As we turn to October, our market season winds down — BUT our last two markets will be full and festive! Saturday will be perfect for picking up a selection of East Mountain Farm’s locally pastured meats for a weekend barbecue.  Mighty Food Farm, Peace Valley Farm, and M and A Farm are still harvesting a huge selection of veggies, and Shaker Hill Orchard is bursting with apples. Woolens for all ages are at Sweet Brook Farm (along with maple syrup), Heritage Artisans, and Yarnwork — cozy for cooler temps! 

Here are our vendors and their offerings this week:

Local Farmers

•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 bringing log-grown Shiitake mushrooms, fresh-cut lavender, fresh flower arrangements, honeys – with and without the comb, and pumpkins!
M and A Farm – Michelle and Autumn bring fall veggies, pork, eggs and goat’s milk soap!
•Mighty Food Farm – Lisa brings fresh ginger, brussel sprouts, beets, lettuce, eggplant, carrots, peppers, kale, red and green cabbage, red, white and yellow onions, red and gold potatoes, leeks, shallots, pie pumpkins and squash galore: buttercup, acorn, and delicata!
•Peace Valley Farm – Bill and Susie’s still have their famous TOMATOES!, plus 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!
•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
•Bear Meadow Farm  – Rick will be back next week with his hard ciders, honeys and other hive products
•Blair Farm – the Quimbys will be back next week with eggs, syrup and veggies

 Local Prepared Food Vendors

•Chris’s Kitchen and Serendipity Quilt Designs – Chris will be back next week with all her goodies!•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
•Robin’s – Delicious grilled-to-order sandwiches and baked goods by Robin Lenz, including banana breads, gluten free brownies, molasses cookies, lemon pound cake and scones. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches featuring market vendors R & G cheeses and East Mountain deli ham. New this year (and already famous!) breakfast sandwiches with egg and cheeses, plus East Mountain’s bacon and/or breakfast sausage…perfection! Note: this is Robin’s last market of the season
•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!

Local Artisans

•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 and wools alike are cozy and 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  – Well-loved educator Merry Anderson 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…and new birthday fairies!
•Heritage Artisans – A talented group of four bring and demonstrate traditional fiber craftwork: spinning, weaving, and knitting! 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!

We’re delighted with a wonderful musical line-up for Saturday:

9-10  Jeff Pearson, violinist 

10-12 Louisa Nyhus and Abigail Soloway, violinists 

12-1 The Three Sisters, strings