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the market itself, cardholders will receive shopping tokens that allow them to spend two dollars for every one dollar withdrawn from their EBT cards.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.

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Summer Market Season Concludes on October 5; Winter Market Opens November 4

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market has enjoyed a stellar summer season, with the support of more than 30 fine vendors and a vibrant community of shoppers and visitors. It always feels a little strange, though, to be ending the summer market season when so much of the harvest is still in high gear. Lots of produce, meats, poultry, eggs, cheeses, baked goods and more are still available for you at the market!

Don’t miss out! The last day of the summer season will be Thursday, October 5. Please help us send our wonderful vendors off with lots of appreciation for their months of work. Planning to bring an extra shopping bag or two is a good thing.

Our vendors will take a much needed break (sort of!) before reconvening for the Winter Market, which is set to open on Saturday, November 4. We’ll be open on the first and third Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, straight through April 21. If you’re a vendor, or know someone who should be one, you’ll find more info here.

In the mean time, savor these last days of summery early fall weather by spending some time at the last of the summer markets. We’re at Clark Park in Wolfeboro on Thursday, from 12:30 to 4:30. See you at the market!

Summer Market Planning Has Begun!

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Just when most of us are feeling like summer is impossibly far away, a little glimmer of hope has appeared on the horizon. That’s right—planning for the summer farmers market in Wolfeboro has begun. The board is accepting applications from interested vendors. So, if that’s you, or you know someone who would be the perfect addition to our bustling summer market, you’ll find the application here. The market will be open every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30, June 4 through October 8. Yes, it’s true: summer is on its way!

In the mean time, while you’re dreaming of summer, get on over to the winter market at the Mountain Grainery in Ossipee. A sunny, warm greenhouse with farm-fresh goodness and beautiful crafts awaits you, Saturdays from 10 to 2.

One More Summer Market: Winter Market Ahead!

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One season closes, and another opens! This Thursday marks the end of a gloriously sunny, bountiful summer season for the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. We’ve had great weather, good crowds, busy vendors and foot-tapping music every week, and we’re already looking forward to next year, so stay tuned!

And, in just a few weeks, we’ll open for our winter season at the Mountain Grainery on Route 16 in Ossipee; more on that later. We’ll be there from November 1 through March 28, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Vendor Spotlight: Top of the Hill Farm

You can’t miss it: Top of the Hill Farm is the first vendor on the left, as you enter the market from the parking lot: or, you could spot it by the buckets of brightly-colored fresh flowers that beckon shoppers in—it’ll remain one of the busiest booths at the market until closing time each week.

Top of the Hill Farm offers grass-fed meat (beef, pork and lamb), fresh vegetables and fruits and cut flowers that often go within the first half hour of the market. Alan Frederickson and his family have been farming in on Martin’s Hill Road in Wolfeboro for 10 years, moving to the Lakes Region from a smaller farm south of Boston. Grazing the herd on 108 acres of land (in a stunning location) gave Alan the opportunity to increase the size of the herd and devote more effort to crossbreeding efforts and developing the “hybrid rigor” of the herd. Herefords are the stars at Top of the HIll Farm, with a smaller number of Maine Anjou and various crosses.

Fresh back from the Fryeburg Fair this week, the family added to its collection of ribbons and awards. Alan likes showing at the fair, noting how far the herd has come. Lots of awards this year, both for the quality of the animals but for handling as well. Understandably, the Frederickson family is very proud of the quality of their cattle. Alan cares deeply about the care his animals receive, and is meticulous about their diet. The farm practices rotational grazing, and the animals are antibiotic and hormone-free.

Top of the HIll Farm has been with the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market since its second season. Alan, Carolyn, Eric and Anna love the opportunity to connect with customers and find out first-hand what’s important to them. Farmers markets are a lot of work, (think about those giant coolers loaded with meat!), but according to Alan Frederickson, they’re also fun and gratifying. Repeat customers appreciate the quality of the farm’s meat and Alan’s commitment to raising the healthiest animals possible.

Stop by the Top of the Hill Farm’s booth at the market this week, and pick something up to round out your shopping. You’ll find them now and then, as schedules allow, at the winter market in Ossipee, but there’s no time like now to stock up the freezer!

See you at the market!