Grill Time

Bring on the local feast.

SpringdaleYou know farmers’ markets are about veggies, fruits and berries, but Belfast Farmers’ Market offers so much more. Our market boasts a full assortment of meats and seafood cuts for your summer grilling: fresh scallops, swordfish… Water Buffalo, Grass Fed Beef, Rose Veal, Pork and Lamb, sausages too numerous to mention, and chicken. Then there is Grilloumi cheese. bramble-hill-mushroomsMaybe you’ll even want to try roasting some early carrots, radishes, spring turnips  and kohlrabi on a shish kabob skewer, basted with garlic and olive oil! Or mushrooms. We have those too.

We all know Toddy Pond Farm makes yogurt, kefir and ice cream, right? They are also one of many Belfast Farmers’ Market members offering meats for the grill. Here’s their lineup:

Lamb: ground, chops, and delicious dinner size links, Pork: we have sausage links dinner and breakfast, ground, chops, country style spare ribs, 100% grass fed lamb- ground, loin chops, sausage links perfect for the grill, woodland raised Pork: sausage links, ground, chops, country style spare ribs, and kabob meat and pasture raised chicken fed certified organic grain: boneless breasts, thighs, wings, drumsticks, and whole birds, and our farmstead pate made with our own chicken liver and bacon. Perfect for apps while you’re grilling!

Appleton Creamery CheesesNeed an appetizer or a quick snack on the run? You’ll find humus, pickles, chutney and preserves, a large array of goat, cow and water buffalo cheeses, yogurt, cottage and cream cheese and fresh herbs for making dips. Add crackers, breads and bagels to slather with the aforementioned, and if you’re lucky, salmon paté or shredded smoked chicken. Did you ever try slicing a bagel into tiny rounds? Makes a great platform for any sort of dip or cheese, jams and jellies.

gardiners-honeySweeten up your pancakes with some Maine maple syrup and your tea with local honey.

Maybe you’re not into grilling, or you just want to relax and don’t feel like cooking. Our members offer value added and prepared foods such as gourmet meals to drop into boiling water, be heated and serve, frozen chicken pies and seafood dishes that need only to be put in the oven.Maine Meal PastaFresh pasta? Yup. Cut flowers for the table?  Vegan and gluten free baked goods both sweet and savory?flowers

Vegan and gluten free? Yep.

In the way of Maine-made gifts we have hand tied flies for the fisherman, hand-built stoneware pottery and woven baskets, plants, and oh, Art Market is set up the the front yard at Waterfall Arts at the same time as we are.

That sweet tooth will find giant cookies, bars, pies, cakes, scones, pain au chocolate and even chocolate pudding cake some days.

Blueberry LemonadeThirsty? You’ll find blueberry teas for brewing, and often iced blueberry and lomeonade drinks. Then there is gelato, ice cream and popsicles.

We even have your garden covered with flowering plants and herbs plants and seedlings in early summer.

Certified MOFGA Orgainc? Many of our members are!

Don’t want to cook? You’ll find an array of heat and serve gourmet meals, seafood and poultry dishes, hand pies and more.

 

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Strawberries

strawberriesRain and strawberries. It must be summer in Maine. Kevin’s first strawberries are in. Get out the Bakewell Cream, mix up some biscuits and top off your treat with some fresh local yogurt from any of our several makers: Appleton Creamery, Toddy Pond Farm, Monroe Cheese Studio, ME Water Buffalo Co. If you like yours sweet rather than tart, mix in a little of Gardiners’ Honey or some Freyenhagen Family Farm Maple syrup…

MORE THINGS YOU MIGHT SEE AT MARKET

 

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Art MarketBelfast Farmers’ Market runs every Friday 9am to 1pm, rain or shine. In the warmer months, find us in the yard at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street, Belfast. We are joined during the summer month’s by Belfast Art Market, which sets up concurrently in the front yard facing High Street. While not part of our organization, the Art Market adds another dimension to your Friday morning shopping experience. Perfect timing for finding that last minute gift you’ve been meaning to deliver over the coming weekend.

Rainy day at marketSpeaking of gifts, both for yourself and others, our Farmers’ Market members offer a selection of farm crafts. You can find baskets, pottery, hand carved utensils, goat and water buffalo soaps, dried herbs, blueberry teas and barque, hand made wreaths. And then there are the foodstuffs that make such great gifts: cheese, crackers, jams, jellies, chutney, pickles and preserves along with Maine maple syrup and honey products. Cut flowers are always a winning gift.

As you can see in the photo to the right, a little rain does not keep diehard customers away! We all just gear up (and keep that wonderful hand crafted soap in the van!)

FRESH PASTA FROM MAINE MEAL

Here’s a tidbit from last week’s newsletter (you really should subscribe.)

Maine Meal PastaThe Maine Meal is excited to announce that we purchased equipment to begin production of fresh pasta and ravioli (formerly Pasta Fresca owned by Bob & Mary Burr at Blue Ribbon Farm in Mercer)! We will be adding fresh pasta and frozen ravioli to our line of gourmet meals offer each week (no ravioli till next week). Please contact Kelly LaCasse @ 207-431-1693 for special orders or bulk orders ​any time.
ONLY at the original Belfast Farmers’ Market on Fridays!

 

 

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