$20 and the Copley Square Farmers Market

July 15, 2009 · 24 comments · Print This Post

in Boston / Massachusetts, Vegetarian

Copley Square Farmer's Market Bounty

I’m absolutely astounded at the amount of gorgeous fresh produce that I was able to purchase yesterday at the Copley Square Farmers Market for less than $20. Yes, I still had 25 cents to spare after my vegetable shopping spree that included rainbow carrots and ruby red beets from Atlas Farm, summer squash and zucchini, freshly dug red potatoes, fresh tomatoes, and my favorite garden staple: green beans.

CK and I sampled some of the green beans and potatoes last night and they were so good. It’s easy to forget that this is actually what vegetables are supposed to taste like, not the bland stuff that we tolerate in the North East all through the long winter months. I’m especially looking forward to cooking with the rainbow carrots. Does anyone have any carrot recipe recommendations that they’d like to pass along to me? What are your summer time Farmers Market must haves?

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1 nithya at hungrydesi July 15, 2009 at 10:34 am

We’ve been getting great beets, radishes and garlic scapes at our DUMBO Farmer’s Market. As a result, I’ve been obsessed with coming up with ways to use the beet leaves and radish leaves…Beet leaves taste like spinach (so not uber exciting) but the radish leaves have a great, bitter taste. And the scapes, well they are garlicky so obviously delicious! And I agree, I’m amazed at how little money we spend for great produce.


2 Erin July 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I’m not sure if beet leaves and beet greens are the same thing or not, but I know I love beet greens. My mom always cooked them and served them in bowls with salt, pepper, and white vinegar. So yummy! We also have done the same thing with spinach in the past. It may or may not be some odd “Maine thing.” I’m not entirely sure.


3 Jennifer S July 16, 2009 at 6:26 pm

What part of Maine are you from, Erin? I’m a Mainer living in Minnesota, and just had beet greens last night! MMMM… I had mine with just butter and salt and pepper last night (Mom’s favorite way), but I’m also partial to beet greens with vinegar (Grammy’s way)


4 Erin July 20, 2009 at 11:22 am

Jennifer – I actually grew up in a small town called Livermore Falls. What part of Maine are you from? It’s good to hear that other Mainers are also fans of dousing random things with vinegar too.


5 kat July 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

i guess i’m somewhat lucky with the farmers markets here in california. the abundance is pretty great. we don’t really have specifics but we do go for whatever’s high in season. right now strawberries, artichokes, squash are a huge hit!


6 Erin July 16, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Yeah yeah rub it in West Coast girl 😉


7 SavvyChristine July 15, 2009 at 11:00 am

Do you ever make it up to the farmer’s market behind the Union Oyster House on Satuday mornings? I keep seeing it, but usually while I’m on my way out of the city, so I’ve never stopped.


8 Erin July 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

I actually haven’t been to that particular one yet. I’m hoping to try to get to a new market each week for the rest of the summer. We’ll see how that works out…


9 Ari August 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm

That’s Haymarket, which I wouldn’t exactly consider a farmer’s market. You can get extremely cheap produce there, but it’s loud and dirty, you don’t really know where any of the food comes from, and much of it is nearing expiration.


10 Hänni July 15, 2009 at 11:01 am

the farmers markets i’ve been too so far in H-town have been disappointing–high priced, limited selection. this weekend, however, i’m doing a bike tour of four new markets, so stay tuned. i will say the asian market i shop at is exceptional–the produce (much of it local or from nearby mexico) is much fresher than at the regular market. for $20 this week I bought: 4 pineapples, a watermelon, bananas, fuji apples, green peppers, bag o’ yellow onions, red onion, bok choy, green beans, green onions, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, ginger and yucca…. And yes I will have eaten all this produce within the week!


11 Erin July 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm

Holy cow! That’s quite the produce haul. I think 4 pineapple at Whole Foods probably costs $20 all on their own.


12 Anna July 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

I love the Copley Sq. farmers market. I always got great produce there, plus little snacks for the long bus ride home 🙂


13 Jeff D July 15, 2009 at 12:28 pm

My wife and I do a farm share at the Waltham Fields Community Farm, so luckily we just use the farmer’s markets to enhance that a bit. Usually it’s tomatoes and asparagus which are amongst the more expensive items at the market for now.

I’m about to start a big pot of greens from our weekly share that I picked up yesterday. Cabbage, collards, kale and chard.

I’m also going to make a mushroom risotto and add the fava beans we got for some extra flavor.

For the carrots I’d combine them with your love of baking and make carrot cake or carrot muffins.


14 Tabby Kelliher July 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Hi Erin,
Now that looks like some beautiful produce! I never even heard of rainbow carrots before. I lived on the North Shore of Boston for 10 years and used to go to the farmers market in the north end a lot, I sure miss the great deals I used to get there. Let us know if you find any idea’s for those carrots.


15 Whitney July 15, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Very impressive. I love all the colors! My favorite thing that is about the hit the market (the first ones were there today but I’m going to watch until the price goes down) is sweet corn! Man oh man is it good.

How do you prepare your beets? I haven’t ever bought them myself but I have been tempted every time I see them at the market.

As to the carrots; I made a pickled carrot recipe from A Homemade Life that is awesome.



16 Erin July 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

I usually just roast my beets but pickling could be an intriguing change of pace. Thank you for the idea!


17 Julia July 16, 2009 at 11:40 am

Gorgeousity Erin! I just thought of something for the carrots. Ever been to West Side Lounge (between Porter and Harvard on Mass Ave)? They did this sesame crusted seared ahi tuna and it was served in a miso broth with long thin ribbons of carrots and squash. The ribbons looked like they were made with a vegetable peeler. It was so good. So maybe a summer salad with a sesame, miso, soy, honey, wasabi dressing? Maybe put some noodles in there for an asian “pasta” salad? I’m getting hungry!


18 Erin July 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

That sounds heavenly Julia! Unfortunately I just got back from Whole Foods but I’m definitely going to keep this in mind or at least pop over to the West Side Lounge for the real thing. I LOVE tuna.


19 Bob July 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I haven’t been able to get to a farmers market yet this year, I’m jonesing wicked bad. When I go I just get everything I can, nothing is better than really fresh veggies. 🙂


20 Nath July 20, 2009 at 8:21 pm

I bought a lot of thinks at my market as well – including summer turnip, onions, carrots, and zucchinis. I cut them into cubes, added whole garlic cloves, drizzled with EVOO, sprinkled with salt and fresh herbs (thym, oregano and basil), and I oven-roasted them. Yummy! It’s more a winter dish as is, but it’s a super delicious side dish and the leftovers are a great addition to any salad, sandwich or soup.


21 Nath July 20, 2009 at 8:25 pm

typo – I buy a lot of things :p As tired as I am, I’d like to be able to buy thoughts as well, maybe I could have a normal conversation lol


22 Courtney July 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I absolutely love & miss the Copley Farmers Market…One of the few things I miss about Boston. I go to the farmers market at The Grove and it just doesn’t compare. I’m going to check out Santa Monica’s soon, I hear good things about it! I was going to suggest trying the goat cheese from Copley’s. I love all the fresh produce, but I swear the goat cheese is the best I’ve ever had. Hope that you are doing well Erin 🙂


23 Erin July 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I can’t believe the California Farmers Markets aren’t as good as Copley Square?! I always see the goat cheese man and I make myself not buy anything on purpose because I know that as soon as I give in it’s all over. Maybe just a little taste would be ok though?


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