Monday, May 27, 2024

The Kendall Square Farmers Market has reopened. (Photo: Mass Farmers Markets via Facebook)

The Kendall Square Farmers Market is underway for the first time in three years. The event, with vendors in produce, meat and dairy, baked goods and specialties such as coffee, Indian food and honey and other bee products, is held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays until Nov. 16 at 450 Kendall St., in Cambridge’s Canal District. The market is sponsored by BioMed Realty and produced by Mass Farmers Markets.

The market provides a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program match to local residents, providing additional financial help to recipients by matching their spending dollar for dollar, allowing them to buy more fresh, healthy and local food, organizers said.

Edith Murnane, executive director of Mass Farmers Markets, said she was happy to see the program back. “Farmers Markets emerged as essential community components during the pandemic. It was also a moment in time when roughly 20 percent of Massachusetts farmers markets couldn’t open; the Kendall Square farmers market was one of them,” Murnane said.

Vendors this year include Depth N Green, known for inspiring the pushpir sandwich at Clover Food Lab, and Spring Brook Farm, Cloutmans Farm, Beezy Bees, Stillman’s Quality Meats, Somero Maple, Red’s Best, BlueFin Raw Bar, Blisspoint Meadery, Stormalong Cider, SamosaMan and the Yummy Mummy Bakery. More vendors will be added throughout the season, Murnane said.


Pastries against breast cancer

Bakes for Breast Cancer Massachusetts returns for its 24th year from Friday through May 18, helping to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. There are two ways businesses participate: offering one designated dessert for which all sale proceeds go toward Bakes for Breast Cancer, or offering an entire dessert roster with 50 of the proceeds going to the organization.

Cambridge participants in Kendall Square are Brother’s Market Place, Cafe Beatrice, Fuji at Kendall, Mamaleh’s Delicatessen, Oleana, Vincent’s, State Park and the Tatte bakeries on Main Street and Third Street. In Harvard Square, look for goods at Flour Bakery + Cafe, Harvest, Henrietta’s Table, Nubar at the Sheraton Commander Hotel and its Tatte. And in Central Square, there are two coffee shops to visit: Flour Bakery + Cafe (with its Mounds Cake Truffle) and Mariposa Bakery (offering an Apple Cheesecake Bar).


More Somerville closings

In addition to The Sligo Pub in Somerville’s Davis Square closing in early June, area diners are losing two more: The Tasting Counter near Somerville’s Union Square shuts down at end of May after nearly eight years as its host Aeronaut Brewing has decided not to renew its lease; andLittleburg in Union Square’s Sanborn Court served its final Greek-themed vegan takeout Sunday. It started as a pop-up in August 2017; owner Graham Boswell said his expansion plans just didn’t work out. Both closings were first reported by Eater’s Erika Adams.


Restaurant space in Alewife

A 2,840-square-foot restaurant space available for lease near the Alewife T stop. (Photo: Graffito)

A new restaurant location is offered by the leasing firm Graffito near the Alewife T stop. The 2,840-square-foot space with basement storage and outdoor seating is in a lab building at 101 Cambridgepark Drive, meaning it would be neighbors to Mothership and Revival Cafe + Kitchen as well as the Craft Food Hall, Summer Shack and Little Blue Bakery. But the closest neighbors? Whoever’s fills the 160,000-square-foot office and lab building; this high-ceilinged, windowed corner also opens directly into an office lobby. “Graffito is seeking a unique, local, fast-casual restaurant or market/provisions outpost to serve the growing office, lab and residential community in Alewife and to expand the amenity offerings in this neighborhood,” according to the marketing brochure. 


Corn dogs with Phantom Gourmets

“The Phantom Gourmet” show airing weekends on local television stations plans to celebrates 30 years on air with a $100 bash for those 21-plus at the Summer Shack Cambridge, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22. Only 100 tickets will be sold, the Andelman brothers said in a Wednesday email. The menu ranges from sushi to corn dogs by Summer Shack, Montilio’s pizza and cake, Harrows Chicken Pie and Mendon Twin Drive-In popcorn and candy. Money from ticket sales goes directly to the college fund for Maizy Willis, daughter of late Summer Shack chef Tim Willis.