Double Your Harvest Bucks in November

Maine Harvest BucksFor the month of November the Market is doubling Maine Harvest Bucks vouchers earned by SNAP/EBT shoppers, offering them two dollars in additional value for each dollar spent using their benefits. Participants in the program normally earn a one-dollar voucher for each dollar they spend at market. Vouchers may be redeemed for vegetables and fruits at the issuing market any time through March 2019.

Maine Harvest Bucks nutrition incentive program rewards participants for choosing to shop locally and extends federal nutrition supplement funds by encouraging purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Maine Harvest Bucks program is managed by volunteers and receives funding from philanthropies. The program runs through March 2019. More information can be found at maineharvestbucks.org. Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets, mainefarmersmarkets.org, has information on using EBT/SNAP at farmers’ markets statewide.

TASTE THE SEASON

Belfast Farmers' Market Winter 2018WE will kick off the holiday season with a customer appreciation event on Friday, November 16 at Aubuchon Hardware Greenhouse in Belfast. The public is invited to explore the possibilities for new ways to use locally raised and produced foodstuffs for upcoming holiday gatherings. Each member will be offering a taste of the season, sampling dishes made with currently available products, or sharing favorite seasonal recipes.

Belfast Farmers’ Market is open every Friday, 9 am to 1 pm at Aubuchon Hardware on Route 1 in Belfast from November through mid-April. Closed the day after Thanksgiving.

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Come on in…we’re entering our 39th year!

Friday, November 2nd, 9 am to 1 pm. In the Greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Avenue (Route 1 south). Tell your friends, neighbors and co-workers. We’re open all winter with fresh local food straight from the source. Open every Friday at Aubuchon through mid-April 2019, when we migrate back out into the fresh air. Closed the day after Thanksgiving, our annual once-a-year Friday off!

We accept EBT, Credit and Debit market wide, and participate in Maine Harvest Bucks. Maine Harvest Bucks is a nutrition incentive program that can double your EBT/SNAP food dollars for healthy Maine grown fruits and veggies. Just stop at the Info Table on your way in the door and get all the scoop on how these services work.

Market Info TableThis year we’ll have more than twenty members participating, some selling throughout the season, others changing off as the winter progresses. Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know – what’s up, what’s in, who’s out, all that. You can read past issues here. Our archive is a great place to glean recipes for what’s in season.

Belfast Farmers’ Market is a membership organization serving Belfast with fresh locally produced  goods since 1980. We’ve offered a winter market for the last decade plus.

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Ode to Market Seasons

applesFog ensnares the morning sun
and leaves are on the car,
our root crops get much sweeter
as the geese fly fast, and far.

The sun sets much too early
and rises way too late,
but our farmers’ crops are plentiful
and waiting for your plate.

We stay outdoors with all our goods
until October blows on by
and then we go indoors and stay
while winter snowflakes fly.

We are At Waterfall Arts through October 26, then indoors at Aubuchon Hardware Greenhouse, 231 Northport Avenue (Route 1) on November 2nd and throughout the winter, until mid-April.

Every Friday, 9 am to 1 pm. Year-round.

DOUBLE YOUR NUTRITION DOLLARS

Maine Harvest BucksFolks using SNAP/EBT benefits at Market can double their nutrition dollars by availing themselves of the Maine Harvest Bucks program. For every dollar spent, participants earn one dollar in Harvest Bucks vouchers which can be used toward their next purchase of fruits and vegetables at the Market. Simply check in at the Info table before you shop.

The Maine Harvest Bucks program is coordinated by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and funded through the generosity of foundations  and individuals. Maine Harvest Bucks relies on the time and resources of many wonderful volunteers.

MUSIC AT MARKET CONTINUES THROUGH OCTOBER 12th

Our al fresco music season is winding down with the two last performances:

October 5th, Dusty, Joanna & Friends
October 12th, Married with Chitlins

PLEASE SUPPORT THESE FOLKS WHO PROVIDE US WITH SPACE FOR OUR MARKET

WATERFALL ARTS – 256 High Street, Belfast Maine. They generously give us use of their yard and parking lot every Friday for Market from mid-April through October.

Waterfall Arts was founded in 2000 as the Arts Center at Kingdom Falls on an expansive 11 acre rustic site in Montville, Maine. The founders and area artists came together to offer local arts experiences for all ages and skill levels inspired by the natural beauty of the woods, streams, ponds, and waterfalls on site. In 2005, the Mayor and City Council of Belfast, looking to re-purpose its 1935 Anderson Elementary School, encouraged Waterfall Arts to expand from Montville and establish a year-round arts center in downtown Belfast. Today, Waterfall Arts is a vibrant, nonprofit, community art venue committed to its mission “to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts.”

AUBUCHON HARDWARE231 Northport Avenue, Belfast Maine. Aubuchon generously allows us to occupy their greenhouse from November through mid-April. What could be better than to do your hardware store errands and get your groceries all in one stop?

Aubuchon has everything you need from that wheelbarrow or chainsaw to organic fertilizer, seeds and supplies, tools, pet products and lush plants during the growing season. From faucet washers to air filters for your lawnmower, they have you covered.

 

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