You can get everything you want at…

No, no, no– not at Alice’s Restaurant. You can get it right here close to home at Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market. Plan to provision your holiday locally. Maybe you need some of that cranberry chutney, goat, cow or water buffalo cheese for an appetizer, sweet or savory baked goods syrup and honey for the morning before and after, vegan treats. You can procure all your meat and produce needs  for the feast or maybe you even need to get your carving knife sharpened… Meanwhile, sharpen up that pencil and get your shopping list written. (No doubt you’re also going to discover something delicious that you didn’t know you needed.)  Friday is the day.

Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market is open every Friday 9am to 1pm in the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Avenue (Route 1 southwest of downtown) Belfast, Maine. NOTE: Closed the Friday after Thanksgiving and Christmas, so please plan ahead.

Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.
— Edward Sandford Martin

I stole this quote from the market’s newsletter this week.

Thanksgiving Newsletter

Today, as an honest (wo)man, I’m directing some thanks to Caitlin Hunter of Appleton Creamery who makes time in her hectic cheese-making, market selling and goat tending schedule to compile and distribute a weekly compendium of news snippets provided by members of the Belfast Farmers’ Market.

Newsletters include notices of products at market (or not at market) and often timely recipes and information relating to what’s in season. You may subscribe by using the link in the right sidebar of this page. BTW, The Belfast Farmers’ Market uses industry standard MailChimp to maintain and distribute the newsletter. You can read the back issues here.

You can also find us on Facebook.


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A Feast for the Eyes (and belly too!)

Plymouth Pond focaccia

Plymouth Pond’s newest delight–Focaccia at Winter Market, Belfast , Maine

Roaming around the  Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market in the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware in Belfast Maine last Friday was a feast for the eyes, as you’ll see here–but it was more than that. What words and these photos can’t capture is the aroma of crepes cooking on Enchanted Kitchen’s hot griddle, the sweetness of orange blossoms from Plymouth Pond’s pastries, the subtle musk of cole crops, potatoes dusty with rich Maine soil, or the whiff of Brussels sprouts on stems easily a meter long.  Ah,  and the unforgettable experience of inhaling fresh cheese.

turnips and cabbage

Turnips and red cabbage from New Beat Farm at Belfast Winter Market

On this page you can’t hear the sound of rain falling on the roof while we shoppers hung out with our favorite vendors, cozy and dry, or the friendly chatter of customers as they greeted one another, or the giggling of small children. You can’t hear the oohs and ahs of delight as people found exactly what they were looking for, or bit into a hot crepe, or the conversations about what will be available for Thanksgiving dinner.

You simply must go check it out for yourself.

Market offers more than fresh food.

Many members offer value added items and farm crafts that make great gifts for you or someone you know. You’ll find toys for the cat, ornaments, wreaths, goat milk soap, tea and other blueberry products, jams, pickles and chutney and hand carved wooden utensils along with honey and beeswax offerings, and maple syrup and sugar products–all made right here in Maine.

Maine farm crafts

A few of the locally made Maine farm crafts and value added foodstuff available at the Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market

Ace of Blades

Bring you knives, scissors, garden tools and don’t forget your pocket knife. This sharpening service is superb.

Again this winter, Ace of Blades will be ready to sharpen those precious tools, be they scissors, knives or your favorite pruning shears.

Confirmed to be at market:
Appleton Creamery, Brae Maple Farm, Delmar Farm (while apples last), Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Fly Farm, Freyenhagen Farm, Gardiner’s Honey, Half Moon Farm, Highland Organics Blueberries, Maine-ly Poultry, ME Water Buffalo Co., Meadowsweet Farm, New Beat Farm, Peacemeal Farm, Peamquid Lobster & Seafood, Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery, Sol Farm, Springdale Farm, Suecakes!, The Maine Meal

You may read more about each of these members on our Meet the Member’s page. Check our Facebook page for timely updates. Sign up for our Newsletter using the form on the right sidebar.

Take a  tour of the Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market. Click any image to start the enlargement viewer.

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Into the Greenhouse

Belfast Farmers' Winter Market

In the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware, winter 2013

Friday November 7 is opening day of the Belfast Farmers’ Winter Market. The greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware, 231 Northport Avenue, Belfast Maine is warm and dry. Market will set up there from 9am to 1pm every Friday with the exceptions of November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving) and December 26. Market will run in these cozy quarters until spring. The move indoors came just in time. On my last pass by Waterfall Arts, there were still several inches of snow in the parking lot out back!

Ride the Belfast Shopper Bus to Market

Belfast Shopper Bus StopHere’s the schedule for the Belfast Shopper bus servicing the Belfast Farmers’ Market Fridays at Aubuchon, Rte 1 in Belfast (please let the driver know you wish to be dropped off & when you’d like to be picked up):

Drop off: 11:04am & 11:46am
Pick-up: 11:46am & 12:44pm

Please note – there’s no Market 11/28 or 12/26.
This service is provided by Waldo Community Action Partners (CAP). Fare is $1 each way. FMI: Waldo CAP website.

Members at Winter Market

Farmers are a hard lot to nail down. I do not yet have a definitive list, but I have gleaned this info from newsletters and Facebook (I’ll go scout things out and report back for next week):

Confirmed to be at market:
Appleton Creamery
Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Fly Farm
Half Moon Farm
Highland Organics Blueberries
ME Water Buffalo Co.
Peacemeal Farm
Peamquid Lobster & Seafood
Plymouth Pond Farm & Bakery
Sol Farm
The Maine Meal

Probably at market:
Maine-ly Poultry
Meadowsweet Farm
Brae Maple Farm
New Beat Farm
Freyenhagen Farm
Springdale Farm

Possibly at market:

Good Karma Yarn
Gardiner’s Honey
Treble Ridge Farm
Delmar Farm

Aubuchon HardwareThanks to owners of Aubuchon Hardware for offering their greenhouse space to the market. Check out Aubuchon’s Facebook page where they announce specials and promotions.

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