One More Summer Market: Winter Markets 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!

 

Free Raffle Fun Continues

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We’re here ’til the leaves fall from the trees, and the late summer market fun continues every Thursday, from 12:30 to 4:30! The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market remains open through October 7, so be sure to include a stop in your Thursday afternoon rounds.

When you stop by this week, don’t forget to pick up a free raffle ticket—you could be the lucky winner of a copy of Williams Sonoma’s Cooking from the Farmers’ Market cookbook. Are you wishing for new veggie recipe ideas, or tricks to freshen up your grill skills? You’ll have all you need to take a bursting bag of farm-fresh bounty home to the kitchen and begin to expand your culinary horizons. Roasted chicken with fresh beans and sage? Grilled peaches, anyone?

This week’s market musicians are the contradance band Briar Hill, from Tuftonboro. You’ll be dancing your way through the vendor booths in no time! Be sure to show your appreciation to our generous musician volunteers by dropping a tip in their basket. We appreciate the music and good vibes our musicians bring to the market every week; we hope you do, too!

See you at the market! As always, thanks for your support of our local food economy!

 

Get Ready for Your Holiday Weekend at the Farmers Market!

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The best of summer is yet to come! Late August is a sweet time in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, isn’t it? The sun is bright, the days still warm (even if the early morning is a bit cooler) and farmers market bounty is at its best!

This weekend, cookouts in the area will be featuring fare from the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. Maybe your holiday weekend celebration menu includes fresh potato salad, local chicken, pork or beef on the grill, fresh corn and some delicious grilled summer squash or eggplant. Have you tried thinly-sliced beets, roasted on the grill and topped with a dollop of fresh goat cheese? Rounded out with some delicious breads and baked goods, you’ll be all set! You might want to bring TWO shopping bags with you to the market today!

Shana Aisenberg will be playing some combo of her many instruments at the market today (guitar, fiddle, mandolin and more), setting an energetic vibe for shoppers and vendors. We’re so grateful for our market musicians who so generously provide entertainment every week! Please remember to show your appreciation by dropping some money in their baskets!

See you at the market today! We’ll be there, at Clark Park in Wolfeboro, from 12:30 to 4:30 today, and it’s a fantastically beautiful summer day, again!

Vendor Spotlight: Sumner Brook Herbals

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Sumner Brook Herbals offers a unique line of herbal products at the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market—and a knowledgeable herbalist right there to talk about it all. Jessica Cole brings healing herbal products the market every week: soothing salves, flavorful healing teas, spice blends, chaga mushrooms and more. Jessica is a certified herbalist, practicing in Ossipee, New Hampshire at Sumner Brook Herbals, which she operates alongside Sumner Brook Fish Farm. (You’ll find their trout at the market, too.)

It’s Jessica’s third year at the market, and she loves connecting with new customers who might not otherwise make it over to Ossipee to find her products. Chaga Chai is a hot seller, along with Bug Free or Die and a soothing, multi-purpose healing salve that’s handy to have in your first aid kit or purse. Jessica trained as an herbalist at Greenwood Herbals in Parsonsfield, Maine in 2008 and is happy to be providing herbal wisdom and products to market customers. Please stop by her booth when you’re at the market!

Market fare in general is in its high summer glory right now, with corn, tomatoes and—tomorrow—FRESH chicken (from Wotton Farm). The weather forecast is a good one, and we’ll be looking forward to a good crowd.

See you at the market!

 

Market in Full Swing Now!

Summer’s here for real now! And the market is in full swing. We continue to be lucky to have beautiful weather, good crowds and great vendors! If you haven’t stopped by the market yet, it’s about time you did!

See you at the market this Thursday (12:30 to 4:30)! In the mean time, enjoy this quick snapshot of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market.

Win A Market Bag in Our Free Weekly Raffle!

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Our sturdy, crispy-fresh, ready-for-shopping market bags arrived just in time for the kick-off of the season. The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market Association was the lucky (and grateful) recipient of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture funding this year, which enabled us to produce the bags. They may look white to you, but they’re really green! The fabric is made from recycled soda bottles, and they were printed and produced locally, in Bedford, New Hampshire.

We’ll raffle off one bag each week at the close of the market day, so be sure to stop by the market table to pick up a FREE raffle ticket. Bags are also available for a suggested donation of $5, so don’t miss out!

While you’re there, say hi to Karen Haeger, our market manager. She’s the blur you’ll see running around before each market, making sure every last detail is in place for the market to go off without a hitch. She’s also the one ringing that opening bell to let the crowds burst forth into the market!

Vendor Spotlight: Sap House Meadery

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Two guys with a good idea, a taste for fine mead and a desire to create a small-town, community-minded business—Ash Fischbein and Matt Trahan founded the Sap House Meadery in 2010. Together they rejuvenated an old store front in downtown Center Ossipee, New Hampshire using recycled materials and sustainable building techniques.

“We were drawn to be a part of the community from the beginning,” said co-founder Matt Trahan. Participating in the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market and other local markets just made sense, according to Matt. “We need more farmers markets! They give farmers more access to the people who can support their work.” Selling mead alongside the market’s fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats works well for the Meadery, and increases awareness about a product that has not always been well known.

Mead, possibly the oldest alcoholic drink in history, is fermented from honey, water and a variety of fruits and flavors and it can range from still to sparkling. Many Sap House Meadery meads are enhanced with the sweetness of local maple syrup. Matt and Ash take pride in incorporating unconventional ingredients like blueberries, vanilla beans, blackberries, chocolate and even kombucha. They enjoy sourcing ingredients locally from area farms.

Did you know that honey is the only food in nature that never spoils?

Strong values about the local economy, community and the environment are at the heart of the Meadery’s mission. They are committed to “creating a product that is steeped in history, produced naturally, and enjoyed universally.”

Check out the Sap House Meadery’s meads at the next market. Take home a bottle to share over dinner, or a few to share with friends.