By Tatum McIsaac
Opening Day at Fenway Park may hold a special place in the hearts of New Englanders. It marks the unofficial start of spring. Don’t, however, tell that to the locavores of Hingham. Instead, May 2nd marked their start of spring as the Hingham Farmers’ Market celebrated its Opening Day.
It’s 39th Opening Day, to be exact. With such a long, impressive history of serving this coastal community, I could tell upon arrival that both vendors and patrons were eager to get back into the swing of all things fresh. A sea of more than two dozen white tent tops greeted me as I pulled into the busy parking lot on Station Street (the market’s regular location, the Hingham Bathing Beach on Otis Street, still has snow!).
Local gardeners arrived to show off their “babies” – seedlings of basil, thyme, mint and the like – which had spent the previous weeks in greenhouses, sprouting and gaining strength before leaving their warm, cozy nests. As the experts gently handled the delicate plants, they offered customers friendly advice on how much water to give the little ones; tips on keeping them full; and when to actually put them in the ground for the growing season.
Alongside the gardeners were a number of local farmers selling meats, cheese, eggs and seafood. River Rock Farm out of Brimfield – which offers CSA shares as well as home delivery of its all-natural cuts of beef – had various steaks, ribs and ground beef available. A few tents down, Copicut Farms from Dartmouth had pasture-raised poultry for sale, complete with recipe cards for lemon and herb roasted chicken.
Of course, what would a farmers’ market be without a few guilty pleasures? Pain d’Avingnon came bearing freshly baked baguettes, loaves of sourdough, croissants and freshly made crackers. Ready to get your gluten on? Check out their Hyannis café, or sign up for their Bread of the Month Club! In the mood for something sweeter? You might opt for a less guilt-inducing option in the form of honey from Queen Bee Local Honey or a bottle of Daily Jar Juice.
For a full list of Hingham market farmers and vendors, visit here.
The next Hingham Market happens on Saturday, May 9th. Check their website or HFM Facebook page for updates on whether it will be at the Otis Street location or 95 Station Street again this week. Can’t get enough of the Hingham food scene? Taste of Hingham happens on Saturday, May 16th –an annual event that transforms downtown Hingham into an outdoor festival featuring local restaurants, food purveyors, merchants, artists and performers. Tickets are $12/person or $25/family.
Tatum McIsaac is a south shore resident, self-proclaimed foodie, and mom to two kids who actually like vegetables! She works full time in corporate communications, but loves spending her free time perusing farmers’ markets, scoping out local eateries with her husband, and cooking for her family. In addition to her posts on the eSS&SC blog, you can read her New England restaurant reviews at Good Taste by Tatum.