It is hard to believe that we are approaching the outdoor market season, especially when there is STILL so much snow on the ground! But, the sap is flowing, the chipmunks are out in the yard, and the neighbors have a grow light and Swiss chard seedlings sprouting in the bathroom, so we must be getting closer.
To get you in the mood, here’s a sneak peek at last year’s opening day. Many of our market friends showed up wearing their favorite and festive garden hats. The wearer of the best hat got a surprise prize! The same event will be held opening day this year, so spend a few of the murky days to come planning your head-gear. We’ll be watching for you!
…then the Farmers Market can’t be far behind!
Hope everyone had a fine time at Canterbury Town Meeting last night.
Short and sweet, for sure, just like a NH summer!
FYI: The Canterbury Farmers Market folks traveled over to the Loudon meeting this this morning, to share some great apples (from Harry at Hackleboro Orchards), and to let them know more about our great community market. Opening Day June 3, and we GUARANTEE it will be SNOW FREE!
OK, everyone reading this post in Canterbury? Turn slightly South-East and wave at our neighbors. Hope to see a lot more Loudon friends at the market this summer!
It may not feel like it now, but Wednesday, June 3 is right around the (snow covered) corner, and Wednesday, June 3 is the OPENING DAY of the Farmers Market! Planning is well under way to make sure that this market brings our community the best variety of local agricultural products that can be grown, tapped, baked, milked, fermented, plucked, gathered, rendered, cranked, and pickled.
We are looking to expand our vendor base this year, and are particularly interested in local artisan bakers, farmers who specialize in spring and summer greens, or creative cooks who makes ready-to-eat foods that use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. We are also keen to help start-up farmers and vendors who might want to get their feet wet at a small and friendly market such as ours!
Find more info and a link to our application at the “Meet The Vendors” tab.
The Board Members of the Canterbury Community Market (including those folks who didn’t happen to be here for the picture) would like to express our dearest “Thanks!” to everyone who helped make the 2014 season such a success! Rest assured that even though you won’t be hearing too much from us while the snow is on the ground, that we will not be resting! Planning for the 2015 season starts in January just about the time all the seed catalogs appear in your mailbox. Enjoy your holiday season, give thanks for the bounty that our local agricultural community brings to us each new season, and for goodness sakes, don’t forget about the butternut squash you have stored under the bed in the spare room!
The indoor farmers market is this Saturday, Dec. 13, 10am-1pm, at CES gym. This is our last market for 2014! We will have a good selection of local winter greens, vegetables, fruits, dairy, maple, meat, jams, mixes, fresh bread and pie, woolens, wood products, more! Lots of winter root crops and squash for storage. Selected crafts. Raffle for big basket of market specialties. Easily accessible and plenty of parking, and restrooms. Credit/Debit cards accepted.
We will again be accepting support in the form of cash or product for our “Mary Ellen’s Basket” charitable giving program. We have had a generous gift of $100 to help us fill this month’s basket with all the local goodness the market has to offer so that we can share the bounty with selected community members. Please stop by the market Info Table to learn more, and help fill the basket!
As of this moment, here is the list of vendors who will be attending:
- Live music by Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin!
- The Bread Peddler (artisan rye, pumpernickle, peasant bread, croutons,
and fresh bialys)
- Brookford Farm (organic veggies, cheese, dairy, eggs)
- Fen Ridge Farm (layered baking mixes)
- Grateful Garlic (garlic)
- Hackleboro Orchard (apples, cider, veggies)
- Margaret Hoyle (hand-cranked socks and scarves)
- Free The Spoons (hand carved wooden spoons)
- Meadow’s Pond Soaps (soaps, shampoos, gifts)
- North Family Farm (syrup, honey, woolens)
- Our Place Farm (meat, broth, lard, hand-spun wool, rugs)
- Red Fox Farm (jams, jellies, preserves, dried veggies, herbal tinctures)
- Red Manse Farm (organic veggies)
- Song Away Farm (eggs, rabbit meat, organic wheat fodder)
- Warner River Organics (organic veggies)
- Peace of Pie (fresh pie by the slice, hand pies both sweet and savory, gingerbread men and gingerbread houses)
- Do Good Bars (all natural granola bars)
- Fancy Face (face painting)
Check back later in the week for a vendor list update, as there are still a few people who we haven’t heard back from!
We here at the Canterbury Community Farmers Market are thankful all the year round for the dedicated efforts of our vendors who plant and grow and harvest, who feed the chicks and milk the cows whether the weather is lovely or horrible, who tap the trees and boil boil boil, who knead and bake and spin and knit, who pick and pack and process and haul it all to the market each week, and put a smile on their faces even though they are probably bone tired and need to go back to the farm/orchard/sugar house/kitchen after the market and do it all again.
THANK YOU for all of your hard work and THANK YOU to the community members who go out of their way to support the market each week with their hard earned dollars, to buy the local goodness to share at their tables each day, to help their community with gifts to Mary Ellen’s Basket, to visit with neighbors, to keep our market strong and coming back to the center each season.
We are thankful to you all, and hope your Thanksgiving table is full of all the goodness we can bring to you, and surrounded by friends to help you enjoy the feast!
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~Edith Sitwell
Winter is also the perfect time to visit the last Canterbury Farmers’ Market of 2014!
Find us up the hill at the Canterbury Elementary School for a great selection of winter veggies and fruits, dairy, meat, and eggs, cider, syrup, sweets, and home baked breads, pies, candy, ready-to-eat, and more. There will be a good selection of hand crafted woolens, soaps, and wood products, too, plus a few surprises! As always, we will have a raffle for a great big basket o’ goodies donated by our vendors, and the opportunity to support your community by making a donation to “Mary Ellen’s Basket”.
There will be PLENTY of staples to help you get ready for upcoming holidays and to keep your larder stocked deep into the winter, and PLENTY of gift-giving-goodies to tuck under your Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or other holiday flora!