Ready…Set…Start Your Seeds!

Our first community education program of the year “started” us off right!

On March 29th, Jim Ramaneck, co-owner of Warner River Produce and long term vendor at the Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market, gave a great talk about how to start seeds. Jim’s 30+ years of gardening experience, including 11 years as a commercial grower gave both novice gardeners and pros a lot to think about. There was much scribbling in notebooks going on, that’s for sure!

We were all astonished to hear that Jim has 48 sets of grow lights in the basement, and over the course of the season sets out thousands of transplants. While some of us (like me) consider the season a success if we manage to get a handful of bush beans to come up, Jim and Anne are sprouting and growing more than 40 different kinds of veggies and herbs, including mushrooms and ginger! So you can bet he had lots of tales to tell, and good gardening tips to share.

If you couldn’t make it to this program, but would like to benefit from Jim’s experience, click this SEED STARTING SLIDESHOW link. Jim has kindly shared with all of us the abbreviated, hand-out version of his talk. There are a lot of “how to” instructions and resource lists. Even if you are a little late for starting anything this season (hey wait a minute…too late? Wasn’t it just snowing a few days ago?) you will certainly be more knowledgeable about and appreciative of any seedlings that you buy, or that one of your green thumb neighbors is kind enough to gift to you!

PS We are especially grateful to Jim for coming out to Canterbury to speak with us all that night, considering he had just had a total knee replacement the week before! Goes to show, ya just can’t keep a good farmer down. Thanks, Jim!

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Mark your calendar for our next program, presented by long-term vendors Misty and James Batchelder from Our Place Farm in Loudon.

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“Critters on the Farm – their products and prosperity”

  • All programs are free and open to the public, and include time for Q&A as well light “local” refreshments.
  • Programs are held at the Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, NH. 
  • Many thanks to NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food for awarding the Canterbury Community Farmers Market a grant to support these programs, which are part of the Market’s 10th Anniversary Community Education Project.

 

NEW Program at the Elkins

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Honey Bees and Pollinators –

What they do for us

and how we can help them

Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for the production of about 1/3 of the fruits and vegetables that we eat. Some estimates state that 50-80% of our food supply is dependent on bees. Join a panel of local farmers to learn about these important insects. Tim Meeh will discuss the art and science of bee keeping and honey production. Harry Weiser will explain the vital job that pollinators perform in the orchard. Donna Miller will share ideas for home gardeners about how you can attract pollinators to your own yards and gardens. There will be time for questions and special refreshments from the bounty of hard working local bees!

  • Tim Meeh is co-owner with his wife Jill McCullough of North Family Farm. They produce (with help from the bees) honey, maple products, cut flowers, hay and fire wood.
  • Harry Weiser operates Hackleboro Orchards and grows a wide variety of orchard fruit, berries and vegetables.
  •  Donna Miller owns Petals in the Pines a place of learning and growing. She also sells cut flowers, hand-made garden art, and nature-themed silk scarves.

This program is free and open to the public. For those who are traveling to town, the Elkins Library is located at 9 Center Road, in the historic center of Canterbury.

Many thanks to NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food for awarding the Canterbury Community Farmers Market a grant to support these programs, which are part of the Market’s 10th Anniversary Community Education Project.

Upcoming Programs at the Elkins Library

Tuesday, March 29th, 7-8:30pm
Getting Started — seeds and seedlings for your garden
Presenter: Jim Ramaneck, Warner River Produce

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Honey Bees & Pollinators – what they do, and how we can help
Presenters: Tim Meeh of North Family Farm, Harry Weiser of Hackleboro Orchards, Donna Miller of Petals in the Pines

Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Critters on the Farm – their products and prosperity
Presenters: James and Misty Batchelder of Our Place Farm

All programs are free and open to the public, and include time for Q&A as well light “local” refreshments. For those who are traveling to town, the Elkins Library is located at 9 Center Road, in the historic center of Canterbury.

Many thanks to NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food for awarding the Canterbury Community Farmers Market a grant to support these programs, which are part of the Market’s 10th Anniversary Community Education Project.

The Year In Review

It is always helpful when planning ahead, to pause for a moment and check out what was done in the past. With that in mind, please take a moment to enjoy browsing through our 2015 Annual Report! It is short (really), it’s a great read, it’s full of fun pictures, and it gives you a great sense of everything that went on during our last year.

As we head into this new season, it is important to know that the Market is firmly committed to fulfilling our mission to the community, to the vendors, to the shoppers, and to the farmland, orchards, crops, and animals that make our market possible.

We hope you enjoy a quick look back at 2015, and we hope that you will join us for an excellent 2016 season. This is our 10th year!

CLICK HERE for the 2015 Annual Report.

 

CCFMA Hosts a Series of Programs at the Elkins Library

It’s never too early to start thinking about SPRING!

You don’t have to wait until June to enjoy some of the benefits of the Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market. Join our market vendors as they present information sessions and workshops at Elkins Library. Customers will have a chance to learn more about how the farmers grow, raise and process their products.

These programs are free and open to the public. Thanks to Elkins Library and the presenters for making these events possible!

GETTING STARTED: Seeds and Seedlings for the Garden
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
     

  • Gardening season is nearly upon us! Explore the best principles and practices of seed propagation. Learn how to select the appropriate seeds for your garden. Understand the differences between heirloom, hybrid, and GMO seeds.  Hear how to choose varieties, calculate start dates, what to direct seed in the ground and what to start indoors, how to select the right seed starting media, what containers to use, light and heat requirements, transplanting to larger pots, hardening plants off, transplant into garden and troubleshooting germination. And of course, there will be time for questions.
  • Jim Ramanek is co-owner of Warner River Produce and long term vendor at the Canterbury Community Farmer’s Market. He has 30+ years of gardening experience, including 11 years as a commercial grower. Jim is a UNHCE Master Gardener and teaches the organic gardening component of the master gardener program.

 

HONEY BEES: What they do for us and how we can help them
Tuesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Join a panel of bee keepers, farmers and gardeners to learn about these important insects.

CRITTERS ON THE FARM: Their products and prosperity
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

  • Hear about the challenges and benefits of caring for livestock and experience some hands-on opportunities to use fiber from local sheep.
For those who are traveling to these events, the
Elkins Library is located at 9 Center Road, in the
historic center of Canterbury. 

Dec. 12th Market Was Grand!

THANKS to everyone who shared the market with us on Saturday, Dec. 12. Over 100 friends and supporters came and found us at the CES gym and made the atmosphere quite festive! The Market Board (some of whom are pictured here) would like to wish you all happy holiday gatherings and safe travels to visit family and friends. As always, don’t forget about the butternut squash you have stored under the bed in the spare room!

PS: We’ll see you again at the 2016 outdoor market, already planned for Wednesday, June 8th, from 4-6:30pm in the center of Canterbury. We’ll be in our traditional spot snuggled between the Elkins Library and the historic Town Hall. Get ready for a special market season, because we will be celebrating our TENTH YEAR!!!

Market Vendors for Dec. 12

Hello to all our wonderful market supporters! Here is a list of the vendors who should be at the indoor market this Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10am to 1pm in the C.E.S. gym. While you shop and visit and stroll and nosh, you can enjoy the live music of Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin!

  • Brookford Farm (organic vegetables, cheese, dairy products, eggs,
    Canterbury Bread Shop bread)
  • Fen Ridge Farm (layered baking mixes, wine jelly)
  • Grateful Garlic (garlic garlic garlic and handmade wrought iron brooches
    and shawl pins)
  • Hackleboro Orchards (apples, cider, cider donuts)
  • Margaret Hoyle’s Hand Cranked Socks (men’s, women’, matched,
    unmatched, all colors!)
  • Meadow’s Pond Soaps (variety of scented and healing soaps and shampoos)
  • The Bread Peddler (artisan breads, gluten-free bread, fresh bialys)
  • Bee Fields Farm (herbal teas, herbs, vinegars and all things herbal)
  • North Family Farm (syrup, maple products, woven pot holders)
  • Our Place Farm (pasture raised meat, broth, lard, eggs, braided rugs)
  • Red Fox Farm (jam, jelly, preserves, chutney, herbal tinctures)
  • Warner River Produce (cold weather greens, root vegetables,
    winter squash, more!)
  • Toast and Jam (pies, cake, cookies, fruit preserves)
  • Thistles All Natural (zucchini salsa)
  • Jen Hopkins (freshly decorated wreaths of evergreen)
  • Red Manse Farm (organic produce)
  • Kathie Fife (photography, cards, framed prints, calendars)
  • Linda Ray (rabbit furs, hats, and all things rabbit)
  • Comte Family Farms (a cornucopia of dried beans)
  • Nancy’s Chocolates (large variety of shapes and fillings)
  • Rock Salt Creamery (vegan ice cream freshly dipped in dark chocolate)
  • Christie Burbank (fun mittens from recycled sweaters)
  • Old Ways Traditions (hand crafted wooden toys, shaker pegs,
    turned wooden bowls)
  • Free the Spoons (hand carved wooden spoons from branches and heartwood)
  • Face Painting by Natalie (unique designs!)

See you soon!

The next indoor market is Saturday,
December 12th, 10a.m.-1p.m.
We are easy to find. Look for us
in the Canterbury Elementary School gym,
15 Baptist Road, Canterbury, NH,
USA, northern hemisphere, planet Earth,
third rock from the sun,
Milky Way Galaxy,
universe.