Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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"Bunny brerakfast"

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  Last week one of our local parent-teacher organizations, PTO ran their annual "bunny breakfast", in the cafeteria of the middle school. At the same time in the lobby and mezzanine The Young Children's Festival  (sort of a mini trade show for kids) was set up.

 My wife, Debbie and I, along with Anne Patsis set up a table at The Young Children's Festival. We were representing The Westminster Farmers' Market, Mass Local Food, and The Westminster AgComm.

 The festival was well attended by young families. They showed a lot of interest in locally grown food and asked good questions.

  In the first hour we gave away 100 helium filled balloons monogrammed with “I love eggs". When we ran out of monogrammed balloons, Debbie went out and picked up some generic balloons and we gave away another 30 balloons before the helium ran out. We also gave away "I love Eggs" stickers, children’s activity books, and "Kids in the Kitchen" recipes from The American Egg Board. We had information sheets on The Westminster Farmers' Market and Mass Local Food. Sheryl Vaillette provided us with a sign up sheet for people to receive the MLF newsletter.

  There were a lot of comments that people can't wait for The Westminster Farmers' Market to open. (Neither can we.)

  This function was well worth attending. We got a lot of information out to the local community, and had a good time doing it. We look forward to attending The Young Children's Festival again next year.

 
 
 

Westminster Farmer's Market Report for 06-12-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

 Massachusetts Local Food Update (www.MassFoodCoop.org): Delivery day worked out well last Friday.  Producers are working on updating products now and we are hoping to have a few new producers for next month, especially eggs and milk.  Orders open again on June 23rd for the next delivery day which will be July 10th.

 Last week we had about 11 vendors at the market with loads of products including our June staples of asparagus and rhubarb and vegetable plants and perennials.  This week, although the weather is threatening AGAIN, the day should clear and we are hoping to have good attendance so our existing producers still want to set up. 

 This week, we are expecting beef, pork, eggs, rhubarb pie, rhubarb crisp, salad greens, herbs, breads (you may want to try Ann Patsis’s Olive Onion Loaf, it is delicious with cream cheese!), asparagus, rhubarb, jam, Smith’s country cheese…

 In addition we expect perennials, soaps and locations, hand creams, incense, hand painted tin pieces including Mailboxes and antique reproductions, ornaments, quilted items, tote bags, jewelry…

 

 

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Westminster Farmer's Market Report for 06-04-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

 

Massachusetts Local Food – Delivery Day is Friday.  Stop by the booth if you want more information on this incredible opportunity to bring local food to you on a year round basis.  We may have a bit of leftover organic, fair-trade coffee from Dean’s Beans for sale.  All proceeds from this product benefit local food pantries.

 

Although the weather was threatening, last Friday was another great day on Academy hill.  We were busy for most of the afternoon with customers looking for meat and bread – and information on Massachusetts Local Food!  This week I am planning to add more loaves of cinnamon bread and Finnish coffee bread as these sold out by 4:30.  Remember that you can order ahead (by emailing me tonight) if you want something reserved. 

 

Showers are expected this week and remember, rain or shine, you still have to eat this week and you deserve great food.  If the market doesn’t have much for fresh vegetables this week (though it may), it won’t be long before peas and lettuce are available in abundance.  Strawberries are ripening too, though ours are not completely red yet – perhaps next week…

 

 

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Westminster Farmer's Market Report for 05-22-09

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!

 

 

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Westminster Farmer's Market Report for 05-28-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm 

 Massachusetts Local Food – Delivery Day is Friday.  Stop by the booth if you want more information on this incredible opportunity to bring local food to you on a year round basis.  We may have a bit of leftover organic, fair-trade coffee from Dean’s Beans for sale.  All proceeds from this product benefit local food pantries.

 Although the weather was threatening, last Friday was another great day on Academy hill.  We were busy for most of the afternoon with customers looking for meat and bread – and information on Massachusetts Local Food!  This week I am planning to add more loaves of cinnamon bread and Finnish coffee bread as these sold out by 4:30.  Remember that you can order ahead (by emailing me tonight) if you want something reserved. 

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