Spicing Things Up….Again!

imageThe cutest little, fastest growing winter farmers market just gets better and better, with new vendors joining the fun each week. This week, we’ll welcome ReginaSpices, from Portland, Maine, a one-woman spice shop offering everything you need to complement the fresh foods you’ll be buying from our other vendors.

Jessica Regina has been grinding, blending and dreaming up spice blends for several years, and she formerly owned a spice shop in downtown Portland. Although her path in life took her in new directions over the years, she never lost her passion for spicing things up, so continues her business in more intimate settings, like farmers markets. Jessica’s mom lives in Center Ossipee, and recently alerted her about the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market.

Jessica makes and sells spice blends, rubs and seasonings, using locally produced ingredients where she can, like Maine maple sugar, Maine sea salt and locally roasted coffee. Among other yummy blends she’ll be offering at the market, she’ll offer a few classics like her “Herbes de Provence.” Most of her blends are unique to ReginaSpices, like “Sweet, Smoky, Fire,” “Star Anise-Vanilla Sugar,” “Jalapeno-Lime Salt” or her newest creation, which is a coffee rub.

Please welcome Jessica to the farmers market and stop by for a sniff and a taste. She’ll have recipe cards with her too and will be sampling one or two dips at her table.

The market is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remember to help spread the word to friends and neighbors—and bring one or two or three of them with you to the market!

Oh, and hey! Remember to bring those knives for sharpening!

 

Knife Sharpening Starts January 3!

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Are your knives worn out from holiday cooking adventures? Or just plain worn out? No sense chopping into the new year with a dull knife! We’re here to help. The Sharp Shop of Wolfeboro will be joining the market as of Saturday, January 3. You’re in for a real treat!

All sharpening (scissors, too!) is by hand—anything from pocket knives to hunting knives, to large chefs knives. It’s a slower process than sharpening with power tools, but so much better for your knives, leaving a beautiful edge, without removing too much metal.

Typical sharpening prices are: $5 for blades up to 6 inches; $7 for blades between 7 and 9 inches; and $10 for blades 10 inches and up (large chefs knives, etc).

So, plan ahead and bring your knives to the market on Saturday, January 3…sharpen while you shop! We’re here this weekend, too, so you can stock up on goodies before the next round of holiday eating. See you at the market! 10 to 2, Saturdays, at the Mountain Grainery in Ossipee, New Hampshire.

New Vendors Every Week!

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It’s not an easy thing to get a new farmers’ market off the ground, in the winter…in Ossipee, New Hampshire. But Market Manager (and farmer) Kathey Wotton is making it happen, along with her troop of vendors who gather every Saturday at the Mountain Grainery on Route 16.

Word is getting out about this market, and Kathey’s been fielding calls from new vendors every week. This Saturday, we’ll be welcoming Mooseview Farm from Brookfield, and rumor has it that we’ll welcome knife sharpening to the market next week. Add them to the mix of winter veggies, meats, fresh eggs, fresh butter, baked yummies and beautiful crafts, and you’ve got a happening market!

Spread the word. Let’s show our vendors our appreciation by packing the sunny greenhouse with shoppers this Saturday. Bring a friend! See you at the market.

Winter Market in Ossipee Off to Lively Start

Last Saturday, November 1, marked the first winter market of the year. Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market finds its winter home at the Mountain Grainery on Route 16 in Ossipee, with nine fine vendors kicking off the season. We’re off to a great start, and still growing! Stop by any Saturday from 10 to 2 and pick up a few goodies for the week ahead.

Please spread the news about this new market! We’re just a skip and a jump from the Route 16 / Route 20 intersection at Hannaford’s (about 1 mile south), and easy to find. Bring a friend and a couple of roomy shopping bags. See you at the market!

Winter Farmers Market Begins November 1 in Ossipee

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Summer may in fact be behind us, but the winter farmers market season is about to begin! Opening Saturday, November 1, 2014 and running every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 28, we’ll be at our Ossipee home. The winter market will take place at the Mountain Grainery on Rte. 16, one mile south of Hannaford’s (at the intersection of Rte. 28 and Rte. 16). A beautiful, sunny greenhouse space is the perfect place for leisurely cool-season farmers market shoppers!

We’re still gathering the best local vendors we can find, and welcome inquiries from others who might like to join the fun. For opening day, we’ll have a little of everything, and we’re hoping you’ll be there with us! Meats, dairy products, herbal offerings, vegetables, baked goodies and more, all grown or prepared by local friends.

Please stop by! Directions are available, here. Don’t miss opening day!

One More Summer Market: Winter Market Ahead!

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One season closes, and another opens! This Thursday marks the end of a gloriously sunny, bountiful summer season for the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. We’ve had great weather, good crowds, busy vendors and foot-tapping music every week, and we’re already looking forward to next year, so stay tuned!

And, in just a few weeks, we’ll open for our winter season at the Mountain Grainery on Route 16 in Ossipee; more on that later. We’ll be there from November 1 through March 28, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Vendor Spotlight: Top of the Hill Farm

You can’t miss it: Top of the Hill Farm is the first vendor on the left, as you enter the market from the parking lot: or, you could spot it by the buckets of brightly-colored fresh flowers that beckon shoppers in—it’ll remain one of the busiest booths at the market until closing time each week.

Top of the Hill Farm offers grass-fed meat (beef, pork and lamb), fresh vegetables and fruits and cut flowers that often go within the first half hour of the market. Alan Frederickson and his family have been farming in on Martin’s Hill Road in Wolfeboro for 10 years, moving to the Lakes Region from a smaller farm south of Boston. Grazing the herd on 108 acres of land (in a stunning location) gave Alan the opportunity to increase the size of the herd and devote more effort to crossbreeding efforts and developing the “hybrid rigor” of the herd. Herefords are the stars at Top of the HIll Farm, with a smaller number of Maine Anjou and various crosses.

Fresh back from the Fryeburg Fair this week, the family added to its collection of ribbons and awards. Alan likes showing at the fair, noting how far the herd has come. Lots of awards this year, both for the quality of the animals but for handling as well. Understandably, the Frederickson family is very proud of the quality of their cattle. Alan cares deeply about the care his animals receive, and is meticulous about their diet. The farm practices rotational grazing, and the animals are antibiotic and hormone-free.

Top of the HIll Farm has been with the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market since its second season. Alan, Carolyn, Eric and Anna love the opportunity to connect with customers and find out first-hand what’s important to them. Farmers markets are a lot of work, (think about those giant coolers loaded with meat!), but according to Alan Frederickson, they’re also fun and gratifying. Repeat customers appreciate the quality of the farm’s meat and Alan’s commitment to raising the healthiest animals possible.

Stop by the Top of the Hill Farm’s booth at the market this week, and pick something up to round out your shopping. You’ll find them now and then, as schedules allow, at the winter market in Ossipee, but there’s no time like now to stock up the freezer!

See you at the market!

Vendor Spotlight: Meadowfall Farm

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The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market features the freshest, most delicious vegetables in the region—plenty to choose from, every week. This week, we’ll focus on one of our fine produce vendors: Meadowfall Farm from Parsonsfield, Maine. Alisha Langerman and Evan O’Day-Senior are known at the market for the unusual and heirloom vegetables and wild edibles they offer, bringing color, beauty and a spark of adventure to the market every week. Their tiny farm in Parsonsfield is planted intensively, and they supplement that harvest with foods foraged from local meadows, forests, bogs and beaches.

Alisha and Evan met as teenagers at The New School, an alternative high school in Kennebunk, Maine. It was there that their fascination and passion for sustainable agriculture and ecology took root. Going on to study art in college, their evolving business took on a creative and artistic influence that’s evident in the weekly presentation of their harvest. Evan works as a woodworker on the side, and Alisha as a designer and fiber artisan.

Customers respond positively to Meadowfall Farm’s unusual offerings, often exclaiming over the rainbow produce—colorful tomatoes, rainbow carrots and varieties of vegetables most of us have never seen. Wild-harvested mushrooms are a staple at their booth, whenever they’re available. It’s easy to fall into a conversation with Evan, a self-studied and expert mycologist, about identifying and gathering wild mushrooms.

Alisha and Evan share a passion for introducing people to unusual vegetables and the wild foods around them every day, and hope to share their knowledge with as many people as possible, spreading the passion and empowering people to gather wild food.

It’s going to be another beautiful September market day here in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire! Start your food adventure with Meadowfall Farm this week! See you at the market!