Lots of half-finished business (but hardly any half-finished food) here in the secret LimeCave. After last week’s cheesy post on local eating, I learned a couple of important things:
- It’s locavore (219,000 google results), not locovore (4,000 results)
- Via GrowCookEat, I found a list of Massachusetts farm markets, including one in Davis square
So naturally, when Wednesday rolled around, I resolved – crappy weather notwithstanding – to visit the Davis Sq farm market and buy something local. The weather was biblical, but seven or eight local farmers had set up shop in the parking lot behind Chipotle and Starbucks – a couple of herb farmers, some with radishes and other greens, a baker, a butcher, a soapmaker, Taza chocolates and a dairy farm if memory serves.
Slightly guilty for cheating on When Pigs Fly, I bought a whole wheat loaf from Breadsong Bakery in Auburndale (8.4 food miles to the limecave) and a smoked goat cheese from Crystal Brook Farm in Sterling (45 food miles.)* According to the accompanying literature, “A herd of 70 Alpine and Saanen dairy goats produce all the milk used in the cheese operation… The animals have free access to pasture and seasonal browse. Happy goats yield high quality cheese.”
No argument there. Although my <1 food mile supply of Cambridge mizuna and arugula had run out, I still made a a nice sandwich with pretty low mileage. The bread was firm and on the sweet side (containing molasses, honey and brown sugar!) but a nice complement to the smoky but otherwise super-fresh goat cheese which was a welcome twist on the classic log. If only I had a nice slice of tomato. Maybe in a month or two.
* Challenge to map geeks: given these data points, how accurately can you locate the limecave?
Tomatoes are still a month away… but the mizuna and arugula are starting flourishing… though with all this heat, they’re starting to go to seed. Just another week or so of good salads — you’re welcome to come and replinish your supply as you continue to taste local cheeses.