Rain. We need it. Market Goes On Rain or Shine.

SNAP-EBT Cards at Market

Rain Shine or In Between, Market takes Debit, Credit, EBT and SNAP.

SNAP, EBT, Credit, Debit

A reminder that rain shine or in-between, Belfast Farmers’ Market accepts SNAP, EBT, debit and credit  cards. Check in at the kiosk as you enter the Market. No better way to spend your food dollars and keep them local than  by purchasing nutritious locally grown produce.

Grab you Sou’wester, umbrella and Mucks and few waterproof shopping bags and head down to Market. It’s been a fairly rain free market season. I think we’re due for a good soaker. The vegetables don’t mind. Market is at Waterfall Arts through October 31.

Moving to warmer quarters for the winter November 7

Peacemeal Farm at Belfast Farmers' Winter Market

Peacemeal Farm on opening day at Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market, 2013

On Friday November 7 Market moves indoors to its more cozy winter home in the Greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware on Route 1, southwest of downtown. Belfast Winter Farmers’ Market runs every Friday 9 to 1 from November 7 through March 27 (except the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 28).

New Belfast Shopper Bus Stop at Markets

A while back this was posted on Market’s Facebook page:

The Belfast Farmers’ Market is now a stop on the Belfast Shopper bus route! There’s a weekly Friday 11am drop off; with 11:45am & 12:42pm pickups. This service is provided by Waldo Community Action Partners (CAP), and will move with the Market to Aubuchon come November!!

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WCAP website
Waldo County Public Transportation (WCPT) provides non-emergency public transportation to low income, elderly, and disabled individuals in Waldo County as well as the general public. Service is provided by bus, van,…

Catch the News on Facebook

Some of you may not use Facebook, so I’ve gathered a bit of news from market members posts and news from Anne Saggese of Sweet Henry’s [delicious goodies, by the way], who curates the Belfast Farmers’ Market Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Facebook member to view the page, just save this link, facebook.com/belfastfarmersmarket, and check it a few times a week for updates. See some Market member’s Facebook updates here on this site.

Peacemeal Farm shared this post:

Put on your rain boots, rain coat and grab your umbrella! There will be plenty of vendors at market tomorrow ready for all you hardy customers!
There’s nothing like a forecast for heavy rain at an October farmers’ market on the coast of Maine. Fortunately, it’s not snow and we will have delicious frost sweetened spinach and parsnips at the Belfast Farmers’ Market tomorrow!

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Peacemeal Farm Spinach

ME Water Buffalo News

Back by popular demand! We’ve been sold out for a few months but this week  [October 9] Water Buffalo Smoked Meat is back at the market. Bufferoni (pepperoni), Buffalami (summer sausage) & NEW-Kielbasa. All made with local water buffalo meat.

Highland Organics Back at Market October 24

Highland Organics will not be at market on Friday [Oct. 17]. We are still trying to play catch up from vacation! Loved the vacation, just hate falling behind. See you all next week.

Toddy Pond Farm Skipped a Week but is Back Friday, Oct. 17

When not at Market, they want to remind you that you can find some of their products at the Belfast Co-op!

Also Toddy Pond was mentioned in an article in the Boston Globe’s Travel section recently under the headline: Farms make their stock a draw for tourist trade.

Dogs at Market

Here is a blurb straight from our Facebook page:

“Special Notice re: dogs at market:
We love seeing you and your pooches every week but it has come to our attention that some of our four-legged friends are leaving special packages on the fields behind the market. These fields are owned and maintained by the Belfast Area High School and are used for their sports exercises.
Not much grosser than running with your eye on the ball and slipping in a pile of dog poop. It’s been happening more and more frequently this season and the high school has requested that we support them in their efforts to ask the public to PLEASE pick up all piles. The market would like to go further than that and say “Feel free to bring your dogs (on leashes, per market regulations!), but pick up after your dog if s/he is so inclined to take advantage of the field AND, in the spirit of cooperation, if you see a lonely, left-behind pile, pick that up, too!” Many of us vendors have plastic bags if you forget to bring one on a given day. Thank you! and our kids thank you more because they are the ones spending the day running around out in those fields.

In case you need a little more poop on this issue, check out this article– 10 Reasons to Scoop Your Dog’s Poop on Petfinder.com.

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Still going strong

Mildel Farm ApplesThe leaves may be falling along with the temperatures but the Belfast Farmers’ Market is still going strong. Think apples, pears, potatoes, cabbage, root vegetables, winter squash, garlic, kale… and then there is everything else from soup to…pudding cake? Possibly. Check Sweet Henry’s for the pudding cake.

Cooking Demo

Shannon of Maine Farmland Trust wants you to know that SNAP education coordinator Beth Chamberlain will be doing a cooking demo at the Market this week–Friday October 3rd. She’s demo-ing veggie wraps and will be handing out samples! This past summer you may have caught Beth at Maine Fare where she participated in “Cooking Matters Maine“, a program of Good Shepherd Food Bank in which Beth and several other participants gave a demonstration of their hands-on cooking classes and discussed how others can get involved with the program at home.

Plymouth Pond TortillasSpeaking of wraps, did you know you can buy tortilla wrappers in several flavors from Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery? Ask Steven about his ingredients. Plymouth Pond bagels, wraps, croissants and pain au chocolat  and more have been popular items all summer and Plymouth Pond baked goods will be available right through the winter market. Talk to Steven about his offerings this fall and in the coming winter season.

Market has almost anything you can imagine to put in those wraps including humus in several flavors from Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Fly Farm, cheeses from Appleton Creamery, ME Water Buffalo and Monroe Cheese Studio. And don’t forget that Half Moon Farm chutney adds pizazz.

red potatoesApples and pears are available from Mildel and Hubbard Brook Farms and maybe others I missed. Last week I noticed that Kevin (Hubbard Brook) still had corn, and I know from personal experience that fall corn is the best of the season.
Look for a great assortment of winter squash, root vegetables, onions, and of course, potatoes in all shapes sizes and colors from various farms. Cabbage, kale, kohlrabi. The list goes on.

Barbara Walch, Fire Flower GardensIn other news, Barbara Walch of Fire Flower Gardens, wants to thank her customers for a great season. Her gardens got hit by a killing frost a couple of weeks ago, and she’s done for the year. You can still find her pottery at Mainely Pottery on Route 1 near the Belfast/Searsport line.

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Best Time of Year

Peacemeal Farm Sign

The apprentices at Peacemeal Farm have been putting up some fun signs this season. I believe this sign could be speaking for every member. Thanks to customers both local and from away, members report a great summer season.

Corn to sweet-peas. Beets to oysters. Labor Day has come and gone but the Belfast Farmers’ Market is still going strong and will be for months to come.

Late summer into fall market offers the widest selection of fruit and vegetables, along with all those local farm crafts and value added foodstuffs. Potatoes are in from a variety of farms, apples from Mildel Orchard, Albion strawberries from Treble Ridge Farm, Organic Maine Blueberries from Burke Hill, and probably pears from somewhere. There are tasty oysters from Pemaquid Seafood and corn from Hubbard Brook and Freyenhagen Family Farms.

Hubbard Brook Farm

Hubbard Brook Farm has corn.

New Beat Farm

Adrienne poses for me with carrots and sweet-peas from New Beat Farm in Thorndike. At Belfast Farmers’ Market

September corn is the sweetest of the season. Greens are going strong and beets come in all sizes and colors, along with tomatoes and oh so good red peppers both hot and sweet. I’m just warming up here. Add in some wine, beef, pork, veal, lamb and water buffalo, fresh eggs, yogurt, cheese and bread or bagels, jams, chutney and something yummy for desert and you have all your meals covered right here. Don’t forget to start dinner with soup from Maine Meal.  Maybe we’re missing butter…you can get that at the Belfast Coop, if you want to keep it really local. This is by no means everything available at market, but I think you’ll get the idea that the Belfast Farmers’ Market is going strong. Help Maine farms stay financially viable while supporting the local economy. Get in the Farmers’ Market habit and by all means–Shop On!

Click on any photo to start a tour of last week’s market. Be patient. There is a lot to see!

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