Market Update – Native Corn, Oregon Matsutakes, and the last of the Bing Cherries

Summer is plowing along full-steam ahead, and we have some fantastic specimens of the nightshade family that are the usual indicators of (dare I say it?) the impending arrival of fall. Tomatoes and eggplants are in their glory days right now, and there seems to be a new kind of tomato in the mix every week. Right now there’s an orange-fleshed purple smudge tomato (awesome name, right?) that’s an orange cherry tomato with a purple “cape”.  An even better name would be the Batman tomato, but I guess the “smudge” works…

CORN. The local corn we’re getting in is picked in the morning and sent fresh each day, and that’s apparent in the taste. No butter needed on these cobs – tear off the husks and sink your teeth in.

Sweet Bing cherries are sadly on their way out, and are expected to fade quietly over this next week. Have a farewell party for them and bake a cherry pie or churn up a batch of cherry-mint sorbet to savor the sweet, refreshing flavor of summer.

Oregon matsutakes are arriving tomorrow. These “pine mushrooms” (so named because of their tendency to grow under conifers) have a distinctly spicy aroma and are treasured because they can be somewhat difficult to find. Saskatchewan chanterelles (that place always makes me think of Farley Mowat) are also on the way and will make their grand entrance tomorrow.

While you’re lying around this week sipping caipirinhas on the beach (don’t you wish?), don’t forget to check out our cheese week featuring the SFB cheese cave. So many funky, crumbly, stinky, tasty wheels in there, and who knows – you might even learn a thing or two while on vacay. (Instagram @specialtyfoodsboston, Twitter @specfoodsboston, Facebook – Specialty Foods Boston)

market update

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  • **very limited quantity
  • Saskatchewan Chanterelles
  • Oregon Matsutake
  • Jumbo Squash Blossoms
  • Fresh Garbanzo Beans
  • Wild Oregon Pousse-Pied
  • Baby Artichokes*
  • Spring Onions with Tops
  • Tri-Color Cauliflower
  • Lemon Cucumbers
  • California Peaches/White Peaches
  • California Nectarines
  • California Plums & Pluots
  • Washington Apricots
  • Washington Bing Cherries
  • Black Mission Figs
  • Green Calimyrna Figs
  • Tiger Striped Figs
  • Yellow Watermelons
  • Champagne Grapes
  • Meyer Lemons
  • Washington Rhubarb*

Dandelion Spring Farm – Newcastle, ME

  • Anise Hyssop

Ward’s Farm – Sharon, MA

  • Native Raspberries**
  • Native Blackberries**
  • Native Corn
  • Rosa Bianca Eggplant
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Orange Sungold Tomatoes
  • Plum Tomatoes
  • Fancy Mixed Heirloom Squash
  • Green/Yellow Wax Beans
  • Green/Yellow Romano Beans
  • Purslane

Orbaker Farm – Williamson, NY

  • Fresh Sour Cherries

Frog Hollow Farm – Brentwood, CA

  • O’Henry Yellow Peaches
  • Summer Fire Yellow Nectarines
  • Flavor King Pluots

Riverdog Organic Farm – Guinda, CA

  • Full-Pint Mixed Medley Tomatoes
  • Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes

Geddes Farm – Gilmanton, NH

  • Native Wild Blueberries

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
By Specialty Administrator