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

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