Warm weather continues – perfect for a relaxing stroll through the market! Colorful fruits and veggies, tasty donuts, scones and pies, assorted cheeses and jams, and gorgeous artisan crafts will delight all the senses. We love how our vendors become more creative and collaborative over the season, using each other’s offerings…all to bring entirely LOCAL products to you! This week, Leslie at GoodNight Kitchen visited Shaker Hill Orchard and picked Tom’s apples and nectarines – she’s now preparing an assortment of fruity desserts. Paul at Busy Bee Honey is finally here – just in time to stock up on his amazing local honey!

Here are our vendors and their offerings this Saturday:

Local Farmers
•Sweet Brook Farm – Pete brings his renowned local maple syrup (in varieties perfect for tasting, cooking…and over pancakes!), maple candies, maple roasted nuts, and alpaca socks
•Windswept Farm – John brings a gorgeous display of corn (flavorful and decorative), pumpkins, gourds, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, sunflowers, squash, and cucumbers
•Blair Farm – the Quimbys are now bringing a tasty and colorful assortment of summer and fall veggies – including yummy corn! plus eggs and syrup
•Busy Bee Honey – Paul is back with his famous honey from nearby hives. It’s not too late to stock up for the winter!
•East Mountain Farm – Williamstown’s Kim Wells brings an impressive array of pasture raised chicken, pork, and beef products, including link and bulk sausages (sweet, hot, and breakfast), bratwurst, tenderloin, ribs, chops (smoked pork chops — yum!!), bacon, ham, steaks, ground pork and beef, London broils — plus new all-pork liverwurst and smoked pork kielbasa. You can sample Kim’s meats in Robin’s yummy grilled sandwiches!
•Hay Berry Farm – Lawrie will be back next week, hopefully with more blueberries!
M and A Farm – Michelle and Autumn bring turnips, lettuce pork, eggs and goat milk soap!
•Mighty Food Farm – Lisa brings a colorful assortment of tomatoes, beets, lettuce, eggplant, carrots, bell peppers, green kale, red and green cabbage,  red and white onions, gold potatoes, leeks, shallots, pie pumpkins and squash galore: spaghetti, acorn, and delicata!
•Peace Valley Farm – Bill and Susie’s famous heirloom tomatoes (still in season!), Romanesquo cauliflower, fingerling potatoes, squash, rhubarb, Swiss chard, lettuce, broccoli, parsley, beets, and German thyme
•Shaker Hill Orchard – Tom will be bringing a wider variety of crisp apples, which are making him regionally famous. Luckily, we can all enjoy the fruits of his efforts!

 Local Prepared Food Vendors
•R&G Cheese Makers – Sean brings a delectable assortment of hard and soft artisan cheeses, both cow and goat’s milk, made nearby with locally sourced milk including fresh chevres, blues, mozzarellas and ripened goat cheeses…taste a free sample!
•Chris’s Kitchen and Serendipity Quilt Designs – jams and jellies galore, conserves, batik quilts, and table runners, spicy and sweet pepper jellies (including tasty cowboy candy), and a signature trifecta jam: blackberry, raspberry and rhubarb! And now Chris brings her scrumptious baked goods: whoopie pies, seven layer bars, almond pound cake, and scones (that pair perfectly with her jam!) 
•GoodNight Kitchen – Leslie’s delectable French apple tarts with almond nougat topping, apple streusel pies (with local apples!), nectarine raspberry pies, and nectarine blueberry cobblers. Plus maple bacon and maple hazelnut scones, pumpkin and double chocolate donuts, gluten free coconut macaroons, lemon creme fraiche pound and mini bundt cakes. Grab a fresh (gourmet) raspberry pop tart or a pumpkin donut before they’re gone. New this week: dark chocolate chip walnut cookies, in addition to market favorite white chocolate, cherry, oatmeal pecan cookies!
•Hobson’s Choice Restaurant – Dan Campbell’s famous grilled-to-order beef hamburgers and cheddar cheeseburgers (topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and/or onions), chicken teriyaki, portabella mushrooms, and lobstery lobster rolls
•Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek – We’ll miss Cindy this week, but will welcome her back soon!
•Robin’s – We’ll also miss Robin this week, but will see her next Saturday!

Local Artisans
•Heritage Artisans – •Heritage Artisans – A talented group of four bring and demonstrate traditional fiber craftwork: spinning, weaving, knitting, and this week soaps too! 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 – Emily brings silver earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, etched stemware glasses, silk scarves
•Peterman’s Bowls & Boards – Exquisite round and oval wooden salad and serving bowls (from local fallen trees!) in an assortment of sizes, trays, napkin rings, salad tossers, bottle stoppers, cutting boards
•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!
•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 brings her 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 – Merry will be back next week – she’s sorry to be missing everyone!

Local Non-Profit Information Booth
On Saturday, come learn about “Bee Friendly Williamstown” – the exciting new yearlong campaign dedicated to raising awareness around issues of pollinator-friendly landscaping practices and pesticide reduction in Williamstown. The campaign is funded by a grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell. Administered by Bridget Spann of Caretaker Farm and Selectwoman Anne O’Connor on behalf of the Town of Williamstown (and partnering with several other local organizations), Bee Friendly Williamstown will provide a variety of educational opportunities from September 2017 until June 2018, including garden tours (starting October 1st!), lectures, film screenings, and organic lawn care workshops.  At the Bee Friendly booth, you can sign up to keep informed about all these exciting offerings! 

We can’t wait for our music this weekend!

9-10am – The Three Sisters, string players

10-11am – Jackson Barber, guitarist

11am-1pm – Louisa Nyhus and Abigail Soloway, Berkshire Symphony violinists