Mary Cat Chaikin had been our market manager back in 2005 at the launch of the market and she returns this year to the helm. Since that initial launch into local food Mary Cat’s worked with a number of the farms where she sourced products for her business, Puddingstone Catering. She’s also familiar to a number of specialty food companies where she’s brought her baking and customer service expertise. We’re thrilled to have her back.
The offerings of the market continue to grow. This year joining Fiore di Nonno’s fresh cheese will be Robinson Farm with a variety of certified organic, aged farmstead cheeses from grass-fed cow’s milk.
Hollis Hills Farms and Misty Brook Farm are expanding the meats offered by Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm. Hollis Hills are bringing beef, pork and chicken, as well as a selection of maple products. Misty Brook will sell veal and eggs.
Misty Brook is also a certified organic producer of vegetables and they’ll expand the wide assortment of products from our long standing vendors of Drumlin, Flats Mentor, Hutchins, Kimball, and Parker Farms. Nicewicz continues to bring us their tasty tree fruit and corn.
We’re particularly excited to welcome Shady Oaks Organics from Newburyport, MA who will sell raw, uncut cultivated oyster and shiitake mushrooms as well as “Grow Your Own” mushroom kits. They may also include a selection of wild foraged mushrooms as available.
In specialty foods, Cook’s Farm pies and baked goods are joined by the cheesecakes of 7ate9 Bakery in Melrose. 7ate9 has garnered a following after their stint selling at the Armory’s Winter Farmers Market.
Culinary Cruisers of Somerville were guests at the end of last season at our market this this year will be with us every week with kombucha and a new product, specialty popiscles. We’re tried their test batches and you’re going to love them!
Iggy’s Bread of the World, Seta’s Mediterranean Foods, and Taza Chocolate all return this year every week, while wineries Coastal Vineyard and Turtle Creek Wine alternate Saturdays with their brands of handcrafted Massachusetts wines. Also stopping at the market for alternating Saturdays is Groundwork Somerville and the Community Growing Center, each bringing in seedlings and herbs.