Meet ROOTY!

YAY! Last week we finally got to meet the real life “Rooty”, our Market Mascot. If you missed out, come say a big orange “Hello!” to Rooty this Wednesday the 15th. You can also say “Cheese!” because it’s Dairy Day. Get your picture taken with a (not quite real) cow, and our VERY real carrot friend, Rooty!

Special thanks to Emily Preston for her help in bringing Rooty to life. How many of you know the person inside the carrot? :~)

 

Happy Hats for Opening Day

We had a LOVELY Opening Day this week!

June 8 was breezy, cool, scattered showers (didn’t last long so we don’t care), and 182 friends and supporters came to visit and shop and show off their happy hats! 35 kids played market BINGO. Kyle Masterson tried out the new music stand (strong and handsome)(both Kyle and the stand). We welcomed several new vendors to the market, and we were happy to see the business was brisk all the way around. THANKS so much to everyone who came and made Day 1 of Year 10 a big success!

See you next Wednesday, June 15, for Say “Cheese!” It’s Dairy Day.
Music by Don Bartenstein. Kids, don’t forget to play BINGO!

Great Summer Schedule for 2016

In addition to everything listed here, there is the summer-long Market BINGO game for kids, fun and educational activities, a variety of food demonstrations, a weekly library book sale, and occasional special guests (like Judy Nelson doing chair massages on Opening Day). With the Market situated adjacent to the center of Canterbury, there are plenty of places for kids to play on the grass away from traffic, and we have two picnic tables to encourage friends to sit a spell, catch up, and nibble on their purchases!

Most importantly, remember that all the fun is second to the weekly harvest
of >fresh< and >local< food brought to you by our hard-working vendors!

If the banner is up at Da Dump…

…that means the Farmers Market is almost here! Get ready to wear your “Happy Hats” to opening day, Wednesday, June 8, and help us begin the celebration of the Market’s 10th Anniversary! The most festive hat will win a prize.

You’ll find us in our traditional spot next to the Elkins Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, NH, rain or shine (except for major thunderstorms).

In addition to our 20+ fantastic vendors, look for these other Opening Day Specials:
– Music by Kyle Masterson
– Chair massages by Judy Nelson
– Book Sale by the Elkins Library
– Adult Clothing Exchange at the Town Hall

Click on the vendor tab for a full list of our 2016 vendors. While you’re here, you can also subscribe to the weekly Market News, delivered fresh to your Email inbox with all the latest info about vendors, events, and specials. We never share our list! We simply send you a gentle reminder that the market is coming up so that you have plenty of time to call a friend or two and bring them with you! :~)

If you have kids who are 12 and under, be sure to stop by the Market Info tent and ask for a Market BINGO card. You don’t have to show up at a certain time to play — you get to play whenever you arrive. Come find out how your child can learn more about our great vendors, and at the same time have a chance to win a $5 market token!

Remember, we accept SNAP/EBT/credit/debit cards. There are matching funds available for SNAP recipients. Ask at the Market Info tent!

Critters at the Library?

Program Hosted by the Canterbury Community Farmers Market

“Critters on the Farm – Their Products and Prosperity”

Tuesday, May 24th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

at the Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, NH

~ Free and open to the public. ~

All farmers work hard, but raising animals provides special challenges and opportunities such as predators, baby animals and much more.  Hear about the trials and benefits of caring for livestock from James and Misty Batchelder of Our Place Farm (Loudon). They will discuss the benefits of knowing where our food comes from. In addition, Misty will provide rug braiding and spinning demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to use some fiber from their sheep. There will be time throughout the program for questions and answers, and light and “local” refreshments will be served.

Many of you will recognize Misty and her faithful sidekick, Corin, as long-time vendors at the Canterbury Farmers Market!


Thanks to NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets and Food for awarding CCFMA a grant to support this program. It is part of the Market’s 10th Anniversary Community Education Project.

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.