Everything you need to cook Pop a healthy local breakfast, lunch or dinner can be found at Market.
For a quick rundown on meat and seafood options for the grill, or not, check out this post or our Meet the Members page. You can find everything from oysters to lamb chops and the choice of sausages is mind boggling not to mention mouth watering.
Meat & Seafood: Maine-ly Poultry, Toddy Pond Farm, Springdale Farm, ME Water Buffalo Co, New Beat Farm, Meadowsweet Farm and Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood.
Looking for dairy? We have you covered with goat, cow and water buffalo cheeses, yogurt, goat milk and even ice cream.
Dairy & Eggs: Appleton Creamery, ME Water Buffalo Co, Maine-ly Poultry, Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe Cheese Studio.
While you shop for your special menu this Friday, enjoy keyboard action by local musician Clayton Celmetson . Clayton has been also known to be accompanied by a fiddler or two. You might want to eat an ice cream sandwich from Toddy Pond, or suck on a popsicle from Maine Meal while you pause to take in the rich sounds and contemplate Maine’s bounty, and celebrate these longest days of the year. Maybe you want to have a late breakfast or early lunch? Order up a hot crepe or grab some cheese, yogurt or any number of other goodies and park yourself at a picnic table. Guzzle some blueberry tea from Highland Organics®.
Need an idea of something fabulous to prepare for Pop? Also at Market this Friday will be Chef Frank Giglio doing a cooking demo with what’s in season. Giglio is giving these cooking demos on the third Friday of each month during the summer season.
Breakfast in bed for Dad? We have the sausages to go with that French toast, and you can no doubt find his favorite flavor of bread right at market, and top it off with some Maine maple syrup from Freyenhagen Family Farm or honey from Gardiners’ Honey & Pollination. Market offers a cornucopia of sweets and breads along with gluten free sweet and savories and other yummy stuff. You have a choice of bread from three members, and forget about counting calories when you choose something divine for desert from Sweet Henry’s. Then again, you can get seriously health conscious with gluten free or vegan treats from Suecakes! Crackers always available from Half Moon Farm.
Bakery: Suecakes!, Enchanted Kitchen at Firefly Farm, Monroe Cheese Studio, Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery, Sweet Henry’s, Half Moon Farm.
Honey & Syrup: Freyenhagen Family Farm, Gardiners’ Honey
Ice Cream: Toddy Pond Farm, popsicles from Maine Meal.
Jazz it up with something tasty. Chutney, jams, jellies, blueberry barque and sprinkles, pickles, hot pepper powder are all usually available year round.
Condiments: Half Moon Farm, Hubbard Brook Farm, Highland Organics®
Garnish that meal with a snippet off your herb seedlings from Brae Maple Farm or Peacemeal farm. In season, many members offer herbs by the bunch. I’m sure I saw mint at Half Moon Farm last week, and there were edible bouquets from Fire Flower Gardens.
Vegetables, of course. Belfast Farmers’ Market offers a full choice of freshly harvested local produce and fruit in season, as it becomes available. You won’t find produce at this market that is bought and sold. New Beat Farm announced this week in the market newsletter (you can sign up on the right sidebar) that they will have their first crop of, you guessed it, new beets this Friday. Marcia at Peacemeal told me she expects to have asparagus through June, but you have to get to market by 9 to get any. It goes fast.
With the longest days of the year comes a weekly increase in veggies. In a quick run through market last week I saw an empty box where asparagus had been, head lettuce, baby greens mix, spinach, bunched greens, radishes, arugula, bok choy, oodles of seedlings. I know I missed a lot, but you get the picture.
Produce: Sol Farm, Peacemeal Farm, Hubbard Brook Farm & Baskets, New Beat Farm, Freyenhagen Family Farm, Half Moon Farm.
Don’t forget the wine! Award winning Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery has an assortment of wines to suit any palate. Congratulations to Savage Oakes for being named Readers’ Choice Best winery in Down East magazine’s annual poll of reader and editor favorites, featured in the July issue. Thousands of Down East readers voted January through April for their favorite statewide selections and Savage Oakes was chosen top in its category.
…and cut flowers for the table. Check out Fire Flower Gardens for a local bouquet.
Let someone else do the cooking. Maine Meal offers a menu of frozen heat and serve gourmet meal items from soup to lasagne. Just drop the sealed pouches into boiling water. Maine-ly Poultry has chicken pies and soup, and Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood offers fish & salmon burgers, crab cakes, chowder, casseroles, quiche, bisque, Scallop Casserole, lobster pie, and English fish pie (though maybe not every item every Friday).
If you’re looking for a gift, market has a lot to offer. Why not plant something for Father. Carol’s Collectilbes has a virtual botanical garden for sale through July, seasonal member Brae Maple Farm offers a huge assortment of annual and perennial herbs and seedlings, Fire Flower Gardens sells tried and true field grown perennials along with cut flowers and Barbara Walch pottery and Hubbard Brook Farm often has seedlings along with Diane’s line of hand made baskets. You could always just buy one of those and fill it up right there at market. Half Moon Farm makes interesting wreaths for sale using found materials and Maine grown items like hot peppers and John Spinney’s hand carved utensils would make a superb one of-a-kind gift for Dad, or anyone else…
Does Dad knit? Check out Good Karma Farm’s line of yarns. Plan ahead for next year.
Plants & Seedlings: Carol’s Collectibles, Brae Maple Farm, Fire Flower Gardens, Hubbard Brook Farm & Baskets
Belfast Art Market is running concurrently with the Belfast Farmers’ Market in Waterfall Arts front yard. (Art Market is privately managed and not affiliated with Belfast Farmers Market) There might be something there for Dad too.