Wed., Sept 17 – That’s TODAY!

Join us at the Market for BLUES, BREWS, & BBQs.

Great music by Mike “Dogbone” English, and plenty of sweet, or spicy (or both!) BBQ sauces to sample. Free samples and recipes, too!

Be sure to bring a big bag to scoop up late season tomatoes for canning, winter squash for future roasting, or the laaaaaast of the sweet corn for good-old-munching-with-butter-running-down-your-chin.

Don’t worry if you don’t have enough cash on hand…starting today you can use your credit or debit card at the Market Info booth. Stop by and ask Mindy to show you how!

Almost halfway through September?

How is it possible that there are only 4 more outdoor markets this season? Didn’t summer just get started? Heck, some folks around town haven’t even taken the flannel sheets off the bed yet! Well, be that as it may, here’s a look at the schedule for the next few weeks. There is still time to gorge yourself on the sweet corn while it’s fresh, can a few tomatoes, and stock up on (dare I say the word?) winter (ooooo, there it is) squash. 

Wed., September 10 — Make a Veggie Instrument

  • Kids will enjoy a special activity just for them, “Make a Veggie Instrument.” Sign up at the activity tent.
  • Today’s Music by The Kid Jazz Band. Live jazz, bop & swing like you have never heard , played by the very talented LeMieux boys & their fantastically gorgeous (yet humble) parents. The Kid Jazz Band performs Swing Jazz from the 30′s and 40′s, originals, and more. The boys in the band are all home-schooled, which allows them to travel more easily. Three of the band members are under 19 years old! How good are they? The group was featured on WMUR TV’s NH Chronicle. Why not put on your dancing shoes, and come boogie at the market. Bring your dancing partner, of course!

Wed., September 17 — Special Event “Blues, Brews, & BBQs”

  • There will be lots of different BBQ sauces to sample, as well as freshly grilled local sausages to try them on, and you can take your “brew” and enjoy it at one of our picnic tables while you enjoy the music. Free recipes available for the sauces, many of which will be made by the farmers’ market Board Members!
  • Today’s Music by Mike “Dogbone” English. Come enjoy some old time country blues, ragtime, folk music and humor with “Dogbone” Mike English. From tragic ballads and irreverent tales of human nature to silly stories, this music is great fun!

Wed., September 24 — Special Guests “NH Plein Air brings ART to the mARkeT”

  • What is NHPleinAir? They are a dedicated group of artists “Painting Landscapes Everywhere In NH And In the Region.” Plein Air artists seek the quality of natural light and atmosphere outdoors. Their artwork is in direct response to the beauty they find in nature.
  • Today, some of the area’s most talented outdoor artists will bring their paint boxes and easels to the Canterbury Community Farmers Market, well known for its glowing piles of local fruits and vegetables, gleaming jars of jelly and jam, glistening eggs and leafy greens, as well as the beautiful white spire of the CUCC church and Historic Canterbury Town Hall. Will they paint a portrait of your prancing pup? A beautiful bouquet of fresh picked flowers? The colorful line of tents and people that make up every market? Come and see! The public will be able to join in the fun by watching individual artists work and moving from painter to painter throughout the market. Paintings may be available for sale at the end of the day (though they may still be a little wet!)
  • Music by Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin. We love it when Tim comes to play the Market,and you will, too!

Wed., October 1— Special Event “Fiber Frolic”

  • This is the last OUTDOOR market of the 2014 season! (Check the Calendar for the INDOOR Market schedule.)
  • There will be spinning, and weaving, and rug-braiding, and sock-cranking, and llamas and alpacas and wool and all kinds of fibers and frolic-ing! Everyone can help add to the large and local fiber banner, and kids can scamper through the market on one of our fantastic “Scavenger Hunts.” Do you know the difference between llama fiber and wool? Which is the “warp” and which is the “weft”? And just how DO you hand-crank a sock? Come to the Fiber Frolic and find out!
  • Back by popular demand, Canterbury’s own Kyle Masterson. He sang the first market in June, and he sings the last outdoor market in October!

120 people came to play.
It was a lovely Market day!
Weather was good,
And tomatoes ripe,
We didn’t have a single gripe!

PS: If next week you want to prance, come see the Morris Dancers’ dance!

Hey, Hey, It’s Poetry Day!

Wednesday, August 27 

Share your favorite farm, garden, or nature poem! Send your old-time favorite, or a spanking new original poem to us at We will feature them on our website, share them through our FaceBook page, have copies available at the Market Info tent. 

Music by Fiona Shea, OK?
Be a charmer, and support a farmer.
Bring a friend, and the fun won’t end —
Have a good time, and share a rhyme!

SIGH, yup, that was some pretty baaaaad poetry…..but here is a poem that is simply lovely. Shared by Beeg Entwistle back in June.

Starting With Little Things

Love the earth like a mole,
fur-near. Nearsighted,
hold close the clods,
their fine-print headlines.
Pat them with soft hands –

Like spades, but pink and loving; they
break rock, nudge giants aside,
affable plow.
Fields are to touch;
each day nuzzle your way.

Tomorrow the world. 

~ William Stafford ~

CCFMA T-shirts now available!

Here is a pic of our newly minted CCFMA T-shirts! Stop by the Market Info tent to check them out, and order one for yourself. The shirts are 100% organic cotton, made in the USA, and sell for $20. Printing is done by a local company, “Just Be”, that some of you might remember seeing at the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market.

Wear your shirt proudly to show your support for the best Farmers’ Market in Canterbury!


Oh, Oh, ZU-MATO!!

There were zucchinis, there were tomatoes, there were 165 happy shoppers, music-listeners, browsers, munchers, chatters, dog-walkers, and new friends! Here are a few pics of the great entries we got in the Best Dressed Zucchini contest…for the rest of the fun photos, hop on over to the Facebook page. Just remember that if you like us on Facebook, you’ll LOVE us in person!

PS Join us next week, August 27, for “Hey, Hey, It’s Poetry Day!”

The ZU-MATO Festival!

Wed., August 20 — Special Event “The ZU-MATO (zucchini & tomato) FESTIVAL”

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. Come celebrate the season at the ZU-MATO FESTIVAL!

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. Extra points awarded if you and your zuke are dressed as a team!

Do you have a favorite zucchini bread, cake, or fritter recipe? Send it to us at 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.

Music will be by Paul Hubert. Hippo magazine has called him “a cross between Muddy Waters, French-café-obsession-era Iggy, and Randy Newman.” This guy is a whole buncha fun to listen to – stop on by!



Mother nature just keeps having other plans for us! 

A little drizzle won’t make the Market fizzle…but 2-3 inches of rain, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings? Yup, we ALL better stay inside!! 

Please join us next week on August 20th for the ZU-MATO (zucchini and tomato) Festival! Come sample the fruits of the season! Dress your zucchini – prizes for the best costume! Do you have a GIANT zuke in your garden? Bring it – weigh it – win it? Let’s see how big a zuke can be! There will be great music by Paul Hubert to set the mood. Lots of good stuff to eat, drink, and bring home for later. 

Since we were rained (thundered, lightninged, winded, and flooded) out this week, feel free to bring an extra friend or two next week, when we KNOW (hope, pray, fingers crossed) that the weather will be glorious! Stay dry if you can, and see you next week. THANKS as always for your support!

Great Picnic Kick-Off!

THANKS to all who came to “Picnic at the Market” today. 217 fine folks showed up for a new record! It was a beautiful day with a lot of great food and a satisfying mix of home-grown music. A perfect way to kick off NH Eats Local Month!