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!

Welcoming Summer Vendor Applications

It’s a SURE sign of spring when the snow gets mushy and the market’s board of directors puts out the call for SUMMER vendors! We’ll have three more markets for the winter season, then take a short break until the summer market opens on Thursday, May 31. This year’s summer market season will run weekly until October 4, and the market will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 at Clark Park in Wolfeboro.

Last year, we had more than 30 of the area’s best growers and producers, and we expect at least that number this year. Many of our fine vendors will return this summer and, as always, we welcome applications from new vendors. All interested vendors should download an application and vendor terms and send in completed application soon. All vendor materials may be found here.

In the mean time, we hope to see you Saturday, March 3 for the next winter market. We’ll be at Wolfeboro’s First Congregational Church from 10 to 2. See you there!