Roslindale Neighbors: Local fresh food season in JP and Rozzie

May 15, 2009
By

DAVID TABER

As spring eases into summer, the local food production industrial complex is kicking into high gear, and JP and Roslindale will be hosting will see new and expanded farmers markets offering veritable cornucopias of Mass.-grown foodstuffs.

Roslindale

The Roslindale Farmers Market will begin its 25th season Sat., June 13 in Adams Park. “It’s quite a dif-ferent market in the last few years than it has been,” Roslindale Village Main Streets (RVMS) Executive di-rector Jody Burr told the Gazette. “It’s more of a real farmers market. For many years, it was a flea market with a farmer or two.”

Four area farms—Springbrook Farm in Littleton; the Neighborhood Farm in Needham; MacArthur Farm in Holliston; and Brookwood Community Farm in Milton will be hawking wares. In addition to fruits and vegeta-bles farmers will be selling their own beef, pork, eggs, preserves and honey, according to RVMS press mate-rials.

The Market will also feature specialty vendors selling cheese, bread, vegan treats, homemade baby food, soaps and more.

This year’s farmers market steering committee is also making a “concerted effort to provide..regular en-tertainment and children’s activities in the hopes of providing a festive family atmosphere,” according to the press release.

Adams Park is at the corner of Cummins Highway and Washington Street in Roslindale. For more information about the market and a weekly events schedule, see www.roslindale.net.

Stony Brook Station area

As the Gazette previously reported, JP-based non-profit Community Servings is planning to host a brand new farmers market in its parking lot at 18 Marbury Terrace.

Eileen Harris, associate director of programs at the non-profit, which provides meals for those inca-pacited by illness, said deals have not yet been finalized with vendors for the market.

She did say that dates have been set. The market will run on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from July 12 to Oct.18.

JP Center

Stillman’s Farm, after almost losing its traditional spot in the Bank of America parking lot at 677 Cen-tre St. this spring, plans to be in full swing with its market by mid-June, Genevieve Stillman told the Ga-zette.

In addition to produce from their own farms in New Braintree and Lunenburg, the market will on Tuesdays feature produce grown by Hmong farmer Bee Vue, who works out of the Flats Mentoring Farm in Lancaster, and, on Saturdays, honey and treats from the Golden Rule Apiary in Leominster.

Saturdays will also feature bread baked at the Hardwick Cooking School in Hardwick, if it can get ap-proval from the department of public health, Stillman said.

The market will operate Saturdays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.