Mountain Heartbeet: Fresh Veggies and Heartfelt Farming Passion

Joanne Ducas, Mountain Heartbeet Veggies

This week’s vendor spotlight welcomes Mountain Heartbeet, one of the market’s new vegetable vendors. Farmer Joanne Ducas sows and tends her crops at Effingham’s Farm by the River, by the shores of the Ossipee River, a collaboration that continues a long tradition of farming and land stewardship. Old friends with farm owners Bill and Eve Klotz, Joanne is excited to be working the soil and running a small CSA for the community. (She still has a couple of Saturday openings!) She worked as a farm assistant manager for the last few years in the seacoast area, and is ready for the solo responsibility of a small, community-focused, diversified farm.

Mountain Heartbeet is working currently toward organic certification. Although Joanne is quick to point out that many farms operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner without being Certified Organic, she feels the structure of organic certification will help her to stay organized and provide a level of accountability to her work. “I want to be the best farmer I can be and I feel this program helps me track my progress each year and aligns me with other like-minded folks,” she says. Organic certification will be happening in the not-too-distant future, according to Joanne.

Joanne is looking forward to getting to know the farmers market crowd, and chatting it up about farming, vegetables and delicious recipes. Among the diverse variety of cooking and salad greens right now, Joanne is harvesting Napa cabbage. “Try mixing up savory cabbage cakes, using a (not-sweet) pancake batter, chopped onion and savory spices. Old Bay Seasoning turns this recipe into “Poor Man’s Crabcakes,” says Joanne. Baking or sizzling in a skillet finish them off for a delicious summer supper.

Joanne loves the community-building aspect of the farmers market, and the connections it offers with other farmers, vendors and customers. Be sure to introduce yourself to Joanne! Stop by to say hello, and add some summer greens to your shopping bag!

Rose Moon Soaps: Artisanal Soaps from Natural Ingredients

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Meet Colleen Hoitt of Farmington’s Rosemoon Soaps, one of Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market’s new 2015 vendors and soapmaker extraordinare. Colleen has been making artisanal soaps and skincare products for many years, a business born out of a desire for chemical-free, natural, plant-based products for herself and her family. Since her humble beginnings, her product line has evolved into a beautiful array of bar, liquid and cream soaps, as well as bodycare products, natural cosmetics and massage oils. All are made from scratch, in small, handcrafted batches.

Many of Colleen’s products are based on herbal infusions made from plants in her own garden or locally wildcrafted. According to Colleen, “It all starts in the garden, combining herbalism, aromatherapy and natural ingredients.” She’s committed to using local, organic and fair trade ingredients whenever possible, and loves to talk about and respond to questions about her products. You’ll find scents to appeal to all in the family, as well as an ever-popular rainbow-colored bar soap for celebration occasions.

You’ll also find potted plants, berries and cut flowers at her colorful booth—an infusion of springtime scents and colors from nature. Stop by and check out her booth this Thursday!

This week’s market will feature fiddle, guitar and banjo music from the wonderful singer/songwriter Shana Aisenberg.

See you at the market!

Summer Market Opens to Sunshine and Eager Shoppers

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market opened last Thursday to sunshine, lots of eager shoppers and numerous first-time vendors. Occupying the historic green at Wolfeboro’s Clark Park, the 2015 expanded market setup is full and lively; 27 vendors in all are signed up for the summer season.

If you missed the first market, you missed the chance to nibble tasty morsels from Castle View Fudge or Rollin’ in the Dough, or to sample spices and handcrafted culinary herb blends from Regina’s Spices, just a few of our fine new vendors. Shoppers filled their bags with tender spring greens, fresh meats, eggs and the area’s best local food products. Summer is an intense and vibrant season here in the Lakes Region, and our farmers market is a colorful, real-time reflection  of that intensity. We started a couple of weeks earlier this year, in order to squeeze market goodness into every available summer moment, so please join us!

During the summer we’ll spotlight our new vendors and share market happenings here on this site, so stay tuned. Sign up for updates to be sure you don’t miss a thing, and be sure to like our Facebook page. Word of mouth is our favorite way to get the word out—that means you! Be sure to tell your friends about the market and bring a few people with you next week. The best way we can show our vendors our appreciation is to show up, bring friends and fill our shopping bags!

We’re at Clark Park on Thursdays from 12:30 to 4:30! See you at the market!

Summer Market Opens June 4

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The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market board didn’t miss a beat after celebrating a successful winter of the organization’s first ever winter market. By the time that last market was held, planning was well underway for the summer season, with exciting changes in store. Kudos to our wonderful and committed volunteer board for making year-round local food even more of a reality for our community!

At this time, we’re expecting 26 vendors for sure and, as always, a few more that will join in along the way. Check out the list of vendors and don’t hesitate to contact us if you know of anyone who should be on the list—or maybe YOU should be on the list!

Sadly, our 2014 very excellent market manager, Karen Haegar, will be busy with other exciting ventures this summer and won’t be with us. So, we’re in the market for a zippy, organized, can-do, energetic person to fill her shoes. If not you, then perhaps someone you know? Please contact Board Chair Fred Martin asap! June 4 will be here before we know it, so we’re eager to find the right person!

Springing Into Spring with Winter Farmers Market Fun

Seedlings sprouting at Meadowfall Farm. (Photo courtesy Meadowfall Farm)

Seedlings sprouting at Meadowfall Farm. (Photo courtesy Meadowfall Farm)

Spring is coming, indeed, as evidenced by melting snow, sunny sunshine, flowing sap and singing birds and sprouting seeds (under cover at Meadowfall Farm, in the photo above). And, of course, a happening scene in the greenhouse of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market in Ossipee!

The winter market is still in full gear, through the end of March. Nothing feels better when there’s still a couple of feet of (melting) snow on the ground than hanging out in a warm, sunny greenhouse with a few neighbors and friends, filling your bags with local goodies.

In the last weeks of the market, we’re welcoming a few new vendors to the mix. Word is getting out that this is a fast growing and energetic market scene; there’s no doubt that this neck of the woods can support a winter market! We’re proving it every Saturday! New to our midst are Castle View Fudge (need we say more?), Distinctive Designs by Di and Dan (beautiful notecards), Ossipee Owl (with lovely pot holders, wall hangings and sterling silver jewelry) and Meadowfall Farm (dried mushrooms and more farm goodness). And we may just have a surprise mystery vendor joining us, too—you’ll just have to show up in person to discover that news for yourself!

Please join us for fun in the sun today and for these last market days of the season. We’re here on Saturdays from 10 to 2, waiting for YOU!

Summer Market Planning Has Begun!

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Just when most of us are feeling like summer is impossibly far away, a little glimmer of hope has appeared on the horizon. That’s right—planning for the summer farmers market in Wolfeboro has begun. The board is accepting applications from interested vendors. So, if that’s you, or you know someone who would be the perfect addition to our bustling summer market, you’ll find the application here. The market will be open every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30, June 4 through October 8. Yes, it’s true: summer is on its way!

In the mean time, while you’re dreaming of summer, get on over to the winter market at the Mountain Grainery in Ossipee. A sunny, warm greenhouse with farm-fresh goodness and beautiful crafts awaits you, Saturdays from 10 to 2.

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!