Photo: Mandy McAndrews

By Mandy McAndrews

As the sun slowly melts the remnants of winter away, we gleefully look forward and embrace the longer and warmer days ahead. Soon, our daydreams of gardens blooming and picnic lunches in the grass will become reality. The sights and sounds of bustling farmers’ markets will be alive with bright, fresh produce, meats, and ways to dress them up.

This spring, we’re here to help you with your market shopping list, offering a curated guide of local and delicious finds that will prepare for the best backyard barbeque feasts, bursting with local flavors. Hello, spring, we missed you!

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Mandy McAndrews curates, describes, and photographs items in this column. Find her at, where she showcases small businesses products in styled seasonal lookbooks at her home studio in Plymouth, MA.