Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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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.

 
 

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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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.

 

 

 

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 11-19-2010

Westminster Farmers’ Market Holding a Thanksgiving Market

 

 

 

Kerrie Hertel

 

 

 

Nov 12 |10:45

 

 

 

The Westminster Farmers’ Market will be holding an indoor Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market on November 19 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm at Wildwood Farm in Westminster.

 

There will be plenty of food items for your Thanksgiving feast including Vegetables, Fruit, Beef, Pork, Eggs, Jams, Cheese, Bread, and Baked Goods.

And in the spirit of celebration, consider doing a bit of gift shopping. 

 

You will find some of the finest handcrafted items including handcrafted cutting boards, molded felted hats, jewelry, painted tin pieces including mailboxes and antique reproductions, ornaments, quilted and knit items and tote bags. 

 

Enjoy the Holiday season even more by doing a bit of your shopping now!

Wondering how to get fresh local foods this winter?  Stop by the
Mass Local Food table at the market and we can help you with that!

Wildwood Farm is located at
50 Woods Road, Westminster, MA.

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 10-22-2010

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Come to the Pumpkin Festival

 

 

Pumpkin Festival

This Friday, The Westminster Farmers’ Market will hold its annual Pumpkin Festival.  All proceeds from this festival will support Mass Ag in the Classroom projects and provide scholarships to teachers that wish to attend the fall conference.  There will be the annual Pumpkin Art Contest with prizes awarded to children in grades k-2 and 3-5 ($5.00 fee for pumpkin and supplies).  Stop by to watch the children paint, enjoy a cup of hot chowder from the Old Mill Restaurant, sip some coffee, hot chocolate or cider, and enjoy the market.  There will also be a raffle for a giant pumpkin (tickets are 4 for $1 or 20 for $4)

Since we have made it to the last weeks of October without a widespread frost, many of our local farms are still producing all the vegetables you expect to see earlier in the year.  Many of our local gardens are planned in locations that are protected from wind and harsh weather and have not even seen the slightest nip of frost!  Though it’s certainly closing in on us!  We are expecting frost later in the week.  So take the opportunity to enjoy the last few vegetables of summer.

As usual, the market will also be stocked with gallons of milk, award-winning cheeses from Smith’s (in Templeton) and Capri (in Hubbardston), Beef, Pork, Free-Range Roasting Chickens, Fresh Artisan Breads, Fine Baked Goods, Jams, and everything you would expect at a great farmers’ market.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 09-24-2010

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Welcome to Westminster…  Now Leave!

 

 

The weather forecasters are calling for another beautiful day on Friday and the market promises to be a busy place with all our vendors and shoppers.  This week Tess Rembetsy-Brown will be singing for us (and last week she began selling her famous sugar cookies – sold out very quickly, too!).  Button Box Shadow Theatre will entertain our children with another fine performance, and they now offer a puppet craft were children can make their own puppet. 

 

Consider having a farmers’ market meal.  The market has everything you need to put together a gourmet meal (and gourmet can be simple) offering Westminster grown grass-fed beef and pastured pork, award-winning cheeses from Hubbardston and Winchendon, loads of vegetables and fruits in all varieties (I had a delicious patty-pan squash with dinner this week), and now, Joe Serio from Westminster Pharmacy is helping us with food/wine pairings.  Look throughout the market and you will see bottles of wine on display as Joe’s suggestions for pairings with some of our market foods. 

 

 

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Westminster Farmers" Market Report for 09-10-2010

 

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Lunchbox Season has arrived…

 

With hurricanes blowing in last week, many vendors took the day off (us included – the tents are just too dangerous when they take flight – not to mention too expensive to replace if they do), but Academy hill was still fairly well populated with vendors.  I had the enjoyable task of walking through the market as a 100% customer.  It was nice, and I was able to purchase everything I needed to feed my hungry family (and send one of us off to college with a full refrigerator).

 

It’s a season of preparing lunchboxes…

Yes, it is that time of the year.  School busses are everywhere.  Schedules ramp up to a hyper pace with school open houses, sports teams, church school and volunteer 

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Westminster Farmers' Market Blurb for 09-10-2010

This entry is from Kerrie Hertel on our FaceBook page.

Westminster Farmers' Market Shadow Box Puppet Theatre, Tess Rembetsy-Brown and Don Rivano this week at the market. All entertainment you don't want to miss. Pick up your little ones from school and hike up the hill for the puppet show! It will be an afternoon that your child will always remember.

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 08-27-2010

 Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

 

Prepare your Larder for Thanksgiving…

 

 

 

Facebook…

 

Watch facebook on Friday as vendors will keep you informed of what they will be bringing to the market this week! Don't forget to go in and "like" the page so you will get updates.

 

 

 

Come to the market for all the vegetables you need for the entire week (plus a vegetable or two to store for Thanksgiving). In addition you can plan a farmers’ market gourmet meal or two using some of our farm fresh cheeses, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, local artisan breads and more. Do I even need to say anything about eggs this week? For local, healthy, farm fresh eggs, you may want to arrive early!

 

 

 

Pick Your Local Favorites…

 

 

 

 

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 08-06-2010

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Getting the Most from the Farmers’ Market

 

Facebook…

Watch facebook on Friday as vendors will keep you informed of what they will be bringing to the market this week!

 

Farmers’ Market Finds are a terrible thing to waste…

A fun dish that REQUIRES leftovers is fried rice.  Even the rice should be made in advance.  You will want a farm fresh egg that is not leftover, rice, a bit of olive oil and leftover veges and meat.  If you don’t normally buy farmers’ market eggs, you may want to consider it for this dish as the majority of the dish will be made with leftovers so .25 per egg is worth the splurge for the high quality nutrition it brings!  This is a great meal especially when you only have a few ounces of high quality meat that you want to utilize in a full meal.  Amy Dacyczyn tells us to keep a quart container in your freezer, adding bits of meat and vegetables as you have them so you are always prepared for this simple and delicious dish.

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