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 06-08-12

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 Farmer's Market Report for 09-04-09

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

 

Pay NO Attention to the Weather.  It is Still Summertime!

 

  Our Students are back at school, Labor Day is upon us, and summer is NOT over!  Summer eating has just kicked into gear this month.  Only now are we tasting perfection in our tomatoes and peppers and melons.  Don’t miss this opportunity to taste real food at its peak of flavor.  Summer may be over in a few weeks, but summer eating continues until the first frost which may be six to eight weeks away (may be wishful thinking but I can hope)!  Expect all the bounty of July and August and add to that some of the cool weather crops, onions, lettuce, Brussels sprout, cabbage, broccoli, winter squash and more.  If you consider summer over now you are selling yourself short and you can look forward to a long off season – we had enough of that last winter.  So continue eating from our local gardens by visiting us at the farmers’ market. 

 Tomatoes are incredible right now.  There are so many varieties available at the market and you should try them all!  Find your favorites and give up those pink grocery store things.  My favorite use of tomato is simple tomato salad:  tomato, onion, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, goat cheese or mozzarella and black olives.  I am experimenting with different tomatoes and combinations of tomatoes, juliet, brandywine pink, black krim, and a colorful mix of cherry tomatoes have all been delicious.  I am still waiting for evergreen and golden girl to ripen (though maybe evergreen already has??? Hmmm…).  If tomato salad is not your thing, how about thick slices of tomato topped with basil and mozzarella, drizzled with olive oil and roasted in the oven for a few minutes?  That along with a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine makes up the ultimate summer evening meal. 

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