IMG_4403 copyEver wondered how maple syrup varieties compare in a side-by-side taste test? or how 21st century technology can be combined with age-old traditions to produce outstanding maple syrup? Sweet Brook Farm brings a wealth of knowledge plus free samples! Also, we warmly welcome CIAO! – Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra – making its market debut. See you at Saturday’s market, where summer is still going strong. Here’s what you’ll find:

Local Farmers
•Windswept Farm – corn, orange cherry tomatoes and larger big boys, better boys and jet stars, potatoes, green beans, garlic, cucumbers, squash, peaches, hot and sweet peppers, sunflowers, gladiolas
•Blair Farm – eggs, fennel, onions, assorted beans, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, maple syrup, kohlrabi, potatoes, corn, red dalhias
•Diggers Bend Farm – fall arugula is in! plus pickling and slicing cucumbers, potatoes, cauliflower, tomatoes, summer squash and zucchini, kale, chard, shell beans, basil, oyster and shitake mushrooms, pork, eggs, goat’s milk soaps infused with lemongrass, more

IMG_3677 copyPeak harvest season is here! Our farmers will bring first-of-the-season heirloom tomatoes and slender haricot verts. Plus bushels of orchard fruit, including peaches, plums, pears, and crisp apples. Also shitake mushrooms and sweet dried pear chips. Nick Lenski, whose Berkshire Stringed Instruments School of Lutherie recently opened to great acclaim, will explain the process of crafting guitars and ukuleles and will bring fine instruments made from locally sourced woods. Looking forward to a great market on Saturday! Here’s a list of this week’s vendors and their offerings:

Local Farmers
•Sweet Brook Farm – local maple syrup, maple candies, maple roasted nuts, alpaca socks and yarns, granola
•Windswept Farm – corn, orange cherry tomatoes and larger big boys, better boys and jet stars, potatoes, green beans, garlic, cucumbers, squash, peaches, more

At The Market, Saturday, August 15th

We’ve arrived at the point in the season when an entire meal can be created by a stroll through the market, perhaps a caprese-style sandwich with tomatoes, basil, fresh bread, and soft cheese. Yum! This week, we’ll have all the usual local veggies and fruits, as well as some unusual offerings — lion’s mane mushrooms, anyone?  Our resident Greek chef, Cindy Nikitas, is joined this week by her mom, Theresa, who has been helping to prepare Cindy’s full menu – especially moussaka and spanakopita – and who will bringing her own specialty koulourakia, or Greek butter cookies. See you on Saturday!

Local Farmers
•Peace Valley Farm – abundant sweet cherry tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, red onions, green peppers, German thyme, Swiss chard, bok choy, scallions, basil, parsley, chives, squash, lettuce, flower bouquets
•Sweet Brook Farm – maple syrup, more

AT THE MARKET - SATURDAY AUGUST 8TH

Happy August everyone! If you love sweets, BabyCakes is the vendor to visit. From assorted flatbreads and yeast breads, to ciabatta, challah, scones, whoopie pies, cakes, raspberry galettes, and old-fashioned crumb cake, they’re sure to delight.  And perhaps a taste of nature’s candy? Shaker Hill Orchard brings a trio of plums (starking, blue, and shiro), blueberries, and McIntosh apples. It’s hard to beat the flavor of local maple syrup, maple roasted nuts (Sweet Brook Farm), and honey (Bear Meadow Farm). Hope to see you on Saturday!

Local Farmers
•Peace Valley Farm – cherry tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, cauliflower, red onions, green peppers, German thyme, Swiss chard, bok choy, scallions, basil, parsley, chives, squash, lettuce, flower bouquets
•Windswept Farm – early corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green and wax beans, garlic, more

AT THE MARKET - SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST

Hope everyone has had a lovely summer thus far. This Saturday, we welcome Shaker Hill Orchard as they bring fresh and tasty Starking red plums, blueberries, and raspberries. If you’re looking for flowers, you’re in luck! Peace Valley Farm has stunning bouquets featuring zinnias, snap dragons, red celosia, and blue ageratum, just to name a few. Windswept Farm displays the epitome of summer: sunflowers! And Blair Farm has festive red dahlias. As always, you can find a great assortment of fresh local vegetables including cherry tomatoes, lettuces, beans, corn, cucumbers, squash, peppers and much, much more! Can’t wait to see all of you at the market!

Local Farmers
•East Mountain Farm – local pastured burgers, more

AT THE MARKET - SATURDAY JULY 25TH

The forecast for Saturday is glorious, perfect for a trip to the farmers market! If you’re in the mood for some fresh fruit, you can find peaches and blueberries at Windswept Farm. Want even more fruit? Baby Cakes will be bringing fruit galettes, also called “mini peachy pies.” Peace Valley Farm’s mid-summer harvest is in full swing, with green beans, cherry tomatoes, and much more. Cindy will add hummus to her extensive Greek menu. With our new picnic tables and umbrellas, the market is a perfect venue for a lunch picnic of Hobson’s grilled-to-order burgers, portabella mushrooms, chicken teriyaki and chunky lobster salad. See all of you there!

Local Farmers
•Bear Meadow Farm – hard cider (dry and semi-dry), cider vinegar, honey
•East Mountain Farm – local pastured burgers, more

AT THE MARKET - SATURDAY JULY 18TH

Blue skies, green mountains, masterful theater—where better to be during the summer than Williamstown? This week’s market brings even more great produce and abundant flowers. We extend a warm welcome to Windswept Farm as they bring corn, squash, cucumbers and more this Saturday. Are you a fan of Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek? This week she’ll have all of her classic dishes, in addition to her first gazpacho of the season. If you missed Dancing Bare Soap last time, they’re returning with their luxurious organic/vegan/fair trade soaps infused with local botanicals. This market is going to be a great one folks. See you there!

Local Farmers
•Diggers Bend Farm – oyster mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, lettuce, braising mix, mesclun mix, kale, chard, summer squash, snap peas, green beans, basil, squash blossoms, eggs, goat’s milk soap, bacon, kielbasa, and hotdogs
•East Mountain Farm – local pastured burgers, more

MARKET MEMBERSHIP MONTH

July 2015 is our first Market Membership Month ever! We are seeking broad community support to sustain our vibrant market and cover our ongoing expenses for live music, website, promotion, and insurance. A $20 membership comes with a free tote bag and an invitation to our annual meeting and potluck supper. Contributing and Supporting Members are recognized on our website, Facebook page, and Market Info Booth. Sustaining Members are also entitled to a Free Local Sponsorship Booth!

Please stop by the Market Info Booth for details or check out our website’s MEMBERSHIP page. If we reach our modest $6,000 goal by the end of July, we won’t undertake another fund drive for two years – until July 2017. If we wildly exceed our goal – and raise $12,000 by July 31st – we won’t repeat a fund drive for three years – until July 2018. Please consider stepping up to join the market community!

AT THE MARKET - SATURDAY JULY 11TH

Hope everyone had a great Fourth! This week we’ll have more fresh produce including raspberries, squash, oyster mushrooms, and various lettuces and greens. Have you checked out the heritage breed eggs at Diggers Bend yet? They’re selling like hot cakes! Four Fat Fowl returns this week with their triple cream cheese – very tasty with BabyCakes fresh baked breads. The weather is looking to be warm and sunny – perfect for another great Saturday market!

Local Farmers
•Blair Farm – spinach, lettuce, kale, radishes, bedding flowers, veggie seedlings, eggs, maple syrup
•Diggers Bend Farm – oyster mushrooms, lettuce, braising mix, mesclun mix, kale, chard, summer squash, snap peas, green beans, basil, squash blossoms, eggs, goat’s milk soap
•East Mountain Farm – local pastured burgers, T-bone steaks, sweet and hot links, bratwurst, chorizo, more

SUMMER MARKET REWARDS!

During July and August, we’re offering Summer Market Rewards! For every 10 LIKES on our Facebook Page, we’ll randomly select one person to receive a $5 gift certificate that can be used with any vendor at the market. Also, please subscribe to our weekly email newsletter! If you subscribe via the information booth at the market, you can draw from a coupon jar (coupons will be worth up to $2). Alternatively, you can subscribe via our website and stop by the information booth to grab a coupon. See all of you at the market!

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