The variable weather this month has meant bountiful harvests for our farmers! Our market booths are overflowing with fresh produce and flowers. This week, Diggers Bend Farm brings mushrooms – shiitake and oyster – perfect accompaniments to East Mountain Farm’s delicious meat selections. Peace Valley’s cherry tomatoes and Windswept’s sunflowers and gladiolus are the essence of summer!

Here’s a full list of Saturday’s vendors:

Local Farmers
•Peace Valley Farm – cherry tomatoes, flowers, lettuces, rainbow chard, rhubarb, scallions, parsley, summer squash, broccoli, basil, and fingerling potatoes
•Sweet Brook Farm – local maple syrup, maple candies, maple roasted nuts, alpaca socks and yarns, granola
•Windswept Farm – Corn, blueberries, garlic, sunflowers, gladiolus, squash, cucumbers, cauliflower, peppers, beans, potatoes, apples
•Blair Farm – Blueberries, corn, squash, potatoes, bedding plants,cucumbers, summer squash, eggs
•Busy Bee Honey – delicious raw honey extracted by Paul Dugal from nearby hives in the Berkshires
•Diggers Bend Farm – shiitake and oyster mushrooms, summer squash, zucchini, basil, dill, cilantro, cucumbers, kale, chard, beets, radishes, arugula, braising mix, green beans, eggs, pork, and goat’s milk soap
•East Mountain Farm – locally pastured ground beef, poultry, sweet and hot sausage, bratwurst, chorizo, andouille, pork chops, pork tenderloins

Local Prepared Food Vendors

•Robin’s – Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and baked goods by Robin Lenz, who for 30 years has worked with farmers and cheese makers in the Williamstown area to create tasty, locally sourced food
•Chris’s Kitchen and Serendipity Quilt Designs –a wide assortment of jams and jellies, conserves, chutneys; baked goods – including whoopie pies, bars, and scones using old-fashioned recipes – batik quilts, runners, flannel receiving blankets
•Hobson’s Choice Restaurant – grilled-to-order local burgers (topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions), chicken teriyaki, portabella mushrooms, lobster rolls
•R&G Cheese – A delectable assortment of hard and soft artisan cheeses, both cow and goat’s milk, made nearby with locally sourced milk (free samples offered!)

Local Artisans

•Beach Woodworking – many Shaker-inspired tables, benches, boxes (including a special knitter’s box), cabinets, coat racks from locally sourced wooden boards (some from ancient barns)
•Berkshire Mountain Pottery – functional hand-thrown and hand-crafted stoneware made in Williamstown, including mugs, bowls, plates, platters
•Crow Hill Farm – an array of lovingly prepared arts and craft kits (such as owl treasure keeper, design your own sailboat, create your own notecards), greeting cards, miniatures (gnomes, elves, fairies), hand knit items from alpaca and cotton
•Heritage Artisans – traditional fiber crafts of weaving, spinning, knitting and basketry, private knitting clinics (bring along your handiwork!)
•Memphremagog Studios – silver earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, etched stemware glasses, silk scarves
•Nora Phykitt – knitted, crocheted and felted clothing and accessories
• Webster Stone Works – Goshen Stone wine racks and candle holders hand crafted by Alan Webster Jr.Peterman’s Bowls & Boards – locally sourced wooden bowls, trays, napkin rings, salad tossers, bottle stoppers, cutting boards
•Alison Kolesar – Williamstown’s accomplished multi-media artist’s whimsical painted rocks as well as paintings, collages, prints, colorful notecards

Local Non-Profit Booth
We are very fortunate to have Williams College artist-in-residence Emily Johnson and her performance project company “Catalyst” bring their STARGAZING PROJECT to the market again this week. The troupe supplies fabric squares upon which participants answer the questions: What do you want for your well-being? Your family and friends? Your neighborhood? Your community? The company brainstorms with communities across the country, collecting their intentions on the many quilt squares which will be sewn into a park-sized quilt for a night of stargazing and performance, taking place in Williamstown in the spring of 2017!

Live music this week will feature Michael Ding on the flute and Gef Fisher on classical guitar!

NOTE: Our farmers accept Massachusetts Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons for fresh produce and double their face value (up to a maximum of $500 in matching funds this season)! These coupons are available to WIC recipients and eligible elderly individuals.