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,
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