Wednesday, September 5, 2007

If you can't grow 'em... visit the Chelsea Farmer's Market

My battle to grow tomato plants grows tiresome. After the 'oogy*' discovery of the tomato worms, my plants have once again been picked over by some force of nature. We are guessing that deer ARE getting up on the deck. Ugh.

My grape tomato plants. Photo by S.Dever, 08/07. All rights reserved.Although we expect a few more tomatoes to ripen, I am really craving a big pile of farm fresh tomatoes --- so many that my counter overflows and I get these delicious inspirations of marinara, salsa, BLTs....

So, after I picked my daughter up from school today we went to the new farmer's market at the Chelsea Community Hospital. This is not the first time I've been there, but once again I was quite happy with my excursion. I spent just over $10 and got two bags full of vine-ripened tomatoes, some really beautifully ugly heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers (for the salsa), and lovely new potatoes. I also filled out a survey and got a nifty tote bag. Bonus!

If you haven't yet visited this Wednesday farmer's market in Chelsea, I'd highly recommend it. Plenty of shade, plenty of parking, and a good selection of produce, baked goods and crafty stuff. Just go in the main hospital entrance near Pierce Park, and take your first left. The market is right there in the lot. You can't miss it!

Other Options for Fresh Produce and Yummy Stuff
Usually, if I miss the Saturday Farmer's Market in Chelsea, I drive down Dexter-Chelsea Rd. to Rodger's Corner Produce. This is still a great option, but I love having this middle-of-the-week farmer's market at the CCH as another choice -- and it's closer to my house, too.

Another way to find local farm markets in the area is to visit this website: Food System for Economic Partnership (not very catchy, is it?). You will see an interactive map of Chelsea area farms and markets.

Also check out some of the resources listed in my post from earlier this summer: Eating Local Food... ONLY local food?

The Chelsea Farmer's Markets (May through October)
Chelsea Community Hospital
2:30 until 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Chelsea on Park St.
8:30 a.m. til noon

* oogy (adj) - I think I invented this word, but we use it so often in my household that I could swear it's a real word by now. It refers to the feeling that some people call "the willies". A 'wet willy' for example is most definitely 'oogy.' Synonyms include: icky, gross, yucky.


Sarah said...

There is another farmer's market in Chelsea, on Thursdays at the fairgrounds. I think their hours are 4:00-7:00 pm.

My neighbors said I could pick some of their tomatoes while they were out of town. I promptly filled a large Tupperware bowl with lovely vine-ripened tomatoes and have been eating them all week. Yum!

Leslie said...

Yum is right! I had tomatoes with breakfast, lunch and dinner yesterday. I'm sure I'll get sick of them soon enough... or not. :)

If I'm not mistaken, there is no longer a Chelsea Farmer's Market at the Fairgrounds. After going there one day in June to find an empty lot, I asked around and was told that it is not active anymore. If anyone knows otherwise, let me know and I'll be sure to update the Things To Do In Chelsea website with the accurate listings. Thanks, Sarah.

Sarah said...

I guess I was in the wrong about the fairgrounds market. I guess I'm not surprised, really...I wondered how Chelsea could support three markets in three different locations. Good to know the hospital grounds market seems to be going strong!