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We celebrate the start of October with bountiful late summer and early fall produce! Tomatoes and corn, as well as squash, pumpkins, apples, and more! Merry at Crow Hill Farm brings a lovely selection of hand made arts and craft kits to delight market-goers of all ages, and our knitters Nora Phykitt and Heritage Artisans bring cozy hats and comfy sweaters to keep the chill away. If you’re a knitter, stop by the Heritage Artisans booth for a free, private clinic!

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

Local Farmers

•Shaker Hill Orchard – apples, apples and more apples!!
•Sweet Brook Farm – local maple syrup, maple candies, maple roasted nuts, alpaca socks and yarns
•Bear Meadow Farm – dry and semi-dry hard cider, cider vinegar, bars of beeswax, assorted honeys and honey candies
•Blair Farm – pumpkins, winter squash, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, watermelon, dahlias, eggplant, green and yellow beans, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, potatoes, eggs
•Busy Bee Business – Paul Dugal’s famous local honey in a variety of sizes
•Dancing Bare Soap – organic, vegan, fair trade soap infused with local and seasonal herbs and florals. NOTE: this Saturday is Dancing Bare’s last market this season!
•Diggers Bend Farm – winter squash including butternut, blue hubbard and delicata, pie pumpkins, dill, cilantro, carrots, kale, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, jalapenos, shell beans, eggplant, eggs, pork, goat’s milk soap
•East Mountain Farm – locally pastured ground beef, poultry, sweet and hot sausage, bratwurst, chorizo, andouille, pork chops, pork tenderloins
•Peace Valley Farm – a variety of slicing and cherry tomatoes (including Foxy Ladies), carrots, flowers, Asian Mix greens, rainbow chard, peppers, onions, scallions, herbs, fingerling potatoes…and lettuce is back!

Local Prepared Food Vendors

•Chris’s Kitchen and Serendipity Quilt Designs – a wide assortment of jams and jellies, conserves, chutneys, pickled jalapenos, baked goods – including whoopie pies, bars, and scones using old-fashioned recipes – batik quilts, runners, flannel receiving blankets
•Robin’s – Gourmet “farm-to-sandwich” grilled cheese sandwiches (featuring R&G cheeses and East Mountain Farm ham) and baked goods – including scones, gluten free brownies, chocolate-banana bread, etc. by Robin Lenz, who for 30 years has worked with farmers and cheese makers in the Williamstown area to create tasty, locally sourced food
•Hobson’s Choice Restaurant – Dan and Lisa make delicious grilled-to-order 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

•Peterman’s Bowls & Boards – a gorgeous variety of expertly crafted and locally sourced wooden bowls, trays, napkin rings, salad tossers, bottle stoppers, cutting boards
•Webster Stone Works – Goshen Stone wine racks and candle holders hand crafted by Alan Webster Jr.
•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 – Merry brings 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 for kids and adults

Live music includes…back by popular demand multi-talented Max Sopher on violin, guitar, and vocals and The Three Sisters on strings.

Note to all Market Members: If you have supported the market as a member in 2015 or 2016, you’re cordially invited to attend our Annual Meeting/Potluck Supper on Sunday, Oct. 23rd at 6:00pm at Sheep Hill (Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation), 671 Cold Spring Rd., Williamstown.  Please bring a dish to share with 8-10 people. BYOB (beer and wine permitted.)  Please RSVP by email to [email protected] by Friday, Oct. 21.  Looking forward to a delicious dinner and a good discussion about this season and next.  And there’s still time before this event (or even at the event itself!) to become a new member and join the festivities — see “Members” page.