Westminster Farmers' Market

  (Westminster, Massachusetts)
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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 09-24-2010

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Welcome to Westminster…  Now Leave!



The weather forecasters are calling for another beautiful day on Friday and the market promises to be a busy place with all our vendors and shoppers.  This week Tess Rembetsy-Brown will be singing for us (and last week she began selling her famous sugar cookies – sold out very quickly, too!).  Button Box Shadow Theatre will entertain our children with another fine performance, and they now offer a puppet craft were children can make their own puppet. 


Consider having a farmers’ market meal.  The market has everything you need to put together a gourmet meal (and gourmet can be simple) offering Westminster grown grass-fed beef and pastured pork, award-winning cheeses from Hubbardston and Winchendon, loads of vegetables and fruits in all varieties (I had a delicious patty-pan squash with dinner this week), and now, Joe Serio from Westminster Pharmacy is helping us with food/wine pairings.  Look throughout the market and you will see bottles of wine on display as Joe’s suggestions for pairings with some of our market foods. 



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Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 08-27-2010

 Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm


Prepare your Larder for Thanksgiving…






Watch facebook on Friday as vendors will keep you informed of what they will be bringing to the market this week! Don't forget to go in and "like" the page so you will get updates.




Come to the market for all the vegetables you need for the entire week (plus a vegetable or two to store for Thanksgiving). In addition you can plan a farmers’ market gourmet meal or two using some of our farm fresh cheeses, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, local artisan breads and more. Do I even need to say anything about eggs this week? For local, healthy, farm fresh eggs, you may want to arrive early!




Pick Your Local Favorites…





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Vote for Your Favorite Farmers' Market

  American Farmland Trust is having it's "Vote for You Favorite Farmers' Market Contest" again this year.  Follow the link on our blogroll, or go here to vote. Once you are on their site, check out what you can do to help preserve farmland.

Westminster Farmers' Market Report for 03-26-10

Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

Don’t Miss This Incredible Opportunity to Vote for Healthy Food!

Mass Local food orders are now open and they will be closing on March 29th. The next delivery day is April 2nd with pickups in Westminster, Holden, Sterling and Berlin.

Voting by Choice, Your Vote Counts at the Grocery Store…

So, most of us want better food. Better quality, better taste, better nutrition. It all seems like David and Goliath sometimes as we are just one person, one family, one community and cannot be heard, right? While this true at some level and can be very overwhelming, it is not exactly the whole story. The rest of the story is this: food producers produce what you will buy. That’s it. If you won’t buy it, they won’t produce it. You can make a statement every time you shop. We saw this very clearly when Monsanto stopped producing rBGH (genetically modified growth hormone) because you voted for milk from cows that didn’t receive it (note that another company still produces it, but many dairies have stopped using it). Sure, it took a while, but look how far we have come!

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Westminster Farmer's Market Report for 08-14-09

 Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm

This Friday at the farmers’ market we are having a cooking demonstration performed by Sheila Lumi of WIC.  She will be demonstrating nutritious recipes using ingredients that she finds in the market.  So stop by for some free samples and recipes. 

 Have you seen the back page of the Community Journal?  This is the voting page for “Best of North Central Massachusetts” and guess what???  They left off “Favorite Farmers’ Market”!!!  I am sure this is just an oversight on their part, and even though my kids are begging to go blueberry picking this morning, I am going to put them off while I contact the organizers of this event in order to have “Farmers’ Market” listed in the vote!  In the meantime, I propose a write-in vote.  Of course you can vote for whichever farmers’ market you choose, but you know that Westminster is running one of the best farmers’ markets in this area!  So vote!  And write in as item 80) Best Farmers’ Market Westminster Farmers’ Market  or the farmers’ market of your choice.  Since this may not work as a category, the Westminster Farmers’ Market gets my vote for “78) Place for family entertainment”.  In addition, Meghan’s “Meetinghouse Café” will get my vote for “36) Coffee Shop/Diner)”, Honeybee Baking Company will get my vote for “44) Desserts”, M.L. Altobelli “17) Garden Store/Nursery” and from there, I’ll have to get creative… and you can bet I will do just that!

 We had an excellent turnout last week, the weather was beautiful and tents dotted the common making the whole scene look so festive.  Add to that the line of cars surrounding the common and the absolutely adorable baby goat brought by Pat Stewart and we really have a successful event!  I think for the most part we are going to continue to see an increase in vendors as each week goes by.  That is thanks to you for attending this market and making it such a success.  Vendors are coming in to “try it out” and they keep coming back!  Last week was also the third “delivery day” for Massachusetts Local Food.  We have two more delivery days that will coincide with the farmers’ market and then we have to find an indoor location.  You probably haven’t thought too much about fresh food for the winter (except maybe putting a few fresh veges into the freezer for Thanksgiving – which I hope you find time to do) but you may want to consider this.  Where will you get fresh food when our farmers’ market closes?  And of course, I have the answer for you.  Consider looking at Mass Local Food to meet your needs this fall and winter.  This cooperative carries only locally produced items and will be available for online ordering with a monthly delivery to Westminster at the beginning of each month.  This is an all-volunteer run cooperative that will bring you meat, cheese, preserves, coffee, tea, breads, desserts, and more!  At this time, many of the vendors that you deal with at the market are already listed and selling on the website.  We hope to add more vendors and round out the products as the markets are closing in October.  And some great news has come to me:  We have been mentioned in the Boston Globe!!!  Read the article here!

 Next week, expect a few more new items in the market.  We have a booth filled with birdhouses and bathouses (stop by and check out the sports themed painted birdhouses – they are beautiful!)  And Bob Richard will be back with his beautiful handcrafted cutting boards.  All these items are worthy as a beautiful and thoughtful Christmas present for someone special.  If Andy doesn’t take the hint, he is going to be getting a beautiful cutting board for Christmas!

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