Winter Market Opens Next Saturday, November 3!

Our winter farmers market is set to open in downtown Wolfeboro on Saturday, November 3 and will continue on the first and third Saturday of each month through April 20, from 10 am to 2 pm. The market will be located in the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, at 115 South Main Street, with convenient on-site parking and easy access for all.

The recent survey, which many of you participated in, gave us a strong message that continuing to offer a winter market is important to the community. “We found that we have strong and continuing support and decided to continue the market in the same location and on the same twice-monthly schedule,” said board president Fred Martin. “We’re encouraging new vendors to apply.”

At this time, we have 12 vendors on board for the winter market. The market will feature as a new vendor Wolfeboro’s Burnt Timber Brewing and Tavern, who will offer fresh chicken tacos, prepared from Wotton Farm’s pasture-raised chickens. In addition, as a new vendor, West Ossipee’s Classic Clutter Farm will be at the market with baked goods, jams and jellies, as well as two artisanal soapmakers. We’re still accepting applications from vendors and hope to have even more by opening day. Interested vendors should apply soon, and application materials may be found, here. The winter market will feature fresh vegetables, mushrooms, artisan cheeses, spices, honey, pastured meats, fine oils & vinegars, baked goods (including gluten-free), poultry, eggs, handmade soaps and selected crafts, all from the local area.

In addition to great local products, we’ll continue our DOUBLE SNAP program, which offers double benefits to carriers of the Electronic Benefits Card (EBT). We’ve raised several thousand dollars from the community this year in order to broaden our reach in the community to make high quality local food available to people in need, and we’re proud to continue this service.

As usual, please help us spread the word by encouraging your family, friends and neighbors to join you in supporting the winter market. See you soon!

 

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Celebrate New Hampshire Eat Local Month with Us!

Each August, the New Hampshire agricultural community hopes to inspire residents and visitors to eat more locally grown, raised and made foods, meet the farmers, growers and chefs behind our food and learn new skills that keep us all eating locally throughout the year. New Hampshire Eat Local Month is a statewide celebration throughout August to support local food, and to highlight our amazing New Hampshire farmers and producers.

Gail McWilliam Jellie of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, & Food spoke about the increased demand for local products: “New Hampshire residents and visitors, alike, are showing unprecedented interest in local food, and this month-long celebration offers a great opportunity to feature New Hampshire grown foods and farms.” Supporting local food, farm, and fish businesses is vitally important to the strengthening of our collective food system. Promotion of this year’s New Hampshire Eat Local Month is in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture Markets & Food, Monadnock Buy Local, Seacoast Eat Local, Vital Communities and other state partners.

Check out the events happening throughout the state this month, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market on Thursdays, 12:30 to 4:30 at Clark Park.

Market Musicians Needed!

The summer market is now well underway, with details falling into place each week to make each market a little fuller and more fun than the last. One of the things that makes the summer market so special is the presence of live music every week. Through the volunteer work of music coordinator Karen Haeger, the calendar is filling in quickly.

We still have a few open spots for the season. Musicians play under a tent in the center of the green and receive tips from market shoppers. Having music at the market sets a fun vibe and encourages shoppers to linger a little longer—it’s a benefit for all. If you are a musician and you’d like to give it a try, or you know someone who might, please contact Karen soon!

In the mean time, we’ll see you at the market: Thursdays, 12:30 to 4:30 on the green at Clark Park in Wolfeboro!

Summer Market Set to Open Thursday, May 31

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The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market will open for the 2018 summer season on Thursday, May 31. The market will be open every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. through October 4 at Clark Park, 233 South Main Street, in Wolfeboro, rain or shine.

Founded in 2002, the market has grown every year to offer the best that local farms and artisinal food producers have to offer. Board Chair Fred Martin of Carriage Hill Honey expects this season to be better than ever. “We’re still accepting vendor applications, so the market will continue to grow during the summer,” says Martin. Market offerings include fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, gourmet mushrooms, fresh fish, cut flowers, meats, honey, herbal products, baked goods, vegan ice cream and a variety of prepared foods. “The board works hard to provide diversity and quality. We have something for everyone. It’s a fun market.” Live music is provided by local musicians each week and shaded picnic tables are available, too.

The 2018 season will again “Double SNAP” program for food stamps recipients, who can use their Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) at the market. With the help of individual and business donations, along with support from the market itself, cardholders will receive shopping tokens that allow them to spend two dollars for every one dollar withdrawn from their EBT cards. The market board has set a goal this year to raise $10,000 to support the Double SNAP program, and tax-deductible dotations are welcome. “We’re working with local agencies now to get the word out. Helping to make fresh, nutritious food more affordable to the community is really important to us,” said Martin. “We’re grateful for every donation we receive.”

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market, a non-profit member organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and was founded in 2002. It is a 501 C(3) organizations and tax-deductible donations are welcome. Visit the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market on Thursdays, from 12:30 to 4:30 at Clark Park in Wolfeboro.