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

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