Every year we look forward to the holidays and the excuse to share our favorite foods and kitchen accessories with friends and family. If you’re shopping for a food lover, tyrophile (cheese lover), budding chef, or seasoned culinarian this year, check out our list of top gift ideas that will please any palate! And if you’re giving in the greater Boston area, check out our “Locals Only” gift guide for special treats at our Cambridge shop!
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Posted in Local, Produce, Producer Profile, tagged food, Granby, heirloom, heirloom varieties, Jerusalem artichokes, local produce, MA, Montague, organic, organic farming, organic produce, Produce, Red Fire Farm, tomatoes on May 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Spring has finally snuck back into town and I am getting excited about the local, organic produce that will soon be gracing our shelves! On one especially stunning Monday morning, I had the chance to chat with Max Jiusto, the Harvest Manager at Red Fire Farm‘s Montague, MA location (they also have land in Granby, MA).
So what about this winter? Max explained that the extension of winter that we have all been bemoaning set Red Fire back about two weeks in their planting schedule. Even when the top layer of soil started to thaw, the lower layers remained frozen, so water couldn’t drain down into the ground and would just pool in the fields, making planting impossible. They started the plants in the greenhouse at the normal time, however, so even though they will be going into the ground about two weeks late, Max is hopeful that with a little cooperation from the weather, the plants will be able to catch up in their growth and end up maturing right on schedule. (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Local, Producer Profile, tagged Ascutney Mountain, Bonnie Hill, Cedar Mountain Farm, Cheese, Cobb Hill Cheese, food, Gail Holmes, Jeannine Kilbride, local cheese, Marsha Carmichael, Peter Dixon, Sophie Starr on November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment »
We’d like to introduce you to Cobb Hill, a co-housing community within the larger community of Hartland, Vermont. The co-housing community is comprised of like-minded folks who aim to live in a socially and ecologically responsible manner – farming and working the land.
The Cobb Hill Cheese team are the makers behind one of our favorite domestic cheeses: Ascutney Mountain. They source milk from another member of their community – Cedar Mountain Farm, a dairy where cows eat only organic grains and grasses. Over the years, the cheesemaking operation has become an integral part of the economic viability of the co-housing community and we are pleased to have worked with them from the very beginning. (more…)
Posted in Bakery Supplies, Cheese, Desserts, Grains, Rice, Flours & Beans, Local, Recipes, United States, tagged apple pie, baking, caramel, caramel sauce, Cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm, food, Four Star Farms, lavender caramel sauce, Mystic Brewery, Mystic Descendant, New England, Pawlet, recipe, Recipes, Spoonable, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery on October 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The heat of summer is finally over! While that does mean the end of berries, lemonade and cobblers, the season of pumpkins, mulled cider and, of course, apple pie is now in full swing. To celebrate the season, I wanted to bake a non-traditional apple pie using only New England products (and, sneaking in one sweet addition from Brooklyn). The end result was an apple pie with a caramel lavender sauce and cheese crust. And to drink? Mystic Brewery’s Mystic Descendant, a dry stout just bitter enough to offset the sweetness of the pie, with notes of caramel and toffee to complement. (more…)
Posted in Local, Produce, Recipes, Salads & Sides, tagged Backyahd, cooking, food, Foolproof Brewing Company, fries, local produce, Produce, recipe, Recipes, Red Fire Farm, zucchini on July 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This recipe for “Crispy Zucchini Fries” celebrates a wonderful summer crop from Red Fire Farm in Granby, MA. Serve with a favorite marinara sauce or even a sweet and tangy honey mustard. Sean, our beer buyer, suggests pairing it with Backyahd, a not overly hoppy, refreshing and light IPA from Foolproof Brewing Company of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. (more…)
Posted in Candy & Confections, Cheese, Local, Special Events & Field Trips, United States, tagged 2013, Alpha Tolman, Big Picture Farm, Bonnieview Farm, Boston Post Dairy, Cheese, Cricket Creek Farm, Culture magazine, Jasper Hill Farm, Mount Mansfield Creamery, Red Kite Candy, Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Shelburne Farms, Spring Brook Farm, Summer Snow, Twig Farm, Vermont, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, Vermont Shepherd, Weston Wheel, Woodcock Farm on July 22, 2013 | 2 Comments »
It was the perfect day yesterday at Shelburne Farms for the 5th annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Forty plus cheesemakers from around the state of Vermont, as well as a few from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, gathered for an afternoon of tasting and talking – and, happily, we did a lot of both! (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Cheesemaking, Local, Producer Profile, tagged Cheese, cheesemaking, food, goat cheese, goat dairy, Hardwick, Massachusetts, Ruggles Hill Creamery, Tricia Smith on July 1, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Since I began working at Formaggio Kitchen South End, I have been drawn to a selection of small goat milk cheeses made by Tricia Smith at Ruggles Hill Creamery in Hardwick, MA. Shifting from the world of art and museums to cheese, I was at first more attuned to the visual details of the cheeses I encountered than I was able to analyze the incredible flavors and aromas they offered. Tricia’s cheeses, such as the delicate Ada’s Honor and the silvery gray Brother’s Walk struck me as distinctly beautiful for their carefully developed rinds and snowy white interiors. (more…)