Aug. 26, Hey Hey, It’s Poetry Day!

Share your favorite farm or garden poem! Send your old-time favorite, or an original poem to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

We will feature them on our website, share them through our FaceBook page, or have copies posted around the Market — look for the bright green poetry papers as you shop!

Here are a few samples of Haiku poetry from last year. The Japenese form of these poems follow strict rules — the format consists of three sentences, each containing five, seven, and five syllables.

 

 

 

Pop open pea pods
Set free some plump round voyeurs –
Peeping toms in green.

“Best I ever had”
Said the man to his new bride,
Tasting her cooking.

Food for the body
So tempting to the spirit.
The table is set.

A child’s game,
I press the balloon against my tongue.
Pop! The tomato bursts.

Another sunrise
Another generation
Thank you, God, I farm.

Music at this event is by Paul Hubert, who performs on guitar, harmonica, banjo and vocals. Paul highlights exciting original tunes and unique covers, distilling a wide range of American musical forms from folk and blues to old-timey and pop into a truly personal, one-of-a-kind style. This guy is a whole buncha fun to listen to – stop on by! Better yet, pull up a seat at one of our picnic tables, and have a good nosh while you enjoy the music.

This is the absolute height of the Market season! Why not bring a friend, or two, and bring home enough tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, onions, and garlic to make a magnificent pot of sauce? You can all share in the chopping, cooking and cleanup, toast yourselves with a good glass of wine (which you can also get at the market), put on the pasta pot, slice the bread and cheese (find them at the market? Check and check!) and have yourself a FEAST! Pack up the leftovers, everyone takes some home, and you have reaped the benefits of not only gooood food, but goooood company. WIN and WIN!!

Don’t forget that the Market now accepts SNAP/EBT, debit, and credit cards. SNAP/EBT recipients, please ask about matching funds, made possible by the generous support of our community members. The Market also extends special thanks to those friends whose sponsorship helps bring music to the Market each week.

The ZU-MATO Festival

Join us this Wed., Aug. 19th, to celebrate ZUcchinis and toMATOes           

This is the season when all the gardens are bursting with our favorite varieties of red and green fruit! Well…and yellow, and brown, and pink, and zebra striped, and orange, and all sorts of crazy heirloom tomato colors.

Contests for the BIGGEST and the BEST DRESSED ZUCCHINI. You can bring your zuke already in costume, or bring it … shhhhhhh … naked … and dress it here using materials we supply. Look below for a few pics from previous ZU-MATO contests.

Do you have a favorite zucchini bread, cake, or fritter recipe? Or perhaps a tomato pie, relish, salsa, or even tomato JAM? Send it to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com and we will be happy to print it out to share with others! Stop by the Market Info Tent for free recipes to take home with you.

Zucchini-inspired music will be performed by Andy Miller. (Only kidding…I don’t think that Andy plays a single song about zucchini. But he just miiiight….if you ask him nicely!)

Make the Farmers Market part of your summer plan for good eating and good fun!

 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the SUPER Market!!

 ”SUPER Market” Event, Wed., Aug. 5, 4-6:30pm, Canterbury Center

Come to Canterbury’s “SUPER Market” and help kick-off NH Eat Local Month! In addition to the great familiar vendors that you expect to find each week, there will be a number of special guest vendors who will bring a SUPER dose of good food and good fun to the Market. Plan to bring an extra reusable bag or two this day, because there will be LOTS of local goodness to fill them with. In fact, you might want to bring an extra friend or two as well!

  • This week our market will also feature the home-made music of Canterbury’s own “Mark Hopkins and Friends.” After practicing for 40 years they ought to be pretty darn good (and they are)! Guaranteed all home-made music, not store bought. Guitar, dobro, fiddle, banjo, and voice.
  • Remember that SNAP/EBT/Debit and Credit Cards are now accepted at the Market! SNAP recipients ask at the Info Tent about matching funds.
  •  Want to get a little silly? Stop in at the Market Info tent and ask for your temporary “I (heart) FARMERS MARKETS” temporary tattoo!

Our Great Weekly Vendors:

  • The Bread Peddler (Sanbornton, NH) — Artisan rye,, pumpernickel, and whole wheat breads, fresh NY style “bialys”, great gluten-free bread
  • Brookford Farm (Canterbury, NH) — Organic milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, flour, produce, meat (pork, beef, chicken)
  • Fen Ridge Farm (Loudon, NH) — Layered kitchen mixes, jam and jellies, fruit pies, flower bouquets
  • Grateful Garlic — Fresh Garlic, Garlic, and More Garlic
  • Hackleboro Orchards (Canterbury, NH) — Seasonal Berries, Apples, and Orchard fruits, Vegetables, honey, and the ever popular cider donuts
  • Kandy Kettle Kitchen (Chichester, NH) — Homemade fudge, lollipops, candies, and freshly squeezed lemonade sweetened with NH Maple syrup
  • Margaret Hoyle (Bristol, NH) — Freshly made wool socks hand-cranked on an antique sock machine
  • Meadow’s Pond Homemade Soaps (Canterbury, NH) — Homemade bar soaps, lip balm, lotions, dog shampoo.  This week look for Janet’s soaps at the “Fen Ridge” table since Janet will be at the Craftsman’s Fair in Sunapee.
  • North Family Farm (Canterbury, NH) — Organic maple syrup, candy, and sugar. Honey. Fresh flowers.
  • Our Place Farm (Loudon, NH)— Pork, beef, and chicken products, broth, goat milk, lard, hand spun yarn, braided rugs.
  • Rock Salt Creamery (Sanbornton, NH) — Vegan ice cream bars. Whole fruit bars using local fruits and berries in season, vegan desserts.
  • Thistle’s All Natural (Loudon, NH) — All natural zucchini salsa.
  • Toast and Jam (Loudon, NH) — Hazelnut/chocolate twist bread, sweet rolls, fruit pies, jams and spreads.
  • Warner River Organics (Webster, NH) — Produce, fruit, plants, salsas, vinaigrettes, pesto.
  • Note: Old Ways Traditions and Old Ways Pizza will not be at the SUPER Market this week. Dave will be at the Sunapee Crafts Fair instead!

Additional Vendors for the Aug. 5th “SUPER Market” 

  • N H Mushroom Company (Tamworth, NH) — Premium Organic Cultivated Specialty Mushrooms
  • Red Manse Farm (Loudon, NH) — Certified Organic Produce, Fruits, Greens
  • Red Fox Farm (Gilmanton, NH) — Sweet or Spicy Pickles, Relish, Chutney, Jam, and Jelly
  • Comte Family Farm (Nottingham, NH) — Beautiful and Tasty Dried Beans
  • Canterbury Breadshop (Canterbury, NH) — Artisan Bread baked in a Wood Fired Oven
  • Song Away Rabbitry (Loudon, NH) — Frozen rabbit meat, Californian, New Zealand and heritage rabbits for show stock.
  • Coffin Cellars (Webster, NH) — Fine, fine, fruit and Berry Wines
  • Gunthers Goodies (Manchester, NH) — Gourmet Dog Treats made from spent beer grains.

Fantastic Photos

Check out the good food and good fun you can find at this (and every) week’s Market!

 

Wednesday, July 22 — Kids will enjoy a Scavenger Hunt!

  • Bring a friend or two along – adults can do the Scavenger Hunt, too! This activity gives everyone an opportunity to meet the great vendors who work so hard each week to fill the Market, and your pantry. 
  • Be sure to bring your thinking caps, because some of the items will be super tricky. Who will be the first to find the market mascot, “Rooty the Carrot”? Stop by the Activity Tent to sign up.
  • After all that running around, pull up a seat and have a picnic while enjoying the music of Delanie Pickering!
  • Don’t be shy about walking all the way to the back of the Market, talking to the vendors, or peeking over the shoulders of the other shoppers…sometimes just the fruit, veggie, or dairy product you are looking for is hiding in the shade, in a cooler, or is still in the truck! 


Wednesday, July 15 — It’s time to play “Name That Veggie!”

  • Come to the market dressed as your favorite veggie. Can we guess what you are? Stop the market Info tent to try and stump the judges, and you could win a prize! Extra points awarded if you and your pet both get dressed up.
  • Part of the Market mission is to help our community learn more about the food we eat, and the farmers, growers, harvesters, and producers who bring it to the market, and to your table. Events like “Name That Veggie” are fun and educational for all ages! So quick — do you know the difference between kohlrabi and kale? Between rhubarb and Swiss chard? If your answer is “Huh?” then you need to come to the Market this week!
  • Music will be played LIVE, and FREE for the listening, by the ever popular Steve Furbish.
  • PS: Remember, farmers work, and grow, and harvest, and produce RAIN or SHINE (including in big thunderstorms), so the Farmers Market is open RAIN or SHINE (except, sadly, in big thunderstorms).


 

Wed., July 8 — We welcome our four-footed friends to “Dog Days at the Market.”

  • Stop by the activity tent and recycle some of our beautiful fabric into a bandanna for your four-footed friend. See how your dog does at the “catch the biscuit” game (they get to eat everything they catch). But please, make sure your pet comes on a leash!
  • Music this week will be soulfully supplied by Audrey Drake.
  •  Don’t forget that the Market now accepts SNAP/EBT, debit, and credit cards. Use your cards at the Market Info tent. SNAP/EBT recipients, please ask about matching funds, made possible by the generous support of our community members!
  • The Market extends special thanks to those friends who help fill “Mary Ellen’s Basket”, and whose sponsorship helps bring music to the Market each week.

Wed., July 1 – We say “Thanks to our Market Members and Supporters”!

Many THANKS to all the friends of the market who come and shop each week, who make generous donations to “Mary Ellen’s Basket” (the Market’s charitable giving program), who sponsor the musicians, and whose yearly membership dollars help keep the market going. Remember, you do not need to be a member to shop the market, but the whole community appreciates the results of your membership support!
Tap your toes to the traditional tunes of “Two Fiddles,” Dudley and Jaqueline Laufman. ”…Two Fiddles are widely loved and respected in New Hampshire for their tireless efforts to preserve and promote what is called New England barn dancing,” while Dudley Laufman has receiveded the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts: the National Heritage Fellowship, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. Well Dudley and Jaqueline have been good friends to the Market – and you orta come hear them play!
PS: Remember, farmers work, and grow, and harvest, and produce RAIN or SHINE (including in big thunderstorms), so the Farmers Market is open RAIN or SHINE (except, sadly, in big thunderstorms).

Wednesday, June 24

BIKE & WAGON PARADE

Last year’s event was totally rained out (though we did get a rather soggy picture in the Concord Monitor the next day).

This year we plan on plenty of nice weather, and plenty of great looking bikes!