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Gluten Free Bakery North of Boston needed

Thank you, everyone. I will contact your suggestions.
Appreciate your time!

Feb 26, 2014
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Gluten Free Bakery North of Boston needed

My response directly above was for the Celia Cakes.

Feb 25, 2014
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Gluten Free Bakery North of Boston needed

They only do cupcakes for events (large orders). I did call them. Thanks.

Feb 25, 2014
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Gluten Free Bakery North of Boston needed

Good Morning! I need to find a bakery that sells gluten free cupcakes for a friend's birthday. I passed by Something Sweet Without the Wheat in Arlington, gave them a call and learned they do not sell cupcakes. (Thought that was odd!)

I would appreciate some recommendations of places. If you have tried any places and recommend or definitely do not recomment, would love to hear that. If you only know of a place, please let me know that also.

Thank you and have a great day!

Feb 25, 2014
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Since it is coming around to Fall and Winter CSA time again, I thought I would come back and share my experiences with the four farms I used over last Fall and Winter!

Farmer Daves Late Fall Share: This was a 7 week pick up from November into December. They had a swap box every week. We shared this with another person and it was plenty for all most weeks. I was very pleased with both the quantity, the quality and the staff. (IPM) Large share
First Light Farm Fall/Spring Share: This was once per month during November, December, March, April and May. The November share was the biggest. Each month was a bit different and excellent in both quality and quantity. It was not a month's worth of food for us (3 ppl) but it was great to have these items from the farm rather than the store. During May it was our only pick up and we were longing for those goodies! (Organic) No swap box. (one size share)
Red Fire Farm Winter Share: Two pickups each month during January, February and March. For us, we got too many potatoes in this share. I am sure others found it great, though, as we do not eat close to what many families consume. They mix their fresh produce with some they have frozen during the summer (no more than one item per week and not every week) and/or something not fresh such as pickled beets, gourmet cheese, maple syrup. The cheese was outstanding and would love to have more of it rather than the 'jarred' items. I would do it again, though. (organic) (no swap box) (one size share)
Enterprise Farms: We did this one for five weeks to get us through the end of March and April. The quantity was less than the other shares (though the price was not). They advertise that they source from the entire East Coast and I was expecting some citrus or strawberries which did not appear during my weeks. The quality of the food was good, though. Had I not also had the monthly pick ups from FLF, I would not have had enough food. (organic) (no swap box) (small share)

It would be great if others would post their experiences this past winter. I am considering doing Shared Harvest this year and maybe First Light Farm as well.

Aug 27, 2012
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

June 2012 Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands Etc.

I'm very interested in information about this CSA so I hope you will continue posting about your weekly share. I belong to Farmer Dave's CSA but strongly considered this one. Would love good information for comparison, What size share do you have and do you recall the price? Is there a swap box? Thanks.

Jun 19, 2012
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Boston Fruit CSA?

Farmer Daves has a fruit share. It is for 13 weeks and starting in a few weeks. Check out their website for full information. They have numerous pick up locations.

Jun 18, 2012
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

CSA Share North Shore of Boston (near Wakefield)

I have Farmer Daves. They still have openings for both their fruit and vegetable shares. (Sold separately.) They have a pick up in Reading which would be closest to you. They also have Somerville and Malden which are probably on your way home. Highly recommended. I have also done First Light Farm and second that recommendation as well. Depending upon where you are in Wakefield, it may be closer than Reading.

Jun 18, 2012
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Late Fall Share CSA Report/Review for Farmer Dave

Farmer Dave does have a half share during the regular growing season. I recommend it!

Jan 01, 2012
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Late Fall Share CSA Report/Review for Farmer Dave

This past season (November & December) I joined the Late Fall Share with Farmer Dave (located in Dracut with many different pick up locations). I had done a half share for the summer and didn't want it to end so signed up for the extended season. They only offer full shares for the late Fall season so we split with another family. It was plenty for both families as we are not large families (but we do cook daily). We received these items during the seven weeks of the share, some items we received every week and other items we received only a couple times: butternut squash, apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, onion, leeks, parsley, cilantro, celeriac, kohlrabi, radish, spinach, lettuce, arugula, bokchoi, cabbage, romanesco, tatsoi, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnip, and Brussels sprouts (only once). I may have omitted something, but that was the majority of it anyway.

The share comes pre-boxed and they do offer a swap box if you want to swap out something for something else that better suits your family. They also did offer a few add-ons: honey, maple syrup and cider. We did try the cider and honey. Both were excellent.

I hope this information will help someone in the future for their decision-making. I would recommend this CSA share.

Dec 28, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Visting Manhattan This Weekend & Request Opinons

Thanks. I will read up on all of them. Won't be having pizza unless hubby decides he needs a slice for a snack.

Nov 11, 2011
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Visting Manhattan This Weekend & Request Opinons

Thanks. Those breakfast places look good!

Nov 11, 2011
cpl100 in Manhattan

Visting Manhattan This Weekend & Request Opinons

Hi kathryn, thanks for your help. Yes, the hotel is at 48th & Lexington; less certain if it's 'near Grand Central'. I guess maybe we'll just have some tea and maybe something light (at the hotel? or maybe there's a coffee shop nearby) for breakfast and do brunch after check out.

We will have our car in the hotel parking (unless someone suggests an alternative) so would need to go back there after dinner to retrieve it and our luggage.

For dinner I think we'd like to have a range of around $75 each prior to tax & tip (and without liquor as we'll be driving home after that).

My husband would probably love Soba Totto but unfortunately I do not enjoy much of that type of food. He did mention trying a 'deli' if there's one that could be recommended. We've been to Carnegie Deli years ago so maybe there's another? Meanwhile, I will check out all your restaurant recommendations.

I guess I should add that my husband is a very adventurous eater and I am definitely NOT an adventurous eater. (bad mix, I know....)

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Carnegie Deli
854 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Soba Totto
211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Nov 09, 2011
cpl100 in Manhattan

Visting Manhattan This Weekend & Request Opinons

Thanks for your quick reply sugartoof. I don't think my husband will go for vegetarian. I probably should have also mentioned that I have a shellfish allergy. Sorry about that. I checked out the menu at ABC Kitchen and I would consider that the high side of moderate but doable. We would like to have a breakfast that is less costly, though, and it doesn't have to be a full breakfast. Lunch could be about $60 without tip.

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ABC Kitchen
35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

Nov 08, 2011
cpl100 in Manhattan

Visting Manhattan This Weekend & Request Opinons

My husband and I are attending a wedding in Manhattan Saturday evening (11/12) at the Radisson on Lexington. We are staying there. We hope to arrive in time for a lunch that day and plan to stay and have an early dinner on Sunday prior to leaving.

We are interested in information/advice/tips for the four available meals (Sat. lunch, Sun. breakfast, lunch & dinner). We are not interested in Chinatown. And we'll be in casual travel clothes for those meals so nothing upscale in atmosphere or price. Looking for good deals or moderate prices. We are not big drinkers so that doesn't really play into the situation. Also looking for relatively healthy foods, not pizza, and preferably an option for fresh vegetables with the evening meal. Any good options through Restaurant.com? We don't mind venturing from the area of the hotel, but with limited time we don't want to spend it all cris-crossing the city from one meal to the next. More interested in 'places locals love' than 'touristy places'.

Have not been here for about a decade so we're kind of at a loss about what restaurants to choose and something to do between the meals on Sunday. (For example, are shops open?)

I hope that's specific enough to allow suggestions. Please also state whether or not reservations are recommended/required for the restaurants named. Thanks ever so much for the help!

Nov 08, 2011
cpl100 in Manhattan

Farmers' markets, CSAs, Farm Stand Etc. for October 2011

I have cobbled together my plan for this Fall, Winter, early Spring this way. I have signed up for a late Fall share with Farmer Dave's (my current CSA). This is a weekly delivery for 7 weeks beginning November 1. I will split that with another family. Also have signed up for Red Fire Farm's Deep Winter share which is 6 deliveries spread through January, February and March. Then I am also signed up at First Light Farm for their late Fall/Spring Share which is one delivery per month in November, December, March, April and May. At first I thought I would get the East Coast share from Enterprise Farms but had read a negative review. I recently met someone who has participated in this share and was quite satisfied. I hope I don't regret the decision I've made vs. my first inclination. Time (and reviews of this year's share) will tell I guess.

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First Light Farm
94 Locust St, Danvers, MA 01923

Oct 07, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

I made a decision! I signed up for the Farmer Dave's Fall CSA which is 7 weeks beginning the first week of November. I am splitting that (full) share with another family. That leaves me short for the rest of the year. So, I also signed up for First Light Farms Winter CSA which is once per month on the third week for the months of Nov., Dec., Jan., March and April. So, I will get one duplicate during November. Then it begins in December the week following the end of Farmer Daves. I still don't have February and March. I am considering also signing up for Red Fire Farms CSA which is twice per month in January, February and March. Their deliveries in January would not be the exact week as First Light but it is within a week.

What do you all think of that plan? We are a family with two adults and one college age son. Some weeks he eats at home a lot and others not very much so very unpredictable.

Sep 21, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Actually, I thought I'd read that it was recommended that items NOT be scrubbed until time of use for longer storage.

Sep 19, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Can you give an idea of the quantity of food each distribution? Thanks. I clicked on your name to see if it took me to a place to ask you personally, but I don't see that option.

Sep 19, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Has anyone done the First Light Farms Winter CSA in the past? I am wondering about the actual share size each month. Is it a week's worth of food? It's a monthly pick up but I don't see how they could give a month's worth of food at one time.

Sep 19, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston Cream Pie?

Haven't had it in a while but every time I've had it from Spinelli's (in Lynnfield) it was stunningly delicious.

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Spinelli's
280 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128

Sep 15, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Thank you for that review. I did think their price seemed higher than others. I'm doing Farmer Daves now. It's my first CSA and it's not organic so I thought maybe the difference in price would be because of it being organic (but still large quantities). I love what I'm getting at Farmer Daves. I have the half share and the fruit share. It's plenty of both and they offer a varying number of 'extras' most weeks. I have never done a late fall or Winter CSA but want to do it this year.

Sep 14, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

CSA Rating

Has anyone participated in Green Meadows Farm CSA in Hamilton?

Sep 14, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

I've just become aware of another possibility but can't find any reviews. Has anyone done the CSA at Green Meadows Farm in Hamilton? Or does anyone know anything about their CSA? Or possibly someone else knows of a review in another forum. (I did try google but got zilch.)

Sep 13, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

I read that and posted a reply. Thanks for the heads-up. I guess maybe Heavens Harvest is not a good choice. Very disappointing because they look really good on their website.

Sep 09, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Anyone else doing Heaven's Harvest spring CSA?

Wow! I was considering their winter CSA but this sounds really disheartening. Unless someone else has some really positive information from this year's Summer or last year's Winter, I guess I should keep on looking. Thanks for posting your experience.

Sep 09, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

September 2011 Farmers' Markets, CSAs, Farm Stands, Other Fresh & Local

This is my month to struggle with the decision of a late Fall and Winter CSA. I currently am with Farmer Dave's (pick up in Somerville). It is my first CSA and I am enjoying it immensely. I have a half-share of vegetables and a fruit share. They have a late fall session (November to mid-December) which I am seriously considering. That would leave me up in the air for the Winter, though.

Sep 09, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Does anyone have experience with Heavens Harvest Winter CSA? Thanks.

Sep 09, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Thanks. That is very helpful information.

Sep 09, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area

Winter CSA Help Needed

Would you mind explaining the milk crate root celler concept please? (And thank you!)

Aug 31, 2011
cpl100 in Greater Boston Area