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Summer Fridays mean CSA pickup for us! This is our first year choosing a CSA over farmers market finds, and we have decided to go with Red Fire Farm because we loved their organic approach and pickup location in Cambridge between our jobs. As corporate frankenfarming takes over more of our food supply and makes us so much less healthy as a whole, we’re happy to support young farmers and healthy land. The people growing our food are not only steward of the land but stewards of our health, and we are going to try to prepare and eat everything they grow with love.

We were more than a little excited to peek into the first week box of our 20 week CSA. It was full of green things, very welcome after a long winter. Our CSA box included strawberries, green garlic, several types of lettuce, a parsnip, broccoli, cilantro, and radishes. It all looked and smelled so earthy.

Red Fire Farm CSA

Red Fire Farm CSA

Now that Friday nights are CSA nights, they are also date at home nights, time for cooking and drinking good wine and relaxing after a busy week. Our first CSA and its green garlic inspired me to make a simple pesto.

green garlic pesto

I added a large handful of fully cleaned green garlic, bulbs, greens and all, into the Ninja blender, along with a few glugs of olive oil. On top of that, I added parmesan cheese, a half cup of walnuts, salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder, since green garlic can be mild.

green garlic pesto

I blended it all into a nice paste, adding oil as I went along, and used the green garlic pesto to top bowtie pasta, shrimp, and our CSA spinach and broccoli.

green garlic pesto

We washed it down with a lovely Chardonnay from our North Fork trip and paired it with the end of our Orange is the New Black season two binge.

Friday nights at home with our fresh, organic CSA veggies have never been better. I can’t wait to see what summer brings.

Are you shopping at local farmers markets or participating in a farm share or CSA?

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The Dorchester Winter Farmers Market has kicked off its 2014 season, and it is a great little spot for picking up vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods this winter. The market is located in Codman Square in the Codman Square Health Center, a beautiful building, and is a wonderful thing for Dorchester and surrounding communities as well as for the vendors who participate.

Codman Square Health Center

Codman Square Health Center

The market is full of smiling faces and delicious food, and we picked up a few special items along the way. You may remember my visit to Red’s Best last summer. I was happy to see they are vending at the market, and even happier that they were offering Chatham cod. We picked up a pound of cod for Sunday dinner, and it was incorporated into a simple, delicious meal, recipe to come soon.

Red's Best

Dorchester Winter Farmers Market

We also picked up some guacamole and salsa from Mi Padre Pedro’s for snacking and taco salads this week. I have a meal plan that I am trying to stick to, and having some really fun ingredients to look forward to definitely helps.

Mi Padre Pedro's

We couldn’t resist a little bit of sweet from Union Square Donuts. We opted for a heavenly bourbon caramel donut before we left the market.

Union Square Donuts

In addition to great food vendors, the market also offers free coffee and local musicians for entertainment. I loved the community feel of the market and had a great time exploring it. I think it will definitely become part of our Sunday afternoon grocery shopping rotation.

Dorchester Winter Farmers Market

Confirmed vendors at the market include:

 

Do you have a winter market you love? Are you just dying for summer produce like I am?!

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Galway Love

If I could choose a place to live besides Boston, it would be a very tough choice between Healdsburg, California and Galway, Ireland.  I spent a semester and part of a summer in college in Galway, and I fell in love with just about everything in the city and surrounding country. After I returned to the US for senior year of college, I set things in motion to move back to Galway for at least six months with a work visa and to see what would happen from there. In March of that year, my father died, and I ended up skipping the travel, moving to Boston instead. As luck would have it, about a year later I met my favorite Galwegian, my husband, and I have been lucky to call this place home a couple of weeks every year since.

Galway, Ireland

There’s something in the air, in addition to the mist and rain here, the smell of turf fires, and usually the sounds of an accordion, flute, or some other instrument playing. Galway is colorful in its storefronts and homes, these bright pops of color and lovely little details make just a simple walk down the street an experience.

colorful Galway

Galway is an old city, founded in the 12th century, and its history shows up all over, in bits of the old city walls and arches, cemeteries, and churches

Galway city walls

A fast river, the Corrib, flows through the town and into Galway Bay, which offers spectacular sunsets. When I studied abroad I loved running along the river and out to the sea, and in past years even on vacation, I have done some marathon training here.

River Corrib

Galway sunsets, there are no words.

Galway Bay sunset

The Galway Saturday market is one of my favorite things about the town. I lived right across the street from the market when I was a student. Every Saturday morning we were woken by the sounds of farmers setting up their stalls with produce brought in from the country. One of my all time favorite vendors is a Hare Krishna named Govinda, who makes incredible vegetarian food. Govinda was gone for a few years, so when I saw his bright yellow stall this time around, I literally jumped for joy.

The recent addition of a Continental Christmas Market makes the city even more special at the end of November and throughout December.

Govinda at the Galway Saturday market

Govinda at the Galway Saturday market

Steamy kitchiri with tomato and pineapple chutneys, a heavenly way to warm up on a chilly Galway day.

kitchiri and chutney

Even though the weather can be atrocious, getting out and about in Galway is just something you want to do, and the Salthill promenade is the perfect place for a walk with a view.

Salthill Prom, Galway

Galway is a city full of restaurants and pubs, gourmet shops, and wine bars, making it the ideal place for food and wine lovers.

Sheridan's Wine Bar, Galway

Galway has a ton of character, and people flock here from all over the world, making it a fun place to go out and to get chatting to perfect strangers who become new friends. There’s a warmth and character about the city that just needs to be experienced to be understood. It’s why we always recommend that anyone visiting Ireland spend at least a few days in Galway, using it as a jumping off point for visiting Connemara, the Burren, and even Westport.

I guess you can tell that I love it here; if the economy wasn’t so desperate and jobs almost impossible to find,  our many talks of moving back for a few years would likely become a reality. Until then, I hold this special place in my heart year-round until I get to visit again.

Have you thought about moving to a new city/country?

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