The Blues and Velocipede at Market

VelocipedeIt’s impossible to get the blues while listening to Velocipede, I know, but it’s going to be a rare option this Friday at the Belfast Farmers’ Market, where hot stepping strings and all things blueberry will collide.

According to Velocipede’s website:

Faster than a T-Rex, more cunning than a muskrat, and far more appetizing than your local barbecue joint, Velocipede brings you fiddle tunes like never before.

Get a case of the Blues

A case of  blueberry wine, that is, from Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery.  Or maybe just purchase a single bottle! In our newsletter this week they announced that their Blueberry Pi wine is back on the shelf.Blueberry Pi from Savage Oakes

Blueberry wine,  blueberry chutney, blueberry crépes,  blueberry goat cheese torte, high and low bush blueberries, blueberry barque and bluebery tea, blueberry water buffalo yogurt… There may even be a  blueberry tart at market this week!

If you’re not into a case of  the wild blues, you could go for one of Maine’s larger  berry varieties by  grabbing a box of yummy high bush blueberries from Half Moon Farm. I know they are tasty because a couple of years ago I helped Sandy and John pick them, and quite a few found their way straight into my mouth.  Sandy says her bushes have been bearing for thirty years! You can read more news from Half Moon farm by subscribing to our weekly newsletter.  Half Moon also has a good supply of haricot verts and your every day green beans. Sandy says she will have her first of the season dilly beans and dill pickles too. Don’t forget the blueberry chutney.

ME Water Buffalo Co is happy to announce that they are once again offering dairy products. They will have YOGURT di Bufala in blueberry as well as plain and  knock-your-socks-off-it’s-so-creamy! “Blueberry topped Aislinn Cheese”.  It’s a whole new kind of blues!

What about a hot blueberry crépe from Enchanted Kitchen?

Highland Organics Blueberry TeaHighland Organics had cold blueberry tea at Market last week, and will throughout the summer season unless they are out picking and unable to come to market, which is quite possible in the next few weeks.  They offer hot or cold tea at market depending on the season, and always have their packaged  organic blueberry tea and blueberry barque for sale.

Burke Hill Farm is in full harvest mode, offering Organic Blueberries, raspberries, yogurtWild Maine Blueberries in pint, 5 and 10 pound boxes. You might like to put some of those on fresh yogurt from Toddy Pond Farm, or maybe over their ice cream. Don’t forget to bring back your empty glass containers so Toddy Pond can keep the flow going.

Kevin, Hubbard Brook Farm, says the raspberries will be coming in for weeks, and the peach crop looks good this year, maybe in a couple of weeks. Don’t dawdle, Hubbard Brook Farm Berries & Preservesbecause the berries sell out fast.

This is just a bit of the news. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, why not get your news first hand by subscribing to our newsletter? No better news than Belfast Farmers’ Market News.



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TBT at Belfast Farmers’ Market

We’re going to look back a few years and celebrate our longest participating member today.

Half Moon Farm

Half Moon Farm at Belfast Farmers’ Market when it was in Rney’s Plaza, probably 2001. This is the earliest photo I could find in my files. Half Moon Farm has been a member of Belfast Farmers’ Market since  the market’s debut in 1980.

Sandy Spinney of Half Moon Farm gets the gold star. She was one of the original founders of the Belfast Farmers’ Market back in 1980. That’s forty-four continuous years of bringing delicious healthy produce, value-added foodstuffs, farm-crafts, plants and flowers to market each Friday.

In the old days, Sandy used to sell more in the way of plants and cut flowers. Today Half Moon Farm focuses on a select line of sustainably grown produce, low sugar jams, spreads and chutney, pickles, flax-seed  and oat crackers. Half Moon Farm ProductsHalf Moon Farm’s value-added products are made from primarily organic local sources. Sandy also offers hand-crafted wreaths made from found materials, and seasonally  harvests bunches of   items like pussy willows in spring and Chinese lanterns and money plant in fall.

What better way to celebrate Maine than offering a jar of summer goodness as a souvenir or hostess gift.

John Spinney is a talented whittler and wood carver.John Spinney  hand carved Implements Many kitchens far and wide are graced with his handsome carved implements. Years ago he was Market Master of the Belfast Farmers’ Market.

John fashions each unique piece as the wood he forages suggests. John Spinney spoons, spreaders, ladles and spatulas make unique and valuable additions to any locavore kitchen and an exquisite gift for anyone who takes good food seriously. Ask him about his left handed spreaders!

Together, Sandy and John exemplify the spirit, work ethic and commitment that keeps farmers markets alive throughout the world.

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Market Members Open Farms Sunday July 27

The following members of the Belfast Farmers’ Market have let us know that they are opening their farms to the public this year’s Open Farm Day organized by  Get Real Get Maine, an offshoot of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture. Mark your calendar and visit your favorite farmer. Check each farm for specific details or visit the Get Real Get Maine site at Maine Dept. of Ag and download their pdf listing of participants state-wide.

Note: These are working farms,  many with animals. Please leave your dogs at home.

ME Water Buffalo Co

Date: July 26th & July 27th from 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: 91 Old County Road, Appleton, Maine
More Info: WebsiteFacebook page.


Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Fly Farm in St. Albans, Maine

Date:Sunday, July 27 at 11:00am – 4:00pm in EDT
Location: 526 Dexter Rd, Saint Albans, Maine 04971
More Info: Facebook Website

Brae Maple Farm in Union, Maine

Date:Sunday, July 27 at 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: 233 North Union Road, Union Maine

Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery in Union Maine

Date:Sunday, July 27 at 11:00am – 4:00pm in Union
Location: 174 Barrett Hill Rd, Union Maine
More Info:Savage Oakes web site

Toddy Pond Farm in Monroe Maine

Date:Sunday, July 27 at 9:00am – 4:00pm in Monroe
Location:   174 Carver Rd. Monroe, Maine
More Info:Todddy Pond on Facebook
NOTE>>> PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOGS AT HOME

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