I had a friend staying with me this weekend, so after our apres-airport dinner at Taranta, we decided to do an eating tour of the countryside the following day.
We started at Dairy Joy in Weston. My DC said her fried clams were excellent, much better than Kelly's. Ditto for my onion rings, which were sweet, golden, and as greasless as possible. The breading was delicious and didn't fall off, so no pile of crumbs at the bottom. They have a lot of picnic tables in the shade set well back from the road.
Next we stopped at Verrill Farms in Concord to pick up that night's dinner of corn and tomatoes. Both were great, especially the corn, which was their own. Apparently they have many varieties of Heirlooms in the morning, but by the time we got there they had sold out. They did have tomatoes from Leominster, which were just ripe enough to eat, and in a different league than the ones I'd had at Taranta the night before. It was like eating summer itself.
After the veggie pick-up we hit Kimball's in Carlisle for a couple of kiddie cones, grapenut for me, pistachio for her. She seemed incredulous to the point of anger at the cones' magnitude, and complained about it for the whole half hour it took us to finish every last drop of them. She said, "If you're going to eat ice cream, you might as well get it right, but that's a once-in-a-lifetime thing." Both were so flavorful and creamy, and loaded with nuts. We broke up the chore with talking to one of their unusually friendly and cute goats. The next day she said, "The next time we go to Kimball's...."