BFM Newsletter – Harvest Time

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 Reminder: in November, the market moves INSIDE to Aubuchon Hardware Store on Rt 1! You don’t need to miss a single one!
And…. [On our last outdoor Friday, October 31] we *may* be planning something special for Halloween…

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 “Fell 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 it up, too!” Many of us vendors have plastic bags if you forget to bring one on a given day.”
The farmers have been too busy to send in much news, but we’ve finally collected a few bits and pieces:
From Springdale Farm:

Springdale Farm Flock

Springdale Farm Flock

We will be harvesting our first batch of fall lambs soon.  We will have roasts, chops, shanks and by the end of the month.  We will only have one batch of mutton sausage this season, which will be ready by next week!  We are fully stocked on a wide array of beautiful Rose Veal roasts including top round, bottom round, rolled shoulder and sirloin roasts.

10411166_10152777914064253_2690125325331951749_n-1Even though it’s the end of October, Peacemeal Farm still has a huge selection of veggies.  Everything from winter squash and potatoes to salad greens and kale.  If you are thinking about planting garlic this year, stop by and get your Russian Red or German Red seed garlic.  This is also the week to pre-order spinach and broccoli for freezing.  Send us a message at peacemeal@midmaine.com.

Stuffed HaddockThaw and divide our crab cake in proportions  equal to the number of haddock fillets. Place haddock in greased baking dish with crab on top of the thick side of fillet and fold tail over the crab. Bake at 375 for 20 -25 minutes until done. Sometimes we like topping each fillet with cream of shrimp soup or a lighter sauce of 2 parts each of butter and white wine and 1 part lemon juice. Basting occasionally during cooking. Note: we like to use a thermometer to test for doneness. It should read 145 in the center of the crab stuffing.
Winter market info: Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood will be joining the winter markets at the Aubuchon Hardware in Belfast and Brunswick Winter Market , in addition to the Bath Winter Market.
Toddy Pond Farm will not be at the market on 10/24.
Our sweet cow June is due to calf in the next couple of weeks so we are down to just one cow milking right now.
Our yogurts and kefir are available at the Belfast Coop and The Local Variety and Bakeshop in Bucksport.

Thank you to all our awesome customers who made our first year at the Belfast Farmers’ Market a lot of fun and a huge success!!

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Poppy’s piglets.

In other [Toddy Pond] fun farm news, our American Guinea Hog sow, Poppy had 4 little piglets this past Friday. They are seriously about the cutest little pigs ever.  — Greg & Heide, Toddy Pond Farm

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Sheep for sale at a farmers’ market in Ireland

Caitlin and Brad from Appleton Creamery just got back from a whirlwind trip to Scotland and Ireland, where they visited several farms, as well as places of incredible natural beauty. Their awesome apprentices kept things running while they were gone, and we will have plenty of cheese for markets!

Highland Organic

Hey Market Shoppers, catch this weeks special, Pie-in-a-bag for $12!  This is 3# of our frozen blueberries in a bag which is what you need to make a blueberry pie :)  All you add is your spices, sweeteners and pie crust.  If blueberry pie is not your thing, it is still a great deal on frozen organic blueberries.  We will also have 5# & 10# boxes with us and 1# bags of organic frozen blueberries.  Hot blueberry tea will be available to keep you warm while you shop the market, and of course we will have our organic blueberry barque and organic blueberry tea available.  See you at the market!

Highland Organics

This picture was taken back in 2007 at Common Ground Fair, it is a picture of me with my daughters, Chelsea and Whitney.

News from Eric Rector: Monroe Cheese Studio’s season is winding down. We will have plenty of White Gold Yogurt (made with whole unhomogenized Jersey certified organic cow milk) and whole wheat sourdough at our stand through October 31st, at which time we turn into a pumpkin until next May. Thank you to all of our regular (and not so regular) customers for the 2014 season! My yogurt will continue to be stocked at the Belfast Coop through the winter.

You may notice that my sourdough loafs “shrink” as the weather cools in the fall. They always start out as one pound of dough when they are shaped late Thursday night, but the sourdough “livestock” I work are not very active when my bakery space temperature dips much below 70 degrees overnight. Therefore the loaves and rolls do not proof quite as much as they do in the summer, and therefore are smaller but denser. Also, several customers have asked whether my whole wheat sourdough freezes well — it does. Actually *any* bread that does not have any oils added to the mix (often in the form of milk and/or eggs) will freeze well in an airtight bag (make sure to thoroughly thaw it in the closed bag before you pull it out to cut and/or toast) for at least three to six months.

Half Moon Farm will have a few new items, including:
crabapple jelly from organic FireFlower crabapples
Zesty pepper relish from our own organic produce
100% fruit organic local apple butter.

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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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