Next Winter Market: Saturday, November 19, 10 to 2

IMG_20151114_121927363Winter market got off to a lively start on Saturday, November 5 with eager crowds and a fine variety of area vendors. This year’s schedule is intentionally easy to remember: we’re open on EVERY first and third Saturday of the month, right through the winter. Our last market is planned for Saturday, April 15. Markets are held from 10 am to 2 pm at the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Wolfeboro. There’s plenty of easy parking and the space is handicap accessible.

We’ve got a total of 19 vendors this season, and the list is still growing. This Saturday, we’re welcoming another new vendor, a coffee-roasting duo from Alton, Lucas Roasting Company. They’ll have freshly roasted beans, along with hot coffee to take along with you or sip while you shop. Check out the full and growing list of vendors, here.

This is the week to stock up on Thanksgiving necessities like fresh vegetables, cheeses, meat, baked goods and so much more (coffee, honey!). Thank you for your ongoing support of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market and for spreading the word in any way you can. See you Saturday!

 

Winter Market Opening November 5

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The winter market season is set to begin on Saturday, November 5, from 10 am to 2 pm at the First Congregational Church on Main Street in Wolfeboro.  The market will take place every first and third Saturday of the month through April 15.

We have 16 fine vendors lined up, with returning folks from last year, as well as a few newcomers joining us from the summer season. If you or someone you know is interested in joining us, please contact Kathey Wotton soon. We’d love to hear from you!

We expect a full and vibrant market again this year and we look forward to seeing you on opening day!

Two More Summer Markets!

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Yay for fall in New Hampshire! But, wait. The Summer Market is not over yet!!! Even better!

Be sure to join us for the last two markets of the season, tomorrow (September 29) and next Thursday, October 6. Our farmers still have plenty of fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, honey, eggs and so much more.  And lots of sweet treats and artisanal products to round out the selections. Your support in this slightly quieter part of the market season means a lot to each and every one of our fine vendors!

Thank you for your support throughout the 2016 season! Stay tuned for news on the 2016-17 Winter Market, due to begin on Saturday, November 5. The Winter Market will run on the first and third Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, straight through April 15, at the First Congregational Church. (That’s pretty darn close to a year round market, right here in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire!)

See you at the market! (Just two more chances to win that $75 gift certificate you’ve been wishing for…)

Cooking Demo and Local Tunes Happening Today!

 

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What a sweet season this is at the farmers market! Though the kids may be back to school and summer visitors packing up to head home, there’s still lots going on at Clark Park on Thursday afternoons. The farmers have more fresh produce than ever, for one thing, so plan to stock up, can up and eat up! And step on up to the market!

What to cook? We’ve got that covered. Today’s market will feature the UNH Cooperative Extensions’ Nutrition Connections program, with a cooking demonstration about cooking healthy meals on a limited income. Nutritions Connections staffer Joy Gagnon will prepare a summer beet salad today, using local beets and other local farm-fresh vegetables.

The UNH Cooperative Extension’s Nutrition Connections program provides free nutrition education to families receiving SNAP (food stamps), WIC, public housing, fuel assistance or any other form of public assistance. Other program goals include: basic nutrition information, reading food labels, saving money at the grocery store, feeding picky eaters and more. The market continues to offer Double SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) dollars for area Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) participants, allowing doubling of benefits up to a total of $20.

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market will be open for the 2016 late summer and early fall season through October 6 on Thursdays, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Clark Park, 233 South Main Street, in Wolfeboro, rain or shine.

All market customers are encouraged to participate in a weekly raffle for a $75 market gift certificate. Made possible through a matching grant from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, a winner is drawn at the end of each market, and winners need not be present to win. As an extra bonus, winners will receive a sturdy, cloth shopping bag featuring the market’s iconic rooster logo.

Toe-tapping contra dance music will be happening at the September 8 market, provided by Brier Hill; they’ll keep us shopping with pep in our step!

Your Donations Are Tax Deductible!

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Take a few moments to consider the things you love most about the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. Maybe it’s:

  • Bumping into neighbors and feeling so good about your community?
  • Seeing the ever-increasing evidence that local agriculture is thriving and growing?
  • The huge variety of fresh, in season vegetables?
  • The pasture-raised chicken that tastes so good?
  • Cookies, pastries and sweets made with only the finest quality ingredients?
  • Fresh from the ocean fish, caught by a neighbor just hours ago?
  • The lively music that gets kids dancing and oldsters smiling and tapping their feet?
  • The delicious, hot foods prepared with care and secret sauce?
  • The opportunity to double your SNAP dollars buying fresh food?
  • Chatting it up with the actual beekeeper that produced the actual honey you’re buying?
  • Just walking around, taking it all in?

Whatever your reasons for loving the market, know that YOU are an important part of this scene, too. Your support throughout the season (really FOUR seasons, now, can you believe it?) keeps the vendors coming back and simply keeps us going.

Who’s the “us”? The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market is led by a volunteer board of directors that meets more than their busy time really allows—they are mostly farmers, after all. They hover over the budget, select and tend to vendors, recruit musicians, find the greatest locations, set them up (and break them down) and work to get the word out. What else? They raise money to make it all even better!

Just this spring, the market became a 501-c(3) organization, and that’s good news for all of us. Your donation is tax deductible and you can donate online or in person! Your dollars support that Double SNAP program along with the market’s education and outreach activities (stay tuned for a nifty cooking demo next week!). You can donate as little or as much as you please, and we hope you will.

Your weekly support, your donations and even your toe-tapping and dancing to the music all make this market one of the best in the state. Thank you! We’re not done yet! Six weeks to go with the summer market and those raffles for a weekly $75 gift certificate will continue to the very last day, Thursday, October 6.

See you at the market, of course!

 

Celebrating Eat Local Month: A Conversation with One of the Market’s Original Vendors

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August is New Hampshire’s Eat Local Month, and farmers markets throughout the state are celebrating by doing what they do best—bringing high-quality, locally grown, raised and produced foods to market. Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market continues a 15-year tradition of doing just that, and we’re growing each year to meet the demands of an increasingly savvy local foods community.

We’re taking a break this week from highlighting the market’s new vendors, to hear from one of our originals: Wolfeboro’s Crooked Pine Farm. Brenda and Mark Lush joined the market in its first season—back when just six vendors got together in front of Carpenter School to sell their produce, meats and products. The Lush family had been gradually growing their farm (literally, inch by inch, clearing trees and rocks to create garden space) on Browns Ridge Road since about 1990, when they began with a few chickens and pigs. (They were also growing three fine children, by the way.) Twenty-six years later, they raise chickens, turkeys, pigs and lambs. Their animals are all raised on pasture, along with natural, non-medicated feed. The farm’s chickens are fed organically. This year’s turkey flock (70 strong) is being fed a natural and non-GMO feed; customers are encouraged to get their Thanksgiving orders in early! Though Crooked Pine Farm continues to grow an eclectic variety of unusual garden vegetables, which turn up at the market as available, the farm’s specialties include chicken, turkey, lamb and fresh eggs.

Though Mark is a critical force behind the workings of Crooked Pine Farm, you won’t find him most weeks at the market. During the school year, he’s teaching social studies at Kingswood High School, and during the summer season, he’s working as a docent at the nearby Clark Museum. Market customers will find Brenda at the Crooked Pine Farm tent, along with the best seasonal products the farm has to offer.

Brenda’s true passion is in the creation of fresh-baked goods, both for market and to fill an increasing number of special orders. Using locally-produced fruits and other ingredients as possible, Brenda bakes breads, cookies, granola, pies and specialty items just in time for every Thursday’s market. Regular customers head for her oatmeal bread (lightly sweetened with honey and perfect for sandwiches) and her ever-popular bear claws with cream cheese and blueberries. If you’re lucky, you might get there in time to buy a large bear claw ring, to serve the whole family. Though Crooked Pine Farm does produce cultivated blueberries, Brenda prefers to bake with wild blueberries, which she buys from Eastman’s in Wolfeboro. Popular breads also include anadama and cinnamon swirl, along with what she calls “150% whole wheat”—made with whole wheat flour and bulgur. No matter which you choose, you’ll be enjoying a treat made from fresh, wholesome ingredients, straight from the Crooked Pine Farm kitchen. A rotating assortment of sandwiches are usually available, which customers can expect to transition to hot soups and stews as the weather cools this fall.

Customers who’ve worked up a thirst may find Brenda squeezing fresh lemonade at the market—a tradition that began years ago with the Lush children, who served up lemonade at the market to earn their own farm income. Brenda continues the tradition, commenting that people will stay at the market longer if they’re able to get a cold drink to quench their thirst, and it’s a good item for the kids. “If the kids are happy, their parents are happy and are more likely to stay,” she said. As a long-time board member of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market, Brenda’s concerns extend beyond her own success as a vendor. Making sure the market as a whole runs well, providing a diverse and balanced assortment of offerings, as well as creating a vibrant community gathering spot are all important goals.

Now in its 15th year, the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market has grown steadily and today features more than 30 vendors.

Asked to comment on the changes she’s seen over the years, Brenda talked about the recent addition of lunch vendors to the market. “People are staying longer, sitting at the picnic tables to visit and enjoy lunch, and the live music,” she said. “The market has really good energy these days.”

Our loyal customers, and the always growing tribe of new customers, are an important part of that energy. The community’s commitment to supporting local farms like Crooked Pine Farm continues to grow, with many area residents now heading to the farmers market for fresh staples and specialty items. Though the state may celebrate local food especially in August, the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market keeps that celebration alive almost year round, with the popular summer market and the growing winter market to look forward to in just a few months.

And don’t forget to order that Thanksgiving turkey soon!