Wakefield Farmers Market

A lot of the Farmers Markets near where we lived in Medford had bizarre hours, like Wednesdays from 12 – 5. Not conducive for me when I was working, and when I had B, not really ideal, as the area wasn’t great for strollers and he hated being worn.

Well, fast forward to now, there is a great farmers market in Wakefield, I’ve seen it a bunch of times when I was driving by, and I knew I needed to make an effort to stop. This past Saturday, I went with my mother-in-law, and purchased some fabulous items.

For this WIAW, I am going to share my finds and what I made with them.

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Farm fresh eggs. I love these babies. They can be expensive, but so worth it. 1 dozen for $6 or 2 dozen for $11 from Copicut Farms in Dartmouth, MA

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Pajazzo from Swiss Bakers, I have been meeting to visit their store front since we moved to the ‘burbs. We also bought an almond croissant & a chocolate croissant for the boys. The bread was nice and crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect for dipping!

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Cucumbers, $1 each, from Kelly’s Farm, the woman running the booth was super sweet and told me to take one of the pickles as well. I don’t eat pickles so Nick will have to report back about the taste.

I hit the jackpot at Farmer Dave’s! All of the food below cost me $30.

fruit

2 apples, a pint of blueberries, 4 zucchini’s, a pint of raspberries

veg

Boston lettuce, 2 peppers, carrots, wax beans and green beans, and lettuce

I forgot to take a picture of the sign so I can’t remember exact prices for everything, but it was a pretty good deal.

Not pictured, Butternut Squash ravioli and Basil & Goat Cheese ravioli from Fior D’Italia. We haven’t opened the basil in goat cheese yet, but I was sort of expecting a puree of sorts inside the butternut squash ravioli, but it was more chunks and there was also cheese and peppers, which I wasn’t expecting, and not working well together on my taste buds.

So what did we make?

A huge salad obviously, it is so much better than anything you will ever buy. Nick’s mom also made us zucchini and beans in tomato sauce. Super easy, sauté garlic and onion in a little bit of oil, add zucchini and beans, add sauce. Cook until the veggies are soft. Spoiler, it went amazing with the bread from the Swiss Bakers.

Check out even more delicious eats at WIAW!


It’s open, now what?

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my Whole Foods post. I am happy to say (well Nick may not be happy) that since it opened on Wednesday I have been twice, once on Wednesday and once this morning.

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Opening Day, these are the lines to go inside. The lines wrapped all around the side of the building. It took B and I awhile to get inside, it was hot and people were pushy. I hung out in the back and waited until the crowd thinned a bit. Though this did mean that once I got inside it was PACKED.

Bonus of waiting? I scored one of these awesome reusable bags.

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I didn’t really explore that much on Wednesday, I will say that every aisle and counter were packed. The employees were extremely helpful and took customers straight to the item they were looking for instead of telling them what aisle it was in. Great customer service already, I dig it.

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The Butcher & Seafood counters were PACKED. I ended up in front of the butcher counter and splurged on two in-house made stuffed burgers (spoiler, they were amazing).

I basically walked the perimeter and decided I would come back later in the week. However, I did grab a picture of the Antipasti bar!

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So what did I get?

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B’s applesauce pouches (impulse buy, on sale at the register), Nick’s favorite cracker assortment, Balsamic Vinegar (on sale for $3.99 for a bottle that will last me a few months, at least, score!), 2 cookies from the buy by the pound section — those were for B, he was a trooper, 1/4 watermelon — we still had some at home so I didn’t want to buy a whole one, the burgers, a bunch of asparagus, and Ben&Jerry’s for Nick and So Delicious bars for me. I ended up spending $31.91. Not bad for my haul. Some items were pricier (burgers, cut watermelon, desserts), while some were a great deal (cookies, applesauce, vinegar).

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French Onion burger, stuffed with Gruyere cheese and I roasted some asparagus.

My biggest problem with the store was parking, it took me 20 minutes to find a spot and I know it took others longer. It also took me awhile the day I had my tour, so that was a bit frustrating, but really not in the store’s control.

This morning I went back, I forgot to grab enough veggies for the entire week so I went back. I also decided to turn our left over chicken into taco’s for tonight’s dinner so I needed to get some supplies for that as well.

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I don’t really eat mushrooms, but I thought this display was awesome, I think it was great that they separated and labeled all the types of mushrooms. I bet that will be a hit, especially with those that are just starting to cook with different types of mushrooms.

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Sorry my Greek wife is showing. Tzatziki. The Whole Foods in Glastonbury, CT made theirs in house and the Whole Foods, I shopped at up here (Medford & Woburn) did not, it was a store speciality. I am so happy that Melrose will be making and carrying it. It is the best store made Tzatziki I have ever tasted.

Today, it was definitely less crowded, I found a parking spot right up front easily (thank goodness) and I was able to take my time through the store. I have to say I was really excited when I saw my favorite fish guy from Medford behind the counter at the Melrose store. Sorry, Medford, but I hope he is here to stay. He was super helpful with giving information about different cuts of the fish and giving ideas on multiple ways prepare the fish I was purchasing that day.

I also wanted to buy tortillas for taco night, I checked the aisle with canned beans, no luck, so I made my way to the bread aisle, and the woman stocking said they are kept in the produce section. She offered to show me, I said no, I figured it would be an easy find. I went back to produce and couldn’t find them, I asked another team member and he thought they were in produce, then we went to the dairy and prepared cheese aisle, also not there. Turns out they were with the hummus, the team members were extremely apologetic and helpful. It wasn’t crowded so it wasn’t a big deal to me, but it was great to know that they will make sure you get exactly what you are looking for. The team member also explained that everyone came from different stores or were new completely so it will take a few days to figure out exactly where everything is.

The look of the store is bright and colorful, very cheerful, I am so happy that this store is opened!

Have you made your way to the new Whole Foods yet?

El Potro Mexican Bar & Grill!

About a month ago one of our good friends came to visit us. We had tickets for the Patriots vs. Broncos game that Sunday, so we decided to start the weekend early with a nice dinner out.

Our friend, Tom, wanted a mexican restaurant and I had recently been to El Potro with my friend Casey for a weeknight dinner. The food was delicious and authentic and the drinks were strong, so I thought it would be a great place for our dinner.

When we got there the tiny dining room was PACKED, it was a bit surprising since the last time I was there, there was only one other table with guests. We took the last table and as soon as I sat down I noticed that there was a mariachi band playing, it was awesome. They took requests, and of course Nick (always the musician) asks about the different instruments and then requests something upbeat. It was pretty awesome, albeit a bit loud.

We started with a round of house margaritas, and they were strong, I was driving and could barely drink a 1/3 of it.

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We also had chips and salsa, the salsa came in these cute little carafes so that you could refill the ramekin on your table.

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note: the salsa was also delicious and tasted extremely fresh

We decided to get an appetizer, one to balance out the extremely strong margarita and two because I wanted to try a variety of things.

We started with the Nachos with shredded beef ($9.00)
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The also had lettuce, tomato, beans, shredded cheese and sour cream drizzle. Now I am not one to usually pass up nachos, but these were beyond your average nachos.

Whenever I usually get nachos the meat is usually dry and I will add salsa to make it taste better. The beef on these nachos was shredded and perfectly succulent and juicy. How you think nachos should be. I also really loved the sour cream drizzle, I hate when the sour cream (and salsa for that matter) are in a huge lump on top ant its hard to dig the chip in.

For my meal I decided to give the grilled chicken fajitas a try.

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Um, holy cow, look at all that food. For $14.95 I got grilled chicken in the secret marinade over a huge bed of sautéed peppers and onions (I am pretty sure they were still cooking when they brought my plate to me). I also received, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, rice, beans and guacamole on the side and obviously tortillas.

I made two fajitas while there, and had the leftovers for lunches for 2 more days.

Nick had the Tacos Chipotle with peppers & onions, I had that the first time I visited and it was so delicious but so spicy, and I can’t handle spicy that well, but I would get this 1000x over.

Tom had the Carne Asada and also raved about it.

Sorry for the no pictures, the boys dug in before I could get photos