
About that Fish Cakes & Bean Brunch…
Tim & Ruth Sullivan are Rockport Farmers Market vendors, selling their own maple syrup each week. Tim knows a lot about fishing and lobstering in New England, having experienced a considerable amount of both growing up in Lanesville.
Tim gives a little background on the traditional Fish Cakes & Beans meal:
“In coastal areas, especially commercial fishing areas like Gloucester or Cape Cod, Maine, and the Maritimes, fish cakes are a staple of a traditional New England hearty breakfast. These are usually made from a flaky white-meat fish, such as cod or scrod, breaded and pan-fried to give them a delicate golden, crispy crust. They are truly scrumptious! While baked beans are sometimes also a part of the traditional ‘Full English’ breakfast, Boston baked beans have a secret ingredient that gives them a deeper sweetness: molasses. The other secret to great Boston baked beans is slow cooking. The early colonists would make these beans in heavy ceramic beanpots, place them in the banked fire of their hearths on Saturday night, and let them slowly cook overnight until the Sunday breakfast. Ours will be on Saturday morning of course, and we have another secret ingredient…maple syrup!“
For more on the history of cooking beans in the traditional way, check out this article from The Fisherman’s Voice.
Seafood Throwdown, Farmers Market, Live Music on Schooners and in the Streets. It’s still Summer folks!
Can you feel it? People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year. It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do. Take today for instance. Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets. See the full live music schedule here.
Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria. Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!
See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.
Anthony Marks writes-
In case anyone misses the farmers market on Thursdays at Stage Fort
Park, Marshall’s Farm Stand has a farmers market at Gorton’s on Rogers
Street every Monday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. I tried their
native corn and it was sweet and tender! It’s the best i have had this
Note from Joey C:
Check out The Marshall’s Farm Stand Website
they also have a CSA which you can find out about here
Thanks to all those who came out last week for the first summer Rockport Farmers’ Market! We had a great time and are looking forward to an entire summer of starting the weekends off with awesome food from local growers and makers. As usual, the Rockport Festivals Market booth will be staffed with volunteers to answer questions and offer information. Festival posters will be available for purchase (with other great stuff, such as t-shirts, coming soon!).
June 29th Rockport Farmers Market Lineup
First Light Farms
Ma’s Tomato Marmalade
Sea Biscuit Bakery
Twin Lights Soda
Home growers: herbs, rhubarb, flowers, produce
Garden Talk: Market-goers will enjoy having master gardener Mary White, owner of White Gardens of Rockport and a long-time organic gardener, on hand to answer questions and engage in a discussion on gardening. Mary will have tips on everything from making your own compost to growing tomatoes. The discussion is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Rockport Festivals Market booth.
Music: Brad Byrd, the award-winning singer-songwriter, will be playing at the Rockport Farmers’ Market at 11:30 a.m. — a great opportunity to hear one of the region’s best indie musicians in a fun setting!
Fresh produce, smoked fish, grass-fed beef, award-winning pesto, baked goods, fresh doughnuts and coffee, plus Marvin Roberts, an expert in botany, discussing how to grow rhubarb and asparagus as part of the Garden Talks series…with all of this, Saturday proved to be a great opening to the Rockport Farmers’ Market in Harvey Park. An added bonus was the traditional Midsommer Fair, sponsored by Spiran Hall in Rockport, which featured traditional Scandinavian food, a real maypole, and Scandinavian folk singers. Check out the slideshow for more…and we’ll see you at the upcoming Rockport Farmers’ Market, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!
All the details about the upcoming Rockport Farmers Market are here on GMG! The market will be small but mighty, featuring some great Rockport and Cape Ann-based food producers. Word on the street is that Brothers’ Brew will be there with fresh doughnuts AND and espresso maker so you can have your morning caffeine while shopping for all sorts of homegrown goodness! The first week, June 22nd, coincides with Spiran Hall’s annual Midsummer Fair, also held in Harvery Park where the Farmers’ Market is located, so you can grab some pickled herring and other Scandinavian goodness along with your produce. For more information and to stay updated on vendors, etc, go to http://www.rockportartfestivals.com/farmers-market
The official RFM press release:
The Rockport Farmers’ Market opens on June 22nd in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport, Massachusetts, at the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street, across the street from T-Wharf.
The new, open-air market specializes in locally grown fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, and honey, as well as fresh, locally sourced baked goods. Producers include First Light Farms of Hamilton, Seaview Farms of Rockport, Pride’s Osteria of Beverly, Brothers’ Brew of Rockport, and a selection of community home growers. The weekly market will also feature Garden Talks, a program offering short, informative presentations made by local experts on topics ranging from tips for growing tomatoes to vegan cooking.
The Rockport Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 22nd – September 7th, 2013, and is organized by Rockport Festivals, a group of volunteers seeking to build community through cultural events and activities in downtown Rockport.
Here’s the info from BearskinNeck.net:
Wondering what’s going on in Rockport now that Christmas is over? Well, there is an exciting event happening this weekend! There will be a FARMERS MARKET in the grocery store space at Whistlestop Mall. Saturday, December 29. 10 am to 1 pm.
Local produce, local grass fed beef, local eggs & honey, a variety of Virgilio breads including nisu, and other vendors. Any local gardeners have an abundance to share? table space still available at no charge. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday is my favorite day because of the Farmers’ Market. Today Northwood Syrup had free samples of vanilla ice cream with their pure maple syrup. Dean and Christine who run this booth are Gloucester residents.
It’s been a few weeks since I went down to the Farmer’s Market, so I couldn’t resist going yesterday to pick up some treats.
Of course, I had to get some of Ma’s Brand Tomato Marmalade, which now comes in three varieties (soon to be four!) – Original, Organic, and “Jeesum Crow” hot (with Thai peppers). The “fourth-coming” variety is going to be “hoity-toity”, with Gran Marnier! I can’t wait!
Plus, I got some Italian pecorino and parmigiano cheese from Luca Mignogna (of Wolf Meadow Farm). Those cheeses should be interesting with the marmalade (and with just about anything else)! They have the delightful combination of a solid consistency (but not too hard) with fairly salty, mellow, and slightly pungent flavors.
Finally, I also bought an apple tart from A.J. King Artisan Bakery, which was well worth the (already reasonable) price – a nice flaky crust, with well-cooked sweetened fresh apples and a crispy topping of brown sugar, cinnamon, etc… I bought some granola from them the first day of the farmer’s market, and it was really good, so I didn’t hesitate to buy from them again. Among the many treats they offer, are lavender butter cookies. I tried a sample, and I have to admit that I didn’t taste much lavender, but the cookie was delicious!
There are lots of other good things available at the market, including fresh veggies, hand-blown glass, all-natural locally ground nut butters, local honey and beeswax products, real maple syrup cotton candy, and lots more – including hot food ready to eat. Almost all the food sellers have free samples, so you can try before you buy. If I didn’t have to worry about my weight or my wallet, I’d buy some of everything…
I wanted to share these photo’s of the Farmers Market ,these are probably my favorite photo’s of how I think of summer when it’s" blowing a gale" outside!
Sista Felicia and The Mrs Will Be Rocking This Week’s Cape Ann Farmer’s Market With Mason Jar Iced Teas and GMG T’s
Thursday 3-6:30 Stage Fort Park. If you haven’t got yours yet, then this is your chance!
Look for them!
For more info and a list of all the vendors who will be present click here
Photos by Amanda Mohan
Friends Polly Hickey and Cheryl Davis have come up with a great idea – finding cast-off chairs on the side of the road, cleaning them up, and selling them at a reasonable price at the Farmer’s Market here in Gloucester on Thursdays. Their business, Upcycled Chairs, has already gained popularity at the Market. Several have been sold. Instead of being discarded in the trash, these chairs will have a new life. Very cool!
That’s what I hear people say when weather predictions fail, as they did this week. The Harbor Loop Concert and Seafood Throwdown were both canceled on Thursday due to warnings of severe thunderstorms and flash floods. Not a drop of rain fell. The Farmers Market braved the storm that never was and now they all look like geniuses! So next time the weather man or woman predicts severe weather on a Summer Thursday, go to Stage Fort Park and join the good people who put on the Farmers Market RAIN OR SHINE in defiance.
When light rain finally fell yesterday, the Zip Line Kid spent the entire time outside with a friend — not necessarily in defiance — neither of them seemed to care that it was raining. Or perhaps they were inspired by it. They got out a big barrel, filled it up with water, threw stuff in and went bobbing — reveling in the joy of childhood. Joey would have gotten a good picture of it. Vickie and I just sat on the porch with a glass of wine and relished the gentle warm rain on a midsummer night.
Regardless of what the unpredictable weather decides to hand us tonight, there’s plenty of good music around the Cape. It’s going on right now and will continue into the wee hours. See the full live music lineup here.
Well, it is for me, at any rate. I like to walk down from the rectory to Stage Fort Park for the Farmer’s Market, and stop off in a store or two on Main Street along the way. Here is today’s catch:
First, went to The Cave to get some “Manchego” cheese (front and center in the photo). It’s a Spanish cheese made from goat’s milk. I bought it at the recommendation of the proprietor, Laura Cramer, to accompany a jar of Alexander Thompson’s tomato marmelade. I got to try it in the store (with two other pairing options) and this one is a winner!
From there I headed down to the market. I went looking for two of the other items in the photo above: Ma’s Brand bread and butter pickles, and maple syrup (from Northwoods Sugarworks in New Hampshire). Thanks to the generosity of a couple at whose wedding I presided recently, I also had some extra cash to buy a beautiful hand-blown glass vase (on the left in the photo). It’s the work of Aron Leaman, a Gloucester native who has a shop down in Boston where he creates his glass art.
As I mentioned the last time I posted about the Farmer’s Market, I really enjoy buying there, because it supports small businesses and the local economy, and the enthusiasm of the sellers is (dangerously) contagious… I love to see their pride in their products. Not the sort of experience you can have buying on-line, or even at local outlets of big chain stores. They can offer great service and sometimes lower prices, but when possible, I like the direct interaction with people more closely involved with the actual production of whatever I’m buying.
P. S. I also picked up my customized “fire-breathing pickle-riding rainbow-jumping liger” teeshirt, which the folks at the G33K store were kind enough to make for me! I’ll post a photo soon…
This just in from Seafood Throwdown organizer Sandy Farrell:
We are disappointed to have to postpone this week’s SeaFood ThrowDown at the Farmer’s Market. The National Weather Service is predicting a rough day tomorrow with rain, thunder, and strong wind gusts possibly in store for us. With all of the planning and effort around the tents, electricity, and audio- not to speak of the chefs, judges, set-up crew and audience, it seems prudent to not make a last minute decision.
We have a second event scheduled for Thursday, August 23rd; I am hopeful that this match will occur then but need to reconfirm with everyone involved. Our thanks to the many people who had graciously agreed to donate their time to making this event possible, Classic Cooks, Sugar Magnolia’s, Cape Ann Fresh Catch, The “Fillet King”, Beacon Street Farm, our Youth Judge Team, and not least of all, Peter Van Ness of gimme sound.com We hope to see you in August.
And, Niki Bogin, Market Manager wants to remind you that, regardless of the weather, the Market itself will be open from 3pm-6:30pm, and the parking is always free on Market days.