Annual Meeting and Potluck Jan. 24

We are happy to invite our members to join us at the Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper, Tues., Jan 24, 6pm, at the Parish House in Canterbury Center! The evening will start with a brief business meeting so that we can review the Annual Report (which is always fun since we get to talk about the great events that we all enjoyed last season), vote on the Board of Directors for the upcoming 2017 season, and take care of a few housekeeping details like discussing the 2016 budget, setting the yearly Membership Fees and agreeing on the proposed Market Schedule.
You can check out the proposed Board Members here:
Member up for re-election:
Mindy Beltramo / Market Admin. and Secretary
Julie Dewdney / Market Manager
Ray Craigie / Asst. Market Manager and Music Coordinator
Beth Blair / Publicity
Silvia Styles / Treasurer
Sarah Tirrell-Wysocki / Programs Co-Manager, signs, fundraising
Ruth Smith / Program Co-Manager
Jill McCullough / Vendor Member, North Family Farm
Dave Emerson / Vendor Member, Old Ways
Suzie Hardt / Vendor Member, Grateful Garlic
Janet King / Vendor Member, Meadow’s Pond Soaps
Proposed New Members:
Katie Archer / Vendor Member, Marsh Meadow Bison
Margaret Hoyle / Vendor Member, Socks by Margeret

After the business side of the meeting is attended to, we will move on to the delicious potluck portion of the evening! We ask that all the members who attend bring a dish to share, as well as a dish to eat off of and silverware. We are trying to cut down on the washing up after the event, and none of us liked the idea of using, and then disposing of, paper or plastic place settings. Please note: if you have had a crazy day and can’t get a dish made, or get halfway to the meeting and have forgotten your cutlery, don’t panic! There is always enough food to share and the Parish House has dishes that can be used in a pinch. Please come along and you will be made welcome!

Because some of us are still suffering from post-holiday overload, here is a quick summary of this event:

  • WHAT? CCFMA Annual Meeting and Potluck Supper.
  • WHEN? Tuesday, Jan. 24.
  • WHAT IF…? If there happens to be a blizzard or ice storm, we will try again the following week Tues., Jan 31. We will post a cancellation, if there is one, on and on the Facebook page.
  • WHERE? The Parish House in the center of Canterbury, behind the Canterbury Store.
  • WHO? All members and vendors of the Canterbury Community Farmers Market are invited to attend.**
  • STUFF? Please bring a dish to share and a place setting (plate/bowl/silverware).
  • IDEAS? Feel free to bring any and all great ideas you have for the upcoming year!! We are always looking for ways to make our Market as local, healthful, educational, user-friendly, and fun as possible.

RSVPs are not necessary — the Board of Directors will be there, the food will be there, the fun will be there, and we will just expect that YOU will be there, too!

Any questions, you can track down a Board Member, or Email us at

See you on the 24th!

**If you would like to attend the event, but don’t happen to currently be a member, we will be happy to sign up new members (or renew memberships) at the event! Cost per person is $25 for the 2017 season. In case you have ever wondered, Market Memberships represent 50% of our basic operating budget each year. Stall fees from our vendors, plus extra donations from market friends who help sponsor the musicians, make up the rest of our income. That’s why your membership is so important to us!

Last Market of 2016!

Saturday, Dec. 10th, 10am-1pm
Canterbury Elementary School Gym

15 Baptist Road, Canterbury, NH

This is it — the laaaaast market of the 2016 season! Come visit us to find a great selection of local produce, fruit, meat, dairy and syrup plus baked goods, ready-to-eat and fine crafts. Live music by Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin! Take advantage of a great opportunity to stock up on winter veggies, jams, etc. AND get locally crafted holiday gifts!
SNAP/EBT/credit/debit accepted, and first $20 of SNAP benefit will be matched.
VENDORS: Our Place Farm, Fen Ridge Farm, Marsh Meadow Bison, North Family Farm, Huckins Dairy Farm, Margaret’s Socks, Grateful Garlic and Natalie’s Puppets, Rock Salt Creamery, Toast and Jam, The Root Seller, Red Manse Organics, Red Fox Farm, Nancy Parker Chocolates, Maya’s Bites Dog Treats, Indian Meadows, Warner River Produce, White Oak Dairy Farm, Hackleboro Orchards, Jen Hopkin’s Wreaths, Kathie Fife Photography, Thistle’s Naturals Salsa, Christie Burbank Mittens, Anna’s Bandanas, Canterbury Cub Scouts, and Anel’s Origami Decorations.

See You in This Saturday!

INDOOR Market, Saturday, Nov. 12, CES gym, 10am-1pm

Have you missed us? Well, we have certainly missed YOU and the sunny Wednesday afternoons in the center! However, we are happy to say that you can find us INDOORS on Sat., Nov. 12 at the Canterbury Elementary School gym, 15 Baptist Road, Canterbury.  Click our “Hours and Directions” tab to see how to find us. **Please note that Market hours for the Saturday indoor Market are 10am-1pm.**

You will find many of your favorite summer vendors, plus a few new faces who will join us for the indoor markets. Here is the complete list:

  • Our Place Farm
  • Fen Ridge Farm
  • Marsh Meadow Bison
  • North Family Farm
  • Huckins Dairy Farm
  • Hackleboro Orchards
  • Old Ways (Nov. only)
  • Margaret Hoyle Hand-Cranked Socks
  • Grateful Garlic
  • Rock Salt Creamery
  • Toast and Jam
  • Red Fox Farm
  • Indian Meadows Freshly Grilled Empanadas
  • Warner River Produce
  • White Oak Dairy Farm and Jolene’s Grain Fed Spoons
  • Red Manse Farm Organics
  • Comte Family Farm (dried beans and more)
  • Nancy Parker Chocolates
  • MayaBites Dog Treats
  • Jen Hopkin’s Fresh Wreaths
  • Petals in the Pines (plus Swedish almond cake and squash rolls)
  • Kathie Fife Photography
  • Christie Burbank Mittens (recycled sweaters and woolens)
  • Natalie’s Puppets
  • Friends of the Library (dried soups)
  • CCC Sunday School (pretzels and muffins)
  • CES Fifth grade (pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread)
  • Associated Women of the NH Farm Bureau (book featuring NH 100-year-old farms)

There will be a greater that usual number of locally made crafts at the indoor markets because we know that in addition to good food, our friends are also looking for edible, wearable, and decorative gifts for the upcoming holiday seasons.

We will be offering ready to eat food and a certain amount of café seating. Plan to come, shop, nosh, and visit!

We will be collecting for Mary Ellen’s Basket, the charitable giving program of the Market. Shoppers can show their support by donations of either cash, tokens, or Market goods. The basket will be shared with a Canterbury family who could use some extra help this season.

Remember that you can use our EBT/credit/debit machine to get tokens to use at any of our vendors and at either of the indoor Markets. If you are a SNAP recipient, we are still offering our $20 match for the first $20 of your SNAP benefit used. Ask at the Market Info table.

Plan ahead: We have a second indoor Market scheduled for Saturday, December 10. Also at the CES gym, and also from 10am-1pm. Hope to see you at one or both markets!

Good Time Had By All!

Saturday night, Oct. 1st, was the Farm to Table Celebration Dinner. What a lovely, LOVELY night! Food, music, and community were all fantastic, and the Silent Auction raised over $1500 for the Loudon Food Pantry. A win, win, WIN scenario!

  • Many thanks to all the helping hands that brought this celebration to table.
  • Additional thanks to Grappone Automotive Group and the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Foods for the generous support that made this event possible.
  • Special thanks to everyone who donated such wonderful items to the Silent Auction!

Market News for Wed., Sept. 28


Join us on one of the first Market days when you can definitely feel that Fall is in the air. Enjoy a weaving activity that you can take home, or add a few fibers to our community weaving project! Many THANKS to Sarah T-W and Ruth Smith for keeping both kids and adults amused and intrigued all season long with a great series of activities!


Music this week is by another new-comer to the Market, Paul Warnick from Gilford, NH. While we are at it, let’s give a shout out to Ray Craigie, the Market’s own Music Man, for arranging all the performers this season.


First, THANKS to our Market Manager, Julie Dewdney, for finding, engaging, keeping track of, and communicating with all our vendors all season.

  • THISTLE’S SALSA and HACKLEBORO ORCHARDS will not be at the Market this week. They will be crazy busy over at the Deerfield Fair, so if you neeeeeeed salsa or apple cider donuts, go find them there!
  • INDIAN MEADOWS will not be at the Market this week (oh dear), but will be here next week, Oct. 5 (oh yay!)
  • HUCKINS DAIRY FARM will be our dairy vendor for this week and next. Have you tried their tasty herb or garlic spreading cheese?
  • CAPTAIN BOB’S LOBSTER just sent a text from out on the briney waves…he WILL be at the Market this week! FYI: If you haven’t heard this tip before, it’s a great idea…cook your lobster, let it cool and pick the meat, pack it in ziplock bags and pour heavy cream in the bag to cover, and freeze it. Then, some cold winter night when you neeeeed lobster chowder, you’ve got a heck of a good head start on dinner all set to go. Brilliant!! PS: Check to see if CB has any fresh fish. He might!
  • ON EDGE SHARPENING has been waiting for your clippers, trimmers, loppers, shearers, scissors, and kitchen cut-lery. Did you know that Al can sharpen serrated bread and steak knives, too? A whole winter’s worth of steak and chicken cutting, and craft projects and yard clearing is coming up. He will sharpen while you wait, so what are you waiting for?
  • ZERO MILE FARM will be here. If you haven’t checked out their website yet, take a peek. Great stories and great pictures (in addition to the great produce).
  • CES PUMPKINS and the 5th graders who grew them will be here again.
  • THE BREAD PEDDLER and RED FOX FARM will not be here this week, but look for them next week, Oct. 5. You’ll want to stock up! Remember Bob’s bread freezes well, and Doug’s preserves are…well…preserved! Good eating in the cold months ahead.
  • CANTERBURY ALEWORKS is done for the season. Look for him at his home place


Thanks to all who bought tickets to come to our upcoming dinner, this Sat., Oct. 1. Ticket sales are now closed! We look forward to gathering at the gazebo, enjoying a fine meal and the company of our neighbors plus new friends who may join us from out of town, hearing stories from a few of our fine vendors, and participating in the auction to benefit the Loudon Food Pantry.

Let us give thanks to Chef Kieth Sarasin from the Farmers Dinner for working with the Board of CCFMA to make this possible, as well as to Grappone Automotive Group and the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food whose generous support helped to make the thought of this dinner a reality.


Next week, October 5th, we say goodbye for the season to our traditional space next to the Elkins Library. Look for us up the hill in the CES gym on Saturday Nov. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 10th from 10am-1pm with all the things you need to get ready for the holiday eating and gift-giving seasons. But, don’t forget to come to the last outdoor market first! :~)

Special THANKS to Mindy Beltramo, our intrepid Market admin person, for keeping track of all the details, minutes, and meetings, and Silvia Styles our treasurer, for keeping track of all the $$$!


Many thanks to all the CCFMA Board members who have met, planned, hauled, drove, called, donated, texted and Emailed throughout the summer to bring us all the best Farmers Market we know of! Here’s a list of us all in case you want to say “Hi!”, and if you need to see our faces, look for us on this website under “About Us”.

  • Mindy Beltramo, Market Administrator, Secretary
  • Julie Dewdney, Market Manager
  • Ray Craigie, Assistant Market Manager / Music Man
  • Silvia Styles, Treasurer
  • Beth BlairPublicity
  • Sarah Tirrell-Wysocki, Special Events and Children’s Activities
  • Ruth Smith, Special Events, Activities, Membership and MASCOT!
  • Doris Hampton, Greeting and Thank Yous
  • David Emerson, vendor “Old Ways Traditions”
  • Suzie Hardt, vendor “Grateful Garlic”
  • Jill McCullough, vendor “North Family Farm”
  • Harry Weiser, vendor “Hackleboro Orchards”
  • Janet King, vendor “Meadow’s Pond Soaps”

Sept. 21 — Say “Hey!” to Herbs

Kids and adults, come sniff and taste herbs from the kitchen garden!


“Kitchen Herbalism — Delicious Concoctions to Support Your Health”

Our guest herbalist, Eleanor Baron, will use some common garden herbs, some farmers market products, and a few plants from other places to create medicinally infused honeys, *oxymels, *shrubs and *elixers to promote immunity and health in the coming months. If you’re growing herbs at home and don’t know what to do with them, or if you’ve been having the urge to conjure up a few remedies in your own kitchen, stop by to learn some simple recipes. Bring your herbal questions and stories — sharing information is what it’s all about!

Presenter: Eleanor Baron / Clinical Herbalist
Four Beeches Botanicals, Alton, New Hampshire

*If you have no idea what oxymels, shrubs, or elixirs are, then you should really stop by and talk to Eleanor on Wednesday. She will be happy to explain and you’ll get to taste them, too!


  • BROOKFORD FARM will be at the Market this week. Rumor has it they might be bringing bread (second only to Dane’s) from Sunnyfield Bakery up in Tamworth.
  • HUCKINS DAIRY FARM is here next week, Sept., 28 and the following week, Oct. 5.
  • CAPTAIN BOB’S LOBSTER will not be here this week. A large charter fishing trip will keep him out at sea.
  • CES 5TH GRADERS will be selling pumpkins at the Market this week, Sept. 21, and the following two weeks Sept. 28, and Oct. 5. They do this each year to raise funds for their trip to Nature’s Classroom.
  • BEEFIELDS FARM will not be at the Market this week as scheduled.
  • MARKET BINGO is still being played! Come on kids, we’d love to have a few more winners!


This week’s music is by Paul Luff from Laconia, NH.
Please welcome Paul to his first Market!



Speaking of music, special THANKS to our music sponsors for this year:

  • Stephanie Jackson
  • Christine Cummings
  • Grateful Garlic
  • The T-Ws
  • The Burgess-Dunn Family
  • Judith Nelson
  • North Family Farm
  • The Law Offices of Josh Gordon
  • Foothills PT
  • Mark and Jen Hopkins
  • Several Anonymous Friends

Did you know that music sponsorships plus stall fees from our vendors represent 50% of our basic operating budget each year? Market Memberships make up the rest of our income. That’s one reason why we appreciate our music sponsors so much!



As of this morning, Tues., Sept. 20, there are just 5 tickets left. If you are interested in attending, go to to buy your tickets today!



Including this week, there are only three more outdoor Markets left this season! The last outdoor Market will be Wed., Oct. 5.


Look for us again at the two scheduled indoor markets:
Saturday, Nov. 12, CES gym, 15 Baptist Road, 10am-1pm
Saturday, Dec 10, CES gym, 15 Baptist Road, 10am-1pm

Canterbury Community Farmers Market hosts a special dinner on Oct. 1st

Dear Members, Supporters, and Friends of the
Canterbury Community Farmers Market

In honor of the Canterbury Community Farmers Market 10th anniversary we are holding a celebratory harvest dinner on Saturday, October 1. We would like to invite YOU to join us for this special dining experience.

CCFMA is pleased to be working in partnership with The Farmers Dinner and Chefs Keith Sarasin and David Crinieri to provide a unique dining experience in Canterbury Center and the Parish Hall. Chef Sarasin embodies our mission of building community through the farmers market experience. His goal is to bring people, farmers and chefs together to educate, inspire and enjoy really good food. Our harvest dinner will do just that. To learn more about the Farmers Dinner philosophy visit:

Here is what you can expect at Canterbury’s own Farmers Dinner Celebration:

  • As many of the ingredients as possible will be sourced from our weekly Market vendors
  • Recipes for several of the chef’s special dishes will be provided
  • Appetizers will be served outside in the bandstand on the Town Green, surrounded by the charm of the country store, church, original Town Hall, and both new and historic library buildings. Afterwards, a short stroll will take you to the nearby Parish Hall where dinner will be served.
  • Between courses, there will be short presentations by a few of our vendors,
    who will share their unique story about why they started farming
  • In addition to an excellent dinner, there will be a Silent Auction, with
    proceeds to benefit the Loudon Food Pantry

Space is limited to 100 seats. If you would like to join us, please go HERE to purchase your tickets. We hope that many of our friends and supporters will be able to join us at this special celebration!

  ~ The Board of the Canterbury Community Farmers Market

Please note that this event is supported in part by a grant from the
NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food.