Market Update – Concord Grapes, Lobster Mushrooms

Sweet. Musky. Robust. Native Concord grapes are here, but can’t stick around for long. Expect them to last around 10 days, so get some now for your sorbets, jams, and soups that will get you through the fall. This variety is a classic, and not hybridized as many of them have been. Tiny seeds add a bit of crunch to the sweet flesh, and the thick dark skin slips off easily as is characteristic of the American grape variety Vitis labrusca. 

Locally foraged lobster mushrooms are in abundance at the moment. While these peculiar fungi get their name from the bright orange-red hue, some claim they have a certain seafood funk. If that’s not your thing, throw together a colorful duxelles or “lobster” risotto – the creaminess will be a perfect balance. The vivid color actually comes from the fungus that invades the host mushroom, which is generally a bland, unpalatable Russula. The fungus contorts the host into shapes a Cirque de Soleil performer would envy, and transforms it into an edible, sought-after specimen.

Coming soon: Romanesco Cauliflower, Maine Yellow Sun Carrots, Heirloom Winter Squashes, Scott Farm Apples

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  • Queen Charlotte Chanterelles
  • Oregon Matsutake
  • Jumbo Squash Blossoms
  • Fresh Garbanzo Beans
  • Wild Oregon Pousse-Pied
  • Baby Artichokes*
  • Spring Onions with Tops
  • Tri-Color Cauliflower
  • Italian Prune Plums
  • California Peaches/White Peaches
  • California Nectarines
  • California Plums & Pluots
  • Wild Blueberries
  • Black Mission Figs
  • Green Calimyrna Figs
  • Tiger Striped Figs
  • Yellow Watermelons
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Washington Rhubarb*

First of the Season

  • Native Lobster Mushrooms
  • Native Boletus
  • Baby Brussels Sprouts

Scott Farm – Dummerston, VT

  • Native Greengage Plums

Fresh Start Farm – Lisbon, ME

Husk Cherry Tomatoes (aka Ground Cherries, aka Cape Gooseberries)

Nessralla Farm – Halifax, MA

  • Fresh Edamame/Soybeans

Stillwater Orchards – Courtland, CA

  • French Butter Pears

Dandelion Spring Farm – Newcastle, ME

  • Anise Hyssop

Ward’s Farm – Sharon, MA

  • Native Raspberries*
  • “Sugar Cube” Cantaloupes
  • Native Corn
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Orange Sungold Tomatoes
  • Fancy Mixed Heirloom Squash
  • Fresh Cranberry Beans
  • Fresh Lima Beans

Frog Hollow Farm – Brentwood, CA

  • August Flame Peaches
  • Emerald Beaut Plums
  • Warren Pears
  • Flavor Fall Pluots

Taste of the North – Québec

  • Native-style Strawberries

Equinox Farm – Sheffield, MA

  • Native Mesclun
  • Baby Arugula

Cates Family Farm – Vassalboro, ME

  • Mixed Green/Purple Kohlrabi

Farm Girl Farm – Great Barrington, MA

  • Baby Turnips*
By Specialty Administrator