Kids Club Starts Today

Kids ClubBeth Chamberlain, SNAP community educator will be leading Kid’s Club, a SNAP-Ed Program at Belfast Farmers’ Market every Friday until August 25th. Kid’s Club runs from 9am to 12 noon.

Children must be accompanied by and adult, and will enjoy fun, guided activities related to nutrition and local foods available at farmers’ markets. Participating kids will get to taste foods they may never have tried before, learn about nutrition and meet the farmers who grow and produce healthy local fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Maine SNAP-ed receives funding from the USDA and support from the Maine Department of Human Services, and provides nutrition education to the community with a focus on individuals eligible for SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). You can learn more online at www.mainesnap-ed.org.

Posted in At Market | Comments Off on Kids Club Starts Today

Grill Time

Bring on the local feast.

SpringdaleYou know farmers’ markets are about veggies, fruits and berries, but Belfast Farmers’ Market offers so much more. Our market boasts a full assortment of meats and seafood cuts for your summer grilling: fresh scallops, swordfish… Water Buffalo, Grass Fed Beef, Rose Veal, Pork and Lamb, sausages too numerous to mention, and chicken. Then there is Grilloumi cheese. bramble-hill-mushroomsMaybe you’ll even want to try roasting some early carrots, radishes, spring turnips  and kohlrabi on a shish kabob skewer, basted with garlic and olive oil! Or mushrooms. We have those too.

We all know Toddy Pond Farm makes yogurt, kefir and ice cream, right? They are also one of many Belfast Farmers’ Market members offering meats for the grill. Here’s their lineup:

Lamb: ground, chops, and delicious dinner size links, Pork: we have sausage links dinner and breakfast, ground, chops, country style spare ribs, 100% grass fed lamb- ground, loin chops, sausage links perfect for the grill, woodland raised Pork: sausage links, ground, chops, country style spare ribs, and kabob meat and pasture raised chicken fed certified organic grain: boneless breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks, and whole birds, and our farmstead pate made with our own chicken liver and bacon. Perfect for apps while you’re grilling!

Appleton Creamery CheesesNeed an appetizer or a quick snack on the run? You’ll find humus, pickles, chutney and preserves, a large array of goat, cow and water buffalo cheeses, yogurt, cottage and cream cheese and fresh herbs for making dips. Add crackers, breads and bagels to slather with the aforementioned, and if you’re lucky, salmon paté or shredded smoked chicken. Did you ever try slicing a bagel into tiny rounds? Makes a great platform for any sort of dip or cheese, jams and jellies.

gardiners-honeySweeten up your pancakes with some Maine maple syrup and your tea with local honey.

Maybe you’re not into grilling, or you just want to relax and don’t feel like cooking. Our members offer value added and prepared foods such as gourmet meals to drop into boiling water, be heated and serve, frozen chicken pies and seafood dishes that need only to be put in the oven.Maine Meal PastaFresh pasta? Yup. Cut flowers for the table?  Vegan and gluten free baked goods both sweet and savory?flowers

Vegan and gluten free? Yep.

In the way of Maine-made gifts we have hand tied flies for the fisherman, hand-built stoneware pottery and woven baskets, plants, and oh, Art Market is set up the the front yard at Waterfall Arts at the same time as we are.

That sweet tooth will find giant cookies, bars, pies, cakes, scones, pain au chocolate and even chocolate pudding cake some days.

Blueberry LemonadeThirsty? You’ll find blueberry teas for brewing, and often iced blueberry and lomeonade drinks. Then there is gelato, ice cream and popsicles.

We even have your garden covered with flowering plants and herbs plants and seedlings in early summer.

Certified MOFGA Orgainc? Many of our members are!

Don’t want to cook? You’ll find an array of heat and serve gourmet meals, seafood and poultry dishes, hand pies and more.

 

Posted in At Market | Comments Off on Grill Time

Strawberries

strawberriesRain and strawberries. It must be summer in Maine. Kevin’s first strawberries are in. Get out the Bakewell Cream, mix up some biscuits and top off your treat with some fresh local yogurt from any of our several makers: Appleton Creamery, Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe Cheese Studio, ME Water Buffalo Co. If you like yours sweet rather than tart, mix in a little of Gardiners’ Honey or some Freyenhagen Family Farm Maple syrup…

MORE THINGS YOU MIGHT SEE AT MARKET

 

Posted in At Market | Comments Off on Strawberries