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Culture Club Talks Food with Union Square Main Streets & Internationale Market

New Farmers Market Highlights Specialty Local Foods

Building on our well-attended and vibrant Saturday morning farmers market, Union Square Main Streets launches a second market to celebrate the specialty foods produced by Massachusetts farms.

The items at Swirl & Slice: Union Square Specialty Food Market will be those you’d pack for a romantic, summer picnic or bring for a weekend away with friends. Wine, cheese, cured meats, breads, jams, pickles and other locally-produced, refined foods that typically take the back seat at other farmers’ markets will be the stars here.  Bread and other baked goods, roasted nuts, and cut flowers are also expected to be among the offerings.

Swirl & Slice: Union Square Specialty Food Market will take place Thursday evenings, 5 pm to 8 pm, June 14 to September 20.  The call for vendors is now open with the first round of applications reviewed on April 15.

Swirl & Slice will have a very different feeling from the Saturday market.  It will be more leisurely, as the sunsets on these summer evenings, the vendors gathered under a canopy of lit trees while a live jazz band performs. The patios of nearby restaurants will be active during and after the market. We plan to host educational programs to highlight vendor products.

Somerville’s Union Square boasts a number of specialty food stores and restaurants and has a strong reputation among food lovers. By gathering specialty producers together we hope to not only provide a new sales opportunity but also a venue to better introduce the public on the range of local foods available.


Find the Swirl & Slice market rules here.

Get the application for here.


Locavores get creative at Sherman Café

From the Somerville Arts Council’s food blog, Nibble.

From Guest Nibble scribe Elysian McNiff 

I had to make a big decision in Sherman Cafe the other day: which homemade soda to select? Ultimately, I ordered a cantaloupe-mint soda, although strawberry-rhubarb and blueberry-lavender were close contenders! It was like sticking a straw into a semi-frozen cantaloupe and sipping up the juicy and sweet, but not too sweet, nectar of the melon while getting hit with bursts of mint. The cantaloupe and mint didn’t compete for my attention, but partnered amicably for a cool and refreshing drink.

In-house made goods like the homemade soda is what Sherman Cafe (257 Washington Street) is all about. That, and local fresh produce used in ingenious ways. Karyn Coughlin and Ben Dryer opened the Cafe in 2004, wanting to create a welcoming neighborhood spot. Since then, Karyn and Ben have cultivated a sense of community and developed a menu offering up some of the best locavore (food grown or made locally) fare around.

Read more. 

Rock n Roll Yard Sale To Union This Sunday

What Cheer Antiques and the Providence Rock & Roll Yard Sale presents the Somerville Rock & Roll Yard Sale on Sunday 21st August (the raindate is the following Sunday 28th August) in Union Square.  Find  vendors selling all sorts of vinyl records and music memorabilia, equipment and vintage goods plus lots of handmade DIY crafts.

Farmers Market Vendor Applications Now Available

The updated market rules and 2011 vendor application is now available for the Union Square Farmers Market in Somerville, MA.

The market, held every Saturday from June 4 through October 29, seeks vendors offering a wide range of Massachusetts products.  We anticipate the return of most, if not all, of our beloved farms and producers of previous years.  We’re hoping to find some new vendors for the 2011 season, in particular those able to expand our offerings with dairy products (cheese, milk), fish (wouldn’t fresh shellfish and line caught fish be awesome?), and specialty produce.

One notable detail about the Union Square Market:  we’re a “Class A” market which means our vendors selling items they’ve grown, harvested or created themselves.  Unlike Haymarket where the vendors resell items from wholesalers and offer items often at less than optimum freshness, all products at the Union Square Farmers  Market are locally grown — and as the slogan says, Massachusetts grown and fresh.

We again welcome specialty food producers to join us in our guest vendor space.  While always a popular spot for fledging food businesses to test our market, we’re seeing already even more  interest this season.  Our market manager, Adrianne Schaefer, has been managing the Somerville Winter Farmers Market up at the Armory since January so she’s making lots of new contacts and they’re clamoring.  For that guest space, we provide the tent and table, making it even easier to take part.  We try maximize variety  so typically guests are invited to join us at most only a couple times in the 22-week season.

With that guest vendor spot is in such demand and space on the plaza is limited, this year we’ve decided that instead of scheduling community groups here, if there’s non-profits and similar service and educational projects wishing to participate, we’ll bunk them in with the market manager’s booth.   If you’re wishing to do this, just drop us an email at market@unionsquaremain.org and we’ll see what we can do.

Deadline for priority vendor selection is March 15. Wineries wanting to participate should apply by this date as well since there’s additional city and state permitting they’ll need to seek  since they’re selling alcohol.  Guest vendors, we’ll accept applications throughout the season but know that those dates fill up quickly so better to apply early.

2011 Vendor Application

2011 USMS Market Rules