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

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