Studio Artist Feature: National Dog Day

National Dog Day was August 26th and here at SoWa, the only thing we love more than Sunday market days are our dog visitors! In honor of the paw-tastic day, we are featuring Katherine Miller, one of the SoWa Artist Guilds studio artists. You can find her in studio 411A where she creates beautiful life-like dog portraits along with a variety of her newer work that is taking a more abstract painting approach. 

Take a scroll through the pictures below to see the artist in work! Can't get enough? Find her in her studio on First Fridays, Second Sundays + during the open studios on SoWa Open Market Sundays!

If you love your pup, you can contact Katherine here to commission a beautiful dog portrait! 

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Little Free Library + More Than Words

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SoWa has recently teamed up with More Than Words to bring a little free library to Thayer Street! Stop by to take a book today + leave a book tomorrow! 

More Than Words kindly provided the first set of free books to kick off the launch of the new library! More Than words is a local Boston based nonprofit that encourages youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by becoming involved with a business. Their model includes youth working in a bookstore selling used books to gain valuable life and professional experience. You can learn more about the organization on their website or visit them in person at the SoWa Open Market on September 23rd + October 7th.

 

The Little Free Library will be available to the public every day of the week for neighborhood residents to stop by and enjoy! You can also visit every Sunday during the SoWa Open Market. 

MakerMonday: Bread Obsession

Nothing beats the smell of freshly made bread in your home, but Bread Obsession comes very, very close! Varda Haimo founded her company in her kitchen after years of self-taught practice influenced by professionals and home bakers alike. Later she partnered up with Joan Forman and together they opened their commercial kitchen just outside of Boston. Today, they sell bread to stores, restaurants, and farm shares in ten towns, and directly to customers at local farmers markets.

We at Bread Obsession aim to do our part to reverse these regrettable trends by making nutritious, beautiful, delicious bread by hand, one loaf at a time.

At Bread Obsession, their approach revolves around 4 key foundations.

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Method

Their approach keeps with the tradition of time- intensive methods to increase healthfulness and flavor.

Ingredients

Excellent ingredients with nothing extra, like preservatives, stabilizers, etc.

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Vision

Their vision revolves around the bakers' knowledge, skills, integrity, and imagination.

Beauty

They shape each bread by hand to create a unique and beautiful loaf. 

With loaves ranging from bagels to baguettes + a cinnamon swirl loaf for your inner sweet tooth, Bread Obsession has something for everyone. They also make bread loaves from different cultures and places around the world including simit which is a bagel found commonly in Turkey. 

Get Cooking: A Summer Dinner Recipe from the SoWa Farmers Market

Have you heard? SoWa officially launched its Farmers Market App, and we're celebrating by cooking up a summer dinner. Our team prepped and planned a three course meal using only ingredients from the SoWa Farmers Market! With goods from seven local vendors, we created easy summer weeknight options great for every level of culinary skill, suitable for both vegetarians and meat lovers alike! 

On the menu: Pasta Primavera + seared steak & Mushrooms + boston lager choco chip cookies from Top Shelf 

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and cut the squash + cherry tomatoes. Halve the tomatoes and cut the squash once vertically and then again into pieces half an inch wide. 
  3. Place veggies on a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and toss.
  4. Spead veggies into a single layer and bake for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. 
  5. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil.
  6. Add the pasta and cook until al dente (about 3 minutes). 
  7. Drain the pasta, saving a cup of the pasta water for the sauce. 
  8. Add the pasta, water, veggies + pesto to the pot and mix.
  9. Top with cheese + enjoy! 

Steak + Mushroom Recipe

Ingredients

For the steak

  1. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and sprinkle generously with salt + pepper on each side.
  2. Mince the garlic and rub on each side of the steaks. 
  3. Heat a pan with butter to medium-high heat. 
  4. Sear the steaks for about 3 minutes on each side.

For the mushroom topping

  1. Cut the mushrooms into small pieces + chop the onions. 
  2. Add a generous amount of butter to the pan.
  3. Once melted, add the mushrooms and sprinkle with salt + pepper.
  4. After the mushrooms begin to cook, add the onion.
  5. Cook until mushrooms are nicely browned and onion is soft (add olive oil as needed).
  6. Serve topped on the steak or on the side + enjoy!
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#MakerMonday: Black Magic Coffee Co.

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When heading to the SoWa Food Truck Bazaar the first thing you may notice is a small but mighty coffee cart serving up some of the highest quality espresso based drinks and perfectly crafted coffee. Black Magic Coffee Co. is manned by David Simon who you can find every Sunday at SoWa.     

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If you're passionate about your coffee from start to finish, rest assured that Black Magic  Coffee handpicks everything from who supplies their beans down to where they source their milk. Their menu is not expansive with syrups and trendy drinks specifically to focus on the quality of each drink and trust us, you'll taste the difference!

Black Magic Coffee uses Thatcher Farm for their milk. What makes their local milk different from others is how it is pasteurized at low-temperature, which retains the milk's naturally sweet flavor and increased health benefits + it's just delicious.

Not only can you find them at open markets but you can also book them for weddings, private parties and corporate events!