Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm
The coop is here! Mass Local Food – our online Farmers’ Market is now stocked with over 150 products and more producers are signing up this week. Customer ordering opened yesterday and will close on June 1st. Anything you order will be delivered to the Westminster Farmers Market on June 5th. You will arrive at the Mass Local Food booth and your order will be ready. If you miss this order cycle, you will have to wait until the end of June to place your next order. We have some fantastic producers listed offering honey, meat, spreadable fruits, jams, baked goods, soaps, herbs, and even fair-trade organic coffee that is roasted in Orange. It is in my house now and the smell is heavenly! It was just roasted yesterday! So, if you have a minute, at least go online and read about our interesting producers! We are also having a meet and greet pot luck dinner this Sunday, May 24th at 6:00PM at the Congregational Church, 138 Main St., Westminster. Kelley O’Connor will give a short presentation about how to log in and shop, and Sheryl Vaillette and I will be there to answer any questions you have. www.MassFoodCoop.org/shop.
Now, back to the Farmers’ Market…
Last week we had 9 vendors at our market. That is an excellent showing considering the time of year and the lack of fresh fruits and vegetables that are available now. Still, there was plenty of food to purchase, plants to add to your garden and useful items for your home.
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend and we can meet your barbeque needs, so don’t forget to stop by for some of the freshest food money can buy. The quality and freshness of local farmers is better than Whole Foods and our market prices are better, too! And we are much closer, and a lot more fun! The children I see at our market are running around having fun. I have yet to see too many happy children getting dragged through Whole Foods or any grocery store for that matter!
So don’t forget to stock up on steaks and burgers for your cookout, and I highly recommend a nice rhubarb crisp for dessert. Email me if you want the recipe.
If you would like to reduce your trash, we will have a bin available where you can leave items for vendors to reuse! The following items are needed: garden center pots, seed six packs, egg cartons, small/medium glass jars, coffee grounds, empty 50 lb brown paper sacks -- food grade, unwanted coolers in good condition (for www.MassFoodCoop.org).