2014 Calendar of Events

Wed., June 4 – Opening Day “Wear Your Favorite Farm or Garden Hat”

  • While it might have been a cold, dark, and dreary day weather-wise, it was a festive day at the market, especially for all the folks who wore their favorite garden hat! 141 friends came to shop, visit, and play at the market today. What a great way to start the 2014 summer season!

Wed., June 11  — Special Event “Picnic at the Market”

  • It’s amazing that the second market in June was still cold and rainy! What’s more amazing is that 161 friends came to the market anyway, filled their baskets, enjoyed the music, and went home happy. Thanks to you all!

Wed., June 18 — Kids’ Scavenger Hunt!

  • What a lively market it was this week! 178 friends and neighbors came to fill their baskets, chat with friends, and enjoy the music. 23 kids participated in the Scavenger Hunt, and they added great energy to the Market, scrambling around and trying to find Rooty the Carrot (shhhhhh….he was hiding in a cooler!)

Wed., June 25 — Bike and Wagon Parade

  • It rained, it poured, the old man snored, and still the market went on! The parade was cancelled, but there was fun to be had in the puddles. Janet gave out free scraps of soap and all the kids had baths! 56 stalwart market friends, and one Concord Monitor photographer, came to the Market. Check out the Facebook page for some great pictures!  

 Wed., July 2 — THANKS to our Members and Supporters Day!

  • My oh my! The sky was dangerous shade of gray. We stood in the center looking up at it, and muttering amongst ourselves. Should we? Shouldn’t we? Then CRACK! BOOM! KABOOM! The skies opened, the vendors scattered, and the market closed. We got out of there just in the nick! Sorry folks – Mother Nature had other plans today….

Wed., July 9 — Special Event “Dog Days at the Market”

  • What a great day! Beautiful weather, a lot of furry friends and TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE! A new market record! Thanks to all who came! Thanks to all who came with dogs! Thanks to all who came and brought FRIENDS! There’s a great photo album at the Facebook page. Go see who the two winning canines were. You won’t believe the costumes! Here’s a hint….between the winning pup and her costume, there were 12 legs!!

Wed., July 16 — Special Event “Name That Veggie”

  • It was a crazy, windy morning, but everything cleared up by market time. What a pretty afternoon – and 175 folks came to market to enjoy it! Lots of fun playing the “Name that Veggie” game. Hop on over to our FaceBook page and check out the photo album! Feel free to LIKE us while yo are there…

Wed., July 23 — Kids’ Scavenger Hunt!

  • The kids will enjoy scouring the market for all the items on one of our famous scavenger hunts. The hunt will take them to every corner of the market, and even under a table or two. Be sure to have the kids bring their 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.
  • Today’s Music by 2 Fiddles. Dudley Laufman is a renowned contra and barn dance caller, and musician. In 2009 he was made a National Heritage Fellow, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts, presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. Together with his partner, Jaqueline, “…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.”

Wed., July 30 — Special Event “Bluegrass And Blueberries”

  • Music today by “Just Because,” a group of talented Lakes Region musicians that share a love for acoustic Americana music. Each member brings to the stage their own unique style based on bluegrass, folk, country, blues and world music influences!
  •  Look for the bright blue SAMPLE HERE signs on the vendors to try blueberries in a variety of ways. There will be lots of free blueberry recipes to take home. If you have a recipe to share, send it to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com


Wed., August 6 — Special Event “Come Picnic at the Market”

  • August is “NH Eat Local Month,” a collaboration of the NH Dept. of Agriculture and dozens of businesses, individuals, and groups throughout the state. To kick off this very delicious month, we invite you to take your market purchases, pull up a chair, and have a picnic with us! Everything you need for a great meal is just a few steps from the table…you can hardly get more local than that! We’ll provide tables, chairs, and great music. The picnic part is up to you (and the vendors, of course).
  • Today’s Music by Mark Hopkins and Some Friends. After practicing for 40 years they ought to be fairly good (and they are!) All home-made music, not store bought
. Guitar, dobro, fiddle, banjo, and voice. Mark Hopkins, Pete Leavenworth, Matt Leavenworth, Jay and Linn Jean, and possibly others. Come find out!

Wed., August 13 — Special Event “Bountiful Baskets”

  • Bring your favorite basket, plain or decorated, to the market. After you have done your shopping and filled your basket with all sorts of local goodness, return to the Market Info table to get a picture taken of your delicious creation. A prize for the most bountiful and beautiful basket!
  • Today’s Music by TAPAS. You will love this great guitar and mandolin music. We are always happy when TAPAS comes to play the market – especially when they bring their fan club with them!

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 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.
  • Today’s Music is 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!

Wed., August 27 — Hey, Hey, It’s Poetry Day!

  • Share your favorite farm or garden poem! Send your old-time favorite, or a spanking new original poem to us at canterburyfarmersmarket@gmail.com. We will feature them on our website, share them through our FaceBook page, have copies available at the Market Info tent, and maybe even read a few at the market that day!
  • Today’s Music by The O’Brien Clan. The band is composed of siblings in the O’Brien family: Benjamin, Jonathan, Timothy, Michael, and Susannah.
 Benjamin is the guitarist and lead vocalist and has a background as a professional musician entertaining, teaching and leading at local restaurants, churches and schools. Their selection includes a range of Gaelic music: from irish jigs, waltzes & traditional folk songs, to more contemporary Celtic music by bands such as Gaelic Storm. You are going to LOVE the energetic music of the O’Brien Clan!!

Wed., September 3 — Special Event “Morris at the Market”

  • Today’s Music by 2 Fiddles, with the Canterbury Morris Dancers. Dudley and Jaqueline Laufman are joined by the Canterbury Morris Dancers who will delight you with their hanky waving, bell ringing, foot stomping, stick crashing style of English country dancing!

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!)
  • Today’s Music today by Tim Gurshin. For many years he has performed solo in New England, and also in Nashville at clubs such as The Bluebird Cafe and Gibson’s, along the way opening for musicians from Aztec Two-Step, Greg Brown to Rustic Overtones. In addition to his own songs, Tim’s live shows feature his own arrangements of classic acoustic music from Bob Dylan to Green Day.

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

  • This is the last outdoor market of the 2014 season!
  • 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!
  • Today’s Music by…???? We are still working to get a great musician for this day. Why not stop by and see who we find? They are sure to be worth the trip!


  • Saturday, November 15, 10am-1pm, location to be announced.
  • Saturday, December 13, 10am-1pm, location to be announced.