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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Labor Day may come and go but we’ll still be here…

We’ll keep on truckin’ as usual, right through October. Then we go indoors to the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware on Route 1 for the winter. We’re open year-round, every Friday, 9 – 1. We’ve been coming to Belfast with locally raised and produced foodstuffs since 1980, and you can count on us.

Fall isn’t called the “Harvest Season” for nothing. Late summer and early fall the Market offers the widest selection of furits, vegetables, preserved foods, ready to eat or heat and serve meals, meats, dairy including cheeses and yogurt, honey of the season, syrup from the spring harvest, and oh yeah. Baked goods. Did we mention fresh pasta? Mushrooms raised right here in Unity Maine?

We accept SNAP, EBT, credit and debit. Just check in at the info table, register and pick up your clip board. Check out with one swipe of your card. Some members also accept credit/debit at their own booths.

Redeem and Earn Maine Harvest Bucks when you shop

Harvest Bucks. This is a great time to redeem them, and shop for non eligible foods and earn some more. Those using EBT, SNAP earn 1$ in Maine Harvest Bucks for every dollar they spend on their accounts. Harvest Bucks can then be redeemed toward the next purchase of fruits and vegetables. What a great way to double your food budget and invest in not only a healthy diet, but the local economy…

UPCOMING ENTERTAINMENT

Molly Gawler & FriendsAugust 31st – Miners Creek

September 7 – Baron & Emily

September 14 – Gardenia

September 21 – Molly Gawler (and friends)

September 28 – Belfast Bay Fiddlers

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MFFM Survey Time

Picnic at Belfast Farmers' MarketMaine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM) will be conducting its annual customer and vendor survey Friday, July 27th at Market. Look for MFFM intern Helen Watson . She’ll be set up near the picnic tables. We encourage you to take a few minutes and introduce yourself to Helen and complete the survey.

The  annual survey helps the Federation, of which we are a member, and the Belfast Farmers’ Market to better understand its customer base and aids both organizations in serving you better.

MAINE HARVEST BUCKS

Maine Harvest BucksReminder that those shopping at Market with EBT or SNAP — Your purchases earn you Harvest Bucks which can be used the next time you shop for fruits and vegetables at Market. It’s a great deal.  Here’s how it works, from the maineharvestbucks.org website:

“Maine Harvest Bucks can be redeemed for locally grown fruits and vegetables. For every dollar you spend with your SNAP/EBT card at a market, you’ll receive an extra dollar in Maine Harvest Bucks to be spent on fruits and vegetables.”

The Harvest Bucks program is facilitated by the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets and supported by volunteers and funded by individuals and philanthropic organizations.

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