Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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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 11-20-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Enjoy a Local Feast, Good Friends and Family…

The Thanksgiving farmers’ market is Friday, November 20th at the Westminster DPW garage (1 Oakmont Ave) from 3:00 until 7:00.  We hope to see you there in order to stock up all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinner!    We are planning to have a few fresh, Westminster raised turkeys for you to order (pickup day for turkeys is Sunday at the Westminster farms where they are raised) as well.    [Read More]
 
 

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 10-23-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

 

Winding Down with the Pumpkin Festival

 

Join us for the Pumpkin Fest this Friday!  Come for a hayride, chowder, cider, coffee, homemade pumpkin donuts, and the musical talent of Gibby Lashua.  Between and there will be a pumpkin art contest for grades k-5.  Judging will begin at and winners announced at .  Many thanks to Wiinhaven farm for providing the pumpkins and for the hay ride!  Donation for the pumpkin art contest is $5.00 and your child will be able to take home their painted pumpkin.  All proceeds will help fund Mass Agriculture in the Classroom programs in our schools.

 

Massachusetts Local Food…

 

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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 10-16-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Preparing your Pantry for Thanksgiving

Our Pumpkin Festival has been postponed due to a chance of showers predicted for tomorrow. Painting pumpkins gets incredibly messy if the weather is at all wet. So, plan on next week for our harvest activities. Come this week to enjoy the market, work on your Christmas shopping, and stash a few more morsels for Thanksgiving.

Drizzle and a chill did not dampen the spirits of our vendors or shoppers last week! The market continues to thrive as shoppers seek out the last of the great summer flavors. Our free raffle was a great success! We gave away two bags full of farmers’ market treasures, fine food and gift certificates! Congratulations to our winners Francis Landry from Westminster and Jean Brady from Gardner.

What’s in the market…

Westminster grown cranberries, all the fall (cool weather) vegetables that taste so good this time of year, beef and pork roasts, cheese and most of the usual items that you expect to find. Don’t forget to get your last meal of corn in (if we are lucky enough to have it available), and get an extra dozen for your freezer (remember to blanch it first). I continue to hear a buzz about Robin’s (Honeybee Baking Company) scones. I would appreciate it if you all would finally leave a few for me to try! I’m hoping this is the week I can get some before they sell out. I have visions of Saturday lunch (in between FOUR cold soccer games) of some hot tea with a warm scone slathered with fresh Farmers’ Market raspberry jam and some of Brenda St. Claire’s chocolate goat cheese at room temperature.

Have a Local Thanksgiving…

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Snow! Before Halloween?

  The Pumpkin Festival scheduled for this Friday, October 16, has been postponed until next Friday, October 23. We had to postpone due to the forecast of an abnormally early New England Nor'Easter.

  Current forecasts call for between a dusting and one inch of snow. Not much of a snow storm, but not very nice for the children to be decorating pumpkins in either.

  The Westminster Farmers' Market will attempt to open, unless the weather gets to darn severe. You know we are a rain or shine market. It is yet to be seen if we are a snow market also. It may be a good dry run (?) for the holiday markets we are planing.

Pumpkin Fest

Westminster Farmers’ Market Pumpkin Festival! The Westminster Farmers’ Market will be hosting a Pumpkin Festival this Friday, October 16th with a rain date of October 23rd

 

 Stop by for some fun, pumpkin decorating, chowder, coffee, donuts, hay rides, entertainment, face painting and more fun.  Prizes will be awarded to elementary age students for pumpkin decorating. Vendors will be selling a variety of local products including: 

 

Vegetables, Fruit, Beef, Pork, Eggs, Jams, Cheese, Bread, Baked Goods, Fudge and Confections.  And for your Holiday shopping pleasure: you will find hand crafted cutting boards, birdhouses, hats and purses, art tiles and earrings, soaps and lotions/hand-creams, hand painted tin pieces including mailboxes and antique reproductions, ornaments, quilted items and tote bags.

 

 

 

The Westminster Farmers’ Market is open every Friday from 3:00 p.m. until dusk on Academy Hill Rd in Westminster.  This market will run rain or shine from now until October 30th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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