We were pretty excited to go over to Somerville to pickup our first deep winter share of the year from Red Fire Farm. Living in Brookline and getting to Somerville isn’t easy, but doable. The distribution location is in the basement of Metro-Pedal Power, and is a little out of the way and very unassuming.
What the place lacks in ambiance, it makes up for the produce it supplies mid-winter.
We stopped at Sherman’s Market to pickup groceries after the distribution. While perusing the shelves for local goodness, JJ Gonson, from Cuisine En Locale dashed into the store wearing a very cute viking hat, similar to this one:
She has been preparing amazing local food goodness festivities for her ONCE event in Valhalla, (technically somerville) for January 22nd. She came in to pick up some quail to experiment with. She also announced that she spent five hours filleting 25 pounds of sardines to pickle them! Other crazy things included in her hoard of local goodies for the event were lots of rye flour, lots of local mead, beer, and other amazing liquors, meat, and well… gods and maybe gnomes. We had a brief discussion about what Vikings actually ate, and how they liked their food really sweet. JJ said there are still some spots open for the event. So, don’t be shy. 🙂
Getting back home from Sommerville was rather difficult in traffic, amongst much snow. We were hungry and lots of people were pretty angry driving around. Luckily we found ways to pass the time, like taking photos of the city. When we finally got home, we took stock of our loot.
Let’s see, we got carrots, shallots, sweet potatoes, celeriac, rutabagas (gilfeather turnip to be precise) watermelon radishes, butternut squash, cilantro, spinach, Garlic Dill Pickles from Real Pickles and two dozen eggs. Not bad, not bad at all for mid-January.
To show our whole loot, produce from Red Fire Farm and then from Sherman’s market: Narragansett Creamery’s ricotta and yogurt, Seitan, Taza chocolate, milk from Thatcher farm, Teddy’s peanut butter, Raye’s Mustard, and Appalachian Naturals’ Salsa.
We are very set for the week. Very happy local food Friday adventure.