Brothers Market – My new go-to

Seriously, if you follow me at all. you know I’m all about the food. I like to find it, buy it, prepare it, and, yes, eat it. I also like to make a gift of it.  And Brothers Market is a place where the people like their food even more than I do. They care about the best sourcing, pricing and the best quality products and they want to know what people want – so, we as the consumers, get all the benefit of their hyper focused work. Already a win. Then you get to the store (any of their stores), and it is warm, welcoming and inviting – just like everyone who works there. I have seen every employee pitch in during a rush – people from all different departments and all areas of responsibility in the store, man the registers or gift wrap station or bag groceries.

I have been to hosted blogger events in both Medfield and the newly renovated Weston Market.  Their stores have great food, customer service, and my fave, coffee bars with great seating. We were there to sample some of their delicious prepared food – I know, tough work if you can get it.

This Butternut Squash recipe is easily a new family favorite. Make it for your family, bring it as a side dish, for your next pot luck. You will be very popular. I should know. I use food to make friends all the time.




Celebrate Italy at Brothers Marketplace

Celebrate Italy at Brothers Marketplace

Since Brothers in Medfield is one of my all time favorite places to get delicious food anytime, when I was invited to a blogger lunch to celebrate Italy, I was immediately on board. Brothers is running a promotion through March 10th, Amiamo Italy,  focusing on great prepared foods and products from Italy. The Eggplant Parmesan and Chicken Parmesan are wonderful and among their top-sellers. I tested both (again, I’m so nice like that), and it’s easy to see why. Delicious! Brothers also has a great coffee bar, soda shop counter, and some seriously amazing prepared foods – and while they are featuring Italian foods this month, there are always amazing sandwiches, a hot bar with comfort food favorites, and the bakery. Don’t miss grabbing a coffee and sitting at the farmhouse table with some of their delicious baked goods. You’ll thank me later.



So a group of bloggers and people from the local media got to sample oh-so-much-delicious food! What a lovely group! We learned about how Brothers finds new products and had a lovely lunch with a tour of the store. Absolutely unabashedly love this place. Is there a possibility for a Brothers in Newton? I can only hope – and keep asking the wonderful management team.



Recipe for the Zucchini Fritters as promised


So check out what’s happening at Brothers – it’s always something good!

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A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocal

A Gorgeous Day At The Farm #eatdrinkbelocalIMG_2584

Natick Community Organic Farm and Brothers Marketplace

Yesterday we spent a beautiful summer day with family and blogging friends at Natick Community Organic FarmBrothers Marketplace hosted a lunch at the farm to celebrate their connection to local food and farms, and it was wonderful to get a tour of a working, local, and sustainable farm. While we had visited the farm before, and I knew they had a great camp program, I didn’t know that they have a year round farm stand, organic turkeys at Thanksgiving, and chicken coops that you can rent by the week. And everyone there was friendly, incredibly dedicated and passionate about this bucolic oasis which is about as far away from my house as Boston is, but entirely a world away.

We started the tour in the fantastic flower garden. The entire farm is organic and these beautiful blooms are available at the farm stand and both Brothers Marketplace locations (Medfield and Weston).













Next we visited the chickens, pigs, turkeys and cows. The pigs were snoozing in the heat and we learned how all parts of the farm work together from leftover staff lunches and flowers being used as feed for the animals to the making of and use of compost. Now my family wants to be on the list to buy a fresh turkey for Thanksgiving.



Here are the turkey facts:

  • NCOF raises 175 turkeys every year.
  • They are fed organic grains from their day of hatching and allowed to roam and graze on the Farm’s organic pastures.
  • Dressed turkeys weigh between 16 and 35 pounds.
  • Turkeys will cost $4.75 pound, based on the cost of organic grain this year. They are sold fresh.
  •  More info here).

And chicken coops (chickens included) can be yours for a week or more. What a great family activity! The farm delivers the coop, and you get fresh eggs (okay, there is some work involved in the caring of the chickens). You can download more info about the fantastically named chicken tractor here.

After the tour, we were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by the chefs at Brothers Marketplace, and everything was made with farm fresh ingredients, and a gorgeous fresh mozzarella (made that morning) in the tomato salad.


We also got to see a demonstration of making mozzarella cheese – check out Stowed Stuff for the complete video.


I have been a fan of the Brothers Marketplace stores for a while now and I’m happy to share with you a $25 gift card.  Just share in the comments below – What is your favorite local summer treat?

So Eat, Drink and Be Local – Head to Brothers Marketplace (Medfield or Weston) for great, fresh, local food that supports local farms and manufacturers.

Follow @BrosMarketplace on Twitter and Brothers Marketplace on Instagram. #eatdrinkbelocal

Natick Community Organic Farm is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education to all ages, year-round. Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the Farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs and volunteer opportunities for workingthe land. NCOF is open to the public daily during daylight hours with no admission fee for visits and purchases. Follow on Twitter @natickfarm

Thank you to Brothers Marketplace and Natick Community Organic Farm for the terrific event and lunch, and Iggy’s Bread, Nola’s Fresh Foods, Tortilleria La Niña, Grillo’s Pickles, and Spindrift Soda for the yummy treats.

I was not compensated for this post but did receive a goodie bag and a gift certificate to Brothers Market place to give away. All opinions are, and always will be, my own.



My New Love – Brother’s Marketplace Medfield, that is.

capability mom at blogger event at Brothers Marketplace medfield - great coffeeBrother’s Marketplace Medfield

I first visited Brothers Marketplace in Medfield while at an all day sporting event at the local high school. My husband and I were walking into town for lunch and he told me about a place called Brothers and that I would love it. Just in front of us was the storefront – the sign, the font, the colors, the charmingly arranged bales of hay outside.  “I already do, ” I replied. “How can you know you love it?” he asked. I looked at him in astonishment – because you just know. It comes in handy, this sense about where to find good food (another post will be about my food finds in NYC last month). But let’s give credit where credit is due, the husband did find Brothers, I just ID’d it as wonderful from the street. It lived up to (nay, exceeded) its promise and we walked there twice more that day, bypassing the Starbucks across the street in favor of the coffee at Brothers.

The second time I visited Brothers was in response to an invitation to a Blogger Breakfast. To be honest, I didn’t even read the invite all the way through before I replied yes! I didn’t have to…I was on board no matter what they were sharing – and it turns out they were sharing a lot – great food and delicious freshly roasted coffee, a lovely tour sharing how into how they work as a team and find the wonderfully locally sourced items and the specialty items. And then time to sit at the wonderful farm table with blogging friends and chat. And sample. And chat. And sample. Well, you get the idea.

Brother’s Marketplace manages to be both sophisticated and homey at the same time. It has a lovely old fashioned feel but with the super clean and state of the art fixtures, equipment and cases, you know you are in good hands. Brother’s (Bro-Med in our house) is part of the Roche Brothers family of stores but in a micro-grocery kind of way. The staff is ever friendly and polite and I know – I have visited both stores a few times since (there is one in Weston, too), and was warmly greeted each and every time, and no one knew I was writing about the store – they’re just naturally that nice.

In addition to fantastic produce, there are equally beautiful and fully stocked meat, fish and cheese departments and carefully curated dry goods, well, carefully curated everything, really. The prepared food is wonderful – everything from a hot bar with house made mac and cheese and rotisserie chicken (perfect) to amazing in-house sushi. The sandwiches (I have sampled four so far but willing to go back if research demands it) are all delicious and the selection of salads is impressive.

You can complete an entire grocery shop here, or just drop in for some of their terrific freshly roasted coffee and yummy baked goods and grab dinner for later. I happily would visit daily if it were a tiny bit closer to home. Hint to Brothers – A Bro-New? Please?


I was invited to a Blogger Breakfast and tour of Brother’s Marketplace in Medfield and received a gift bag of wonderful food to sample. The in-house mozzarella is a must have and it was thoughtfully paired with basil and a fantastic loaf of bread. Caprese sandwiches for dinner! I did not receive any compensation for this post and, as always, all opinions are my own.

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