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! 

#MakerMonday: Hunter's Tea

Cold brew tea on tap, anyone? You can find yourself a nice, refreshing cold brew tea every Sunday at SoWa in the Farmers Market. Hunter's Tea sells everything from loose leaf teas to take home and brew yourself to nitro cold brew on tap + specialty supplies. After starting in late 2016, they have been growing and perfecting the craft ever since! 

Hunter's Tea is a small family run company based in New Hampshire. After being unhappy with the selection of whole leaf, organic tea blends, they took matters into their own hands. They now craft exclusive speciality organic blends. Their teas contain elements such as organic full leaf teas, organic dehydrated fruits, and organic spices undergo meticulous vetting to assure their freshness and quality.  Hunter's Tea specifically uses single estate teas lead to a refined taste, increased quality, and delicious flavor.

We wanted to create a place where tea lovers could always expect the best organic cold brew tea and our new tea bar seemed like the best place to start. We handcrafted our mobile tea bar featuring three towers and six taps. We have fun offering experimental blends and Nitrogen infused cold brew teas. Our new cold brew tea bar, also allows us to serve high quality, and craft-brewed organic tea, both cold brew and nitro cold brew with style.
— Adam
 
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Be sure to stop by the farmers market every Sunday to try their tea. Their menu changes so there is always something new and refreshing to enjoy! If you love it, pick up a bag of their tea to brew your own at home. You can find tips + ticks to brewing cold brew tea here on their website

“Our Nitro Tea is a big deal, and I believe we are the only company making it on the East Coast. We have been perfecting Nitro tea since early 2017 and change up our nitro tea draft weekly. Last weekend we had a Banana Oolong Nitro Tea, and a Ginger Black Nitro Tea. The week previous we offered a Peach Black Nitro Tea.”
— Adam

Want to know what's next for Hunter's Tea? We asked CEO Adam Matossian to get the inside scoop:

"Our goal is to have the cold brew tea bar travel all over New England serving up the best organic cold brew tea and nitro cold brew tea. We also consistently change out the taps offering a variety of cold brew and nitro cold brew teas. We're thinking about hosting a Nitro Tea day and only serve six different Nitro Teas. 

Were also currently producing in larger volume and starting to distribute our organic cold brew and nitro cold brew tea in August. "

#MakerMonday: Vintage Market

Located downstairs at 450 Harrison Ave, the SoWa Vintage Market is Boston's weekly destination for antiques, vintage, collectables, art and many other one-of-a-kind items. The Vintage Market is open every Sunday year-round from 10am-4pm. Visit their website, find them on Instagram + visit them during your next trip to SoWa! 

In need of a unique gift? Looking for one-of-a-kind pieces? Love searching to find hidden treasures? The vintage market offers a lot more than just clothing. You can find anything from home decor to accessories. Give new life to name brands such as Coach and Liberty London or snag a vintage guitar to jam out with.  

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Don't forget that they are also open on SoWa First Fridays! Come spend some time and search through the endless vintage finds. 

Food Truck Feature: Bartleby's

Bartleby's specializes in vegan food options that are both healthy and tasty!  Their menu has everything from nuggets to sandwhiches and salads. After opening their windows earlier this year, they are already a finalist in for th eScout Cambridge Best Food Truck award!

Make sure to stop by the market on July 1, August 26th, September 23rd + October 7th! 

I was drawn to the food truck because it felt like a great way to go into different neighborhoods and cater to more people. I love serving people and it’s so fun to go to a different spot to feed more people. I think eventually I’ll be interested in a brick and mortar, but I’d definitely keep the truck.
— Stephanie Kirkpatrick Owner & Founder

Wondering what the secret ingredient is behind their vegan food? Bartleby's uses seitan which is wheat flour with all its starch granules washed away, leaving only the strands of pure gluten. You may be asking yourself why they chose seitan over other common vegan subsitues but the answer is simple—versatility.

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Seitan has a satisfying juicy, chewy texture. It can be baked, steamed, fried, roasted, braised, stewed, etc.

It's easy to wonder, "How is the food healthy if it's fried?" Bartleby's uses peanut oil to fry their nuggets and patties because it is low in saturated fats and a healthier option than other rying alternatives. Also, the protien allergin of penuts is removed during the frying process making it safe to eat for those with penut allergies!

Seitan is low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and high in protein. It contains no sugar, no saturated fats, and no cholesterol. It contains significant amounts of iron, calcium, and potassium, plus several B vitamins. Seitan also contains seven of the eight essential amino acids, which are the basic building blocks for our organs and tissues.

One thing you don't want to miss is their variety of sauces. They are all made in house and are the perfect flavor addition to your meal! Check out their website to see the new dipping suaces currently in the makes. 

#MakerMonday: Laurel Greenfield

Do you fancy yourself a foodie? Do you love documenting your food journey? If so, Laurel Greenfield's work may be the cherry on top of your food-obsessed sundae! Speaking of sundaes, sign up to paint your own ice cream cone with Laurel at her DIY Workshop on July 1st! 

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I am so excited to share more food stories with you as my site grows and evolves. I am also equally excited to bring YOUR food memories to life in a way you can cherish forever.

Laurel offers a variety of paintings ranging from originals on canvas to print versions. Her work goes far beyond reminiscing about the flavors of food, and also tries to capture the nostalgic feeling that surrounds food. Whether it be artichokes or ice cream, bagels or fortune cookies, Laurel's love of food and and the memories that comes with it propels her work. 

These paintings make the perfect addition to a kitchen or living room. Laurel even offers commission work where you can talk with her one-on-one about a food experience you would like her to recreate into a tangible memory. If your food-obsession is a bit more discrete, she sells cards and phone cases of her work too! 

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You can shop more of her work on her site + follow along with her food journey on her Instagram. Find her in person at SoWa July 1, 15, 29; August 12, 26; September 9, 23; October 7, 21! 

SoWa Open Market - Summer Design Guide

Looking for fresh inspiration to upgrade your home decor? These SoWa Open Market vendors have you covered. Check out a few of our recommendations and shop our picks every Sunday, now - October. 

The Rubbish Revival— Arts Martket

Bring the beach home with recycled sea glass decor. We can't get enough of these stunning mobiles and sweet mini drawers. 

 

Honest Union— Arts Market 

These 3-D printed home goods will make a great minimalist statement. Feel good taking home the biodegradable plastic.

 

Vagabundo— Arts Market

Browse through their selection of pottery, pressed plants + reclaimed glass to add a more nature- focused touch to your home this summer. 

 

Moss and Blue— Arts Market

Whether you need a show-stopping center piece or want to add some color to a room, Moss and Blue offers a variety of canvas sizes, framed work, a table top book + coasters.

 

New Moon Ceramics— Arts Market

These handmade ceramics are available in many styles including stackable bowls, vases, serving dishes + more!

 

Frames with a History— Arts Market

Fancy yourself the next Joanna Gaines? These custom reclaimed wood mirrors, tables + benches are the perfect way to add a rustic style to your home.

Sweetgum Textiles— Farmers Market

Shop festive kitchen linens and dish cloths from Sweetgum Textiles. Each reusable, washcloth-sized dishcloth replaces 17 rolls of paper towels and is made from natural fibers!

What will you find? Tag @sowaboston so we can see your design inspiration.

#MakerMonday: Tamim Teas

Tamim Teas is the first herbal tea company dedicated to the benefits of organic mushrooms. Based in the Boston area, founder Liat is taking the tea market in a whole new direction. Apprehensive about what a mushroom tea will actually taste like? The caffeine-free blends offer a variety of naturally sweet mixes of spices and flavors.

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Medicinal mushrooms are exploding in today’s health market. They contain nourishing health compounds now being studied for their potential in cancer care and immune system support.

For mushroom-based tea, it is recommended a longer steep of 20 minutes or more for greater functionality and flavors of the tea.

When handcrafting mushroom tea blends for optimal flavor and function, Liat pairs each freshly dried functional mushroom with a fragrant array of herbs to augment both the health proprieties of each medicinal mushroom and make a well-balanced tea to be thoroughly enjoyed at any time. It's a revitalizing experience for both health enthusiasts and tea lovers alike.

In addition to drinking these mushroom teas warm, they can also be brewed, refrigerated and served cold over ice in the warm summer month. It’s easy and fun! Need to bring something to a picnic or BBQ? Nothing is as unique as iced mushroom tea – it’s bound to pique everyone’s interest and taste-buds. Liat’s favorite blends to serve iced are the Chaga Chai and Reishi Delight.

You can find Tamim Teas at the Farmers Market on August 26th or in local retail stores around the Boston area. 

Stop by the Farmers Market every Sunday to see more healthy living alternatives like mushroom tea! 

SoWa Open Market: Father's Day Gift Guide

Between birthdays + holidays, it's easy to be stumped on what to get your dad for Father's Day. There are always the safe go-to gift cards for when we are in a crunch. But this year, why not get your dad something a little more personal, a bit more local + a lot more meaningful! Check out some of the awesome gifts you can find for dad at the SoWa Open Market next Sunday, June 10, 10 am - 4pm. With something for everyone, these SoWa vendors have got you covered!

Alex's Ugly Sauce —Farmers Market

If your father is a foodie, get him some of this small batch hot sauce! With locally grown peppers and heat levels ranging from a 1-10 scale, you can find a sauce for anyone. But there's no reason to stop there. Grab your dad some dried pepper shakers or really surprise him with a Bloody Mary mix!

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Nine Five LTD— Arts Market

Why not find your dad the perfect gift while doing some good?  Nine Five donates 20% of each purchase to a cause of your choice. Their mantra is "Live This Day" encouraging you to live each day to the fullest and help the less fortunate to do the same. Browse their selection of hats, hoodies + t-shirts to find the perfect gift that keeps on giving for your dad. 

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Prospect Ciderworks— Farmers Market

That's right, the same cider you find in our beer barn is also sold in our farmers market! They offer three unique flavors made from local New England apples, making for a fun and tasty gift for dad!

 

Adelante Shoe Company— Arts Market

For the stylish dads out there, stop by Adelante Shoe Company for a new pair of kicks! At Adelante, you are getting high-quality footwear at a more affordable price.

Hubba Hubba— Farmers Market

For the cook of the family, get him some Hubba Hubba rub. Use the blends for anything from rubs to cooking spices, marinades or salad dressing mixes. You can even add olive oil to the mixes to make a tasty dipping sauce. Their website has plenty of recipes for your dad to try out! 

Fiber and Water— Arts Market

Give your dad a gift for home with this unique burlap art. Fiber and Water offer anything from city-related artwork to custom pieces. This thoughtful gift would make the perfect addition to any home!