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What has become known as the locavore movement is the result of consumers becoming increasingly aware of where their food comes from, and possible thanks to the appearance of Farmer's Markets everywhere from large cities to the small corners of suburbia. The typical season for these markets is summer, however many can be found year round, including here in Salem.
Just this year, Massachusetts was ranked 11th in the country for its support of local food (via VT based Locavore Index). In fact, all six New England states are in the top twenty. Out of 351 towns and cities in MA, 292 Farmer's Markets can be found here. Of course, the local produce and other foods don't just make for a fresh meal; Salem Sips has some fun, fresh, and festive cocktail recipes for you to try featuring ingredients available at most markets! And here's a bit of Farmer's Market trivia: the largest one in the world is in Tokyo, hosting over 1700 vendors. The most famous and successful is Pike Place Market in Seattle (fish mongers!).
Bring one cup of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and a half cup of local maple syrup to a simmer until all sugar dissolves; let cool. Pour 3 oz of bourbon into a mug, add 2 oz of the maple simple syrup, and top with hot water.
APPLE CINNAMON SANGRIA
In a large pitcher, combine sliced local apples, 4 cinnamon sticks, one bottle of reisling, one cup of local apple cider, and lemon slices. Let chill a few hours then pour into wine glasses over ice.
Juice four to six green heirloom tomatoes and half of a cucumber. Add 2 oz of cucumber vodka, half ounce of horseradish, pinch of celery salt, and dash of green hot sauce. Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with cucumber slice and lemon wedge.
SPICY CRANBERRY MARTINI
In a sauce pan, combine 2 cups of water, 1.5 cups of sugar, one cup of fresh cranberries, and one quarter cup of fresh peeled and chopped ginger. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved and cranberries begin to burst (careful not to boil it!). Let cool, and discard the berries and ginger. In a shaker, add 5 oz ginger vodka and 1 oz of the cranberry syrup. Add ice, shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with fresh cranberries.
MAKE YOUR OWN INFUSIONS!
Using local produce such as fruit and herbs, add your favorites to plain vodka, white rum, or tequila. Some ideas are appleberry vodka, sugar pumpkin rum, or jalapeño tequila! Tell us in the comments which infusion you'll be making and let us know if you make one of the above Farm to Shaker cocktails!