2014, here we come!

Welcome to our 8th Season!

I may be looking out my window at 6 foot piles of snow the plow guy has kicked up along my driveway, but in my heart it is a hot Wednesday afternoon at the Farmers Market and there are piles of fresh tomatoes just waiting to be chomped into! Planning has already begun for the 2014 season, so this happy day-dream is fast approaching. Here’s a few reminders to get you in the Market mood…

The first outdoor market is Wednesday, June 4, in the parking area and field next to the Elkins Library. 4-6:30pm, RAIN or SHINE!

Applications for Market Vendors are now being accepted! You can find the application form and the pertinent info at the Meet the Vendors tab.

> > > We are particularly looking for Vendors who use fresh and local ingredients to make ready-to-eat food, the kind you can carry in your hand and nosh on as you wander around the Market and listen to the music. Note: This vendor must be up-to-date on all the happy regs from the State of NH concerning how and what you can prepare at farmers markets, and have the proper licensing if it’s required.

We are also looking for volunteers for our “sign-putting-out committee” to help us deploy the bright yellow road signs on the Tuesday of each week during the market season, and help pick the signs up again on Wednesday evening when the Market is done. Drop us a line at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and we’ll contact you as the committee gets organized.

The Market is happy to welcome new and renewing Members for the 2014 season. We have an enthusiastic goal of having 50 members this year! Member applications are available at the HELP US GROW tab, and will be available at Town Meeting, March 14. Membership is $25, and helps to support the goals and programs of the Market, as well as help to pay for the musicians and advertising.

We look forward to seeing you at Town Meeting. Stop by our table, meet and greet a few Board Members, get a schedule for the year, pick up a free recipe, become a member!

Annual Meeting, Tues., Jan 14

All market members invited!

The CCFMA Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:30pm in the Meeting House. All Market Members are invited to attend and vote on new members to the Board of Directors.

Want to attend and want to vote but you aren’t a member? Come to the meeting and we will be happy to accept your membership! Please note that membership does include a $25 donation to the market, which helps with advertising, music, programming, expenses, wish list items, etc.

Many, many thanks to all the members for your support for the previous year. We look forward to the Annual Meeting, and our first step toward planning for an excellent 2014 season!

A Lovely Winter Market!

THANKS to all for a lovely market this weekend! We got to say hi to about 130 of our friends, listen to great music by Tim Gurshin, drink a little eggnog and hot cider (not in the same cup), and buy boatloads of leeks … apparently the thought of an impending storm prompted everyone to immediately start making potato leek soup. An odd phenomenon, but a tasty one for sure!

Happy winter, happy winter storm, happy holidays of whatever sort you choose to celebrate, drive safely, and see you all again on June 4.

PS Don’t forget to actually EAT all the winter squash you now have tucked under the bed in the cool spare room of your house!

Next Indoor Market Sat., Dec. 14

The calendar has ticked over into December, and the winter holidays and the New Year are on the horizon. Be sure your fridge, pantry, and root cellar are stocked with all the local goodness to be found at the farmers market!

Our next market will be on Saturday, December 14, at the historic Town Hall in Canterbury Center. The time is set for 10am to 2pm.

We hope to see you there!

PS Please note that this is the last indoor market of the year. We won’t see you again … well, in person anyway … until June 4, 2014!! We will still be updating photos, recipes, and items of interest on both our website and FaceBook page.

Vendors at the Market this Saurday

Don’t forget – INDOOR Farmers Market this Saturday,

Nov. 16, 10 am-2 pm, in the CES gym!

Vendors who will be there…

  • Meadow’s Pond (soaps)Margaret Hoyle (hand cranked wool socks)
  • Our Place Farm (meat, dairy, lard, wool, hand-braided rugs)
  • Canterbury Aleworks (merchandise and gift certificates)
  • Warner River Organics (vegetables and fruit)
  • Canterbury Breadworks (wood fire oven baked breads)
  • North Family Farm (syrup, maple products, honey, knit items)
  • Spring Hill Farm (green and winter vegetables)
  • Fen Ridge Farm (layered baking mixes)
  • The Bread Peddler (artisan rye, sourdough, and peasant breads)
  • Kandy Kettle (fudge, candy, chocolate)
  • Old Ways Traditions (wooden ware)
  • Grateful Garlic (garlic)
  • Courser Family Farm (granola)
  • Red Manse (organic vegetables)
  • Peter Lambert Folk Art
  • Hackleboro Orchards (fruit and cider)

Just so you know, it won’t be all potatoes and butternut squash (tho there will be plenty of those, too!) You will be able to get leeks, kale, beets, spinach (if you’re early), cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few colorful veggies. Look under the tables and in the coolers. There are sure to be a few surprises!

Tickets for the raffle will be $1 each or $3 for five tickets. The prize is a big basket o’ goodies donated by all of the vendors! Tickets on sale at the market info table.

Ray Craigie will also be playing music from the artists who entertained us all summer. CDs will be on sale at the market info table.

See you there!

Indoor Market, Sat., Nov. 16, 10am-2pm

Hi, all! The first of our two indoor farmers markets will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, 10am-2pm, in the Canterbury Elementary School Gym. Yes, the gym – not the Town Hall – the gym. Really!

SO sorry for any confusion….we attempted to change from the CES gym to the Town Hall only to realize there was another worthy event (The Canterbury Kids’ Clothing Exchange) being held there at the same time. 

Happily, being that this is a small town, we figure anyone who is actually looking for the Farmers Market will be able to find us! We will put the signs out, and plan to see you IN THE CES GYM this Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Thanks for your support! Sorry again for the mix up…

PS For those of you new to town, check our DIRECTIONS page for a map to see where the CES gym is located. On the map you will also see where the Town Hall is, should you want to drop in to the Kids’ Clothing Exchange, too!


INDOOR Farmers Market on Sat., Nov 16!

10 am-2 pm, Canterbury Elementary School gym

Pull out and dust off your reusable shopping bags — the INDOOR farmers market is coming to town! Look for us at our new place (the Canterbury Elementary School gym), on a new day of the week (Saturday), and a new time (10 am to 2 pm). Note: These changes apply only to the two cold-weather, indoor markets on Nov. 16 and Dec. 14!

The dates and times may be different, but you can expect to find the same great selection of (winter) veggies and fruits, dairy, meat, and eggs, cider, syrup, and sweets, home baked breads, candy, ready-to-eat, and more. There will be a good assortment of hand crafted woolens, soaps, painted and carved wood products, and ornaments, plus a few surprises! As always, we will have a raffle for a great big basket o’ goodies filled with the specialties of our vendors. Look for tickets on sale at the Market Info table.

For our visitors who aren’t familiar with the layout of the town, the CES gym is located at 15 Baptist Road, just up the hill from Canterbury center. Plenty of parking, and there will be road signs to help you find your way. We’ll plan to see you on November 16… and if you are the type who marks your calendar well in advance, the second indoor market is on Sat., December 14 (but more on that, later)!

Happy Tomato says “Many thanks to all of the community members and friends who supported the farmers market all through the summer season. We averaged 150 visitors each week!”

The Last Day? A Great Day!

Oct. 2 was quite the day! The weather could hardly have been more gorgeous…balmy and breezy and sunny and just a tinge of autumn gold around the edges. 156 people came out to visit and frolic with all the fiber, and we saw a LOT of bulging bags heading out to the parking lot! The music was great (as always), and the crowd was chatty and cheerful. I think this is what’s known as “going out with a bang”!

But perhaps it is wrong to call Oct. 2 the “last day” of the market….makes it sound like there is no more growing, or harvesting, or preserving, or hard work, or good eating going on. Which is not true! However, the melancholy fact is that the days are getting shorter, and the coolness and the dark of evening are coming on sooner than one might want. So it was indeed the last day of Canterbury’s OUTDOOR farmers’ market. Our vendors have a bit of time to catch their breaths (on Wed. eves at least) and prepare for the two INDOOR markets that are coming up.

Please note that our indoor markets are held on SATURDAY (not Wednesday), are open from 10am to 2pm, and are located in the Canterbury Elementary School gym. The school is located just up the hill from our outdoor venue, and there will be signs directing those who haven’t been to the school before.

The dates of the INDOOR MARKET are Saturday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 14.

We look forward to seeing you there! 

Wed., Oct. 2 – FIBER FROLIC and last outdoor market of the season

  • Come frolic with us! There will be spinning, weaving, rug-braiding, and sock-cranking going on, as well as knitted hats and mittens and scarves to try and buy, plus natural fibers play with!
  • Music by TAPAS.A diverse blend of acoustic folk, light rock, easy listening, blues, and contemporary songs performed by guitarist and lead singer Mark Ledgard, garnished with tasteful lead work by Linda Magoon on mandolin and guitar.
  • This is the last OUTDOOR market of the season. There are still plenty of tomatoes and summer corn, plus potatoes, winter squash, garlic, and carrots for storage. The 5th grade will be selling pumpkins, cider will be available, and tasty bread, seasonal flavors of fudge, and new flavors of cream cheese will round out the afternoon.
  • The two fall indoor markets are scheduled for Saturday Nov. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10am-2pm in the CES gym.