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
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.