Holidays in JP: Farmers market offers new ideas for cranberries

Egleston Farmers Market will host a “Cranberry Slam,” featuring a local chef, on Nov. 23 to highlight the Thanksgiving Day staple.

Three chefs, including Executive Chef Eric Cooper of Jamaica Plain’s Ten Tables restaurant, will demonstrate their recipes for cranberry sauce. Ingredients and locally grown cranberries will be available at the market.

“This crop is a solid representation of a New England seasonal harvest and we want to highlight the importance of supporting Massachusetts cranberry-growers while introducing people to new ways of preparing the cranberries,” Egleston Farmers Market manager Kate Peppard told the Gazette.

In addition to the demonstrations and tastings, the market will also have a cranberry-grower present to talk to people about his livelihood, Peppard added.

The idea for the slam came out of a conversation between Peppard, farmer Jim Buckle and friend Jeremy Ogusky.

“We were talking about the sad state of cranberry farming in Massachusetts and started brainstorming about how we could support local berry farmers,” Peppard said in a press release. “We decided to create a community event that showcases unique cranberry dishes designed by local chefs that you can easily make at home.”

The farmer’s market is held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall at 45 Brookside Ave. every Saturday. It has more than 20 local and regional vendors of fresh and prepared foods, along with art, music and information about other activist efforts. For more information about the market, see or call 617-942-0194.

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