Multimedia intern, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
The past two summers I stayed in Boston instead of going home to North Carolina and I excitedly anticipated the opening of the farmers’ markets as a reminder of home. I have fond memories of “the egg man,” as my mother calls him, who peddles fresh eggs and beans from a stand at the farmers’ market near her office. I’ve known my aunt to barter with the farmers when she has too many of her own tomatoes. One summer, when she and I couldn’t bear to make any more jam, I proudly sold a couple pints of blackberries I had picked myself.
So it was with great excitement that I went out to shoot the Boston farmers’ markets. Eating local is important, both to support local farmers and to save on fuel and food travel. I visited the markets at Copley Square, South Station, City Hall, and Kendall Square. One of my favorites is the Copley market (one shopper I talked to called it “exquisite”) because of its selection and convenience, but South Station had live music and Kendall had maple cotton candy, which was incredibly delicious. The markets are worth visiting for the colors alone: peppers, sunflowers, and tomatoes are pleasing to the eye (and camera).
Fall brings lots of great food like spinach, apples, and squash. Try something new! Last fall, I made leek and potato soup for the first time. Farmers’ markets are open all over the Commonwealth now through just before Thanksgiving.
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February posted on Feb 25
February’s contest winner was Amanda Bettle, who photographed sheep at The Natural Resources Trust of Easton. This photo features Dog, a former 4-H show animal and sole male sheep among the nine ewes in the Natural Resources Trust of Easton (NRT) flock. It is the mission …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: February
2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January posted on Jan 26
January’s contest winner was Renee Finnegan, who photographed a pensive Highland cow at Oak Meadows Farm & Garden in Rutland. Glenn and Mary Kauppila have been farming 100 acres of land in Rutland for approximately 15 years. With the help of their three adult children, they …Continue Reading 2015 DAR Agricultural Calendar: January
Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts posted on Dec 5
While performers serenade shoppers with upbeat or easy-listening music, farmers and food producers sell a wide variety of local food throughout the winter at over 40 winter farmers’ markets this season. Those who have not yet visited a winter market might be surprised by …Continue Reading Visit Winter Farmers’ Markets for Holiday Gifts