Whatever your plans are for this Sunday, cancel them.
Where you need to be from 12pm - 5pm this Sunday is the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market.
Last weekend I met three of my cousins at Zaftigs in Brookline for lunch. When we put our name in with the host he said it would be a 45-60 minute wait. Undeterred, my cousin suggested we pass the wait time across the street at The Arcade, home to the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market.
I have always wanted to check this out, but since I live all the way in Watertown now, Coolidge Corner isn't exactly close. I was so excited I literally skipped through the cross walk.
As I said, the market is set up inside The Arcade, right next to one of my favorites, Rami's Falafel. In case you get nervous you're not in the right place, the banners will reassure you.
Nola's Fresh Foods. They were offering samples of two kinds of salsa - salsa fresca and a salsa with corn and black beans.
I loved their packaging which had a very seductive, pin up illustration that reminded me of posters hanging in New York City's Tortaria.
Stillman's, their booth was by far the most creative. They had a chalkboard sign (my favorite) listing all of their meat offerings - pork, lamb or beef.
Samira's Homemade. I just read about Samira's in The Improper Bostonian and head been wanting to try their dips.
They have countless Mediterranean spreads like Mousakaa, Tabouli, Baba Ganoush and more.
Samira's also sells za'atar topped lavash, which is very hard to resist!
The next booth really won my heart. Nella Pasta not only sells fresh made ravioli, but they let you taste the fillings! That day all the filling choices were spelled out on a blackboard:
Clear Flour Bread, had quite the set up. Their staff person told me they just got this bread rack for shows and events. It's beautiful.
Cape Cod Fish Share. As I don't eat fish, I didn't stop to chat at this booth, but I really appreciate that the staff person matched his sweatshirt to their sign.
Vianne Chocolat which had some of the most delicate, beautifully presented chocolate truffles.
Vianne Chocolat also had gorgeous chocolate truffle boxes you could give as gifts. This would make an excellent hostess gift.
Right next to the chocolate temptations was the table for Silverbrook Farm. I hadn't heard of them before and learned they are located in Dartmouth, MA. All of their produce had such vibrant colors. They even made turnips (the ugliest root vegetable) look delicious!
The coolest thing I found at the Silverbook Farm table was wasabi flavored micro greens. How awesome is that?
After Silverbrook Farm came the table for Cannistraci Fine Foods which was offering three flavors of popovers.
My last stop was at the table of an old friend, The Cupcakory. She was doing great business and had already sold out of a few flavors. Again, come early!
March is such a hard month. It's the middle of winter, we're still getting snow, it seems your toes will never see anything but the inside of a boot again, but when you visit the Brookline Winter Farmer's Market, you feel hopeful and excited again. You feel like spring really will come and you can cook with fresh, seasonal veggies and heck, you might even be back out in your yard.
Have your hope renewed this Sunday from 12pm - 5pm at the Arcade, 318 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA. In the meantime, follow the market on their Facebook page.