Concord Grapes, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Warren Pears


When summer meets fall.

What do you do with your menu when the corn is at it’s best, but Frog Hollow Warren pears start up?  Corn becomes stone-ground polenta with fresh corn underneath some braised lamb.  Tomato salad becomes pappa al pomodoro.  Melons get shiso instead of basil, speck instead of prosciutto.  New pear desserts should be getting tested now, since peaches will be over quickly and nectarines are done.  Plums and pluots should start to yield to concord grapes.  But we don’t have to tell you.

Other things to consider:

Vinegars: quince, chestnut honey vinegar, balsamic-apple, fig, blackcurrant

etc: maple 8 brix verjus, apple cider syrup from Maine, smoked cherrywood honey, chestnut honey

Oils: argan, pumpkin seed, walnut, hazelnut, almond, mustard

Grains: native triticale, rye and wheat berries, red flint corn polenta, black barley

Legumes: oja de cabra beans, scarlet runner beans, native soldier beans, maine yellow eye beans

market update

First of the Season

  • Baby Brussels Sprouts
  • Concord Grapes
  • French Butter Pears

 Fresh Start Farm- Lisbon, ME

Husk Cherry Tomatoes, aka Ground Cherries, aka Cape Gooseberries

 Farmer Ken Elliot- Lakeville, MA

  • Native Corn

 Farm Girl Farm- Great Barrington, MA

  • Native Fairy Tale Eggplant

Equinox Farms- Sheffield, MA

  • Native Mesclun Mix

 Frog Hollow Farm- Brentwood, CA

  • Warren Pears
  • Emerald Beaut Plums
  • Fire King Pluots (v. limited)

 Ward’s Farm- Sharon, MA

  • Purslane
  • Concord Grapes
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Mixed Medley Tomatoes
  • Sungold Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Yellow Tomatoes


 River Dog Farm- Guinda, CA

  • Mixed Medley Tomatoes
  • Lemon Cucumbers

Now in season

  • Comice Pears
  • Seckel Pears
  • Forelle Pears
  • French Butter Pears
  • Wild Maine Blueberries
  • Fresh Oregon Huckleberries
  • Native Cape Gooseberries
  • Champagne Grapes
  • Saskatchewan Chantarelles
  • Native Lobster Mushrooms
  • CA Plums
  • CA Peaches
  • CA Nectarines
  • Quebec Strawberries
  • Fresh Black Mission Figs


By Diego Maldonado