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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Wotton Farm: No Mid-Winter Rest for Small Diversified Farms

Ask a small, diversified New Hampshire farm what they’re up to in January, and you’ll find out that it’s not sitting by the fire with a good book. (Although, we hope for their sake, some of those moments happen!) Kathey Wotton of Ossipee’s Wotton Farm provided a quick window into January farm activities, as well as a look at what she’ll be bringing to this Saturday’s winter market.

“Planning for spring planting is in full gear here at the farm.  We’re paging through the seed catalogs and dreaming of warmer weather, while we sit by the wood stove and sip our coffee,” she said. See, there IS a fire…that’s encouraging! That seed catalog dreaming, though, happens in between tending the cows, pigs and chickens, keeping the pipes from freezing, while producing a steady stream of yogurt, cheeses, butter and other dairy products for sale at the market.

At this week’s market, Wotton Farm will offer both plain and vanilla honey yogurt, as well as Greek style yogurt, cream, whole milk and artisinal Smokey Bacon Cheddar Cheese. As always, there will be plenty of chicken, including boneless breast, thighs, wings, thighs and drumsticks. Along with chicken in those coolers, they’ll have a limited supply of bacon, sausage, pork chops and ham.

Many vendors are joining the January sale fun. Wotton Farm will continue its January special of whole chickens at just $3 per pound. (That’s a whole $1 off the regular price!)  For the beyond-food needs in your life, Distinctive Designs by Dan and Di will have a basket of hand-crafted cards for just $1 each! And, to warm your winter nights with the soft glow of beeswax candles, Carriage Hill Honey will offer 20 percent off all beeswax candles!

Saturday’s market will run from 10 am to 2 pm at Wolfeboro’s First Congregational Church on Main Street. We appreciate the ongoing support of the local community with the winter market at its farms and vendors. See you Saturday!

Special Guest to Visit Saturday’s Market

Yes, it’s true. We’ll have a special guest—Rudolph—at this Saturday’s winter market! We’ll be there with 17 or more excellent vendors and all of their treats from 10 am to 2 pm. Rudolph will be there from 12:30 to 1:30. No charge to have your picture taken with him, so come on down to the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro, at 115 South Main Street. See you at the market!

Winter Market Begins Saturday, November 4

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market board is pleased to announce that the Winter Market 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 7.

The market will once again take place at the First Congregational Church, at 115 South Main Street in Wolfeboro. It’s the perfect location for the Winter Market, with convenient on-site parking and handicap access. It’s hard to miss, with lots of market signs along the street before every market.

We’re still accepting vendor applications for the market, and expect at least 17 repeat and new vendors to join us, so far. Baked goods, vegetables, meats, cheese, poultry, eggs…you name it! If you know anyone who should become a vendor, please send them to us! The vendor application is posted on this site, here.

Thanks for your support of the Summer Market, which was better than ever, this year. We’re looking forward to seeing you, along with your family and friends, on Saturday, November 4! Please help us to spread the word!

 

Last Winter Farmers Market to Offer Easter Surprises

This article appeared in the Thursday, April 13 edition of Granite State News. In case you missed it, read on!

The last winter market of the season is set to take place on Saturday, April 15 with vendors planning special offerings in advance of the Easter holiday. Whether shoppers are enticed by freshly baked challah bread, a juicy leg of lamb or a pound of artisinally roasted coffee, market vendors are planning to end the season with a bang. The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market will be open from 10 am to 2 pm at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, at 115 South Main Street, with convenient on-site parking and easy access for all.

“Our vendors are a creative and entrepreneurial bunch,” said Fred Martin, president of the nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. “Several of our farmers have added winter growing capability with high tunnels, specifically to be able to provide the community with fresh greens in the winter and early spring. We’re expecting thirteen or more local vendors at this market.” Naturally and organically raised meats, poultry and eggs have been staples of the winter market, as have been local products like honey, maple syrup and baked goods—even gluten-free baked goods. “With this last market being the day before Easter, it’s a great opportunity for people to round out their holiday table with local foods and products.”

Joanne Ducas of Mountain Heartbeet, a certified organic vegetable farm in Effingham that has offered vegetables throughout most of the winter market season, will have spent more than a few hours picking sweet spinach for Saturday’s market, as well as fresh micro-greens and arugula. “In addition to fresh greens, we’ll have carrots, parsnips and radishes at the market,” Ducas said. “Easter dinner could quite easily come completely from the market. We think that’s really exciting!”

No aspect of market shoppers’ Easter celebrations is left without something special. Holiday meats will be in plentiful supply at the market. Hilary Chapin of Milton’s Smiling Sheep Farm will be prepared to complete that dinner with a fresh leg of lamb (as well as “Easter egg dyed yarn” for a unique Easter basket addition). Poultry, pork and red meats will also be available from several familiar vendors. Wishing for an artistic card to go along with a hostess gift? Distinctive Designs by Di and Dan of Ossipee will be at the market with their handcrafted Easter cards. From Seabrisket Bakery in Brookfield, shoppers will find fresh yam rolls, pies, cakes, scones and maple candies.

Hot, artisanally roasted coffee has been available at the market throughout the winter, as well as freshly roasted beans, but Lucas Roasting Company of Alton has a special surprise in store for Saturday. According to Troy Lucas, the roasterie will introduce its “nitro cold brew” this weekend. “Coffee lovers out there who are looking for a real treat will definitely want to stop in to try this,” said Lucas. “We’re getting geared up right now to offer a line of delicious cold brews at the summer market. With spring in the air, we’re excited to give people a taste of summer in April.”

Easter bakery treats anticipated at Saturday’s market include Italian cookies, challa bread, chocolate babka and baklava, all freshly baked by Gina’s Cucina of Melvin Village. Baked in a chef’s kitchen at the home of a transplanted New Yorker, baked goods from Gina’s Cucina have become a holiday staple for many area families. Gina Aponte grew up getting fresh bakery products daily from neighborhood bakeries on Long Island and later in Brooklyn, and recently brought her art to the Lakes Region, where she has received a whole-hearted welcome.

According to Fred Martin, the twice-monthly market has filled a community need, thanks to the board’s focus on growth and fine-tuning. “Wolfeboro’s a different place in the winter, but the demand for high-quality, local foods has made this market possible. We’re already turning our attention to planning an outstanding summer market, so bringing the community a nearly year-round farmers market keeps us pretty busy. We’re gratified at the support the community continues to show us.” Fred Martin, is himself a long-time market vendor who raises bees in Wolfeboro and offers honey, candles and an extensive array of bee products at the market.

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market, a non-profit organization, will host its summer market in Wolfeboro at Clark Park, which it has been operating since 2002, and has operated the winter market in Wolfeboro since 2015. In early 2016, the market received IRS designation as a 501C(3) charitable organization and donations are tax deductible.

Photo: Spring greens growing in a high tunnel at Effingham’s Mountain Heartbeet Farm. Photo courtesy Joanne Ducas.