Along Main St in Medford, from La Cascia bakery to Bob's pastas, there are half a dozen Italian-American businesses and restaurants catering to every possible food need. Although the scenery may not be the finest, we believe it's well worth a little exploration.
Among other things, you will find a cafe where you can sip espresso and watch the game, a bakery where you can purchase baked goods, breads, and Italian sandwiches, a past shop where you will find pasta sauces, fresh-made pasta, meats and jars of anything from artichokes to sun-dried tomatoes and a restaurant where you can sit down for a nice meal.
What to buy: Italian and Italian-American food and drink to eat immediately or take home for later.
Many attempts have been made to revitalize Medford Square, but the Market is by far out favorite! Every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer (check the website for exact dates and times as they vary), you can stop in for fresh produce, home-baked goodies, and lots of local entertainment.
As eating local becomes more and more popular, we hope that the market will only continue to grow.
What to buy: 2008 will be the Market's second season, and we are hoping for great things! In addition to the vegetables and baked goods of last year, there is talk of other types of produce - meats, eggs, and cheese.
What to pay: Don't expect that the Market can beat grocery store prices, but knowing where your food is coming from is worth the extra cost!
Arthur's Pastry shop is a family-owned business that has been in Medford for several generations, and which produces some of the finest baked goods in the area.
They do biscotti, creme pies that have added pounds to more than one local stomach, and wonderful pastries that go just perfectly with a cup of coffee.
The staff can be intimidating - Mrs. Arthur doesn't smile a whole lot, while an elderly family member sometimes reprimands those who come in the wrong door - but when you break down the tough outer wall, they're soft-hearted, and Arthur himself will, if you are less than 35, almost certainly call you 'kid' throughout your visit.
What to buy: The canolli are to die for, but you have to ask for them: they are filled to order therefire aren't displayed out front. At the weekends, they do a spice cake that's very special, too.
What to pay: As little or as much as you want: once you start ordering, it can be difficult to stop!