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The Wellesley Farmers’ Market & Farmers to You Make Over 300 Delicious Products Available Each Week

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The new frontier for foodies and farmers is flavor. Customers have come to expect that food at local farmers’ markets will be produced thoughtfully and more sustainably, and include ethical treatment of animals. Now, they also are embracing the local farm model because foods just taste better .

Farmers To You founder Greg Georgaklis is on a quest to maximize the flavor of foods that his roster of 80+ farmers produce. At a recent gathering at the Wellesley Hills Branch Library, he described how he personally consults with farmers to consider ways to produce the best tasting food possible. Poultry and eggs, for example, can yield more health benefits, more satisfying texture and better flavor when chickens are allowed to roam in pastures and choose their own foods from among farm vegetable discards. And, he says, consumers can taste the difference when they compare with meat and eggs from chickens fed standard fare of cracked corn-based food, which often includes dozens of additives and drugs.

“We are hard-wired to seek out flavor because it is a marker for dense, health-giving nutrition,” Georgaklis says. “I take the credit when folks complement my meal, but I know that the elevated taste is due to the ingredients I order from the Wellesley Farmers’ Market,” says Wellesley resident Jeff M. Wellesley parent of two Dawn K. agrees: “I can’t say enough about the quality. I order weekly and I keep discovering new things. Recently, I’m loving the fire-roasted red peppers and the pancake mix, which only has three ingredients. You just can’t compare the flavor with what I purchase at grocery stores.”

“How often do you hear parents complain: ‘My kids don’t like vegetables’?” Georgaklis asked at the Hills Library event. “Well, if a carrot has a sweet, delicious flavor, the way it should if grown in healthy, nutrient-rich soil, then there is no doubt your kids will like vegetables. Children still have sensitive taste buds – the natural intelligence of their bodies,” he says, adding, “too many of the vegetables we eat are flavorless and bitter because they are mass produced in soil that has been stripped of beneficial nutrients over time.” For vegetable growers, the key to flavor can be found in the soil, he explains. Good farmers concentrate on tending to the health and vitality of their soil – and everything else takes care of itself. “Healthy plants taste good!” At the Hills Library gathering, attendees sampled sweet carrots, crisp watermelon radishes and an assortment of Vermont cheeses on thin slices of fresh-baked baguette as they listened to Georgaklis talk about how he encourages farmers to pursue better tasting food. “Farmers To You farms are small scale. Animals have healthy, happy lives and this yields the most delicious and nutritious products, both meat and dairy products.”

The Wellesley Farmers’ Market has partnered with Farmers to You to make a wide range of over 300 delicious products primarily from Vermont farmers available each week, year-round to Wellesley residents and those working in town. Wellesley customers can make selections and place orders online by midnight on Sunday to receive their deliveries on Thursdays between 1-2:30 p.m. at the UU Church parking lot. Try a selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, cider, syrup and honey, nuts and dried fruit, meat and poultry, greens and more this week with no commitment to continue if you are not satisfied. Try it for the convenience, the fact that only one truck is used to transport products from farms to our town, or the fact that by supporting these farmers you are helping to build a healthy food system that grows and produces the food you want for your family. You may find, however, that it is the flavor that keeps you coming back for more each week.

West Personal Chef Services Now Offering “Fine Dining at Home Tonight” in both Wellesley and Weston

Chef3Chef Wendy Ray  of West Personal Chef Services is pleased to announce that she is now offering “Fine dining at home tonight” in both Wellesley and Weston.  Wendy will bring the fresh California cuisine that she  grew up with to the dinner table and  take the worry out of menu planning, shopping and preparing meals. Email westpersonalchefservices@gmail.com or call 774-287-1862 to reach Wendy.

Wellesley Farmers’ Market Prepping for 2016 Season

Wellesley Farmers' Market logoA Few Opportunities Available for Vendors, Sponsorship, Entertainers at this summer’s Wellesley Farmers’ Market.

The Wellesley Farmers’ Market will run June – October on Saturdays, at a new time from 9-1, on the lawn of the Unitarian Universalist Church at 309 Washington Street.

Generously hosted by the UU Wellesley, with the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts acting as fiscal agent, the market is preparing for another great season anchored with the fabulous local produce from Tangerini Spring Street Farm. Many vendors will be coming back and new ones will be joining this year offering a greater number and wider variety of local and unique food growers, producers and vendors. In addition, the online ordering system and delivery options will be available.

Vendors, Volunteers, Entertainers and Sponsors looking to join this exciting community event, please contact wellesleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Mark your calendars for opening day on Saturday, June 4, to enjoy a variety of just-picked, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meats, eggs and cheeses from our local farmers, plus award-winning and unique fine food purveyors. Come early to receive a sweet market logo shopping bag.

Throughout the season, look for market programs from local nonprofit groups, with special events designed to engage and delight shoppers of all ages.

The market has plenty of parking, and is a reasonable walk or bike ride from many neighborhoods, bus stops and train stations.

Wellesley Farmers’ Market supports local food growers and producers; celebrates seasonal, local, sustainably grown foods; fosters community; leads the local food movement; and compliments Wellesley’s sustainability movement.

Email wellesleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com to get the weekly newsletter that lists what farmers and vendors are bringing during the season. For more information, please follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.