What’s Cooking at the Market?

At this week’s market, we’ll enjoy a visit from Joy Gagnon of UNH Cooperative Extension, Carroll County. Joy works as a Program Associate in the Nutrition Connections program, and will have lots of good info about incorporating fresh farmers market veggies and other foods into your diet.  She’ll focus on the nutritional value of spinach and greens, which are abundant at the market right now.
Even better, for those of us who learn best through tasting, Joy will share a recipe with us, too. Stop by for a taste of some yummy black bean and veggie quesadillas! We know what you’ll be cooking tomorrow night!
The market is swinging into its full summer rhythm now. Please continue to spread the word; YOU are making this year’s market a vibrant, community event, so keep talking it up. If you need a few brochures to spread around, stop by at the manager’s tent in the middle of the green.
Many thanks to Joy Gagnon and UNH Cooperative Extension for bringing nutrition and cooking wisdom to the market!

2017 Market Off to a Sunny Start

Wolfeboro Area Farmers MarketThe Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market had a sunny (mostly?) and successful (totally!) opening day last week for its 16th summer market. With 30 vendors and counting, Clark Park was jam packed with local produce, meats, eggs, honey, cheese, dairy products, coffee, herbal products, lots of baked goods and even ice cream and lobster. Four-legged visitors (always welcome, if they’re on a leash and have good manners) found treats at the market, too. Have a look at our vendor page for more details about what you can find at the summer market!

Local acoustic musician Shana Aisenberg set the vibe from the center of the lawn. The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market board of directors is so appreciative of the musicians who bring their talent to the market, and we hope you’ll show them your appreciation, too, by dropping a donation in the hat when you pass by! The market is still recruiting more musicians to fill the summer schedule. Call Karen Haeger at 603.334.8378 or email her if you’re interested. This week, we’ll welcome Beverly Woods.

June is such a sweet and gentle time in Wolfeboro. Of course, we all look forward to the influx of summer visitors to the market, but we appreciate this time too, as a time for neighbors and friends to welcome summer together at Clark Park. Please help us to spread the word in any way you can about the market. If you have a place to put out a few market brochures, stop by the manager’s tent to pick up a few.

Most of all, thanks for supporting the market by shopping and bringing your friends!

Summer Market Opens Thursday, June 1! Double SNAP Benefits!

The summer market will open for the 2017 summer season on Thursday, June 1 and will be open every Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. through October 5 at Clark Park, 233 South Main Street, in Wolfeboro, rain or shine. As if that news isn’t enough, we’re expecting more than 30 vendors this season, and the list continues to grow!

Not only will we have more vendors, but we’ll have a tremendous variety, even including live lobster and a variety of prepared, ready-to-eat foods. Market offerings include fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, fresh fish, cut flowers, meats, honey, herbal products, baked goods, vegan ice cream and a variety of prepared foods. Live music is provided by local musicians each week and shaded picnic tables will be available, too.

Once again, we’re able to offer Double SNAP benefits, thanks to donations and the commitment of the market board of directors. Food stamps recipients will be able to use their Electronic Benefits Cards (EBT) at the market and double their benefits, up to a $20 match. With the help of individual and business donations, along with support from the market itself, we’re happy to bring this benefit to the community again this year. You can support this program by making a tax-deductible donation today!

Please help us to spread the word in any way you can! Bringing new people to the market keeps it growing and thriving, so please bring a friend or two to the first market of the season!

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.

2017 Summer Market Welcomes Vendor Applications

Spring is in the air, and the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market is welcoming vendors—returning and new—to apply for the 2017 summer market.  Dates are set for the market to run from June 1 through October 5, Thursdays from 12:30 to 4:30. The vendor application and other helpful materials are available, here.

We’re also getting an early start on scheduling musicians for the summer market. We’ve been so grateful for the support of area musicians, and we love the energy and spirit they offer the market every week. If you know of someone who might like to perform at the market, please ask them to email Karen Haeger soon!

In the mean time, while summer plans are brewing, we have THREE more winter markets! So, be sure to mark your calendar for March 18, April 1 and April 15. We’ll be at the First Congregational Church in Wolfeboro, from 10 to 2.

See you at the market!