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first signs of summer

Though the weather in New England has been typically fickle, with a few days of eighty degrees followed by longer stretches during which we’re lucky to reach sixty, it is now officially summer in more ways than one. The summer solstice was Thursday, but more importantly, my local farmers market is now open!

Currently, the selection is small, as are the vegetables. On the other hand, the little baby greens are so tender and flavorful. For example, the collards:

I also picked up some arugula, which was making its first appearance at this particular market, some spinach, from which I must admit to still shying away at the grocery, a bag of mixed greens, and a bunch of chives.

I eagerly await the plethora of heirloom varieties this market promises, including zebra tomatoes, hardneck garlics, pattypan squash, etc.. It’s like a healthy version of Cheers where “everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.” :)

And this year, it gets even more like it, as there is a new stand: a wine-maker with grapes grown right here in New Hampshire, Jewell Towne Vineyards. They’re not the only ones braving our short growing season; there is also Flag Hill, which is actually closer to me and this farmers market, though they’ve never set up shop here. So, a pleasant surprise indeed, prompting me to bring home a bottle of Maréchal Foch (a red) and a zinfandel.

2 Responses to “first signs of summer”

  1. Erin says:

    Via a friendly and honest email conversation with a representative of Jewell Towne Vineyards, I have learned their red wines cannot be relied upon to be vegan due to the possibility, at any given time, of them using gelatin in the fining process. On the other hand, their white wines never use it, so they are always vegan. It turns out the situation is just the reverse for one of my favorite brands, Yellow Tail, in that their reds are vegan-friendly, while their whites are not. So, they both get my business, though I definitely prefer red wine.

  2. Sheree says:

    I so agree! Baby greens are delish!. I got some baby collard green and brussel sprout green that were fantastic. Our farmers market opens July 19th. Counting the days.

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