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.

MARKET NEWS for Wed., Aug., 24 “Pleased to Meat You!”

This Wednesday we celebrate our hard-working vendors who raise beef cattle, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and yes, even bison! Come find out more about what it takes to actually put the meat in a meat-and-potatoes dinner.

Other news around the Market…

  • The Bread Peddler WILL be at the Market this week!
  • Canterbury Aleworks WILL be back, and WILL be able to offer samples so you can try before you buy. Bring your empty growlers and Steve should be able to swap them for full ones.
  • Capt. Bob’s Lobster WILL be at the Market this week, so bring your coolers! Summer may be drawing to a close, but fresh lobster sure makes it feel like you are back in the middle of July. Nuthin’ wrong with that!
  • Grateful Garlic is at the Market, and will be for the rest of the season. Check in to see if Sue has any tasty garlic dip to sample!
  • Huckins Dairy Farm is our dairy vendor this week. Try spreading fresh herb cheese spread on an ear of hot steamed corn. You will SWOON!
  • Indian Meadows WILL be at the Market selling their tasty freshly grilled empanadas.
  • Fen Ridge Farm will have tasty blueberry tarts.
  • Meadow’s Pond Soaps has a new batch of shampoo featuring Argan oil!
  • White Oaks Dairy Farm has tubs of fresh pulled pork, ready for you to take home and heat up for dinner. Try a sample! You will love it on a toasted roll (or bialy) with coleslaw. Cabbages are in, so you can make fresh market slaw in a jiffy!
  • Nights are getting a little cooler again. Don’t forget your freshly cranked socks from Margaret Hoyle!
  • Speaking of colder weather, North Family Farm also sells really nice cord wood. Stop by and see the picture of their amazing wood pile!
  • Thistle’s All Natural Salsa is making fresh batches of salsa in prime zucchini and garlic season. Stock up on salsa at it’s absolute best!
  • MUSIC this week is by TAPAS. They always set a good mood at the Market!
  • Laura Gilman will be offering free 10 minute chair massages. Relax and listen to the music while you get the kinks worked out of your shoulders!

Our Out-of-Town Friends

You may have noticed a signboard in the middle of the Market that you practically have to step over to get to the vendors. It says “Welcome Out-Of-Town-Friends! Let us know where you’re from!”

In browsing through the book the other day, I was quite frankly astonished to see from where some of our Market visitors had come! Take a gander…
  • We have had visitors from all around NH: Bristol; Sanbornton; Belmont; Loudon; Wakefield; Penacook; Bow; Concord; Northfield; Nashua; Center Ossipee; Manchester; Webster; Hopkinton; Chichester; Plymouth; and Portsmouth to name a few. We know there are many more who got distracted by all the veggies and forgot to sign on their way out!
  • We have had visitors from around New England: Melrose and Natick, MA; Berkley Heights, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; Coventry, CT; Burlington, VT.
  • Folks have dropped in from further across the country: Bear Creek, AL; Coos Bay, OR; Woodbridge, VA; Pueblo, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Cleveland, OH; Lincoln, NE; Laramie, WY; Antonio, TX; Shawville and Savor, PA; Chicago, IL; Whittier and Laguna Hills CA; Fairbanks, AK.
  • We have even had visitors from as far away as Sierra Leone, Africa; Vienna, Austria; and Tessie and Mikey stopped in from Israel!
  • Last but not least, our very special friends Lisa and Brian Tillotson and Johanne Van Rossum came all the way from Ireland (aka Loudon, NH) (funny how some people get them confused!)   :~)

It is quite amazing the people who find you if you stay in one place long enough. In our case, for 10 years!

We also had a VERY interesting visitor this week.

Her name is Natalina and she is traveling to all 50 states to explore the question “Why I Farm.” She stopped at the Market long enough to talk with some of our vendors, and get her picture taken with our mascot, Rooty. In her own words, here is what Natalina is up to…

“I had a wonderful time at your farmers market – it was such a fun, positive atmosphere! Congratulations on all the exciting things happening for New Hampshire agritourism! … The Why I Farm Roadtrip is a year long, 50 state road trip to honor farmers. I’m meeting farmers of all kinds, taking their photos, and sharing their stories on social media as well as some full length blog posts.”

The link to Natalina’s posts can be found below. The stories she has gathered so far on her “Why I Farm” road trip are amazing. Many are familiar. Many are uplifting! And all of them showcase the incredible dedication that farmers need to get the job done.

Best of luck to Natalina and the rest of her journey!   The Why I Farm Roadtrip

A Perfect 10!

The Governor doesn’t just drop by every week, and we won’t have another Anniversary like this for a while either, but to have them together on the very same day? The judges give this Market a perfect score!

Representatives from NH Farm Bureau Federation joined Governor Maggie Hassan along with NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food at the August 10th Market. The Governor proclaimed this week “Farmers Market Week” in NH and did a ceremonial signing of the ‘Agritourism Bill’ ! Gov. Hassan spoke glowingly of the importance of our farmers not only as producers of great local food, but as stewards of the land.

Our local State Reps, Howard Moffet and George Saunderson attended, as did Selectman Art Hudson. 171 friends and supporters of the Market were there as well!

After chatting with vendors, and shaking hands, and proclaiming, and signing, and touring of the Market, we all adjourned to the picnic tables to celebrate the Market’s 10th Anniversary with slices of fresh baked carrot cake! Many people were concerned for our mascot…but Rooty assures us that the kind of carrots used in cake are not the mascot variety.

Around other corners of the Market, kids and adults alike had a great time playing “Name That Fruit or Veggie.” Sarah came up with a terrific selection of both local and exotic produce for enterprising Market-goers to guess. The dragon fruit won the prize for being the coolest looking fruit!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

This week on Wednesday, August 10, Governor Maggie Hassan will be at the Market to read and sign a proclamation about National Farmers Market Week. She will also tour the Market, and hopefully agree to have her picture taken with our Mascot, Rooty the Carrot! Join us in welcoming the Governor to our community and to our Market.

The Canterbury Community Farmers Market is a Perfect 10!

This is quite a special Market in many ways — August 10th is the 10th Market of our 10th year. We invite you to help celebrate our Anniversary by sharing a slice of freshly baked carrot cake** while it lasts!

        **Local carrots and eggs used, of course

August Events

Wednesday, Aug. 3, The SUPER Market!

Joining our fantastic weekly vendors are a great selection of guest vendors here for one Market only! Music by Mark Hopkins and Friends.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 10th Anniversary Party!

Hip hip HOORAY! Governor Maggie Hassan will be joining us at 4:40pm to help celebrate 10 years of the Market, read and sign a proclamation about National Farmers Market Week, and enjoy some fresh local carrot cake! Please join us as we welcome the Governor to the Market. Kids can build a “veggie surprise,” too. Music by Just Because.

Wed., Aug. 17, Tasty Rainbow Day

Come explore all the colorful fruits and veggies at the Market! Music by Canterbury’s own Tim Gurshin.

Wed., Aug. 24, Pleased to Meat You!

Come learn more about our local hard working farmers who raise beef cattle, chickens, pigs, goats, and even bison! Music by TAPAS.

Wed., Aug. 31, the Zu-Mato Festival

Enter the Biggest Zucchini and the Best Dressed Zucchini Contests. Taste a variety of local tomatoes! Music by Paul Hubert.