By Scott Kearnan
The Boston area is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to food artisans. But many of the same small-batch purveyors pop up again and again on local menus – so we scoured for some new and under-the-radar names that are doing great (and delicious) things.
Maitland Mountain Farm
Why We Love Them: Because this small, 2.5 acre farm (filled with free-roaming chickens) in Salem proves that size isn’t everything. In just a few seasons it’s established a reputation for its impressively high yield of flowers and (often pickled) veggies.
Signature Item: Holly’s Spicy Pickles
Where to Try: The Blue Ox fries them up and serves them with grilled lemon, thyme aioli and aged balsamic
Where to Buy: They’re a regular vendor at several North Shore farmer’s markets, including the Cape Ann Farmers Market, coming up next on April 19.