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

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