At the Market on Saturday, June 23rd 9AM-1PM
The penultimate week in June brings with it strawberries, summer squash, and sweet fiddlin’ tunes. This Saturday marks the happy return of three market mainstays — Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek, Chris’s Kitchen, and Robin’s rejoin us with classics like spanakopita, whoopie pies, and grilled cheese with bacon. The produce lists are getting longer and longer as our farms welcome their summer vegetables, which (hey, pesto!) means the return of a favorite — Mountain Girl‘s Garlic Scape Pesto.
- Bear Meadow Farm – hard cider, both dry and semi-dry, honeys and honey candies, beeswax bars, bee pollen, cider vinegar
- Blair Farm – a variety of starter plants (tomatoes, eggplants, and more!), bedding flowers, maple syrup, and their town-favorite eggs.
- East Mountain Farm – New item this week: Pork Kabobs in 1 lb. packages ready for a marinade and your grill. Look out for the customary array of link and bulk sausages (sweet, hot, and breakfast), bratwurst, ribs, chops, bacon, ground pork/beef, and pork tenderloins. Make sure to grab a sample of their delicious Kielbasa and Deli Ham! (Note: East Mountain Farm accepts SNAP payments).
- NEW Grateful Greens – radishes, sunflowers, pea microgreens and rhubarb stalks.
- Hay Berry Farm – shiitake mushrooms, rhubarb, dried flower arrangements, honey, potted red amaranth flowers, and new this week — freshly cut lavender!
- NEW Hosta Hill – raw, naturally fermented veggies including sauerkrauts, kimchi, and hot sauces.
- M and A Farm – spinach, lettuce, radishes, arugula, pork, eggs, and soap.
- NEW Mountain Girl Farm – first (!) of the season Garlic Scape Pesto and Strawberry Thyme Jam, as well as chicken and duck eggs, preserves, pickled veggies, and goat milk soap. From their on-farm bakery look for sinful sugar cookies, rhubarb crumble, double chocolate pound cake, blueberry bread, and a rhubarb smash with Kentucky Bourbon (and a few secret ingredients). (Note: Mountain Girl Farm accepts SNAP payments, and the HIP program has just been restored, at least through June 30!)
- Peace Valley Farm – Bill and Susie are here with over six varieties of lettuce, including red and green Boston, red and green Oak, red and green leaf, and green Lola, as well as lots of rhubarb.
- Mighty Food Farm – full lineup this week: strawberries, lettuce, bok choi, sweet salad turnips, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, scallions, kale, chard, radishes, collards, and baby lettuce mix.
- Sweet Brook Farm – local maple syrup (in varieties perfect for tasting, cooking…and over pancakes!) maple candies, maple roasted nuts, and alpaca socks
- NEW Bigfoot Farm – a prodigious set from Brian and Lucy: salad mix, head lettuce, baby kale, arugula, garlic scapes, summer squash, tatsoi, hakurei turnips, cilantro, italian parsley, sage, collard greens, and four (four?!) varieties of kale.
LOCALLY PREPARED FOOD
- Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek– and cookin’ this week! Cindy Nikitas brings us homemade, fresh baked spanakopita triangles, extra virgin olive oil Greek dressing, melitizanosalata (roasted eggplant dip), galatoboureko (egg custard), seed brittle, htipiti dip (feta, roasted red pepper, mint, and garlic), a nutty baklava, and longstanding Williamstown favorites moussaka and pastitsio.
- Chris’s Kitchen and Serendipity Quilt Designs – this is a hard list to read without a tummy rumble: Chris and Kerry will be back at the market with whoopie pies, scones, linzer cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, sour cream blueberry muffins, rhubarb streusel muffins, and maybe a few surprises.
- Robin’s – chef and baker Robin Lenz returns with her melty-but-crisp, made-to-order breakfast sandwiches. Sweet treats for the week include banana bread, ginger scones, and molasses cookies.
- NEW Cornucopia Food Truck – Williamstown’s new farm-to-market food truck serving a rotating menu of Berkshire-inspired brunches. Last week they wowed us with pulled pork tacos with a Napa cabbage slaw, crème fraiche, and mosaic cheese, alongside the dagwoods, omelettes, salads, and parfaits that construct an always-interesting flavor lineup.
- R&G Cheese Makers– Sean brings a delectable assortment of hard and soft artisan cheeses, cow, sheep and goat’s milk, made nearby with locally sourced milk including fresh chevres, camemberts, blue, mozzarellas and ripened goat cheeses…taste a free sample or two!
- NEW Caroline’s Scottish Bakery – traditional shortbreads with chocolate, cranberries, pecans, as well as Danish pastries lined with marzipan.
- Beach Woodworking – Shaker-inspired tables, benches, boxes (including a special knitter’s box), cabinets, coat racks from locally sourced wooden boards – including ash, cherry, pine, hemlock, butternut, and chestnut…some from ancient barns!
- Berkshire Mountain Pottery – Anne’s back with functional hand-thrown and hand-crafted stoneware made here in Williamstown, including plates, platters, and bowls — espresso and latte cups, and coffee/tea mugs galore!
- 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…and new birthday fairies!!
- Heritage Artisans – A talented group of five bring and demonstrate traditional fiber craftwork: basketry, spinning, weaving, and knitting. This week stop by for a demonstration of spinning with llama fiber! Isabel’s llamas and alpacas have had their shearing, and raw fleeces are for sale. Carolyn, the expert knitter, is happy to help you get past any snags in your own knitting projects – just bring along your handiwork and ask for assistance.
- Memphremagog Studios–silver earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, etched stemware glasses, silk scarves
- Peterman’s Boards & Bowls – locally sourced wooden bowls, trays, napkin rings, salad tossers, bottle stoppers, cutting boards (including gorgeous “seconds”), featured in design magazines nationally!
- Yarnwork – Nora Phykitt has been hard at work all winter creating comfortable and fashionable knitted, crocheted and felted clothing and accessories…her cottons are especially soft!
Louisa Nyhus and Abby Miller, heretofore only teammates on the Williams Ultimate Frisbee team, will fiddle the morning away with Caroline Tally on cello (9am-11am) before Mowgli Gianatti takes the stage as the market’s first jazz/funk/world bassist (11am-1pm).