This weeks newsletter

Medford Winter Farmers Market January 30, 2013
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Dear Shopper,

From soup to nuts, there is more for sale than just fresh veggies at the Medford Winter Farmers Market.  Check out Q’s Nuts where you will find a great variety of locally roasted sweet, savory, and exotic flavored nuts – there is a flavor to suit every palate.  Stop by the Coastal Vineyard table for a free wine tasting where owner David Neilson will help you choose the perfect pairing for your next meal.  Finally, it is impossible to resist the variety of homemade desserts available from our local bakers.  Nuts, wine, and desserts are just a sampling of what is available at the market.  Stop by and discover all that we have to offer. 
See you Thursday!

Fruitfully yours, 
The Board of Directors of the Medford Farmers Market
in this week’s newsletter
:: Community Table Visitor
:: Market Manager’s Musings & Entertainment
:: Relevant Recipes & Wine Pairing
:: Our Location

Community Table Visitors
This week’s community table

This winter, the Market is sponsoring a free table for various community organizations each week at the market.
This week, we have Dare Family Services.  You can become a foster parent and make a difference in the life of a child. Children in your community are in need of stable, loving homes. Dare Family Services is seeking caring
individuals and families to join our foster care team. They provide training, on-going support and $1500/month tax-free.  You can learn more on their web site 

Dare Family Services is a private, non-profit agency that provides therapeutic foster homes for children in need. As partners with the Department of Children and Families, they seek
families for children who have been removed from their homes. Dare provides Intensive Foster Care to children of all ages and backgrounds.

We also have Bread of Life joining us. Bread of Life is a volunteer organization serving the hungry, homeless, needy and isolated that brings together 35 churches, synagogues, high schools and

community organizations from the north Boston area to offer free evening meals four nights a week, an emergency food pantry, free clothing and grocery delivery to senior citizens in public housing. Bread of Life collaborates with local agencies to help low-income residents obtain counseling, furniture, housing, and financial assistance.  

Visitors  can donate a non-perishable item at the table and learn more on their web site.


If you’d like to join us at the Community Table, please send an email to us 

Market Manager’s Musings & Entertainment
This week’s market run down and entertainment

You do not want to miss the market this week!  We have about 20 vendors selling everything you from delicious and fresh produce to uniquely flavored nuts and chocolate covered lemon peels!  
AND are so excited to welcome VESTA Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza to the market this week! VESTA is coming to Medford to make us wood-fired pizza in 90 seconds.  I can’t wait to try the BEETZA!! Stop by the market on Thursday to find out what’s on it and “like” VESTA on their facebook page.     
As always, please remember to stop by the manager’s table for more information on our frequent shopper program and pick up your card.  

This week, we welcome Sense-sational Foods with Mary from Whole Foods Market in Medford: Come poke, squish, feel, smell, listen to and taste a variety of foods! Try foods that look similar but are different, foods that are the same but, different varieties, and the same foods in different forms. This program has been very popular with kids and we’re betting they will try something new!


Also, if you’d like to sing, dance, lead an activity at our market, please send an us an email to  

Relevant Recipes & Wine Pairing

Root Vegetable, White Bean, and Breadcrumb Gratin

2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ cup finely chopped onion
2 medium cloves garlic, divided
2 sage leaves
2 tsp. tomato paste
2 cups cooked white beans, cooking liquid reserved, or 1 can (15 ounces) white beans, rinsed and drained
~ Salt and pepper
1 large parsnip, woody core removed, or 2 small ones
1 large carrot or 2 small ones
cup toasted breadcrumbs
Tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, sauté the onion in 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil over moderate heat until golden. Mince the garlic and add half of it to the onions, reserving the rest. Cook and stir for one minute, then add the sage and tomato paste. Mix the tomato paste into the onion mixture and sauté for two more minutes, scraping up any brown bits that accumulate on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add the beans and ½ to ¾ cup of their reserved cooking liquid. (If using canned beans, substitute water for the cooking liquid.) The mixture should be somewhat soupy. Season with salt and pepper. Partly cover the pot and let the beans simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, peel the parsnip and carrot and cut each into ½-inch pieces. Steam the parsnip until tender, about 5 minutes, then steam the carrot until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the vegetables to the bean mixture and simmer 2 minutes longer. Add more bean broth or water if necessary.
  5. Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining garlic and the parsley, and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Lightly oil an 8-by-10-inch baking dish or gratin dish. Turn out the bean and vegetable mixture into the pan. Sprinkle the seasoned breadcrumbs over the beans and vegetables and drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the gratin begins to bubble. Serve warm.
Wine Pairing:
Stop by Coastal Vineyards for some Pinot Gris, that would complement this dish nicely!
Recipe courtesy of

Where is the Winter Market?
Our location and directions
We are conveniently located in the garage of the Hyatt Place in Medford Square: 116 Riverside Ave. Medford, MA 02155.  
Click here for directions from your home or office to the market using Google maps.  And when you get to the Hyatt, take the elevator down to the garage or “P” level.  Click here for the video instructions