The lovely thing about moving to the northeast and particularly the New England area — is watching and participating in the effects of the seasonal change. When it comes to temperature — we see a wide range from single digits to sweltering 90 degree weather. Clothing plays a crucial factor of the seasonal change — as we dress for warmth and undress to bask in the warmth. One of the things I’ve had to keep an eye on is the change in produce. Living so close to areas such as Maine, Vermont, New York — affords me the opportunity to venture to varying farms, farmer’s markets, and areas which are lush with beautifully ripe foods.
During the winter, I mainly found the better part of my cheap and fresh produce from Boston’s historic Haymarket
. There, prices ranged from as low as $0.50 to as high as $5. What I found to be the most interesting and true of my produce purchased at the Haymarket — was that it needed to be cooked or consumed within a few days of purchase — since much of everything there comes without any pesticides or chemicals. As a result, the actual shelf life is significantly less. Just goes to show you –how much chemicals there might be when you go to your local supermarket.
Now that spring has left and summer has arrived — there are various foods to be had. Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries, strawberries are just some of the fruits that flourish. As a result, I thought a nice little trip to a close farm was inevitable.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
Behold a farm located in South Natick, MA. This farm is approximately 45 minutes from my front door. According to the website — it is the oldest working farm in the United States. My mouth salivates at all the lush vegetables and fruits that line the Belkin property. I can’t wait to visit this farm and find more areas to venture. Next comes Autumn and apples — ah apple cider donuts — oh have I missed thee!
And to end on a VERY happy and solid note, I just found out that every summer to nearly the end of autumn — Brookline (my neighborhood) closes a certain portion of their streets for their weekly Thursday farmer’s market. How glorious!