Our Newest Members Strut their Stuff

Dickey Hill and Bramble Hill Farms–fresh mushrooms and produce.

Bramble Hill Farm Mushrooms

Bramble Hill Farm Mushrooms–very popular and oh so fresh.

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Dickey Hill Farm has gorgeous seedlings. Now they have equally gorgeous produce, beautifully displayed.

Half Moon Farm garlic-scapes

It must be the third week in June.  Garlic scapes,, always a Half Moon Farm specialty, are a delicious addition to your early summer salad or sauteed vegetable dish. Ask Sandy about pickled scapes. Can a fresh batch of strawberry jam  be far off?

Hubbard Brook Farm strawberries

Strawberries, weather permitting. Those were the words of Kevin Weiser, Hubbard Brook Farm & Baskets.

JUNE IS DAIRY MONTH

Carrie Whitcomb of Springdale Farm reminded us of this. Springdale offers a line of cream cheeses from their rich Jersey cow milk. Springdale got a nice write up recently on the Maine Dairy Promotion Board’s Know Your Farmer blog. Srpingdale Farm is a fine example of the next generation’s dedication to keeping Maine farms intact and in the family.  Read the article here.

Belfast Farmers’ Market boasts plenty of delicious, local dairy products. Check out Springdale Farm cheese, Toddy Pond Farm yogurt, kefir, ice cream and mabye even cream,  Appleton Creamery cheese and yogurt,  ME Water Buffalo Co. cheese and Monroe Cheese Studio cheese and yogurt. Ask  John at Maine-ly Poultry about goat milk.  I’m uncertain if he is offering it again this season!

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Belfast Bay Fiddlers & Maine Harvest Bucks

Belfast Bay Fiddlers

Belfast Bay Fiddlers

That ever changing cast of local favorites will be performing at market Friday, June 17. Join us for a joyous morning bathed in sunshine, good tunes and friendly folks. Did I mention produce, cheese, meat, seafood, dairy, value added foodstuff, plants, ready to heat and serve food, baked goods, wild Maine blueberries and hand made goods?

Belfast Art Market,  is running concurrently with the Belfast Farmers’ Market again this year. They are not affiliated with us, but share the grounds of Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast Maine.

Usually plenty of parking on Waldo Avenue in front of the high school. You can walk through the ball field.

We Participate in Maine Harvest Bucks Program

This is a Maine Harvest Buckshealthy food incentive that helps keep local SNAP  benefits working in the local economy, while encouraging and providing an incentive to shop for fresh, local, no-additives food choices.

According to their website:

“Maine Harvest Bucks fruit and vegetable SNAP incentives are offered at the farmers’ markets…Maine Harvest Bucks can be redeemed for locally produced fruits and vegetables, either fresh or processed with no salt, sugar or fat added. (Apple cider counts!)”

LEARN MORE ABOUT MAINE HARVEST BUCKS

Our thanks to the Maine Farmland Trust and their corps of dedicated volunteers who make acceptance of SNAP/EBT  doable at our market.

 

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Layer Up, We’re Here Rain, Shine or Chilly Weather

Audrey Budington & Clayton ClemetsonThis week at market music will be by local duo Clayton Clemetson & Audrey Budington. If you missed this duo earlier this season, now is your chance. Their combination of fiddle and keyboard fills the market air with sounds that just seem to blend perfectly with the fresh air and great local food.

Plenty of produce rolling in from our many growers, perennial plants,  shrubs, medicinal and culinary herb plants, annual seedlings along with the greens, and so much more from Belfast Farmers’ Market’s 28 members, most of whom are at market these days.

jim-freyenhagenWelcome Back to Jim Freyenhagen, Freyenhagen Family Farm

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while.  Veteran market member Jim Freyenhagen is back at market with Maine maple syrup products and vegetables in season. Jim lost his wife  unexpectedly earlier this spring, but he’s figuring out how to manage without her, not an easy task. They were a team. Stop by and show some love.

A SMALL BUT MIGHTY GEM • SUECAKES!

The display is diminutive but the commitment to non-gluten, vegan treats is huge! Last week’s sampler.

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TOP SHELF  from left clockwise:Carrot Cake Donuts with our without walnuts, Beet Chai Bread, Whoopie Pies both standard and coffee fillings, Qinoa Cookies with nutmeg icing, Pumpkin Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ginger Molasses Cookies, Quinoa Brownies, Bluebe

BOTTOM SHELF  from left: English Muffins, Tarts- Potato corn zucchini with chives, Carrot parsnip radish greens with Arugula

Springdale Farm Welcomes a New Member to the Team

Springdale

You’ve probably noticed some changes in the look of Springdale’s booth. It’s not just the great new signage, it’s a whole new face reaching into the cooler and keeping things lively at markets and on the farm.  Here’s what Carrie has to say:

Marta-MaddenWe are excited to introduce a new member of the Springdale team, Marta Madden, whoed join the Springdale team last month!  Marta will be helping out on the farm, in the creamery and at farmers markets.  With rural roots, a passion for cooking, photography, home brewing, local foods and spinning fiber Marta has been a great fit for our team.  She brings with her infectious energy, a positive attitude and will be happy to meet customers with a smile at farmers markets this summer!  Stop by our booth for some tips on how to cook our delicious cuts of meat or recipes for using our versatile fresh cream cheese.  And be sure to grab a sample!

Say hey to Marta is she’s manning the booth the next time you are at market!

APPLETON CHEESE TRAIL LAUNCH SATURDAY JUNE 17

Appleton-Cheese-Trail-DetailsSaturday June 18th–market members Appleton Creamery and ME Water Buffalo Co. are launching their new farm stands and an expanded Appleton area cheese and agricultural attractions trail. Make a day of it and check these farms out. Hours at the two farms differ, but at both you’ll be able to meet the goats and water buffalo, taste cheeses, visit with the farmers on their own turf, and of course, make purchases. More info here on appletoncreamery.com.

Savage Oakes Winery and Vineyard

Savage Oakes is back at market for the season and is also on the Appleton Cheese Trail. Check them out. All three farms and the other non-member attractions are not far from one another, offering a nice day’s outing.

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