Located in Essex, conveniently only a few scenic miles off Route 128, every Saturday from 10am to 2pm the farmstand at Apple Street Farm is open for business. Stopping for fabulous and fresh organically fed free-range eggs, heirloom veggies, fruits, and herbs has become a favorite Saturday morning ritual. Frank McClelland is the owner of Apple Street Farm. Not only that, he is also the proprietor and chef of one of Boston’s most beloved and famous restaurants, L’Espalier. Apple Street Farm is the primary source of produce, poultry, pork and eggs for L’Espalier. Each month throughout the summer and fall Apple Street Farm celebrates seasonal harvests with special dinners held on the farm’s spacious lawn. The five-course dinner is prepared by the L’Espalier chefs and includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and wine pairings. September 5th and 6th is the Fire Pit Fiesta and October 3rd and 4th is the Essex Harvest Feast. Call L’Espalier to make a reservation at 617-262-3023.
American Goldfinch Eating Cosmos Seeds-A Great Reason NOT to Deadhead!
Farm and poultry shares are available from June through September. For more information about Apple Street Farm’s CSA program, visit their website here.
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Photographing the Nubian goats was a delight. The little ones are very playful and affectionate and, when first let out of their pen in the morning, are super rambunctious. Apple Street Farm’s manger Phoebe explains that Nubian goats are great milking goats and wiki informs that Nubians are known for the high butterfat content of their milk.
The Nubians climbed upon each other to reach the fruit and seeds.
Nubian Goat Eating Catalpa Seedpods
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This IS what everyone was looking for, right?
The Madfish Grille is open. The food is good (I’ve eaten there myself and can attest). There is live music. There is not a 45 minute to an hour wait to get in, get a menu and be waited on. Nothing against The Studio or The Rudder, they are both great, but if you are on Rocky Neck and are hungry, you might want to revisit Madfish Grille. Open Wednesday through Sunday from noon for lunch until midnight. Yesterday there were great musicians performing in the afternoon and the vibe was just incredible.
Also, mark your calendars, we are now be back to having weekly GMG Mup Ups on Madfish Wharf, starting this weekend on SATURDAYs at 9:30 when Joey is off, so he can come, and all you GMG fobs who go to church on Sunday so could never make Mup Ups before, you now can too! First food competition Mug Up coming up soon. Watch for it!
As promised, we always tell FOBs before good stuff sells out and we’re almost out of VIP seats for James Montgomery’s Celebrate Gloucester Benefit for The Open Door on Friday, August 22nd at Cape Ann Marina’s Waterfront Pavilion (the BIG tent). VIP seats are right up front, plus you get Exclusive Early Entry and the Celebrate Gloucester Commemorative VIP Laminate in the picture. Tickets available here.
Even if you miss VIP (which you probably will if you don’t get them by tomorrow morning), you can still get a great seat inside the tent. We’re setting up the stage and seating so everyone gets a great view — and if the weather is good you can even sit at a table under the stars.
Ronnie Baker Brooks band with special guests Debbie Davies & Biscuit Miller. Battery ran out before just before the very end, but you get the idea. Everybody was dancin’!
Other than four years of college in Virginia, I’ve lived on Cape Ann for my entire life….however, I’m also fairly well-traveled. I’ve traveled in Africa, I’ve been to Central America, I’ve been all over Mexico, to the Caribbean, the West Indies, and throughout the United States and into Canada. And, for what it’s worth, I’m pretty city savvy. I spent a lot of time playing in the city in my teens, 20s, and 30s….and photographed inside Fenway Park for several years in a row…heading in and out of Boston each night during home stands.
So, while I call this post “City Mouse, Country Mouse”…I’m not necessarily either. However, I sure as all hell played the role of Country Mouse the other night in Boston…and I am NOT happy about it.
I am truly, truly an idiot.
This is how it went down.
I was meeting a friend in the city…just outside of Faneuil Hall. I know the area well, but was heading to a particular parking garage that I had never been to. I took a left onto Broad Street and saw the 75 State Street Garage in the Financial District ahead…a bit ahead, on my right. The traffic was total clusterf___. Horns were honking. Almost in front of the entrance to the lot, a white taxi was stopped, coming from the opposite direction, blocking a good part of my lane so that I couldn’t go forward. A nice man, on a cell phone, with a pile of money in his hand, appeared in front of my car and helped me navigate my kind of large SUV around the taxi and towards the garage entrance. He asked if I was parking, asked how long, and asked me for $10. As I didn’t have a ten….I handed him a $20…with a smile. He flipped through his pile of cash….as if looking for change….and then said, “just pull on down there (pointing to the garage) for a second and I’ll catch you.” “No problem,” I said.
I’m not sure why I wasn’t on my A Game during that exact moment in time….but, it only took about 6 seconds for me to realize that effer was off with my $$$ and that I’d clearly not be seeing him or my “change” anytime soon. I literally sat on the entrance ramp to the garage for probably a minute contemplating how I could have been such an idiot. Large parking lots never ask for money outside upon arrival. I know that. Everyone knows that. I also replayed my short conversation with the “kind and helpful” gentleman….and couldn’t help but think what a tremendous actor he was. While I was mad as all heck….I also couldn’t help but give him kudos for standing right there…in the middle of a super crowded busy city street…stealing money in broad daylight. And doing so with such manners and such a calm demeanor.
Shame on him….shame on me.
You may be happy to know that dinner at Strega in the North End was excellent, drinks at the Sail Loft were just like old times, and the company of an amazing friend more than made up for the $20 that I was scammed. My ego, however, is still bruised.
Consider yourselves warned my friends.
Marine Forecast :
Mon S winds around 5 kt…becoming SE in the afternoon. Seas around 2 ft.
Mon Night S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
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It was a great day at Rockport Golf Club.
Then and Now Photo