Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
Bringing you local food, friends and fun.
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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 06-22-12

Summer Vegetables at the Westminster Farmers’ Market

One Local!  Local food is healthy food.

One Local meal each week.  Be creative and have fun with it: breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Simple summer fare is as good as it gets.  Strawberry Shortcake for dinner on a hot night.  Steaks for the Grill or roasted chicken for sandwiches.  Salad with cucumber and asparagus topped with blue cheese.  Pesto from freshly picked basil.  Omelettes with garlic scapes and spinach.  What is your choice??  This is an easy way to add a healthy meal to your week.  Local food is healthy food.

Westminster Farmers’ Market has it all.  Fresh vegetables and fruits available now: strawberries, cucumbers, garlic, celery, black beans, basil, beets, zucchini, scallions, radish, gourmet salad greens, asparagus, rhubarb and more.

Regional gourmet specialty foods include farm-fresh eggs, locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured, free-range chicken, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies, cupacakes and cookies.

Events this week:

The musical talent of Keith McLinden and Gayle Craig. 

Blacksmith demonstration from 5:00 until close.

The market is open from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.  WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted.

For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com or find us on facebook.

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 06-15-12

Father’s Day at the Westminster Farmers’ Market

 

Now Father’s Day is coming quickly and Westminster Farmers’ Market has locally made crafts that will make your shopping easy – and infinitely more enjoyable.  You will find fine, hand-made sports themed bird houses, beautifully handcrafted cutting boards and cribbage boards, high quality hats and mittens, plants for the vegetable gardener and meats for the carnivore.  Put together a LOCAL package for your father!

Don’t forget to pick up the fixins for your dinner on Sunday.  There is plenty for your barbeque, vegetables for your side dishes and desserts galore!

Healthy, Delicious and LOCAL

Fresh vegetables and fruits available now: strawberries, cucumbers, garlic scapes, celery, black beans, basil, beets, zucchini, scallions, radish, gourmet salad greens, asparagus, rhubarb and more.

Regional gourmet specialty foods include farm-fresh eggs, locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured, free-range chicken, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies, cupacakes and cookies.

Events this week:

The musical talent of Tom diBuono.  Blacksmith demonstration from 5:00 until close.

The market is open from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.  WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted.

For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com or find us on facebook.

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 06-08-12

School is out. 

Find fun and educational adventure at the Westminster Farmers’ Market.

 

New in the market: beets, strawberries, summer squash, free-range pastured chicken, and cupcakes.

School’s out and you may be looking for things to do with your children (no matter what age).  The Westminster Farmers’ Market provides an educational adventure for all students. 

ü  All summer long, new vegetables can be explored and tasted by little ones.

ü  Find a favorite family recipe – or ask an older relative for one.  Review the recipe and make a “treasure hunt” for the market.  Your children will have fun exploring the market and purchasing necessary ingredients.  Upon arriving home, the fun continues.  Baking and cooking is probably the most all-encompassing educational experience a child can have.  Reading and chemistry, measuring, counting, adding, dividing. 

ü  If you don’t have a recipe and want to try something new, you may want to look up a German Kuchen recipe.  This delectable coffee cake (or dessert) is streusel, fruit filled deliciousness.  Not too difficult to make, and even a less than perfect outcome still gets devoured.  Choose your recipe and have a bake-off at your next family gathering.  You will definitely have a huge advantage if you are buying the freshest ingredients that are always available at the farmers’ market.

ü  Set up a contest for finding the most interesting vegetable in the market.  Will they try this new vegetable?  Think they won’t eat asparagus?  How about kohlrabi?  Beets?  This is garden candy.  Still digging in their heels?  Sauté in a bit of butter.  It adds nice flavor, and can give a finicky eater a less abrupt introduction to a new flavor.  Once a new flavor is accepted, you can slowly wean them from the butter. 

Healthy, Delicious and LOCAL

Fresh vegetables and fruits available now: strawberries, beets, zucchini, scallions, radish, gourmet salad greens, asparagus, rhubarb and more.

Regional gourmet specialty foods include farm-fresh eggs, locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured, free-range chicken, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies and cookies.

Summer planting continues and so does the supply of seedlings in the market.  June is a good time to transplant tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale and lettuce into the garden.  Beets and rutabagas can be planted from seed.

The market is open from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.  WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted.

For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com or find us on facebook.

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 06-01-12

Graduation Congratulations from Westminster Farmers’ Market

Our region’s High School Seniors are graduating this weekend and it will be a busy one for many! Westminster Farmers’ Market has what you need for some relaxation during this event packed weekend.

Get your shopping done early on Friday while enjoying the Market. Stop for some strawberries and unwind while listening to the music of Tom diBuono and Joe Reidy while enjoying the company of your friends and neighbors.

Stock up on the region’s best specialty cow and goat cheeses from Smith’s Country Cheese and Westfield farm. Grab a loaf of locally-made artisan bread and some homemade jam for a perfectly effortless appetizer (or dinner on a really busy evening).

Opt for a simple crock-pot meal. All you need is some farmers’ market stew meat, a packet of farmers’ market Italian dressing mix and a few minutes in the morning.

Grab your salad fixings and make enough for the entire weekend. Lettuce and mixed greens, blue cheese, scallions and toss in a few fresh orange slices. Whip up your favorite vinaigrette and you are done.

Prepare a crudités for a Sunday afternoon snack and a Monday lunchbox treat. Cut up some carrots, zucchini, radish and whatever else you can find as you shop through the market. Don’t forget some farmers’ market ranch dressing mix to top it off.

Healthy, Delicious and LOCAL Fresh vegetables and fruits available now: strawberries, zucchini, scallions, radish, gourmet salad greens, asparagus, rhubarb and more. Regional gourmet specialty foods include farm-fresh eggs, locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured, free-range chicken, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies and cookies. Summer planting continues and so does the supply in the market. We have several specialty growers that will give you something far beyond the standard varieties that are found in the stores. Try black and yellow tomatoes. It is not too late to plant and you can make your garden a gourmet delight! The market is open from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays. WIC and Senior Coupons are accepted. For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com or find us on facebook.

 

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 05-25-12

Have a Peaceful Memorial Day – and let the Grilling Season Begin!

We are expecting another great summer weekend and the grilling season begins with this coming long weekend.  The Westminster Farmers’ Market has what you need to make an extra special barbeque with all the trimmings.  Our local cheeses can start your day of entertaining served on some toasted artisan bread.  While enjoying an all local salad, grilling begins with some Delmonico steak rubbed with some of Westminster’s finest spice mixes or a fresh ham steak with curry seasonings.  Carrots and asparagus round out the meal – as fresh as can be.  All topped off with a rhubarb meringue for dessert.

Get moving to work off a few extra calories for an extra large helping of dessert!  It’s planting weekend in New England.  This is the weekend that we can safely plant all our tender tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, summer squash, winter squash and pumpkins.  The Westminster Farmers’ Market is very well stocked with all the gourmet delights that you will want to be growing by your kitchen door!  Many varieties of interesting tomatoes and many summer vegetable plants are available.  Get out there, get some vitamin-D and get planting.

Healthy, Delicious and LOCAL

Regional gourmet specialty foods including locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, farm-fresh eggs, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies and cookies.

The market will run from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

 
 

One Weekly Local Meal This Month

Westminster Farmers' Market and your own kitchen
 
 

Make a commitment to your health and to our local economy by preparing one local meal each week. Shop our local farmers' markets, farms, grocery stores and your own garden to procure ingredients to prepare a delicious, healthy, LOCAL meal for your family. Invite a friend for dinner and top it off with a local beer from Wachusett Brewery or Nashoba Winery (I bet Westminster Pharmacy can get what we need). Sign in here for this event ending on the first day of summer, June 20th. Record your menu here to help inspire us all!

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 05-18-12

It’s a Grilling Weekend! And Westminster Farmers’ Market Has What You Need!

 

Looks like a perfect grilling weekend and Westminster Farmers’ Market has everything you need for a delicious local meal.  Offering local burgers with award-winning melted cheese on the freshest homemade bread.  All served with fresh, lightly buttered asparagus and a green garden salad.

Healthy, Delicious and LOCAL.

Top it all off with a simple but tasty rhubarb crisp.

In addition, the Westminster Farmers Market now offers seasonal favorite vegetables and herbs including the season’s first carrots, radish, specialty greens (lettuce mixes, spinach, chard, cress, dandelion greens, and kale) and herbs (spring garlic, chives and cilantro).

Regional gourmet specialty foods including locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, farm-fresh eggs, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies and cookies.

The market will run from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com or find us on facebook.

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 05-11-12

              Local Food Has Arrived at the Westminster Farmers’ Market

 

 

 

Warmer days have arrived and the rhubarb and asparagus is overflowing at gardens and farms everywhere in the Wachusett Region -- and the Westminster Farmers’ Market has plenty of it to offer. 

 

Rhubarb is now abundant at the market and offers the first taste of spring for anyone that wants to take an extra 15 minutes to prepare a tasty recipe!  Providing a good source of calcium, Vitamin K and Vitamin C, potassium and manganese, rhubarb is a local plant that offers numerous health benefits.  It is flavorful and tart and useful in many recipes including rhubarb crisp (add a bit of ginger for extra flavor and health benefits) and makes a lovely sauce for pork when cooked with onions and herbs!  Rhubarb juice is easy to make (about as easy as making tea without a tea bag!) and is a delicious alternative to soft drinks.  If you wish to try your hand at home canning, rhubarb is an easy vegetable for a first attempt, whether you select a simple sauce recipe or put aside some juice for a hot summer day!  So take an extra 15 minutes this week to prepare a local favorite for your family.

 

Events scheduled for Friday at the Market:

            3:00 Buttonbox Shadow Puppet Theatre

            3:30 Gayle Craig

            5:30 Blacksmith Demonstration

 

In addition to rhubarb, the Westminster Farmers Market now offers seasonal favorite vegetables and herbs including asparagus, carrots, radish, specialty greens (lettuce mixes, spinach, chard, cress, dandelion greens, and kale) and herbs (spring garlic, chives and cilantro).

 

Regional gourmet specialty foods including locally raised grass-fed beef, pastured pork, farm-fresh eggs, award-winning goat and cow cheeses, a wide variety of artisan breads, jams and jellies, spice mixes, delicious desserts and pastries, pies and cookies.

 

In your tour through the market, you can also find potted plants, raspberry bushes, seedlings, perennials, shrubs and treats for your dog along with gift and craft items including beautiful cutting boards, hand-painted mailboxes, bird houses, jewelry and household items.

 

Come meet your local food producers and purchase the highest quality award winning foods available anywhere.  You can drive to your not-so-local farm fresh superstore and read a poster about your farm raised foods, or you can enjoy the short ride to Academy Hill in Westminster and find out about our local specialties by asking the people that produce them!

 

The market will run from 3:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

 

For more information visit www.WestminsterFarmersMarket.com

 

 

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If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with the Agricultural Commission or the Market Manager, please email at Hertel@MapleHeightsFarm.com

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Fogged In

   The fog was thick at The Town Common on Academy Hill in Westminster Friday afternoon. In spite of the weather, we had a good turn-out by both vendors and customers at the first market of the season yesterday. People were pleased that Ann Patsis is back with her breads and jams. Ann also has mail boxes for sale, that she has toll-painted. A new vendor was there; Bob’s Red House Farm, from Winchendon,  along with our veteran members. As the season progresses we have several other new grower/members that plan on attending.

   On The Gazebo, Joe Reidy appeared at 3 p.m. and Keith McLinden at 5 p.m. They sounded great.Their performances were enhanced by our new audio system. Sue and Steve Nickerson did a great job shopping for, and picking out the new sound system for us. Thank you, Sue and Steve.

 
 

Open for The Serason

This appeared in The "Fitchburg Sentinel" yesterday:
Concert at Westminster gazebo Friday
sentinelandenterprise.com

WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Farmers Market and the Westminster Cultural Council present Joe Reidy appearing at 3 p.m. and Keith McLinden at 5 p.m. at the gazebo on Academy Hill on Friday.

Reidy plays contemporary blues/jazz/rock that makes for a unique sound and enjoyable listening. McLinden sings folk/rock classics and contemporary songs to his own accompaniment on acoustic guitar.

Westminster Farmers Market entertainment is supported in part by a grant from the Westminster Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency

 
 

A Message to Our Vendors

Here is a message from our Chair, M.L. Altobelli, to the venders, of The Westminster Farmers' Market:

Hello and Welcome to the 2012 season at the Westminster Farmers’ Market!

Opening day:

  • This coming Friday, May 4th, 3:00pm ? 6:30pm
  • Set up from 2:00pm on
  • Market opens with the singing of the national anthem by Ann Patsis at 3:00pm


I know you know these next details
? but...

  • If you are selling baked goods ? we need to have a copy of your current Board of Health approved kitchen permit attached to your paperwork in our files.
  • If you are selling meat ? you need a Food Safety Inspection certificate and your meat must have USDA labeling on it.
  • Keep frozen items frozen and cold items cold ? check with a thermometer ? our Board of Health will be!
  • Household scales are not permitted ? any scale used must have a seal by an official state Sealer of Weights and Measures.


And a last note...
The Westminster farmer
s’

 Market is certified to accept coupons from the Farmer's Market Coupon Program,? we do not have an EBT machine.

If you have any questions
? let me know.

Here
s to a great year for all of us.....See you there!

M.L.
--
M.L. Altobelli
Westminster Agricultural Commission -chair

  I would like to add that you cannot set-up to sell, until your application has been approved by The Jury Committe. If you have not sent in your application yet, please do so ASAP.

  Our mail address is:

Town Hall

11 South St.

Westminster MA 01473

  Our email is forwarded to us through the "Local Harvest" email function on the listing page.

http://www.localharvest.org/postemail.jsp?id=24478

 
 

Friends of Westminster Farmers

You Can Help Your Town's Farmers’ Market,

 Join the Friends  

 

A new group has been formed by Patty Hurd and Karen Sargent; “Friends of Westminster Farmers”. They will endeavor to form a cohesive group of volunteers, that will foster community awareness, and assist in promotion, of agriculture in Westminster (including The Westminster Farmers’ Market).

  They have a Facebook page at:

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Westminster-Farmers-Market/133750303302808#!/FriendsOfWestminsterFarmers

This is sure to be a dynamic group. If you would like to get in on the ground floor, contact either Patty or Karen.

You can email Patty. She gets email at AOL. Her handle is HURDEST.

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Opening for The Season

Pay no attention to the frost on the ground this morning, or the snow and sleet that was falling yesterday. In just three short weeks Westminster Farmers' Market will be open for the season; the first of twenty-six weeks of food, friends, and fun.

  For your listening pleasure, Joe Reidy and Keith McLinden will be preforming at the gazebo.

                    3:00 - 4:30 Joe Reidy

                    5:00 - 6:30 Keith McLinden

From Our Website:

Market Opening!

May 4th, 2012

What to Expect in May...

Meat

Cheese

Eggs

Breads

Sweets

Garden Plants

Seedlings

Vegetables: rhubarb, greens, asparagus

In Season:

Meat: Free-range Chicken, Grass-fed Beef, Pastured Pork

Eggs: Free-range, Farm-fresh Eggs

Dairy: Goat Cheese

Vegetables: Asparagus, Rhubarb, Lettuce, Spring Garlic, Radish, Herbs

Breads:  Whole Grain Breads, Artisan Breads

Sweets: Cakes, Pies, Pastries

Garden plants: Potted plants and seedlings

Hours:

Fridays from 3:00 until 6:30 from May through October

Location:

Academy Hill

Academy Hill Road

Westminster, Massachusetts

Building our Community through Local Food

Don't forget to bring a bucket to get some free compost!

 

 

 
 

Farmers' Market Vendor Training

Westminster Farmers’ Market Vendor Training will take place at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 6, in the Selectmen's Chambers at the Westminster Town Hall. 

 

This training is open to all current and potential vendors who wish to find out more about becoming a vendor at the Westminster Farmers’ Market for the coming 2011 season. 

 

Attendees will receive a discount off their annual market membership if their application is accepted by the Westminster Farmers’ Market Jury Committee.

Agenda for the evening of April 6th:

At 6:00pm, the Westminster Board of Health will present rules and regulations for selling products at the Westminster Farmers' Market.

At 7:00pm Rick Bonano will present information on GAP (Good Agricultural Practices).

At 7:30pm, Ann Patsis will discuss sales tax laws.

 

 

 

 
 
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