Dateline – Brittany

Finistere, Sud – Brittany This week, we went to the old fishing port of St. Guenole on the rocky coast of Brittany to watch “la criee” - the return and unloading of the fishing boats at day’s end. The haul, crates of live and wiggly langoustines, sea bream, sole, is plucked off the boat with a smallContinue Reading

50 shades of……purple!

dear shoppers, I’m aging myself here, but, this time of year, when the eggplant spills out of the market bins the market starts to look like a Dead concert. Purple everywhere! Eggplant  (large, small, plump or stretched thin, solid or striated) is probably one of the meatiest, most versatile vegetables around. Too often, this nuttyContinue Reading

Listen up! Ears of corn aplenty at the market this weekend!

dear shoppers, There’s an old New England saying that goes: “You can stroll into the garden to cut the corn but you darn well better run back to the kitchen to cook it.” That’s because as soon as an ear of corn is picked, its sweet sugars immediately start their gradual conversion to starch. There’s noContinue Reading

Pardon our construction!

dear shoppers, In case you haven’t heard, our already beautiful Library is expanding. For the next few weeks this will impact the layout of our market.  You will find cement diggers, for example, where the Orchards of Concklin usually sets up shop. But, worry not, they will be right across the way, right next toContinue Reading

Seeing red: Rainier Cherries and Fire Cider!

dear shoppers, ‘Tis the season for Rainier cherries, which were, indeed named after Mount Rainier and are a sunny cross between the Bing and Van varieties. Developed in the 1950s  for Washington State University’s breeding program, Rainiers were introduced to the public in 1960 and were an instant hit due to their extra sweet yellowContinue Reading

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Charlotte Rose Benjamin 

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