Sunday, June 21, 2015
Downpours all morning turned the grand opening of the new and improved Nashua Main Street Farmer’s Market into a soft opening with a few hardy vendors in attendance. By noontime, the rain lightened and Nashua’s Country Dreams Farm was selling summer squash, zucchini, Walla Walla onions, rhubarb and strawberries. Garlic scapes were already gone to those that braved the weather earlier.
Also from Nashua, Dirty Girl CSA, in its first year of production thanks to a locally famous start-up campaign through Kickstarter, was selling early greens and radishes, as well as tomato seedlings, T-shirts and stickers.
Fred’s Farm made the hour and half long trip from Alexandria and was selling a great variety of salad and cooking greens, all organic, all harvested hours earlier. Spiczka Farm from Dunstable, MA featured early peas and strawberries.
DJ’s Pure Natural Honey from Manchester, Celeste Oliva’s Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from Concord, 50 Buick Rooster from Nashua (selling plants and birdhouses) and Rubino’s Gluten Free Italian Cookies were all also at the market today, everyone with great spirits despite the slower business.
I picked up some squash, radishes and an onion to roast up. I may get adventurous and cook up the radish greens – something I’ve never tried before – perhaps into a frittata. Check this space for a hopeful success story on that. Oh yes, and of course some strawberries, perfectly ripe.
The Grand Opening has been rescheduled for next Sunday, June, 28th, where they expect around 20 vendors. I’ll be there! Main Street Bridge and Pearson Ave, Nashua, NH.