Two Open Farms Today

Appleton CreameryME-Water-BuffaloTwo members of the Belfast Farmers’ Market invite you to visit their farms today. Appleton Creamery is participating in Maine Cheese Guild’s Open Creamery Day, and ME Water Buffalo Co. is opening their farm in celebration of…being.

From Appleton Creamery: 780 Gurneytown Road, Appleton Maine

Open Creamery Day is coming right up on Sunday, October 11, 11-4. You are invited to celebrate the Year of the Goat at the farm and meet the goats, tour the dairy, sample some cheese, and eat some pizza hot from our oven! Also joining us will be Copper Tail Farm with goats milk caramels and cajeta, Dragonfly Cove Farm with goat meat products, Sisters Soap with goats milk soap, Belfast musician Jennifer Armstrong will entertain us with “milking” songs, and our neighbor spinner Penelope Olson will demonstrate spinning mohair and cashmere. Check out some of our other farm projects: turkeys and pigs and peacocks. Hope to see you on the 11th!


From ME Water Buffalo Co.: 91 Old County Road, Appleton Maine

Pass it along…OPEN FARM DAY at our farm Sunday October 11, from 10-3pm. Come visit us, tour the farm, pet the buffalo calves, meet the herd & feed the pet goats. Buffalo cheeses to sample. Yum!
And…just a very short scenic drive from our farm, Appleton Creamery will be opening their farm up for tours & activities as well. A fun filled day in Appleton!

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Pepper Roasting & Fall Harvest

peacemeal-peppersPepper Roasting with Chef Frank and Peacemeal Farm

Marcia  of Peacemeal Farm reports that she has a bumper crop of peppers this season and in celebration she will be bringing her pepper roaster to market. Chef  Frank Giglio will be on hand to operate it, and no doubt talk about farm to food! Stop by and check it out.

The fair has passed, many farms have had their first (in some cases killing) frost and the trees are coloring up. Hooray. Apples, pears and honey are in season, the root vegetables get sweeter, the winter squash and potatoes will be in abundance, cabbages will be fat and round, and if all goes well, those gorgeous stems of Brussels sprouts will appear at market.

Market runs outdoors at Waterfall Arts through October, then moves indoors to the Aubuchon Hardware greenhouse on Route 1. See our  Locations page for map and location.

More Market News

Good news and bad news from suekakes!

Congratulations to Sue Coolbeth on her recent acquisition of the former Juice Bar in Belfast, just off the Beaver Street Parking lot. She’s in a state of transitions and sent this blurb:

suecakes! will not be at market this week. I just signed papers to take over the juice shop in Belfast, which was the only immediate solution for the survival of my baking business. Unfortunately, I will have to play it week to week in the next foreseeable future til I get everything up and running. I’ll do my best to keep you updated. Hope to be at market in some sort of capacity ASAP …hope all is well til then.

Frost at Fire Flower Gardens

Barbara Walch’s gardens took a big frost hit last weekend, knocking out nearly all the cut flowers, but she will be back on October 9 with dried flower bouquets, lanterns, pottery and bagged dried herbs and catnip.

Half Moon Farm Absent October 2

Sandy and John want all their loyal coustomers to know they are taking the day off for other business but will be back next week with all their preserves, carved utensils, wreaths, dried bouquets, garlic and such.



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Fall, Fair Friday, Flowers – Market Abides

peacemeal-peppersFall is positively the peak of market season, when the sweetest corn, apples and pears, fall raspberries, watermelons, dahlias and dried flowers, sweet and hot red peppers, potatoes, onions and garlic sit beside the winter squash, potatoes and parsnips. Did you say tomatoes? Plenty to choose from. Herbs, fresh cut greens, salad mix, all the favorites are still available.

The bees have put up honey for the beekeepers to share, the season’s harvest has been put up in jars of chutney, pickles, jams and such and all those meats, cheeses, baked goods and seafood are abundant as ever.

fire-flower-fall-colorsFlowers just won’t quit this September. The dahlias and zinnias are gorgeous, and there will be cut flowers until the frost gets them, right alongside this season’s dried flower bouquets and dried herbs.

Market runs outdoors at Waterfall Arts through October, then moves indoors to Aubuchon Hardware greenhouse for the winter on November 6, without missing a beat. Or is it beet?

at-the-fairDon’t let the Common Ground Fair fool you this week, when you notice a few produce growers missing at market. They will be back, loaded with fall ceops and winter storage vegetables and if  the glorious weather keeps up, the last of the summer’s bounty.

Speaking of the fair, you’ll find the Farmers’ Market there to be an orgasmic as well as organic experience if you’re into certified organic produce–it’s the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners chance to really strut their stuff. Peacemeal Farm, Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Flower Farm, Brae Maple Farm and New Beat Farm will all be at the fair, and not at market this week. Catch them there instead.half-moon-lanterns-chutney

At Market  Belfast Farmers’ Market Friday September 25 (Fair Friday)

These farms will be at market as usual (you can get scoop like this sent straight to your inbox by signing up for the Market Newsletter–use the signup form om the right sidebar):

Appleton Creamery
Try our Greek-Style goats milk yogurt!
Hubbard Brook Farm
Overflowing with veggies and fall fruit!
Fire Flower Farm
Retired from the Fair! See you at market! With this cool influx of cool weather this could be the last week for fresh flowers(I hope not). I will also have dried flower bouquets and bags of dry herbs.
Half Moon Farm
Bringing Hot Pepper Jelly with Jalapeno and new product:  Dried Wild Apples!
Springdale Farm
Springdale will be at the market!
MIldel Farm
Fresh apples and cider!
gardiners-honeyGardiner’s Honey
Pemaquid Lobster & Fish
We will be at the market with really fresh haddock, pollock, salmon, swordfish, scallops and lobster meat. This week we are sampling our scallop casserole with a fair special of a  $1 off  on the small size.
Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery
at the Market with all of our regular selection of baked goods
Sol Farm will be at market this week.  We will have tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, sweet red peppers, eggplant, delicata and sunshine squash and possibly a few other surprises!   Sol Farm was also asked to be on a Teach-in panel at the Common Ground Fair this weekend, so stop by to learn about Solar for Maine Farms and Homes on Saturday at 2:00pm on the Spotlight Stage.
Maine-ly Poultry never misses a market.
ME Water Buffalo Co. will be at market this week with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fromage blanc cheese, our super thick cream top yogurt, buffeta (buffalo feta), & maybe even butter! We’ll also have our buffalo ground meat & steaks. See you at the market!

The following folks have let us know they will not be at market on Fair Friday: Toddy Pond, Monroe Cheese Studio, Sweet Henry’s.

Late News: Check the newsletter for news from Savage Oakes Windery and Highland Organics® . You can find an archive of our newsletters here.

Some photos from last week:

Wild Maine Blueberries all Winter

Burke Hill Farm is done for the season, but Highland Organics® will be offering frozen wild Maine blueberries throughout the fall and winter along with all their other blueberry products like tea and barque.

Carol’s Collectibles Done for the Year

Carol Yee has wrapped up her market offerings for the 2015 season, but is still available at the nursery. She’s a wealth of information and has plenty of stock available for fall planting. Her facebook page has a link on fall transplanting of peonies that might be of interest. You can find out more on her Facebook page and web site.


Those farms not reporting in this week: SueCakes!, The Maine Meal, Good Karma Farm, Meadowsweet Farm. Not sure if they will be at Market this week.

Some market

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