Farmer’s Market Fridays: Salem, Massachusetts

On a Thursday afternoon, LP paid a visit to Salem, Mass. for the Salem Farmers’ Market. In a town synonymous with witches, the only thing spooky here were gathering storm clouds. The lively, family-friendly market spilled down the tiered-plaza of Derby Square to Front Street, attracting locals and tourists with its energy and gorgeous food.

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Drawn to the artfully arranged Maitland Mountain Farm booth, we chatted with the owners about being a small-plot urban farm located in Salem. We were charmed by their display of edible flowers, mixed cherry tomatoes, kale, chard and their famous spicy pickles.

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A sweet new discovery, Tangerine, a specialty cake and pastry bakery, offered an eye-catching display of french macaroons. We found it impossible to resist the luscious flavors like pistachio lemon, raspberry and chocolate carmel, and our selections were carefully nestled into egg crates to take home.

Danvers, Mass.- based Clark Farm, has been family owned and operated since 1728. They know how to grow beautiful food! We loved their rainbow rows of sun gold and cherry roma tomatoes.

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At Kérnos Mediterranean Kitchen, Despina Tsignopoulos’ hand-made phyllo dough encases sweet and savory Greek hand pies in a heavenly, crisp bite. The ancient Greeks made offerings in a ringed vessel known as a kérnos. How apt, because Despina’s amazing spanakopitakias will please both gods and mortals!

As freshly minted fans of Kernos and Tangerine, we wanted to salute Kitchen Local , the Amesbury, Ma shared-use kitchen where both food companies work their culinary magic. Kitchen Local saw a need in the community, and recently opened as the first certified, shared-use kitchen for food entrepreneurs on the North Shore.

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At Heavens Harvest Farm we added a bag of glossy, plump-leaved purslane to our Local Pickins shopping bag. Although some shun it as a weed, we welcome its lemony-crunch as a fresh addition to our salads.

Grant Family Farm owes its creation to Chris Grant’s childhood passions for chickens and farming. Chris pursued his dream and now he and his family cultivate 15 acres in Essex, Mass. The farm harvests a bounty of vegetables and raises beautiful, fresh eggs from cage-free ‘happy hens.” Their chalk board perfectly sums up the spirit of this market!

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