Eat Boutique Local Market, a set on Flickr.
On Saturday we attended Eat Boutique‘s Local Market at Twelve Chairs in Fort Point, Boston. I was really excited to attend as Eat Boutique was one of the food blogs that introduced me to the Boston food scene, and we also followed their Paris Mini-Guide during our April trip and enjoyed many delicious restaurants as a result.
For the Local Market the Eat Boutique crew organized vendors from across New England to showcase their handmade, artisanal products. We browsed, chatted with the vendors, and ate amazing free samples (and made a few purchases). A few of my favorites:
Fat Toad Farm‘s Goat’s Milk Caramel:
The caramel was delicious – creamy, sweet but not too sweet, and nicely flavored (options include cinnamon, vanilla, coffee). Also, I was excited to later learn that they sell products at Victory Garden NYC, a delicious goats milk frozen yogurt shop in New York’s West Village. I went home with the cinnamon caramel, which is apparently made with three different types of cinnamon sticks (they each have their own flavor).
Cococoa Baking Company‘s Whoopie Pies:
The pumpkin whoopie pies were perfection. You can order them online. (hint, hint).
I asked the owners about the great whoopie pie origin debate. Being New Englanders, they firmly stated that they side with Maine. I’m not so sure… I just know they are delicious.
The Stand Brooklyn‘s jam:
I bought a jar of the raspberry peach jam. Fresh, sweet, with chunks of fruit and a bright, sunny color. This jam + When Pigs Fly’s Multi-Grain Andama bread = best way to start your day.
The Equal Exchange bike was also there, and this time I got a chance to taste their coffee and chat with the cyclist/barista, Elvis. (I had previously spotted the bike at the Greenway Open Market).
Apparently the bike weighs between 500-600 lbs in the morning! (When full of coffee and water.) I can’t imagine navigating that through traffic, but Elvis was very enthusiastic about the bike and his job. And, the iced coffee was great!
The Eat Boutique Local Market was the perfect introduction to New England’s entrepreneurial, artisanal food scene, which is what the Boston Food Project is here to document.