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Sunday, September 23, 2012

1000 Words: Eat Boutique Fall Market



Local food lovers came out in droves to celebrate the first day of Autumn at Eat Boutique's Fall Market. I had a blast chatting with producers, cookbook authors, and even some swappers who packed the tent on Atlantic Wharf. Thanks to Alana Chernila for signing a copy of her book, The Homemade Pantry, for Lyn's birthday present!


There were lots of tasty treats to try, but my absolute favorite vendor by my resulting purchase volume was Nutting Farm. I am a maple syrup fiend, and theirs is top quality. It got me super excited for the BFS Founder field trip to Vermont/Montreal next month! 


Thanks to Maggie for a fabulous event! Be sure to mark your calendars for Eat Boutique's Holiday Market on December 9. There may just be an added swap-tastic reason to attend!

Did you check out the Fall Market? Have you picked up a new favorite cookbook recently? Do you have Vermont/Montreal recommendations for us? Tell us in the comments!

[PS: You still have until 11:59 ET tonight to enter the Local Craft Brewfest giveaway!]

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

[Giveaway] Eat Local, Drink Local, Be Local: Local Craft Brewfest

[The Giveaway is CLOSED - Scroll to the end to see the winner!]

Note: Boston Local Food Festival has offered me a pair of tickets to the 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest to give away to one lucky reader!  Details on how to enter to win are at the bottom of this post.



We mainly talk about food on this blog, but we really love our local brews, too. Did you know you can support one while enjoying the other? 

This is the third year of the Boston Local Food Festival, and Sunday, 10/7 will be a day where local restaurants offer up tasty bites prepared with things made right here in New England, experts teach us things during demos, and tons of local food love goes around. You may remember that at last year's fest, we did a pickling demo! 

Since BLFF is free for all to attend, part of the funds that go to support the event come from the Local Craft Brewfest. Tons of local breweries, meaderies, and wineries come together at the Courthouse on the Waterfront to sample their wares, all in the name of local love. Lyn and I attended the Hyper Local Brewfest in June, and had a great time tasting, talking, and discovering some new local favorites. Though there's a lot of people, there's also a lot of vendors, and lines move speedily so you can taste to your heart's (or liver's) content. Local food purveyors will also be on hand.


Expect goodies from:

Since now you're super excited, here’s how you can win a pair of tickets to the 3rd Annual Local Craft Brewfest on 10/5!

How to enter (one chance for each of these activities for a total of five possible chances):
  • Comment on this blog post and tell us your favorite local brew.
  • Sign up for our newsletter and leave a comment telling us you did.
  • Like Boston Local Food Festival on Facebook and comment telling us you did.
  • RSVP to the Local Craft Brewfest on Facebook and comment telling us you did.
  • Tweet about the giveaway, including the hashtag #localcraftbrew and this link: http://goo.gl/H4eT6. Example: I want to Drink Local at #localcraftbrew! Win tix from @bostonlocalfood & @BOSswappers http://goo.gl/H4eT6
And a few rules:
  • Only those in the United States and Canada are eligible to win. (But it makes the most sense if you're in the Boston area, yes?)
  • When commenting, please include a way to contact you. For instance, link your comment a website that contains your email address or include your email in your comment. If you include an e-mail, spell everything out and use spaces – we don’t want the spam bots harassing you!
  • All tweets, likes, subscriptions, and comments must be received by Sunday September 23 at 11:59 EST. After that, we will use Random.org to choose the winner and post the results on Monday.
  • If the winner does not respond to email requests within one week, we reserve the right to choose another winner.
UPDATE: Thanks for the tweets and comments, everyone! And the winner is:

Jon Singer! Congrats, Jon, you won 2 tickets to Local Craft Brewfest! We'll be emailing you with details. 

Tickets for the event are still available on Eventbrite. Thanks for playing! 

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You Say "Tomato," I Say "Let's Eat!"


Although Lyn, Tara, and I (Susan) are city girls at heart, we always enjoy venturing out to more rural corners of New England to see - and taste - local food. Our latest adventure was road tripping to Red Fire Farm in Granby for the 12th Annual Tomato Festival. (Lyn and Tara went last year, so check out Lyn's recap if you're curious.)

After a looong drive (thanks to students heading back to UMass, I'm told), our first order of business was sampling grilled corn and potatoes. If there is anything more deliciously satisfying than sweet corn at its peak grilled outdoors and brushed with butter and herbs, I haven't tasted it. Then we lay on the grass soaking in the late summer sun and admiring a toddler whose parents had appropriately chosen a tomato hat to shield the adorable kiddo's skin (alas, we couldn't get close enough for a photo without seeming totally creepy).


We also sampled the seemingly endless varieties of tomatoes, many of which had crazy names like Aunt Ginny purple Russian or Julia Child (I am not making these up!). They asked us to vote by placing stickers on our favorite varieties, but we had a hard time choosing. Personally, my favorites tended to be in the cherry tomato section because their size and sweetness is perfect for snacking.



Later, we watched a demonstration on grain milling for home use by Ben Lester from Pioneer Valley Heritage Grain and Wheatberry Cafe (Lyn got a huge kick out of that she she's a grain CSA member) and we picked our own tomatoes and other produce.


Here is where I admit that while I thoroughly enjoy eating local produce and even visiting a farm, I am not cut out to actually be a farmer. We were probably picking tomatoes and basil and tomatillos for less than an hour, but man, is it hard work! And man, is it hot in those fields! The reward, though, was when I got home and made homemade pesto with the basil I picked, added some cherry tomatoes (which I also picked) and ate it atop whole wheat pasta. Yum!

Check out more of Tara's fabulous photos on our Facebook page.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Recap: August Food Swap




We're busy in the kitchens whipping up delectable swap items for tomorrow's food swap, but let's rewind and see what happened in August, shall we?

At this swap we had:
  • Creamsicle simple syrup
  • Banana bread
  • Corn salad
  • Mini cheesecake
  • Cornbread
  • Cantaloupe vanilla jam
  • Dulce de leche
  • Blueberry scones
  • Fruit shrub
  • Chocolate truffles
  • Mini quiche
  • Bagels & cream cheese
  • Pickles
  • Basil jelly (above)
  • Cherry chutney
  • Honey mustard
  • Pickled cherries
  • Tamarind bites
  • Granola bars
  • Pesto
  • Sourdough starter
  • Challah
  • Fruit hot sauce
  • Carrot cake
  • Strawberry balsamic pepper jam
  • Burdock root salad
  • Basil butter
  • Onion jam
  • Tomatillo salsa
  • Apfelwein

Smart swappers Leah & Matto had leftover homemade pear butter that they gave as favors at their wedding. To avoid pear paralysis, they brought the extras to swap! Crafty!

Oh, my goodies! What are you swapping tomorrow? What will you take home? Get excited!




Boston Food Swap is a community organization funded entirely by donation. Support us through Paypal or BFS merchandise, and by following us on Twitter and liking us on Facebook. If you enjoyed this blog post, please share.