September 29, 2017

Hello all,

Wow! What a season it has been. We are super excited to celebrate the season with y’all this Friday at the Hetty Green Park from 4-6:30pm. Bring along you and yours and come enjoy the harvest bounty with us. This is the time to stock up and freeze, can, and dry to save money on your grocery bill–everything is in abundance and at a great price.

As a group, we are also greatly looking forward to our Fall Markets, being held at 33 Bridge Street (also affectionately known as the “WOOL building”) on October 20th, November 17th, and December 15th from 4-7pm. This will give you a chance to catch up with your favorite Greater Falls Farmers’ Market vendors and enjoy the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint by keeping it local.

If you participated in the “6 of 8″ program, please check in with me at the market. This is the last chance to have your name entered into our drawing to get a wonderful gift for being such a loyal customer. Prizes include: $20 Gift Certificate to Harlow Farm or Pete’s Stand or Vermont Elderberry, A wonderful Herb Book and Produce Bags from Village Square Booksellers, a Gorgeous Piece of Citrine from Windham Antiques, a Gift from Daddy’s Girl Soaps, or a Gift from Joanna Alix. Whoa! Lots of chances to win.

As always, if you are an EBT shopper, please stop on by the Market Table to match $10 of benefits with $10 FREE dollars in Crop Cash. Tell your friends all about this wonderful program.

Thank you all for keeping it local with us this season–I appreciate your efforts to build community, reduce packaging and fossil fuel consumption, and create a positive environment for commerce and socialization. We need to be the change we want to see. Thank you for making a difference.

Participating in this week’s Market:
1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
Add some umami to your dishes with these wonderful pearl oyster mushrooms.

A Homesteaders Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
This lively group of folks will offer a variety of locally produced and grown foods. This week, there will be an array of items to check out, including Next Generation Edibles’ jams, jellies, pickles and ferments as well as a v/gf Hubbard Squash Bisque served up for dinner; The Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces: Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, wearables and home decor items, granola, kombucha and burritos for dinner; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs and herbs. Friend of the Market Specials: Amber Paris, Buy 1 Granola, 2nd Bag $1 Off; Next Generation Edibles, $1 Off Purchase of 2 Canned Items

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
A family endeavor, Daniel and Kira will offer great fresh drinks, tinctures, rain barrels and produce. Kira has some delicious drink recipes she’ll be mixing up to keep you refreshed at the market, while Daniel has been busy growing up plants, shrubs and trees to bring to wonderful produce to market. Also available are Kira’s hand crafted tinctures. Friend of the Market Special : To be announced

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol will have her long-lasting glycerin based soaps at market, as well as her wonderful foot scrubs.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Roasted Shallot & Kalamata Olive, VT Feta with Morello Cherries, Roasted Garlic, Mozzarella Stuffed Tomato Basil Rolls, Challah, and the Buttermilk White will all be available this week. Yum!

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
The whole rainbow of produce is now available. Wonderful greens, beans, nightshades, squashes, and more. Also, the grill will be fired up for some delicious sausages. Friend of the Market Special : To be announced

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna will bring to us original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6”) of wildlife & nature. Her work is so sweet and fun. A must see. Friend of the Market Special: Free Tiny Notecard with purchase of 8×10 Print

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
Great produce at a great price. Thanks to Pete’s Stand, that is what you will find at the Greater Falls Farmers’ Market. Such fun to look at their display each week and enjoy making selections! Friend of the Market Special : To be announced

The Root Social Justice Center Brattleboro, VT
The Root Social Justice Center provides a physically and financially accessible space in Southern Vermont for social justice groups to meet AND is a hub for racial justice organizing. The Root prioritizes People of Color leadership and shifting resources to People of Color-led racial justice work. (from www.therootsjc.org)

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Stay healthy this Autumn with elderberry tonic. Ask Gino all about it.

See y’all at the Market.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

September 15, 2017

Friday brings us another opportunity to gather together and celebrate all things local. Local community, local food, local groups, local folks, local businesses, the Farmers’ Market is not just a place to fill your bags up with some yummy food for the week, it is a place where we create community and make connections. Go on and reduce your carbon footprint by filling your larder and fridge with local products, while having conversations with your neighbors about effecting positive change in our daily lives–be that by sharing a smile, making plans to help someone out, or joining a local group with a mission of creating change. Our market has seen growth this year, with lots of folks joining us at Hetty Green Park from 4-7pm and having a fun shopping experience while also enjoying great conversations with neighbors. Let’s build on that and bring more folks out, more community groups, and more real conversations foster community building. Let’s be the change we want to see.

This week, Aura Shards will bring their drums and didgeridoo to create lively and fun music for us. Attending children should be sure to stop on by the Market Tent to complete the Scavenger Hunt. Participating children answer some questions at the market with some help from their local farmers, and get a Greater Falls Farmers’ Market dollar after completing the Scavenger Hunt.

As always, if you are an EBT shopper, please stop on by the Market Table to match $10 of benefits with $10 FREE dollars in Crop Cash. Tell your friends all about this wonderful program.

Participating in this week’s Market are the following vendors:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
Last week these folks sold out! Their oyster mushrooms add wonderful umami to any meal. Curious? Chat with Roy and Conor about their local pearl oyster mushrooms–mycology is their thing.

A Homesteader’s Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
This lively group has created a cooperative to foster community commerce for local foods. What does that mean? In order to strengthen the local foods offerings available this group got together to share a booth in order to bring you as much local food as they can muster. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Enchilada Sauce, Wasabi Beans, Dilly Beans, Dill Pickles, Mint Jelly, Radish Jelly, Peach Ginger Jam, Pickled Squash, Pickled Jalapenos, Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, Fermented Veggies, 2 Flavors Vegan Cheese–Boursin and Peppercorn Feta, Beet Relish, and for dinner Coconut Curry; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces, and peppers–lots of bell peppers at an amazing price; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, sun bonnets, wearables, home decor items, super delicious handcrafted granola and also kombucha; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs. Daniel will be at the table this week and can discuss the hi-jinks happening over at Eventide View Farm. Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, $2 Off Toothpowders

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, Daniel has made rain barrels from a recycled food grade drums–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden rather than rely on your well or town water. Ask Kira about the traditional drinks she prepares for market each week. This week Black Locust Farm will offer some of their hand-crafted tinctures. Knotweed, shitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and hawthorn berry tinctures will all be available. These tinctures all have their own wonderful healing qualities. Please inquire with Kira if you are interested in how these tinctures made from locally harvested or homegrown ingredients can enrich your health. Friend of the Market Special: $5 off Rain BarrelsBlack Locust Farm Rain Barrel

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol makes her handmade soaps with a glycerin base to ensure that her soaps last. The beauty of using a local, handmade soap is that you know what the ingredients are, and the ingredients list is not unpronounceable. Stop on through and ask Carol about her soap making process and the inspiration behind the scents she includes.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Bread, oh, delicious bread–moist, springy and flavorful. This week Dylan reports he is bringing to market Roasted Fennel & Apple, Grilled Peach & Balsamic, 5-Onion, Cheddar & Herb Rolls, Maple-Walnut Loaf, and the Buttermilk White . Dylan’s wonderful breads always sell out, so be sure to get over to his table early.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Harlow’s will offer organic grilled sausages and their super delicious sweet corn fresh cooked from the grill. Crops are in…corn, carrots, beets, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage–the list continues. And fall crops are in as well, butternut squash and brussel sprouts are here!

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
Jack crafts his silver works in a bucolic setting right over in Saxtons River. With such inspiration for his art, it is no wonder it is so stunning. These are pieces of art that get noticed. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are at all curious, go on and talk with him about how he works with silver.

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
This week, at Pete’s Stand’s booth will be corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, spinach, lettuce, kale, cantaloupe and watermelon, summer squash, eggplant, and local honey. The bounty of summer is here and the full array will be showing at these tables–you’ll find the full rainbow at Pete’s Stand!

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. This week Gino will bring to market, elderberry tonic, dried elderberry and dried herbs. Rhubarb pie and cold drinks will be available to enjoy at the market. Gino will have potted elderberry bushes, which are not only beautiful but can help you stay healthy year round. Looking for native perennials? Gino will have some of those, too. Friend of the Market Special: Free Drink with $10 Purchase

See y’all at the Market. Thanks for reading.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

Our Neighborhood Labor Day Farmers’ Market

Hello all,

As we take a moment to celebrate all the hard work we have put into the world surrounding us, and reflect on our contributions and relax a little bit this Labor Day Weekend, let us also celebrate the community we are a part of–working together to create what we have. Some of our local businesses and groups will be at the Farmers’ Market this Friday from 4-7pm to bring you local farm product, food, and goods. The Farmers and Food Artisans have been working all season to bring you the best that our local community offers, and there are many jobs that go along with that–there is the person at the Farmers’ Market you interact with, the farmhands and farmers back at the farm, the local stores’ employees who folks get their supplies from, the feed stores and more. Our vendors understand that by supporting other local businesses, we strengthen our community. Join us at the Hetty Green Park this Friday and celebrate our local jobs and community with us.

This week, we will continue our “6 of 8,” program. What is “6 of 8?” Three weeks ago, we began a new program in an effort to thank you all for supporting your Farmers’ Market. Please don’t forget to stop by the market table and sign in if you are a part of the program. (Thusfar, prizes include a $20 Gift Certificate to Harlow’s, $20 Gift Certificate to Pete’s Stand, $20 Gift Certificate to Vermont Elderberry, $15 Gift Card for Joanna Alix’s Notecards or Prints, a Gorgeous Piece of Citrine from Windham Antiques, and the book New Healing Herbs and re-usable produce bags from our sponsor Village Square Booksellers).

Remember, if you use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, you can get an additional $10 free in Crop Cash. Stop by the Farmers’ Market Tent to get your EBT tokens and Crop Cash.

Friends for Change is back! After a few weeks away, Friends for Change will be back at the market leading up children’s activities. Great fun for all involved. The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers, will also happen at this week’s market. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun!

Interested in learning more about the Farmers’ Market? Watch Fact TV’s The Feed’s Wednesday interview of Market Manager, Janice.

This week’s Vendors include:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
What happens when you take straw and inoculate it? Gorgeous, versatile pearl mushrooms for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The last couple of weeks I’ve had quite a number of people mention to me how wonderful the mushrooms they found at the market have been–find out for yourself this week. Every week I leave the market with at least one carton and always find the perfect meal to incorporate it in. Sometimes the mushrooms are the star of the dish, other times a beautiful side note.

A Homesteader’s Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
With all of the plants producing great bounty, there sure is quite a lot happening at A Homesteader’s Cooperative. Fermenting, canning, cooking, preserving all takes time and love–and this group is investing both to make sure we can all enjoy this summer’s harvest. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Wasabi Beans, Dill Pickles, Mint Jelly, Radish Jelly, Pickled Jalapenos, Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, and Beet Relish as well as Coconut Curry to eat at the market; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces, and peppers–lots of sweet peppers at an amazing price; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, sun bonnets, wearables, home decor items, jalapeno jelly; and chili to eat on a chilly summer day; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs; duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative from Blue Swede Farm. Patrick of the Peppertorium will be at the Homesteader’s Cooperative this week. He can tell you all about how he grows up his peppers and then turns them into the sauces he makes–there is a sauce for any occasion! Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, $2 Off Toothpowders

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, Daniel has made rain barrels from a recycled food grade drums–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden rather than rely on your well or town water. As always, Kira will have delicious beverages–ask her about these traditional drinks, the stories are interesting. This week Black Locust Farm will offer some of their hand-crafted tinctures. Knotweed, shitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and hawthorn berry tinctures will all be available. These tinctures all have their own wonderful healing qualities, some of which are used to help combat Lyme, others support heart health. Please inquire with Kira if you are interested in how these tinctures made from locally harvested or homegrown ingredients can enrich your health. Friend of the Market Special: $2 Off a 2 or 4 oz. Tincture
Black Locust Farm Rain Barrel

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
To market, to market…to buy Dylan’s delicious breads! Fresh or frozen–so incredibly delicious. I stock up at the market, keep one out and freeze the rest for the week and take them out one by one as needed. With the fabulous variety Dylan bakes up, it adds fun to the week.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Harlow Farm has an abundance of crops ready to travel home with you. Celebrating 100 years this September, this local favorite is sure to have something you want to go home with–or something to enjoy at the market now that they are grilling up sausages and hamburgers.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna brings to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″), as well as her wonderful wit and charm. Her art has the most adorable wildlife and nature theme, that she brings forth on the medium to make us all smile and laugh at the quirks these animals all have. Joanna will also offer a Friend of the Market special: Free Cardinal Notecard with any Purchase

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
Jack crafts his silver works in a bucolic setting right over in Saxtons River. With such inspiration for his art, it is no wonder it is so stunning. These are pieces of art that get noticed. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are at all curious, go on and talk with him about how he works with silver.

Mirasol Farm Langdon, New Hampshire
What a picture perfect array of produce Mirasol Farm brings to our Farmers’ Market. They are working hard just on the other side of Fall Mountain to bring you nutrient-dense vegetables farmed with as little ecological impact as possible. This week you will see beautiful cabbage, lettuce, beets, basil, cucumbers, and more. Oh, and their farm specialty, GARLIC. Lots and lots of garlic. Friend of the Market Special: Garlic 2 for the Price of 1

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local. A special thank you to the Our Place volunteers who donate their time at the Farmers’ Market each week.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
So many friends stock up at Pete’s Stand each week to make their preserves, salsas and the like–sometimes I wonder if I should garden less and go to Pete’s more! We are glad to have Pete’s Stand at the market, so we can enjoy their summer bounty brought to us at the park. This week, at Pete’s Stand’s booth will be corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, spinach, lettuce, kale, cantaloupe and watermelon, summer squash, eggplant, and local honey. Friend of the Market Special:15% Off All Produce

Stage 33 LIve Bellows Falls, Vermont
One of our extraordinary sponsors, Stage 33 Live, will be at the Farmers’ Market this week to share with us what is being created over at 33 Bridge Street to support local music and arts as well as science and humanities. Curious? Go on and talk with Mark about the vision and space.

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
April uses seasonal ingredients to whip up some of her dessert delights. Last week, I got to sample some of the apple spice bundt cake–pure deliciousness. Who knew gluten free could taste so amazingly decadent. If you haven’t tried out The Angry Duck Bakery yet, please do–you won’t regret it.

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. This week Gino will bring to market, elderberry tonic, dried elderberry and dried herbs. Gino will have potted elderberry bushes, which are not only beautiful but can help you stay healthy year round. Looking for native perennials? Gino will have some of those, too. Friend of the Market Special: Free Drink with $10 Purchase

See y’all at the Market.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

August 25, 2017

Hello all,

This week marks the 13th week of the Greater Falls Farmers’ Market. We have been gathering every Friday from 4-7pm on the Hetty Green Park in beautiful Bellows Falls to celebrate all things local. What better way is there to start the weekend than by gathering with neighbors, listening to some fantastic local music while supporting your neighborhood farmers, food producers, and artists? It is so wonderful to watch the smiling faces, conversations, and community building happen each week. Farmers’ Markets offer a direct experience of food and community. Michael Pollan describes Farmers’ Markets as the new public square.

With so many wonderful events happening locally, it is easy to have our weekends fill up with lively and fun events. Stock up for your weekend at the Farmers’ Market and fill your home with delicious and nutritious foods that will nourish you as you enjoy the gorgeous weather in store for us this weekend.

This week, we will continue our new program “6 of 8,” this week. What is “6 of 8?” Two weeks ago, we began a new program in an effort to thank you all for working with us to build our local community. “6 of 8” is designed to thank you for getting out to the Farmers’ Market. There are 6 Farmers’ Markets left to our season in Bellows Falls. If you have not yet signed up and you do this week–attend the last six markets and your name will be entered into a drawing to win some prizes from our market and it’s vendors. Please stop by the Market Tent and sign up for this program. Then, go on and enjoy filling up your reusable shopping bags with summer’s bounty so you can eat fresh, local foods all week long. (Thusfar, prizes include a $20 Gift Certificate to Harlow’s, $20 Gift Certificate to Pete’s Stand, $20 Gift Certificate to Vermont Elderberry, $15 Gift Card for Joanna Alix’s Notecards or Prints, a Gorgeous Piece of Citrine from Windham Antiques, and the book New Healing Herbs and re-usable produce bags from our sponsor Village Square Booksellers).

Remember, if you use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, you can get an additional $10 free in Crop Cash. Stop by the Farmers’ Market Tent to get your EBT tokens and Crop Cash.

The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers, will also happen at this week’s market. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! Are you interested in volunteering at the market? We sure could use someone to help out with the Scavenger Hunt Program, as our wonderful volunteer, Holly is unable to be at the market some upcoming weeks. Let us know.

This week’s Vendors include:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
Will last week’s rain bring more mushrooms? While 1Up Mushrooms has been known to find wild foraged mushrooms, their signature Pearl Oysters hail from Westminster West and are grown in a temperature controlled room. Connor and Roy can give you all of the details as to how that works at this week’s market.

A Homesteader’s Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
With all of the plants producing great bounty, there sure is quite a lot happening at A Homesteader’s Cooperative. Fermenting, canning, cooking, preserving all takes time and love–and this group is investing both to make sure we can all enjoy this summer’s harvest. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Wasabi Beans, Dilly Beans, Dill Pickles, Mint Jelly, Radish Jelly, Pickled Jalapenos, Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, and Beet Relish; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces, and peppers–lots of sweet peppers at an amazing price; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, sun bonnets, wearables, home decor items, jalapeno jelly; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs; duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative from Blue Swede Farm. Kari will be at the table this week, and can answer any questions you have about homesteading or canning up all the wonderful preserves she makes as part of Next Generation Edibles. Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, Free Gift with Purchase

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, Daniel has made rain barrels from a recycled food grade drums–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden rather than rely on your well or town water. As always, Kira will have delicious beverages–ask her about these traditional drinks, the stories are interesting. This week Black Locust Farm will offer some of their hand-crafted tinctures. Knotweed, shitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and hawthorn berry tinctures will all be available. These tinctures all have their own wonderful healing qualities, some of which are used to help combat Lyme, others support heart health. Please inquire with Kira if you are interested in how these tinctures made from locally harvested or homegrown ingredients can enrich your health. Friend of the Market Special: $2 Off a 2 or 4 oz. Tincture

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol makes her handmade soaps with a glycerin base to ensure that her soaps last. The beauty of using a local, handmade soap is that you know what the ingredients are, and the ingredients list is not unpronounceable. Stop on through and ask Carol about her soap making process and the inspiration behind the scents she includes.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Dylan sent along this message: For breads this week I plan on bringing back the Chipotle Date, Curried Apple (using a red Curry so it should have some heat!), and what I am calling a “New England Dulse Champ” – The term Dulse Champ is a reference to a Scottish dish by that name, it consists of buttery mashed potatoes and seaweed (usually Dulse, which is harvested off the Scottish coast). I call this “New England Dulse Champ” because I will be making a potato bread with Native New Potatoes, and Kombu Seaweed harvested off the coast of Maine. I will also have the Buttermilk White and the Grandview Sweetbread.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Harlow Farm has an abundance of crops ready to travel home with you. Celebrating 100 years this September, this local favorite is sure to have something you want to go home with–or something to enjoy at the market now that they are grilling up sausages.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna brings to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″), as well as her wonderful wit and charm. Her art has the most adorable wildlife and nature theme, that she brings forth on the medium to make us all smile and laugh at the quirks these animals all have. Joanna will also offer a Friend of the Market special: Free Notecard when you Purchase an 8×10 Print

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
Jack crafts his silver works in a bucolic setting right over in Saxtons River. With such inspiration for his art, it is no wonder it is so stunning. These are pieces of art that get noticed. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are at all curious, go on and talk with him about how he works with silver.

Mirasol Farm Langdon, New Hampshire
What a picture perfect array of produce Mirasol Farm brings to our Farmers’ Market. They are working hard just on the other side of Fall Mountain to bring you nutrient-dense vegetables farmed with as little ecological impact as possible. This week you will see beautiful cabbage, lettuce, beets, basil, cucumbers, and more. Oh, and their farm specialty, GARLIC. Lots and lots of garlic. Friend of the Market Special: Garlic 2 for the Price of 1

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
So many friends stock up at Pete’s Stand each week to make their preserves, salsas and the like–sometimes I wonder if I should garden less and go to Pete’s more! We are glad to have Pete’s Stand at the market, so we can enjoy their summer bounty brought to us at the park. This week, at Pete’s Stand’s booth will be corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet and hot peppers, spinach, lettuce, kale, cantaloupe and watermelon, summer squash, eggplant, and local honey. Friend of the Market Special: 50% off bell peppers and $1 off per melon

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
My, oh, my. Last week’s blueberry Bundt cake was moist and super yummy. Wow! I can’t wait to see what fabulous treasures The Angry Duck brings to this week’s market.

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. This week Gino will bring to market, elderberry tonic, dried elderberry and dried herbs. Gino will have potted elderberry bushes, which are not only beautiful but can help you stay healthy year round. Looking for native perennials? Gino will have some of those, too. Friend of the Market Special: Free Drink with $10 Purchase

See y’all at the Market.

A Big Thank You to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

August 18, 2017

Why go to the Farmers’ Market this Friday?

A study by the Project for Public Spaces revealed that people who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit, while they would only have one or two per visit to the grocery store. Evidence of the clear correlations between social interaction and health mean the social space at farmers markets has important public health implications.

Virginia Cooperative Extension reported that Southern Virginia households spending 15% of their weekly food budget on locally grown food products would generate $90 million in new farm income for the region.

A 2011 NOFA-Vermont Price Study found that of the items compared, prices for many conventional products and all organic products, with the exception of potatoes, were lower at the farmers market than at nearby supermarkets.

Just to name a few reasons joining in on the fun at the market is a great idea.

And to sweeten the pot, we will continue our new program “6 of 8,” this week. What is “6 of 8?” Last week, we began a new program in an effort to thank you all for working with us to build our local community. “6 of 8” is designed to thank you for getting out to the Farmers’ Market. There are 7 Farmers’ Markets left to our season in Bellows Falls. If you attend 6 of those 7 markets, your name will be entered into a drawing to win some prizes from our market and it’s vendors. Please stop by the Market Tent and sign up for this program. Then, go on and enjoy filling up your reusable shopping bags with summer’s bounty so you can eat fresh, local foods all week long. (Thusfar, prizes include a $20 Gift Certificate to Harlow’s, $20 Gift Certificate to Pete’s Stand, $20 Gift Certificate to Vermont Elderberry, and a Gift from Windham Antiques)

Remember, if you use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, you can get an additional $10 free in Crop Cash. Stop by the Farmers’ Market Tent to get your EBT tokens and Crop Cash.

The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers, will also happen at this week’s market. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! Are you interested in volunteering at the market? We sure could use someone to help out with the Scavenger Hunt Program, as our wonderful volunteer, Holly is unable to be at the market some upcoming weeks. Let us know. Wonderful music will fill the air at the market, as one of our regular market entertainers, Nick Kaiser, joins us to provide y’all with music as you shop.

This week’s Vendors include:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
The last few weeks 1Up Mushrooms has been joining us at the market with their beautiful Pearl Oyster Mushrooms. Pearl Oyster Mushrooms are not only delicious, but are also really great at keeping you healthy. These oysters are lovely sauteed with your favorite summertime crops and some garlic–I’ve added them to so many dishes!

A Homesteader’s Cooperative Westminster, Vermont

With all of the plants producing great bounty, there sure is quite a lot happening at A Homesteader’s Cooperative. Fermenting, canning, cooking, preserving all takes time and love–and this group is investing both to make sure we can all enjoy this summer’s harvest. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Wasabi Beans, Dilly Beans, Dill Pickles, Mint Jelly, Radish Jelly, Pickled Jalapenos, Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, and Beet Relish–and to eat at the market, gluten free Pesto Pasta; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces, and peppers–lots of sweet peppers at an amazing price; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, sun bonnets, wearables, home decor items, jalapeno jelly; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs; duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative from Blue Swede Farm. Daniel will be at the table this week, and can answer any questions you have about homesteading on Hartley Hill at Eventide View Farm. Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, Take $1 Off Toothpowders

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, Daniel has made rain barrels from a recycled food grade drums–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden rather than rely on your well or town water. As always, Kira will have delicious beverages–ask her about these traditional drinks, the stories are interesting. This week Black Locust Farm will offer some of their hand-crafted tinctures. Knotweed, shitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and hawthorn berry tinctures will all be available. These tinctures all have their own wonderful healing qualities, some of which are used to help combat Lyme, others support heart health. Please inquire with Kira if you are interested in how these tinctures made from locally harvested or homegrown ingredients can enrich your health. Friend of the Market Special: $5 off Rain Barrels

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol makes her handmade soaps with a glycerin base to ensure that her soaps last. The beauty of using a local, handmade soap is that you know what the ingredients are, and the ingredients list is not unpronounceable. Stop on through and ask Carol about her soap making process and the inspiration behind the scents she includes.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Dylan reports he is ready to make the following breads this week: Maple Smoked Grafton Cheddar with Jalapeno, Black Cocoa and Ancho Chili, and Roasted Mirepoix. What is Mirepoix? It is a trio of aromatic vegetables–onions, carrots and celery, which many of us use as a base for stocks, soups and sauces. This tradition comes from the trio creating the perfect blend of earthy, umami and sweet flavors. Dylan also plans to bring Mini-Monkey breads, his Buttermilk White Loaf and the 12-Grain Loaf we use with frequency. The Monkey bread will be $2 each or 4 for $6 – Friends of the Market can enjoy them for $1.50 each or 4 for $5!

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Harlow’s will offer organic hamburger and cheeseburgers and their super delicious sweet corn fresh cooked from the grill. Ethan and Alyssa will make a fresh spearmint tea for this week’s market, as well. Crops are in…corn, carrots, beets, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage–the list continues and continues. Stop on by and see all the fresh, just picked summertime sweets. Friend of the Market Special: Free Spearmint Tea with Hamburger/Sausage Purchase

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna brings to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″), as well as her wonderful wit and charm. Her art has the most adorable wildlife and nature theme, that she brings forth on the medium to make us all smile and laugh at the quirks these animals all have. Joanna will also offer a Friend of the Market special: Buy (2) 4×6 Notecards, Get a Free Tiny Notecard

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
Jack crafts his silver works in a bucolic setting right over in Saxtons River. With such inspiration for his art, it is no wonder it is so stunning. These are pieces of art that get noticed. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are at all curious, go on and talk with him about how he works with silver.

Mirasol Farm Langdon, New Hampshire
What a gorgeous array of produce Mirasol Farm brings to our Farmers’ Market. They are working hard just on the other side of Fall Mountain to bring you nutrient-dense vegetables farmed with as little ecological impact as possible. This week you will see beautiful cabbage, lettuce, beets, basil, cucumbers, and more. Oh, and their farm specialty, GARLIC. Lots and lots of garlic. Their basil is fantastic with garlic and 1Up Mushrooms.

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
Pete’s Stand offers a fabulous assortment of local produce each week. They are out in the fields working with their plants and produce every day, to bring you great produce at a fantastic price. With their Friend of the Market Special, this is a great time to buy in bulk so that you can eat local year round. Pickle up some cucumbers or beets, steam up some summer squash for freezing, or bake some zucchini bread and freeze it. This week Pete’s Stand will be bringing sweet corn, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, radish, carrots, peppers, eggplant, beans. kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, and everyone’s favorite–tomatoes. Pete’s will also have some local honey. Friend of the Market Special: 10% Off ALL Produce

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
What will The Angry Duck Bakery bring to market this week? An amazing assortment of wonderfully delicious gluten-free desserts. April is busy now dreaming up the fabulous array she will have on display.

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. This week Gino will bring to market, elderberry tonic, dried elderberry and dried herbs. Rhubarb pie and cold drinks will be available to enjoy at the market. Gino will have potted elderberry bushes, which are not only beautiful but can help you stay healthy year round. Looking for native perennials? Gino will have some of those, too. Friend of the Market Special: Free Drink with $10 Purchase

See y’all at the Market.
A Big Thank You to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

August 11, 2017 Greater Falls Farmers’ Market

Hello all,

August 11th brings us the 11th week of the Greater Falls Farmers’ Market. In an effort to thank you all for working with us to build our local community, this week we will begin a new program designed to thank you for getting out to the Farmers’ Market. There are 8 Farmers’ Markets left to our season in Bellows Falls. If you attend 6 of those 8 markets, your name will be entered into a drawing to win some prizes from our market and it’s vendors. Please stop by the Market Tent and sign up for this program. Then, go on and enjoy filling up your reusable shopping bags with summer’s bounty so you can eat fresh, local foods all week long.

Remember, if you use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, you can get an additional $10 free in Crop Cash. Stop by the Farmers’ Market Tent to get your EBT tokens and Crop Cash.

The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers, will also happen at this week’s market. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! Are you interested in volunteering at the market? We sure could use someone to help out with the Scavenger Hunt Program, as our wonderful volunteer, Holly is unable to be at the market some upcoming weeks. Let us know.

This week’s Vendors include:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
The last few weeks 1Up Mushrooms has been joining us at the market with their beautiful Pearl Oyster Mushrooms. Pearl Oyster Mushrooms are not only delicious, but are also really great at keeping you healthy. Full of lovastatin, this mushroom is wonderful at helping you keep a balanced diet. Lately, I’ve been sauteing these mushrooms with some homegrown garlic and basil and serving it with a sunny side up egg. Super yummy!

A Homesteader’s Cooperative Westminster, Vermont

With all of the plants producing great bounty, there sure is quite a lot happening at A Homesteader’s Cooperative. Fermenting, canning, cooking, preserving all takes time and love–and this group is investing both to make sure we can all enjoy this summer’s harvest. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Lilac Jelly, Pickled Jalapenos, Bread and Butter Zucchini Pickles, and Beet Relish–and to eat at the market, Veggie Fried Rice ; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces–there isn’t a meal in our house that doesn’t get topped with one of his various and versatile sauces; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, sun bonnets, wearables, home decor items, jalapeno jelly, and to eat at the market–vegetarian burritos; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs; duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative from Blue Swede Farm. This week Amber will be at the table, and she has all the answers about crafty craftiness. If you have a question about crafty craftiness, go on and ask her about it. Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, Buy 2 Herb Bunches, Take $1 Off

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, Daniel has made rain barrels from a recycled food grade drums–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden rather than rely on your well or town water. The delicious beverages Kira will make for this week’s market are apple rhubarb fruit kvass and switchel. Ask Kira about these traditional drinks. This week Black Locust Farm will offer some of their hand-crafted tinctures. Knotweed, shitake mushroom, reishi mushroom, chaga mushroom and hawthorn berry tinctures will all be available. These tinctures all have their own wonderful healing qualities. The Chaga mushroom tincuture has been my best friend this last week! Please inquire with Kira if you are interested in how these tinctures made from locally harvested or homegrown ingredients can enrich your health. Friend of the Market Special: $5 off Rain Barrels

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol makes her handmade soaps with a glycerin base to ensure that her soaps last. The beauty of using a local, handmade soap is that you know what the ingredients are, and the ingredients list is not unpronounceable. Stop on through and ask Carol about her soap making process and the inspiration behind the scents she includes.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Did you know that Dylan is currently in the process of building his own bread shop? I’m looking forward to having a local bakery super close to my home! This week Dylan is offering the following breads: Spiced Apple; Tomato, Basil and Parmesan; and a Buttermilk White loaf. New this week will be Whole Wheat Baguettes, and super delicious Pretzel Buns–either sound great for this week’s sandwiches. As always, Dylan looks to source as many of his ingredients locally as he can.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Harlow’s will offer organic hamburger and cheeseburgers and their super delicious sweet corn fresh cooked from the grill. Crops are in…corn, carrots, beets, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage–the list continues. Stop on by and see all the fresh, just picked summertime sweets.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna brings to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″), as well as her wonderful wit and charm. Her art has the most adorable wildlife and nature theme, that she brings forth on the medium to make us all smile and laugh at the quirks these animals all have. Joanna will also offer a Friend of the Market special: Buy 3 Notecards, Get the 4th Free

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
Jack crafts his silver works in a bucolic setting right over in Saxtons River. With such inspiration for his art, it is no wonder it is so stunning. These are pieces of art that get noticed. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are at all curious, go on and talk with him about how he works with silver.

Mirasol Farm Langdon, New Hampshire
What a gorgeous array of produce Mirasol Farm brings to our Farmers’ Market. They are working hard just on the other side of Fall Mountain to bring you nutrient-dense vegetables farmed with as little ecological impact as possible. This week you will see cabbage, lettuce, beets, basil, cucumbers, and more. Oh, and their farm specialty, GARLIC. Lots and lots of garlic. I have been using their garlic in abundance all week because it is so wonderful.

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
Pete’s Stand offers a fabulous assortment of local produce each week. They are out in the fields working with their plants and produce every day, to bring you great produce at a fantastic price. This is a great time to buy in bulk so that you can eat local year round. Pickle up some cucumbers or beets, steam up some summer squash for freezing, or bake some zucchini bread and freeze it. This week Pete’s Stand will be bringing sweet corn, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, radish, carrots, peppers, eggplant, beans. kale, lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, and everyone’s favorite–tomatoes. Pete’s will also have some local honey. Friend of the Market Special: $0.50 Off Each Pound of Pickling Cucumbers

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. Having just finished flowing, elderberry bushes are now moving on to growing their health-helping berries. Gino will join us at the market this week with his Elderflower cordial drink concentrate and elderberry bush cuttings (potted and rooted). Last week Gino had fresh picked berries and pickled fiddleheads, as well.

See y’all at the Market. It is great building community with you all.

Keeping it local,
Janice Leary-Jones
GFFM Manager
Thank you to our Sponsors, STAGE 33 Live, Chroma, Durand Ford, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

August 4, 2017 GFFM

August 4th brings week 10 of the Greater Falls Farmers’ Market. This new market has seen such inspiring growth over the last nine weeks, and I’d like to thank you all for getting on over to the Hetty Green Park and creating community with us. It is important to be the change you want to see, and each week I see happy people supporting healthful living by going to the market to snap up the gorgeous local foods the farmers have grown, enjoy the music, and chat with neighbors and friends. If you haven’t made it over to the park yet, this is your week–see what is going on in your community, we welcome you.

Remember, if you use your SNAP/EBT benefits at the market, you can get an additional $10 free in Crop Cash. Stop by the Farmers’ Market Tent to get your EBT tokens and Crop Cash.

Friends for Change will be at the market facilitating fun outdoor activities for all children attending the market. The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers, will also happen at this week’s market. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! Are you interested in volunteering at the market? We sure could use someone to help out with the Scavenger Hunt Program, as our wonderful volunteer, Holly is unable to be at the market some upcoming weeks. Let us know.

This week’s Vendors include:

1UP Mushrooms Westminster West, Vermont
What happens when a mycologist starts farming? 1Up Mushrooms! We have been eating oyster mushrooms all week thanks to the folks over at 1Up. Stop on by their tent this week and welcome them…such a wonderful addition to the local foods available at the market.

A Homesteaders Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
There is so much going on in this tent full of local products, that you are guaranteed to find something to fill your larder with. This lively group of homesteaders works together to provide market customers with a great local source for quite the variety of products. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Dilly Beans, Beet Relish, Orange Ginger Rhubarb Jam, and Lilac Jelly, and to eat at the market–PEANUT NOODLES; Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces–there isn’t a meal in our house that doesn’t get topped with one of his various and versatile sauces; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, wearables and home decor items, and jalapeno jelly; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, tea and herb blends, toothpowder and fresh cut herbs; and Trip, Trap, Troll Farm will have tomato and tomatillo salsa. Also, duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative from Blue Swede Farm. This week Patrick will bring the heat with his hot sauces–go on and ask him about his farming in Westminster and the secret to his sauces. Friend of the Market Special: Eventide View Farm, Buy 2 Herb Bunches, Take $1 Off, Next Generation Edibles Buy 2 James, Take $1 Off

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
Black Locust Farm focuses on local and sustainable. As part of their focus on sustainability, they will offer a rain barrel made from a recycled food grade drum–which means you can gather rainwater to water your garden. Produce available will be cucumbers and blackberries. The delicious beverage Kira is making for this week’s market is blackberry rhubarb kvass. Ask Kira about this traditional drink. For the first time, this week Black Locust Farm will offer their hand-crafted tinctures. In our home, we have used their Hawthorne Berry Tincture for good heart health. Friend of the Market Special: $5 off Rain Barrels

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Carol makes her handmade soaps with a glycerin base to ensure that her soaps last. The beauty of using a local, handmade soap is that you know what the ingredients are, and the ingredients list is not unpronounceable. Stop on through and ask Carol about her soap making process and the inspiration behind the scents she includes.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
What will Dylan bake up this Friday for the market? Wonderful breads with local ingredients sourced from Pete’s Stand and Harlow Farm. Fantastic.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Ethan, of Harlow Farm will bring his own farm-raised pork sausages to the market this week and grill them up! Sweet sausage, hot sausage, and chorizo with peppers and onions will be grilled up fresh at the market for your dinner. Ethan raised up the pigs himself and has put lots of love and energy into bringing this organic and local dinner to you. Also available at Harlow’s `will be organic hamburger and cheeseburgers and their super delicious sweet corn. And that is just at the grill! Crops are in…blueberries, corn, carrots, beets, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cabbage–the list continues. Stop on by and see all the fresh, just picked summertime sweets.

Local Artist Jack Peters Saxtons River, Vermont
This is Jack’s fourth week joining us at the market with his gorgeous silver work. He hand crafts all that he makes, and it is truly beautiful. Jack enjoys talking about his craft, so if you are curious go on and ask him about how he makes his pieces.

Mirasol Farm Langdon, New Hampshire
Trish and Peter brought along the most beautiful vegetables and plants to last week’s market. What a gorgeous array of produce. They are working hard just on the other side of Fall Mountain to bring you nutrient-dense vegetables farmed with as little ecological impact as possible. This week you will see cabbage, lettuce, beets, basil, cucumbers, and more. Oh, and their farm specialty, GARLIC. Lots and lots of garlic. I have been using their garlic in abundance all week because it is so wonderful.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire

Pete’s Stand offers a fabulous assortment of local produce each week. They are out in the fields working with their plants and produce every day, to bring you great produce at a fantastic price. This is a great time to buy in bulk so that you can eat local year round. Pickle up some cucumbers or beets, steam up some summer squash for freezing, or bake some zucchini bread and freeze it. This week Pete’s Stand will be bringing sweet corn, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, green bell peppers, eggplant, and beans. Also available by the bunch will be kale, Swiss chard, spinach, beet, carrot and radish. Pete’s will also have some local honey. Friend of the Market Special: 10% OFF all Produce

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
What will The Angry Duck Bakery bring to market this week? An amazing assortment of wonderfully delicious gluten-free desserts. Delectable cookies this week include triple chip, peanut butter oatmeal and molasses ginger. Bundt cake by the slice interest you? They will have triple chocolate Bundt cake this week. If you are looking for something on the savory side, they are whipping up some cheddar broccoli scones for y’all. April reports they will have four different cupcake flavors this week, so stop on by to see what they have brought:) Friend of the Market Special: Cookies and Scones, Buy 1 Get 1 Free (of equal value)

Vermont Elderberry Putney, Vermont
Do you know about the immunity enhancing properties of the elderberry flowers and berries? Ask Gino why elderberry is such an important native shrub. Having just finished flowing, elderberry bushes are now moving on to growing their health-helping berries. Gino will join us at the market this week with his Elderflower cordial drink concentrate and elderberry bush cuttings (potted and rooted). Last week Gino had fresh picked berries and pickled fiddleheads, as well.

See y’all at the Market. It is great building community with you all.

Keeping it local,
Janice Leary-Jones
GFFM Manager

Thank you to our Sponsors, Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Village Square Booksellers, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

Happy July Greater Falls Farmers’ Market

The long days of Summer have arrived, bringing with them Summer’s bounty.

The sunshine that has finally arrived this week is making all the plants out there that survived the rain now bustle with growth. The sunsets the last few evenings have reminded me of the wonderful shades of color that tomato plants will soon bring to us. This week the summer squash and zucchinis have arrived! In time for all that wonderful grilling you are up to.

Hetty Green Park will fill with music this week thanks to our farmer friend, Daniel Hartigan. So many people enjoy his wonderful vocals–you are sure to as well. Friends for Change, a local group geared to creating activity and fun for local school aged children, will be doing just that at the Farmers’ Market for all children who happen by the market. There has been soccer, toss, hula hoops, face painting, and other fun organized by Friends For Change. The ever popular “Scavenger Hunt,” an opportunity for children to learn from their local farmers will also happen. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! This program is run by our amazing GFFM volunteer, Holly Bartel.

This week our vendors include:

A Homesteaders Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
Locally produced foods, crafts and farm products are featured at this table, with a lively group of folks working together to bring you great offerings. Each week what is at these tables changes a bit, as crops come in and ingredients change so there is always something new to see. This week, so far what is available follows: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Beet Relish, Pickled Squash, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, Radish Jelly, Orange Ginger Rhubarb Jam, and the LAST FEW JARS of Violet Jelly and Lilac Jelly; The Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces–I often have his Red Coat Relish on eggs with toast in the morning; Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, wearables and home decor items; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, herbs, and garden starts; and Trip, Trap, Troll Farm will have tomato and tomatillo salsa, relish and FRESH BAKED pita bread. Also, duck eggs and dryer balls are available at the Homesteader’s Cooperative. Stop by and talk with Lise about her adventures over at Trip, Trap, Troll Farm as she will be at the table this week. Friend of the Market Special: Next Generation Edibles, Buy any 2 Jams/Jellies take $1 Off, Eventide View Farm, Buy 2 Herb Bunches, Take $1 Off

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
A family endeavor, Daniel and Kira will offer great fresh drinks, plants, shrubs, and farm produce. I’ve stocked up with garlic scapes from their table…bought a whole bag and cooked it in practically everything for the week! Thanks, Kira and Daniel.

Café 7 on the Square Bellows Falls, Vermont
The focus over at Café 7 is on local foods, so ingredients come from local farms and bakeries. Jonathan will be happy to tell you where he sources any particular ingredient you are curious about. At the market Café 7 will have salads, sandwiches, cookies, chips, beverages, and other café made eatables. Friend of the Market Special: Free Polar Seltzers with Salad or Sandwich Purchase

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Have you tried Carol’s handmade soaps yet? If you have not, you most definitely need to stop on by her table and chat a bit about the importance of using natural soaps–not just for your own benefit, but also for the groundwater drinking supply. Mass produced soaps contain many things that are not what we want to see going into our grey water and then into the groundwater drinking supply. Carol uses real ingredients in her soap–go on and talk with her about it.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Beautiful, delicious breads made Friday–it doesn’t get much better. Dylan dreams up the most lovely combinations. I’m sure you are all wondering how the bread pudding kit turned out…well, it was amazing. We chopped up four bananas and added it to the mixture–super delicious!

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
A local favorite for local and organic, Harlow Farm brings a fantastic variety of produce each week. Their jams and salsas all made on the farm are also a huge hit at the market–blueberry jam anyone? This week, Harlow’s will have delicious greens, strawberries, summer squash, zucchini and beets. Yummy, yummy beets–I can’t wait to make pickled beets, beet salad, beet and carrot slaw.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna will bring to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″). Her art has a wildlife and nature theme. Joanna will also be offering a Friend of the Market special: $3 Off a Purchase of an 8×10 Print

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.
Pete’s Stand Walpole, New Hampshire
This local favorite will have lettuce, kale, spinach, beet greens and swiss chard at this week’s market, as well as local honey. Stop by and stock up, then let us know what you create with these fresh, beautiful produce. Pete’s Stand’s Friend of the Market Special is 10% off Leafy Greens

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
Gluten free and enjoyable? The Angry Duck Bakery achieves both gluten free and not just enjoyable but scrumptious. Cupcakes, eclairs, savory scones and Bundt cakes will be available. Eclairs…I’m certain the one I purchase won’t leave the Park.

See y’all at the Market.

Keeping it local,
Janice Leary-Jones
GFFM Manager

Thank you to our Sponsors, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM

June 30th GFFM

So Much Community!!!

This past week as I watched all that transpired at the Farmers’ Market, it was inspiring. Everyone was out and about, talking with their neighbors or making friends, and making plans–it was divine to see the community supporting each other and the local farmers and food producers. Thank you.

This week, we gear up for the holiday weekend. Happy Fourth of July, Diabetes World!
Let us all celebrate what we have locally, by stocking up for the festivities at the Farmers’ Market….that is truly what makes our area wonderful–all the amazing local foods.

Jesse Peters will entertain us with his lovely vocals and fantastic guitar at this weeks market. The wonderful folks at Friend for Change will again be on hand, creating great fun for all children who happen by the market. There has been soccer, toss, hula hoops, face painting, and other great fun organized by Friends For Change. The ever favorite “Scavenger Hunt” will also be a part of the pre-4th festivities. Children who participate in the Scavenger Hunt receive a GFFM Buck to spend at the market–how fun! This program is run by our amazing GFFM volunteer, Holly Bartel.

This week our vendors include:

Black Locust Farm Walpole, New Hampshire
A family endeavor, Daniel and Kira will offer great fresh drinks, plants, shrubs, and farm produce. Last week I had certainly worked up a sweat setting up for market (it was crazy humid), and Kira’s switchel was just the remedy. Ask Kira about its heat relieving qualities. Daniel has been busy growing up trees and shrubs that will benefit your biome at home.

Café 7 on the Square Bellows Falls, Vermont
If you aren’t yet familiar with the delectable foods they cook up over at Café 7, here is your chance to check it out. The focus over at Café 7 is on local foods, so ingredients come from local farms and bakeries. Jonathan will be happy to tell you where he sources any particular ingredient you are curious about. At the market Café 7 will have salads, sandwiches, cookies, chips, beverages, and other café made eatables. Friend of the Market Special: Free Polar Seltzers with Salad or Sandwich Purchase

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Have you tried Carol’s handmade soaps yet? If you have not, you most definitely need to stop on by her table and chat a bit about the importance of using natural soaps–not just for your own benefit, but also for the groundwater drinking supply. Mass produced soaps contain many things that are not what we want to see going into our grey water and then into the groundwater drinking supply. Carol uses real ingredients in her soap–go on and talk with her about it.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Beautiful, delicious breads made Friday–it doesn’t get much better. Dylan dreams up the most lovely combinations. This past week he had the most ingenious idea, Bread pudding kits. Bread, eggs, and sugar and spice mixes were included in the kit, all you need to do is add the milk and viola, instant dessert. I saw Dylan sourcing ingredients from our farmers and am now excited to see what he brings to market Friday.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
A local favorite for local and organic, Harlow Farm brings a fantastic variety of produce each week. Their jams and salsas all made on the farm are also a huge hit at the market–blueberry jam anyone? This week, Harlow’s will have delicious greens, strawberries, and the start of summer produce. The long hours of sunlight are finally showing their yield.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna will bring to us her whimsical and fun original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″). Her art has a wildlife and nature theme. Know a bird lover? Check out her sweet bird watercolors. A must see. Joanna will also be offering a Friend of the Market special: Buy (1) 8×10 Print, Get the 2nd 1/2 Off

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare. Supporting Our Place truly means supporting local.
Pete’s Stand Walpole, Vermont
This local favorite will have lettuce, kale, spinach, beet greens and swiss chard at this week’s market, as well as local asparagus and honey. Stop by and stock up, then let us know what you create with these fresh, beautiful produce. Pete’s Stand’s Friend of the Market Special is 10% off Leafy Greens

The Angry Duck Bakery South Newfane, Vermont
Gluten free and enjoyable? The Angry Duck Bakery achieves both gluten free and not just enjoyable but scrumptious. If you are familiar with the gluten free desserts at the Flat Iron Café, you already know The Angry Duck Bakery. April has figured out how to make Gluten Free amazing!

See y’all at the Market.

June 9, 2017 Greater Falls Farmers’ Market

June 9th Offers Us the Opportunity to Create Community

Hi all,

The Greater Falls Farmers’ Market has a number goals this year: to help build a stronger local foods system, to offer an opportunity for us all to create the community we want to live in, to be the change we want to see, and to have fun while we are working on these goals. Please join us this week as we weave together some of the threads that make our community such a wonderful one.

This week, Friends for Change will engage the younger set with fun children’s activities. Our beloved Market volunteer, Holly, will have her super fun scavenger hunt (participating children get a Market Buck for completing the hunt!), and she will also talk about healthy food choices with her Silly Water activity.

There will be music in the air, with a favorite of the Putney Farmers’ Market, fiddler Nate Paine. Nate heard the last minute call out for music this week, and volunteered to join us to fill the market with toe-tapping tunes.

As for vendors, well, there will certainly be diversity in what you will find at this week’s market. Please read on for a full description of who our vendors are and what they will bring to market.

This week’s GFFM Vendors:

A Homesteaders Cooperative Westminster, Vermont
This lively group of folks will offer a variety of locally produced and grown foods. Each week what is at these tables changes a bit, so there is always something new to see. This week, you are in for a treat with all these offerings: Next Generation Edibles’ will bring their Violet Jelly, Lilac Jelly, Orange Ginger Rhubarb Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (sweetened with honey), Pickled Squash, Beet Relish, Fresh Cilantro, Oregano and Mint; The Peppertorium’s heat from Patrick’s line of hot sauces: Amber Paris’s handmade, all natural toys, wearables and home decor items; as well as Eventide View Farm’s eggs, herbs, and garden starts; and Trip, Trot, Troll Farm will have tomato and tomatillo salsa, relish and FRESH BAKED pita bread. Friend of the Market special: All Next Generation Edibles Herbs $0.25 off a Bunch, Eventide View Farm Buy 1 Kale start, Get 1 of Equal Value FREE

Daddy’s Girl Soap Bellows Falls, Vermont
Some of you will remember the lovely soaps Carol brought to market last season. This season, Carol will join us again with her handmade soaps that come in the most pleasant scents. As an added bonus, if you become a “Friend of the Market” Carol is offering a special–buy (1) 6 oz. bar of soap and get (1) heart shaped bar for 1/2 off. This is soap that lasts–great stuff.

Grandview Gourmet Westminster, Vermont
Dylan brought a lovely array of fresh bread to the market last week. The country white made the most amazing french toast Saturday morning, made with Eventide View Farm’s eggs, homemade vanilla extract and a bit of cinnamon. Go on over to his tent to sample what he brings this week–you are sure to enjoy it.

Harlow Farm Westminster, Vermont
Rain or shine Friday morning, they will be out in the fields collecting red, green, romaine and Boston lettuces; red, green and lacinato kale; as well as collards to bring to you at market. A local favorite for local and organic, Harlow Farm will be at the market to bring to you the colorful greens late Spring offers. Also available will be their jams and salsas all made on the farm.

Joanna Alix Watercolors Bellows Falls, Vermont
Each week, Joanna will bring to us her most original watercolor paintings and notecard prints (in two sizes: 2.5″x2.5″ and 4″X6″) of wildlife & nature. Her work is so sweet and fun. A must see. Joanna will also be offering a Friend of the Market special, Buy 3 notecards, get the 4th FREE.

Livewater Dairy Westminster West, VT
Livewater Farm is a grass based dairy farm offering their own farm made cheeses. They set out their buckets earlier this year to bring you maple syrup and maple syrup candies. Interested in hormone-free and antibiotic free, farm raised meats? Stop by and talk with Taylor about what he has this week.

Our Place Bellows Falls, Vermont
Our Place does so much for our local community and stopping by this booth and buying a treat or two will help support them in all the philanthropic work they do. Lisa told me earlier today that at a minimum, Our Place will offer blueberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, and peanut butter brownies. Some of you may not know that Our Place often uses locally gleaned ingredients in the foods they prepare.

Pete’s Stand Walpole, Vermont
This local favorite will have kale, spinach, beet greens and swiss chard at this week’s market. It was so great to see Teresa smiling and chatting with customers at last week’s market. Pete’s Stand has a loyal following for a reason! They are a great group of people committed to their customers. Pete’s Stand’s Friend of the Market Special is 10% off your Purchase.

Witness Oak Nursery Rockingham, Vermont
Looking for new edibles for your yard? Witness Oak has a unique collection of fruit bearing shrubs and trees for you to select one or two new additions. Not sure of what to grow in that certain spot in your yard? Talk with Devin–he is sure to have a great suggestion. Last week Devin brought along the most beautiful looking strawberry plants, and super delicious Yukon plants. I’m thinking he will most likely offer a Friend of the Market Special again this week.

All in all, there is a wide array of locally produced delights in store at this week’s market.

See you at the Market.

Thank you to our Sponsors, Vermont’s Local Banquet Magazine, Greater Falls Regional Chamber of Commerce, and WOOL-FM