Simpson Spring Root Beer Glazed Salmon


  • 1 pound fresh salmon filets;  You could also use Swordfish or Mahi Mahi here if you preferred
  • 2 bottles of Simpson Spring Root Beer
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Orange or Lemon Slices
  • Fresh dill


Pour Simpson Spring Root Beer into a small saucepan and simmer until it has thickened and reduced to approximately 1 cup. This may take up to an hour.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and crushed garlic. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. When it is good and hot, add the olive oil. Add the salmon, skin side up and sear it for 4 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filet. You are looking to brown the fish and to see the sides of the filet starting to cook. When this happens, flip the salmon over and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until desired doneness. You’ll know it is ready when the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Remove the fish to a plate and spoon the Root Beer glaze over the top before serving. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice and some fresh dill for a beautiful presentation.

This salmon pairs great with your favor couscous side and some steamed greens. We love it with broccoli or in the spring when the asparagus we grow out back is ready for picking!

What is deal with Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is one of my favorite essential oils, but care must be taken when using it because of its potency and toxicity if ingested.  It has natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that when diluted in a carrier oil make it great for treating various minor skin issues, as well as having some household uses.  Here are just a few things you do with Tea Tree Oil:

What are some uses for Tea Tree Oil?

  • Add a few drops to your laundry detergent when washing cloth diapers or especially stinky athletic clothes. It will kill the bacteria and make everything smell clean again!
  • Add a few drops to your child's shampoo.  Tea Tree Oil naturally repels lice!

  • Add a few drops to 1/4 cup olive oil and use it as a spot treatment for acne. It will kill bacteria trapped in the pores and help clear up those blemishes. 

  • Make a deodorizing spray with witch hazel, water, and Tea Tree Oil for use on hockey and football equipment. Any hockey/football parent knows how gross all of that gear can get. Keep it from smelling like a locker room with Tea Tree Oil!  You can add Eucalyptus and Peppermint as well for added benefits and a better scent.

The Magic of Hempseed Oil

Why does hempseed oil work so well at healing dry skin, especially eczema and psoriasis?

Hempseed oil has many amazing, and unique properties that make it the absolute best oil for healing even the worst dry skin. The fats, or lipids, found in hempseed oil are similar to those found in the skin.  It is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It hydrates the skin and brings more oxygen to it, which makes it a good treatment for eczema and dry, itchy skin.

Also, because psoriasis is caused by a deficiency of omega-6 fatty acid, products made with hempseed oil are perfect moisturizers!  It can also bring down the redness and irritation of acne outbreaks, which is why I use it in my Facial Balm.

Over time, it can help eliminate acne by keeping the skin healthy and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn't block the pores but will actually help the skin balance oil production.  Because hempseed oil is a natural product with no known side effects, it is ideal for treating skin irritations.  

I hope this gives you a little insight into why I use hempseed oil as a main ingredient in many of my products. You can find my "Piper Dee Naturals" line of all-natural body products at the Simpson Spring Market, or on Etsy at


Go Natural with Piper Dee

Piper Dee Naturals has been a staple of our Simpson Spring Marketplace since nearly the beginning. Piper Dee Naturals embodies our values in every way, shape and form. They strive to provide customers with a quality product, made from real materials. They are forthcoming and transparent about product ingredients and believes that educating their audience and providing real value to them is the best way to build a lifelong customer.

All of Piper Dee Naturals products are created with simple, all-natural ingredients such as olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, hempseed oil, and essential oils. Every product is paraben-free, sulfate-free, and formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.  

We recently caught up with Piper Jornales, owner and creator of Piper Dee Naturals to ask her some of our favorite “like-minded business” questions:

Please tell us one thing your customers might not know about your products?

Piper: We use essential oils not just for their aromatic benefits, but more so for their therapeutic benefits in order to help your skin and body heal on the inside as well as outside. For example, our "Clearing & Cooling Congestion Relief Salve" contains menthol, eucalyptus, and peppermint essential oils. Eucalyptus in particular is a wonderful detoxifier and expectorant, which makes it a great essential oil to use when fighting a cold or the flu.

Give us 3 words to describe your products:

Piper:  Simple, Natural, Soothing

Give us 3 words to describe your business:

Piper: Fun, Creative, and Satisfying

Do you shop local?

Piper: I personally shop local as much as I can. The Marketplace at Simpson Spring is one of my favorite places to shop because of its selection of meats, yogurt, all-natural snacks, and of course the amazing water and hand-crafted soda.

Find Piper Dee Naturals everyday in our Local Goods Marketplace and stay tuned to our blog for a series of useful and informative articles from Piper Jornales.

Ginger Ale Carrots

This fantastic side dish is a modification of Alton Brown's Glazed Carrots recipe. If you are lucky enough to have a Winter CSA or a local farm stand with a winter offering, you may still be able to get some farm fresh carrots from storage. If not, grab a few pounds from your local supermarket. These are so good, you'll want left overs so get more than you'd serve at one meal.


  • 3 lbs Carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1.5 bottles of Simpson Spring Ginger Ale
  • 2 cloves Garlic, crushed and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of Butter
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley or chives, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


Put a large fry pan or sauteé pan over medium heat. Add 1/2 the butter, the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the carrots; stir to coat the carrots in the butter and garlic mixture. Add the GingerAle. Bring the pan to a simmer; cover and reduce the heat to medium low for about 15 minutes. Uncover, bring the heat back up to medium-high and continue to cook, stirring frequently. When the liquid is nearly cooked off, add the final tablespoon of butter and cook until the carrots just start to brown on the bottom. Remove from the heat, add the herbs, salt and pepper, and serve.

Soda Burgers

Here's a fantastically different spin on your classic burger. 


  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup your favorite Simpson Spring Soda

  • 1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers

  • 4 tablespoons your favorite French-style salad dressing

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef



  • Preheat grill on high heat. Lightly oil the grate.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the egg, just 1/4 cup of soda (save the other 1/4 cup), crackers, 2 tablespoons of French dressing, and Parmesan cheese.

  • Crumble in the ground beef, and mix well.

  • Divide the mixture to make six 3/4 inch patties.

  • Pour the remaining soda and dressing into a small bowl, and mix well.

  • Grill burgers for approximately 3 minutes per side. Brush with the dressing and soda, then continue to grill for 8 to 10 more minutes until your desired doneness, basting occasionally.

Dolce Cupcakes

Dolce Cupcakes of South Easton, MA is one of the Marketplace’s longest running and most beloved vendors. Offering delectable hand-crafted treats including cookies, cake-pops, whoopie pies, larabars and, of course, gourmet cupcakes, Deborah Fayne, owner and chief baker at Dolce Cupcakes makes all of her products from scratch! “Our products are created with special attention to quality ingredients, unique flavors and the love of sharing our family recipes with everyone.”

Dolce Cupcakes also offers cooking and baking classes for school-aged children. Her students learn basic meal preparation skills and how to bake and decorate from scratch.

We caught up with Deb recently to ask her a few questions about Dolce Cupcakes and why she supports local business:

Can you tell us one thing your customers might not know about your treats?

Deb: If I have to name just one thing, it would be that our recipes are from my own family and friends. Some of them are from my mother's old tin recipe box that was given to me when she passed away. It gives me great comfort when I open it to take out stained recipe card with its tattered edges from years of baking and read a recipe that was written by's bitter sweet sometimes.

Give us 3 words to describe your business:  

Deb: Homemade, delicious, traditions.

Do you shop local?

Deb: Yes, I shop local! I personally, buy many things, such as water, soda, honey, nuts, and meats at the Simpson Spring Marketplace, too, just to name a few.

Simpson Spring Root Beer Baked Beans


  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3-1/2 cups onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 15-ounce cans white cannellini, rinsed, drained OR approximately 1.5lbs of dried white beans, cooked
  • 1 bottle Simpson Spring Root Beer
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp molasses, black strap is preferred
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste 


Preheat oven to 400°F. Render bacon in large ovenproof pot, a cast iron pot would be great, over medium heat until crisp. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels. Brown the onions in the bacon drippings that remain in the pot, stirring often, this should take approx. 8 minutes.

Add garlic and stir for 30-60 seconds or until fragrant. Add cooked or canned beans, root beer, molasses, tomato paste, mustard, 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper; mix. Stir in bacon; bring to boil. Transfer to oven; bake uncovered until liquid thickens, about 30 minutes. Stir in the remaining tbsp of apple cider vinegar before serving.

6 Unique and Locally Inspired Holiday Gifts

We know you have been invited to a Secret Santa or Yankee Swap holiday party and that you have probably waited until the last minute to grab a gift. Or maybe you are in need of the perfect host / hostess gift. There’s not a better place to pick up a unique and thoughtful gift than Simpson Spring's Marketplace! Whether it’s for your office holiday party, your neighbor’s Christmas soirée or your Aunt Betty’s open house, you can give a nice local gift that won't break the bank. Here are five gift ideas that will make you the star of the show.

  1. Pick up some of Deano’s sauce and tri-color tortellini, in your favorite seasonal flavors. Located in Somerville, Deano’s has been making family recipe pasta and sauces for over 40 years. We have many varieties available in the store for the gift of a full belly.
  2. Also check out our locally roasted coffee selection featuring Boston Common Coffee, and Red Barn Coffee Roasters. Nothing says “happy holidays” like a bag of locally roasted coffee, and several different varieties are available at the marketplace. Coffee is the most essential part of any Christmas morning.
  3. Is there someone sweet you need to buy for? How about some honey stuff? At the Marketplace you'll have more than enough choices to make a honey-sweet gift. Our honey products are made from local companies and local bees including Celeste Apiaries, which are located behind Simpson Spring, Jenny D's Bees, Queen Bee Honey Products and Products of the Hive. Our vast selection includes candles, soaps, balms, lotions, salves and of course, pure local honey. Local honey is the best honey and you can't get more local than these. So, unless you have an apiary next door, this is as good as honey can get.
  4. Give a gift that is new and unique like some sweet almond coconut butter from Essentially Coconut, located in Rhode Island. These flavored spreads are made from the meat of the coconut and are delicious on bread, crackers or all by itself. Come in a pick up a jar. Leave a sandwich for Santa!
  5. Create a custom wellness basket. At our Marketplace we are lucky to have several health & beauty vendors, including Piper Dee's Naturals who will work with you to design a custom gift sets in cute ready-to-give packages. Piper suggests a Winter Survival Kit with Congestion Balm, Congestion Shower Cakes, Hand to Heel Balm, and Silky Lip Balm. Or, make a Teacher's gift set with Nail Butter, Muscle and Joint Relief Balm, and Silky Lip Balm. 
  6. There is no better treat that a hand-crafted, locally made soda which, lucky for you, come in all the colors and flavors of the holiday. Our lemon-lime and raspberry-lime sodas look like classic red and green Christmas lights. Or, if you like your taste a little bit crisper, our flavored seltzers, like our festive Cranberry Sparkling Spring Water, are perfect on their own or as mixers for your favorite cocktails. Mix up a six-pack for under $10. Or fill a locally made wooden crate with some nostalgic, old-fashioned flavors for just $45.

Sophia’s Greek Pantry


A few months back, I stumbled upon the best greek yogurt in the whole world. Really. The first time the rich, silky, probiotic filled treat touched my tongue… let’s just say it was one of those “had to have it” moments. Now we travel back and forth from Sophia’s weekly, bringing back up to 100 pounds of yogurt to sell at our everyday Marketplace.

Sophia Skopetos has always made her own yogurt since she was a teenager and now it is one of Massachusetts secret gems. Using a recipe that she learned from her grandmother, that combines a perfect amount of sheep and goat’s milk (not cows), she creates a magnificently thick and tangy greek-style yogurt that is so unlike the candied fruit infused yogurts found in your local box store, it feels wrong to call them the same thing.

While you can always grab some of Sophia’s yogurt, (it comes in many seasonally inspired flavors, but is always available in plain, honey-vanilla, honey-coconut and honey-blueberry, you can also grab it while visiting Sophia’s Greek Pantry, an authentic Greek specialty store with two locations, in Belmont, Somerville and Lowell. Fans (like us) travel from miles around just to visit. Sophia’s Greek Pantry also offers a variety of Greek and Mediterranean-style products and imports including Greek coffee, olives, cooking oils, pasta, breads, books and gifts as well as their own homemade baked goods and pastries from their on-site pastry chef! Sophia’s Greek Pantry also boasts an extensive catering menu.

Stop by our Marketplace for Sophia’s Greek Yogurt, available 6 days a week!

Why We Love Edible South Shore

edible SOUTH SHORE & SOUTH COAST is a seasonal magazine that celebrates the abundance of local foods in Southeastern Massachusetts. They believe that our food choices make a difference to our health, to the health of our planet, and to our enjoyment of life. 

eSS covers news of our region’s farmers, brewers, food artisans, chefs, home gardeners, and others who have a dedication to producing and using sustainably produced, local, seasonal foods. 

The folks from edible South Shore have often been guests at our Saturday Marketplace Events and we always have the latest copy of their magazine available at the Spring.

If you are not already a fan, you will want to read eSS if you:

  • Eat delicious, locally grown, seasonal foods
  • Would like to get to know the people who grow, produce, cook and sell those foods
  • Love seasonal recipes featuring your favorite locally found ingredients
  • Are interested in learning more about what’s available in our region in terms of great dining, day trips, food events, festivals, books, and food products.


Banana Peels As Medicine

Bananas are a healthy snack. Firstly their convenience makes them very appealing as a snack-on-the-go. In addition they are nutrient-rich, containing Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese and potassium as well as being high in fiber. They can help protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, blindness and diabetes, they combat depression, help digestion, they can reduce PMS, build your immune system.

Have you ever considered the many uses of the banana peel? The peel and pulp of ripe bananas have antifungal and antibiotic properties, which protect the plant against fungal and bacterial infections. Banana peels can also protect us through its medicinal properties. Some home remedies include the following:

Psoriasis - The inside of the peel should be rubbed on the affected area for a natural treatment. Initially the area will become red, however with persistent use, the difference caused to the skin will be noticeable.

Acne treatment - Rub the inside of the peel on the affected area. After regular use of the peel, the acne will no more be visible. It is best to rub the peel at night, before going to bed for better effect.

Poison Ivy - Rub the inside of the peel on the affected area. After some time you will see that the itching, redness and inflammation will disappear. In some cases, you will have to apply the peel again or tape the peel to the affected area(s).

Warts - Rub the inside of the peel on the wart every night for 7 to 10 days. Alternately you can try to tape the peel on the warts overnight. This plantar wart treatment may take about 15 days.

Beautiful supple skin - Rub the inside of the peel on your face before going to bed. Leave it on overnight and wash it the next morning with warm water. Allergies, skin irritation and skin bruises can also be treated with its use.

Mosquito bites - Tape the peel on the affected area and leave it overnight. The chemicals in the skin will help in getting rid of the itching sensation.

Wounds - Heal wounds faster with banana peel, especially knee injuries. Rub directly on affected area or tape the peel to the wound overnight, washing with warm water in the morning. Repeat daily.

Splinter removal - Tape on the affected area. The peel will help in dissolving the splinter or it will work the splinter out.

Silverware and leather polish - Avoid harsh chemicals and use banana peels instead. It is best to perform a patch test before you use it. Apply in a circular fashion then buff off with a soft cloth.

Whiten your teeth by polishing them with a banana peel...?

There are dangers associated with Cosmetic Teeth Whitening procedures so this seems like a perfect alternative. Some people claim that regularly rubbing the inside of the banana peel on their teeth helps in whitening the teeth. The peel should be rubbed on the teeth in a circular motion. Using a peel everyday, the effects of teeth whitening should be seen in about two weeks. Here are better instructions in how to do it. Give it a try.