March came roaring in on a strong wind and deep cold, but we’re still cozy in the greenhouse at Aubuchon Hardware on Route 1 in Belfast through the month. We’ll be moving outdoors to our regular location at Waterfall Arts at 258 High Street, Belfast in early April. Speaking of locations, here’s a statement from our secretary, Anne Saggese
A message from the Market:
We wanted to address a bit of news that came out this week. The Republican Journal ran an article covering last week’s Belfast Planning Board meeting in which one of the agenda items was a project by a Belfast resident who plans to buy the Matthews Bros building downtown and turn it into a year-round indoor public market with farmers, artists, craftspeople, food vendors, entertainment and more. Our name came up in the meeting and the subsequent coverage was a little misleading and Oh, Boy, did facebook blow up! I read about us all day long, which is actually kind of fun, you guys really do love us! Anyway, I wanted to clarify: Yes, Paul is a regular customer and a friend of the Belfast Farmers’ Market. We have discussed his plans with him many times over the last four years he’s been developing it. We think a public market would be a great asset to Belfast and wish him the best success. It is very possible that you will see any number of our vendors set up shop over there on the days it determines will be its days open. That said, the Belfast Farmers’ Market as you know it is completely and utterly devoted to our mission as a 100% producer-only agricultural market. What this means is, any vendor you visit with us, it is in our by-laws that what you see at that stand was produced by the labor of that farmer you are talking to and on Maine soil. We love our market as it is and wish to keep it running exactly the way it does so please excuse the misunderstanding. The Belfast Farmers’ Market is staying as we are, where we are and we hope to see you At Market! Every Friday morning 9am-1pm in the Aubuchon Greenhouse November until April and then behind Waterfall Arts as soon as it’s warm enough!
— Anne Saggese, secretary
All Those St. Patrick’s Day Fixings
March is THE MONTH for using up all those storage vegetables. At market you might find onions, garlic, carrots, beets, cabbages, potatoes, parsnips, celeriac, squash, Jerusalem artichokes, rutabagas and probably a few more winter storage veggies.
Easy Dinner Solutions from Pemaquid Seafood: May we suggest crab meat stuffed haddock? Stop by Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood and pick up a couple fillets of haddock and crab cakes; thaw the crab cakes and stuff the haddock and secure with a tooth pick. Add a little melted butter with a squeeze of lemon and bake it off. A sophisticated dinner for two with very little effort. We also have a fresh batch of Marinara Clam Sauce. [Editor’s note: I had some of this last week on flatbread with Appleton Creamery mozzarella, a rare treat, and the combo was utterly delicious!] Grab a loaf of bread from Plymouth Pond Bakery or Enchanted Kitchen, boil your favorite pasta, warm up the clam sauce and dinner is done. Pemaquid Lobster & Seafood will also have handpicked lump crab meat available at market this week.
Come early because it goes quickly!
Kidding season: Appleton Creamery reports the first kids of the season and that means fresh milk which means fresh goat cheeses coming soon. Caitlin Hunter says she’s still looking for volunteeers to help with this year’s kidding. Give her a shout at market or contact her firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling out this week: Theresa of Highland Organics: Highland Organics will not be at market but will be back the following week. Folks are welcome to call us and visit the farm in Stockton Springs for products. 207-567-3763
Crêpes made to order: Enchanted Kitchen at Fire Fly Farm will be whipping up crêpes to order and offering our full line of fresh bakery goodies! We are honored to be featured in the March issue of Bangor Metro’s food file~
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