Posts Tagged ‘Pride’s Osteria Pesto’

The Food Less Traveled – an update

Friday, July 5th, 2013

 

Buddy doesn’t care about fresh lettuces, garlic scapes, swiss chard, kale, spring turnips, fresh radishes, and kohlrabi, but he comes every Saturday morning  to the Rockport Farmers’ Market with his pal, Mike Raymond from First Light Farms.   Mike unloads a truck-full of locally grown (Hamilton) produce in a flurry, usually just as the market is opening at 9:00, while Buddy goes back to napping.  Mike’s a little late because he’s often harvesting and loading up his truck by himself in Hamilton, and he wants to pack as much in as he can.   Along with Buddy, it’s a friendly farm stand.  One of my daughters is often there to help Mike sell.

 

And now we have Apple St. Farms produce, too!

 

 

 

When your own cherry tomato crop overwhelms the  deck, bring your overflow to The Rockport Farmers’ Market.  We’ve got a “Homegrowers’ Wheelbarrow,” dedicated to local people with just a few of their own garden crops to share.

 

Local grower Marvin Roberts has been with us with his – whoosh!  There it goes! – Well, Marvin WAS selling his rhubarb, but it sold out before the bucket touched ground.  Marvin has a wonderful garden.  If the birds don’t get them first, he may bring raspberries and peaches, but we’re not promising.  Marvin’s had a beautiful selection of herbs and onions recently, but each week will be different.  You have to come check out the Wheelbarrow to see what Marvin – or anyone else – may have.

 

Last week at our “Ask The Expert” table, Mary White was answering questions.  The first week Marvin talked about perennial vegetables; this week he’ll be there answering questions, and probably giving a short talk.  I believe Jerusalem Artichokes (a native species!) are part of the syllabus.

 

Of course, we also have Pride’s Osteria with us.  Pride’s makes the pesto that won the World’s Best competition in Genoa, Italy.  But they’ve also been preparing homemade foccacia, which is for sale by itself, or you could take away a fresh foccacia, buffala mozzarella and heirloom tomato lunch, one of the most delicious meals I personally have had in ages.  This sandwich is perfection.  When Mercedes ran out of tomato, she substituted paper-thin slices of Mike Raymond’s spring turnip.  Perfection improved.

The best smoked fish ever is with us, too – Sasquatch Smoked Fish – along with Seaview Farms grass-fed beef, fresh eggs, and honey.  And more.  Brothers’ Brew coffee, homemade donuts, Anadama Bread.  And more.  Each week will be a little different, but we’ll never be too big, and we’ll always be dedicated to the best most local food around.

 

 

Here’s The Official Rockport Farmers’ Market menu; post it on your refrigerator; plan serving a variation of it every Saturday night from June 22 – September 7th.  While you’re there, add foccacia to your Saturday afternoon lunch.

 

Sasquatch smoked mussels served with toasted Fish Shack Bread croutons and salted First Light Farms spring turnips

Pride’s Osteria fresh fettucini and pesto

Seaview Farm Rib Eye Steaks

Brothers’ Brew Homemade Bread

First Light Farm salad of spring greens and herbs

Homemade Crostada from Mercedes Flavin 

 

The Rockport Farmers’ Market, “The Food Less Traveled,”

Located Saturday mornings, Harvey Park in downtown Rockport, 9:00 – 1:00

You can watch Paolo Laboa making his winning pesto on this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYdAW9sZQrQ

“The Food Less Traveled”

Friday, June 14th, 2013

 

We’re hoping farmers’ markets will mean a big cultural and gastronomic shift for Cape Ann.

In addition to the grand, festive Cape Ann Farmers’ Market on Thursday afternoons in Gloucester (3:00 – 6:30 at Stage Fort Park) both Rockport and Essex will be hosting Saturday morning farmers’ markets.

The Essex Market, featuring Frank McClelland’s Apple Street Farms and Aster B Flowers, will set up in the Ebb & Flow Interiors parking lot, 166 Eastern Avenue (rt. 133) on Saturday mornings.  “We’re small but mighty,” organizer Alison Taylor says.

The Rockport Farmers’ Market, “The Food Less Traveled,” will be a similar, small gem of a market.

Located in Harvey Park in downtown Rockport, the market should be the first ingredient to a recipe for a perfect summer Saturday.

Walk, ride your bike, drive if you must.  (It’s street parking, but park on a little side street and enjoy the local gardens you’ll pass on your walk to Harvey Park.)  Before you start shopping get a cup of Brothers Brew coffee, perhaps even a cappucino, a homemade donut or cannele, find a bench and enjoy seeing the kids racing off to their sailing lessons, the boats bobbing in the harbor,  Motif #1 still in shadow from the early morning light.

From your place on the bench you can eye First Light Farm’s produce, and begin planning your evening menu.

Your appetizer will be Sasquatch Smoked Fish.  Gloucester resident Paul Cohan chooses the plumpest mussels, the pinkest salmon, and smokes all the products himself.  This is the best smoked fish you will taste; nothing from a Zabar’s or Dean & DeLuca counter can compare to the sweetness and richness of this glorious Cape Ann product.

After your appetizer you will brag to your friends that you are serving the “Best Pesto in the World.”  Paolo Laboa, chef at Pride’s Osteria, won the Best Pesto in the World Competition in Genoa, Italy, Laboa’s hometown, and the city where pesto is king.  You can watch Laboa making his winning pesto on this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYdAW9sZQrQ

Laboa’s pesto will be featured on the cover of La Cucina Italiana in August.  Along with his silky fresh pasta, you will be able to purchase his pesto at our little Rockport Market.  Laboa lives in Rockport, and his wife, Mercedes Flavin, also a wonderful cook and baker, will have pies, cakes and breads on their table, too.

For your entree, you will be pick up Rockport-raised, grass-fed beef from Seaview Farms.  Seven generations of Lanes have run this farm since 1838; Ken Lane is continuing the tradition with his beef, and vegetable garden.  He has his own charming market at Seaview Farm, but the Rockport Farmers’ Market wouldn’t be right without a Lane presence.

Every week farmer Mike Raymond from First Light Farms will have a bounty.  This first week Raymond expects spring lettuces, kale, collards, small spring salad turnips, garlic scapes, herbs and more.

Pick up a loaf of Fish Shack Bread, a pie from Mercedes Flavin, and your dinner is complete.

At 11:00 every Saturday the Rockport Farmers Market will also host a short “Garden Talk” by a local expert.  The first week Marvin Roberts, who holds a Ph.D. in botany, will talk about Perennial Vegetable gardens.  Gardener Mary White will speak the following week.

(Read more about Roberts and see photos of his own garden here:  http://heatheratwood.com/blog/?tag=marvin-roberts)

Finish your coffee, wipe the crumbs off your lap, pick up your dinner ingredients, stroll for a bit, visit with friends.  Isn’t that how shopping should be?  Beautiful local ingredients you won’t find everywhere else in the world, picked up in your town’s center, mixed in with a little socializing?

And then you go sailing, and forget everything until dinner time.

Here’s The Official Rockport Farmers’ Market menu; post it on your refrigerator; plan serving a variation of it every Saturday night from June 22 – September 7th.

 

 

Sasquatch smoked mussels served with toasted Fish Shack Bread croutons and salted First Light Farms spring turnips

Pride’s Osteria fresh fettucini and pesto

Seaview Farm Rib Eye Steaks

First Light Farm salad of spring greens and herbs

Homemade Pie from Mercedes Flavin 

or perhaps 

lavender cake from Mayflour confections