Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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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.

 

 
 

Save a Goat Ride Your Senator (with letters e-mails and phone calls)

  The time to support local food against federal government sprawl is now. If we don't take action, they will legislate local food right off your plate. 

 Please read this excellent blog piece, by Pat Stewart, one of our grower/venders. :

Hello,


This is a scary time for those of us who value locally raised food, raising livestock and promoting sustainable agriculture. While the National Animal Identification
System is being retooled, its successor
has yet to be seen. But while we wait
for that word, and while groups and individuals work with the developers to
craft this new program, a larger specter looms on the horizon.

   Here is the rest of it.

 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 11-13-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Holiday Markets and Beautiful Little Milk Goats…      

Well, even though our Farmers’ Market has closed, I have yet to have a Friday off!  With delivery day for Mass Local Food last week, Friday was as busy as ever as this online farmers’ market takes over as a winter substitute for so many people.  So, I have this Friday off (first one since early May), but the following Friday, we are back in business again with our pre-Thanksgiving market (on November 20th).

Our Holiday Markets will be at the Westminster DPW barn at 1 Oakmont Ave. 

The Thanksgiving market will be held on Friday, November 20th from 3:00 until 7:00 and will be stocked with all your Thanksgiving needs.  Vegetables, sausage, cheese, meat, cranberries, eggs (hopefully), baked goods, breads, fudge and plenty of items for Christmas shopping!  Ask your vendors about freezing items to keep the as fresh as possible for your Holiday meal!

The Christmas market will be held on Friday, December 11th.  More information to follow as I get it!

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Westfield Farm Award Winning Cheeses

Sorry to bother you twice in one week, but I thought you should see this.  Westminster Farmers' Market has some of the best this country has to offer!  Read about our vendor Westfield Farm's award winning cheese!

CONGRATULATIONS WESTFIELD FARM!

Massachusetts Cheesemakers Bring Home the 2009 American Cheese Society Awards

The American Cheese Society announced the 2009 American Cheese Society Awards on August 7th in Austin, Texas.  Massachusetts farmstead cheese makers Carlisle Farmstead Cheese, Carlisle; Shy Brothers Farm LLC, Westport and Westfield Farm Capri, Westfield fared well in the competition in many categories:

  • Soft Ripened Cheeses made from Goat’s Milk - 2nd Place, Carlisle Farmstead Cheese, Ada’s Honor
  • Soft Ripened Cheeses with flavor added -3rd Place, Shy Brothers Farm LLC., Hannahbells Shallot
  • External Blue Molded Cheeses All Milks - 1st Place, Westfield Farm, Classic Blue Log, 2nd Place, Westfield Farm, Bluebonnet, 3rd Place, Westfield Farm, Hubbardston Blue Cow
  • Farmstead Cheeses  Goat’s Milk aged 60 days or more- 3rd Place, Carlisle Farmstead Cheese, Greta’s Fair Haven
  • Fresh Goat’s Milk Cheeses, flavored with peppers- 1st Place,  Westfield Farm,  Herb Garlic Capri

The American Cheese Society “applauds all the cheesemakers who work daily to bring the traditions of American made cheese to life, to market and to the largest ACS Cheese Competition to date. “  The American Cheese Society’s  goal is to give positive recognition to those cheese that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic evaluation for flavor, aroma and texture, as well as their technical evaluation.

 

 

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Visit www.MapleHeightsFarm.com to view our fresh local meat products.

Watch www.massfoodcoop.org for a wonderful online local food co-op that is coming to Westminster in April!

 

 
 
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