Winter Markets Continue Through April

 

Do you LOVE the winter market? Well, you’re in luck! We have FIVE MORE winter markets to look forward to: February 16, March 2, March 16, April 6 and April 20. While winter snowstorms come and go, and the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market board is hard at work planning for the summer market, the winter market chugs along in full force. And, it seems to grow with every market.

Now with fifteen or more vendors at each market, the winter market will continue through end of April. This season, for the first time, the board offered vendors the opportunity to sign up for the whole season or simply for specific dates. This flexibility has created a dynamic and colorful mix of winter vendors, and the community (that’s you!) has responded enthusiastically. The winter market now features local wine and beer, vegetables, meats, poultry, cheese, dairy products, honey, soaps, baked goods (yes, even gluten-free), fresh eggs and so much more.

How can you help, you might ask? You can show us some love by liking our Facebook page to be sure you’ll get lots of updates and, most importantly, you can share our updates with friends and family. The more people who support the winter market, the bigger and livelier it will become!

Thank you for your support! See you at our next winter market on Saturday, February 16. We’ll be at the First Congregational Church Wolfeboro on South Main Street from 10 am to 2 pm with plenty of easy parking. And lots of love and good cheer!

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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!

 

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!