August seems to have barely arrived and we’re already looking to September. Our wholesale orders for kale, chard, lettuce, peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, corn and more continue steadily. The unseasonably dry weather has meant that we’re lugging irrigation pipe all over the farm when we’re not harvesting. We want to send a special thanks out to all our farmers’ market customers who join us every week in Barre and Plainfield, we’ve been having a great time at the markets and it’s so nice to share the joy of tasty, beautiful produce with you all. Thanks!
The first-of-the-season Barre Farmers’ Market on Wednesday went great. Pre-market bustle on the farm in the morning meant that there was going to be at least one thing I forgot and it was my camera… so I don’t have any photos of the vendors with their maple syrup, cookies, tamales, veggies, flowers, pottery and so on under a big yellow sun or all the visitors with their shopping bags and children, perusing the wares or sitting on the park benches listening to the rockin’ band. The thunderstorms/hailstorms and other unfortunate weather events miraculously hit everyone else in the area but mostly missed the market. Thanks to everyone who came by!
The Barre Farmers’ Market begins tomorrow! The market goes from 3-6:30pm, rain or shine… so bring an umbrella to ward off these showers! It’s downtown in City Hall Park, right in front of the Opera House. Come out to meet all the vendors and scope out our products!
Littlewood Farm will bring yummy spring greens: lettuce and baby spinach, braising greens and bunched mustards, bunched arugula and cilantro; as well as asparagus and rhubarb, organic dry black beans, and a selection of our organic plant seedlings. The black beans are a really exciting product for me; if you’ve never had “fresh” dried beans, then you’re in for a treat. They cook up much faster than store-bought dried beans but it’s the taste that really highlights the difference. They are incredibly creamy and rich! This year we’re going to be growing a couple different varieties of dry beans and a variety of garbanzos. I’ll update you on their progress as the season goes on. For now, we have some gorgeous black beans that Joey grew last year on the farm and we’ll be bringing them to market in 2-cup containers.
The great folks at the Barre Farmers’ Market have listed their 2012 vendors. Check out the fabulous diversity of producers and our wares:
Amanda Peyerl~Pottery and Honey Products
Barre Congregational Church~Crafts
Creative Indulgence Hand painted crafts and baked goods
Creamery Meadow Farm~Produce
Ella Hilton VanOsdall~ Jewelry
Flora/Fauna Shee Grazers~ Wool Products
Graze and Gaze Farm~Meats
Garden of Seven Gables~ soaps and herbal oils
Highland Garden~ Plants and Annuals
Hot Tamale~Tamales, Tacos and Burritos
Kristin Ferry~ Breads and Rolls
Lepage Farm~ Produce
Lightfoot Farm~ Dried flowers crafts
Littlewood Farm~ Produce
Mint Magic~Mint cookies and brownies
Single Gate Farm~ Produce, flowers, crafts
Taproot Consulting~Herbal teas and tinctures
Woodchuck Hollow Farm~ Produce