Sunday, July 28, 2013

Deborah's Kitchen Spreadable Fruits and Relishes

Deborah Taylor from Deborah's Kitchen.
At the Braintree Farmers Market each one of our vendors are carefully selected to ensure that our customers will enjoy a wide selection of high quality local foods.  Deborah's Kitchen joined the market in 2011 and they've been supplying us with their all natural, low sugar, spreadable fruit and relish.  While the majority of jams and preserves use two thirds refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, Deborah's Kitchen uses two thirds fruit with all natural sugar and no preservatives.  From chefs to gourmet cooks and just plain folks, the payoff is a far superior flavor with less calories.
Try an assortment of their creative fruit blends that make each flavor a unique gourmet treat that can be used for meat and fish glazes, stir fry, marinades and barbeque sauces, desert toppings and fillings, sandwich spreads, breakfast bread and cereal toppings.  Add them to salad dressings or mix into yoghurt or cottage cheese or simply spread them on top of your toast.  Their Spreadable Fruits will enhance any meal and also be a much healthier choice. 
Deborah's Kitchen also offers a delicious Sweet Pepper Relish and Green Tomato Relish that are a perfect accoutrement to meats, seafoods and cheeses.  Mix the relishes with a bit of mayo to make the perfect tartar sauce for your crab cakes.  Hot Hot Peach and Hot Hot Cranberry are perfect to heat up your main courses or cheeses.  Try them.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Copicut Farms joins the market

"B" from Copicut Farms displays their fresh eggs.
This season the market welcomes Copicut Farms to our weekly lineup of vendors.  Copicut Farms is owned and operated by Vince and Elizabeth Frary, a fourth generation Massachusetts farm family.  On their 80 acre farm in Dartmouth, MA they raise chickens, turkeys and Cornish games that spend their days faraging freely in the grass and sunshine.  In addition to raising all of their poultry in a healthy environment, with access to fresh greens, they are one of only a few farms in the state with a state-licensed on-farm processing facility allowing them to hand-butcher all of their poultry.  This means that they can ensure their birds are treated humanely and their customers receive the absolute freshest meat and eggs available.  For more information go to their website at
Carlos V' Ramos will be joining us this coming Saturday, July 27th, as our musical entertainment.  BELD provides solar power for the sound system in an effort to keep the market earth friendly.  The market operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 outside the Braintree Town Hall, One JFK Memorial Dr., Braintree,  rain or shine, hot or cold.  In the event of extreme weather conditions the market is moved inside the Braintree Town Hall.  Join us at the market and find out why this market has a loyal following.  Now is the peak season for fresh, healthy, local produce.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Cupcakerie is Back

Kristin Brennan is the Chief Cupcake Maker at The Cupcakerie
This season one of our loyal vendors that has been with the market since it's inception in 2009 is more popular than ever.  Meet Kristin Brennan from The Cupcakerie and known fondly by all at the market as 'The Cupcake Lady'.  Kristin lovingly creates all her gourmet cupcakes from scratch with local ingredients and seasonal flavors.  Some of her favorites are the Velvet Elvis, Lavender Bean, Shake your Coconuts and a Featured Flavor every month.  Her sampler sets of eight different flavors of mini cupcakes have been selling out every week so look for them early when you arrive at the market. This season Kristin has added freshly brewed coffee made from New Harvest coffee beans so you can have your morning 'cup of joe' as you stroll the market.  Iced coffee is also available-it's cluckin' awesome.

Looking for a quick, delicious recipe for all that kale that's coming in at the market?  Andrea Nahigian, who was at our Community Tent last week representing the American Diabetes Association, recommended this recipe to us.  It's kale chips that are light, crispy and flavorful and much healthier than potato chips.  Tear apart the leaves of the kale, spritz them with olive oil, lightly salt and add garlic powder for extra flavor.  Toss and spread them onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes or so until crispy.  They're a delicious snack. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Omega Olive Oils & Vinegars

Alex and Felicia Pakalnis serve samples of their olive oils and Balsamic vinegars.
This season the Braintree Farmers Market welcomes Omega Olive Oil, owned and operated by Felicia Pakalnis, to our vendor list.  The company is located in the South Shore where they are able to bring market shoppers the freshest olive oil made here in the United States.  All of their olive oils and vinegars are specially crafted in California.  Sample their new Black Currant Balsamic Vinegar, used in sauces, salads and dressings.  Drizzle it on any dessert, such as ice cream, cheesecake or summer fruits.  It's also delicious on angel food cake with fresh berries or on cottage cheese or yogurt.  It pairs nicely with their Blood Orange Olive or, for the more adventurous, their Chipotle Olive Oil.  Stop by and try these healthy accompaniments that will enhance your market purchases.