There is impressive local eating to be done in Massachusetts. Farmers markets, meat clubs, and community supported fisheries offer a breadth of local foods not found in every state. Begin your local foods adventure with these starting points. Have a favorite of your own? Be sure to let us know!
Massachusetts Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables
Massachusetts Farmers Markets
Too simple? Want more? Throw together a serious clambake in fine New England style.
Serious lobster buffs: Read about the history of lobster to see how this crustacean went from poor man's food to the mark of fine dining.
Massachusetts is known for its fabulously briny Wellfleet oysters, Atlantic oysters raised in Wellfleet Harbor. There are, however, plenty of other places in the state that raise delicious oysters to enjoy on the half-shell or grill or turn into chowder. Island Creek Oysters, for example, offers special oyster tours of their facilities for the truly oyster-obsessed.
Massachusetts Meat CSAsMeat CSAs work pretty much like produce CSAs - consumers buy "shares" of a farm's harvest and receive a portion of the harvest, usually in weekly deliveries, except deliveries tend to be monthly. They are not so much about saving money as they are about having access to meat from humanely raised animals and supporting a farm or groups of farms following sustainable animal husbandry practices and producing meat that you like. The Boston area has a few meat CSAs to chose from:
New England Confectionery Company (NECCO)The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), headquartered just outside of Boston in Revere, Mass., got its start in 1847. The oldest multiline candy company in the United States, NECCO manufactures classic candies such as NECCO Wafers and Sweethearts Conversation Hearts.
Massachusetts Local Foods ResourcesFind ideas, inspiration, like-minded folks, and - let's not forget - great sources for local foods with these Massachusetts Local Foods Resources:
- New England Local Eating Blogs
- Slow Food Boston
- Slow Food Western Mass
- New England Eating is a blog by former Boston magazine food editor, Amy Traverso, filled with tips and ideas on finding great food in Boston and wherever else she can get to in New England.
- Edible Boston Magazine
- Edible South Shore Magazine
- Edible Cape Cod Magazine
- Edible Pioneer Valley