Frets Halligan and More of Everything

Fire Flower Gardens

Now is the time to get some great dahlia tubers from Fire Flower Gardens.

Open and in full swing, Belfast Farmers’ Market is looking to a lively Friday this week with music by local musician Frets Halligan and Chef Frank Giglio giving his first cooking demonstration. Chef Giglio will be giving demos on the third Friday of the month during the regular market season. Check out Entertainment for all the great acts on the schedule.

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pemaquid lobster & Seafood

Get fresh here!

I enjoyed about a pound of fresh spinach from Peacemeal farm over the past week, along with some Pemaquid Seafood salmon. Superb. Honestly, local does as much for taste as fresh. Shopping at market is good for body and soul, not to mention the local economy.

Don’t forget you can use your credit, debit or EBT card at market. Read all about it here.

Toddy Pond Farm

Look for Toddy Pond Farm’s new set up.

Monroe Cheese Studio

Eric says he has bread and yogurt.

Good Food/Monroe Cheese Studio was back at market last week with bread and yogurt.

It seems Toddy Pond Farm has a whole new setup and look this year. Peering into those wooden coolers is like opening a treasure chest. Can’t miss their new signage either.

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Don’t let the morning chill scare you off. Market is up and running with nearly all members present, and very few black flies.

If you’re looking for spring blossoms, check out Carol’s Collectibles, always a feast for the eyes with perennials and shrubs in full bloom, and cut flowers and dahlia tubers from Fire Flower Garden and maybe some narcissus from Half Moon Farm this week.

We’re honored that Cooking Light listed us as one of the fifty best farmers markets in the US. Thanks to Erin French of  The Lost Kitchen for recommending the market. She’s been shopping at market for years and is a great advocate of fresh and local sourcing of raw materials for her many cooking ventures.

suecakes-sign

Suecakes! will not be at market this week, but I noticed some great looking whoopie pies under that little glass house of hers last week. She’ll be back next week.

At Appleton Creamery I noticed these adorable  (I know that’s not a cheese word, but they are) waxed cheeses embellished with pressed leaves and flowers. Mother’s Day may have passed, but there’s still plenty to choose from every Friday at the Belfast Farmers’ Market.

Appleton-waxed cheese

Too cute for words.

Most of us don’t think Wild Maine Blueberries in May, but they along with blueberry barque and teas have been available from Highland Organics® all winter long, and as of last week, they still were.

Highland-teabags

Highland Organics offers tea bags, blueberry barque, hot or cold tea at market depending on the season, and frozen wild blueberries.

firefly-cookies

Those of you with a cookie itch just have to stop by Enchanted Kitchen.

Maine-Meal-lasagne

I asked Mark what was new last week and he pointed out the Four Meat Lasagne. He also has a rig to heat you some soup for your picnic right there at market.

I don’t mean to leave mention of all the others at market out, but a gal has only so much time to spend regaling others about the Belfast Farmers’ Market. There are seeds to plant and transplants to water.  If you’re as busy as I am these days, you might want to stop by and see Mark at the Maine Meal, John at Maine-ly Poultry or Tom & Tracy at Pemaquid Seafood. They offer ready to heat or cook dishes that will save you time but still offer that great local taste you look for.

Half Moon Farm

Spring is being celebrated by Half Moon Farm.

One last image from Half Moon Farm.

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Frank Giglio Cooking Demos

Frank GiglioWe are excited to have chef Frank Giglio of Three Lily Farm in Thorndike join the outdoor market on the third Friday of each month beginning May 15,  from 10 am – Noon. Chef Giglio will provide live cooking demonstrations featuring ingredients sold by our market vendors.

Come be inspired to cook with local ingredients and get a few tips and tricks to enhance the value of Maine grown ingredients. Rain or shine unless weather is particularly severe.

See our Events Page for additional dates.

About Frank Giglio

Frank is a classically trained chef and was recently the featured chef for the New York Times, best selling cookbook Clean Eats by Dr. Alejandro Junger. He runs Three Lily Farm with his wife Camille where they host live and virtual cooking courses, offer small event catering, and inspire folks to create a deeper connection to nature by growing, foraging, and cooking fresh seasonal ingredients. Learn more on Frank’s website.

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EBT, SNAP & Credit Cards Accepted

May-2015- Belfast Farmers Market

Plenty to choose from year round at the Belfast Farmers’ Market.

Thanks to the good works of the folks who volunteer at Maine Farmland Trust, shoppers at the Belfast Farmers’ Market can continue to use their SNAP/EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) and credit or debit cards for their purchases. [Some members also accept credit and debit directly.]

Maine Farmland  Trust Volunteer at EBT, SNAP, Debit-Credit statiion

Maine Farmland Trust Volunteer at EBT, SNAP, Debit-Credit statiion

Here’s how it works:

Look for the Check-in booth.
Present your credentials.
Get a clipboard  vendor list and a pen.
Have each vendor tally your purchase.
Report back to the booth and settle up.
One swipe. That’s all it takes. What could be simpler?

25% DISCOUNT FOR EBT USERS

The Belfast Farmers Market is offering a great discount to those who are eligible for SNAP benefits and use their EBT card at Market. Save money on your next food shopping trip. Market runs year round and offers a wide variety of products, including meat, chicken, seafood,eggs, cheese, honey, jam, maple syrup, and all kinds of vegetables and value added foodstuff like chutney, pickles and condiments. There’s bread, baked goodies, and crepes made to order as well.

May-2015 at market

Lively music by Velocipede at the Belfast Farmers Market on May 1, 2015

At Waterfall Arts, there are often children playing on the swings and musicians providing lively entertainment, creating an enjoyable family atmosphere. Don’t forget to visit Waterfall Arts  and view the current  exhibits.

A trip to the market is a fun way to spend a Friday morning, as well as a good source of delicious, healthy local food.

Learn more about SNAP at Farmers’ Markets on the USDA site.


 

May-2015-Belfast Farmers' Market

Back outdoors at Waterfall Arts. You know it’s spring when you’ve seen Carol’s Collectibles beautiful plant display.

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I recently received this email from Market member Theresa Gaffney, Highland Orgaincs®, about community outreach to spread the word about the EBT/SNAP at market program.

I asked Shannon from MFT to recap the training day with our ambassadors for
all of you so that you could hear first hand as to how the day went for our
trainees.  What an amazing day we had and it was so wonderful to be able to
personally thank these folks for sharing about the market with those they
serve.  Might I add that Shannon has done an amazing job on this project,
so if you get a chance, be sure to thank her on Friday.  Here is what she
has to report:

*Fun, educational, family-friendly—just a few of the words that new
farmers’ market attendees came up with on the official opening day for the
Belfast Farmers’ Market, last Friday.*

*The new faces were part of an outreach program for community service
providers. The Belfast farmers’ market is one of over 30 markets across the
state that offers EBT (SNAP/food stamps) and discounts for EBT users. A
group of local organizations has been working to increase participation in
that program, and decided to hold an EBT Training Day for market
“ambassadors”—community providers that work with low-income individuals in
the area.*

*The purpose of the Training Day was to showcase the market to the
ambassadors, demonstrate the simplicity of the system, and expose more
people to the diverse variety of products that can be found at market.
Ambassadors could then spread that knowledge and excitement with their
program recipients, EBT-eligible customers.*

*And that excitement certainly was there. Between the baby goats, the
music, and of course the food—and even despite limited offerings in early
May—everyone seemed thrilled to be there, enjoying the sunny day and
socializing around the picnic tables.*

*Over a dozen community providers attended, including some who had never
been to the farmers’ market. Comments like “much less intimidating than I
thought” and “the vendors were all very friendly and helpful!” contributed
to a fun exploration of the market and what will hopefully become shared
enthusiasm about the community event.*

*By increasing the potential customer base for the market and participation
in the EBT program, more federal dollars will go to local farmers, and
low-income consumers have improved access to local food and community
connections.*

This sounds like a win-win situation to me :) Thanks everyone who was at
the market.  Thank you for helping to make this a success day that will
benefit all of us!


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