A Final Thank You for the 2020 Season & Vendor Resources

A Final Thank You for the 2020 Season & Vendor Resources

Dear Friends –

Every Tuesday morning over the past five months, we’ve reached out to let you know about the bounty of fresh, local foods available for purchase at Williamstown Farmers Market-Essentials, and you’ve responded with overwhelming support and enthusiasm. Starting the moment our online store opened each week, customers selected an array of veggies, cheeses, seedlings, herbs, syrup, tarts, meats, jams, breads, eggs, and much more. This has been truly inspiring, and a life-saver for our local farmers and producers during a very challenging year.

This week, with the market having just drawn to a close, we are simply saying a heartfelt and enormous THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this happen. Our thanks to the many people and local institutions whose dedication and generosity enabled us to bring WFM-Essentials to the community this year. We’d also like to share how you can continue to find most of our WFM-Essentials vendors in the coming weeks and months. Check out the listing at the end of this letter for specifics, and please mark your calendars for the upcoming Berkshire Grown indoor markets on Sundays, Nov. 22 and Dec. 20.

To our customers, of course, we are deeply grateful. Perhaps the best way to show how you’ve supported our local food community is to share a few numbers from our WFMEssentials.org ordering platform:

Total Sales:  $119,033
Total Customers: 653
Total Orders: 3,632
Total Items Sold, Sorted, Pickup and Delivered: 25,414
 
These numbers (which we find very impressive) show much more than sales figures. They demonstrate an enormous and ongoing commitment to our local producers that will continue to reap benefits for years to come. And you’ve helped our food economy weather a severe crisis, when traditional outlets and income streams were drastically curtailed.
 

To Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, Berkshire Grown, Berkshire Health Systems, and St. John’s Episcopal Church – as well as our many customers who generously donated to our new Community Essentials Initiative, we’re also immensely appreciative. We received matching funding for all moneys contributed to Community Essentials, so we could purchase local foods from our vendors for donation to local pantries. Our vendors added contributions of fresh, delicious foods. Each week, volunteers from the St. John’s outreach committee stored these foods and transported them to pantries in Williamstown and North Adams. And we’ve continued to match Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons, again thanks to the generosity of our grant partners.
 

To the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, whose grant funding supported two talented and dedicated student interns (whom we thank as well!) working both behind the scenes and on Saturdays.
 
To the Town of Williamstown and the Williamstown Youth Center, for helping us to secure needed grant funding and to locate our Saturday pick-ups at a safe and convenient location.
 
To our board members and other volunteers, who devoted countless hours to brainstorming, organizing, troubleshooting, communicating, sorting and distributing throughout the season. Without your tireless energy and dedication, not to mention your positive can-do attitude, we would never have been able to bring WFM-Essentials to the community for the duration of our season.

To our WFM-E vendors, who showed the resilience, energy and adaptability crucial to the success of an entirely new market model. You showed that, even in the midst of a global pandemic (which erupted just as you were implementing plans for your upcoming market season), you were willing and able to do the extra and altogether different work needed to bring your fresh, healthy and delicious foods to our community in a SAFE manner.
Of course, we all missed having a festive market like those we’ve known at the base of Spring Street for many years, but we’re optimistic that in the future our market will return stronger than ever!
 
In the months to come, please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions or suggestions for how the Williamstown Farmers Market might better serve our community in the future.
 
With enormous gratitude – and please do stay safe and well!
 
Anne Hogeland, President WFM Board
Sarah Lipinski, Market Manager
 
WFM-E Vendors you’ll find at the Berkshire Grown indoor markets on Nov. 22 and Dec. 20: East Mountain Farm (November only), Mountain Girl Farm, Sweet Brook Farm, and R&G Cheese Makers.
 
Contact Info for WFM-E Vendors (so you can continue to enjoy their local foods!):
 

Berkshire Worms

Kyle And Melinda Cruzen

518-610-1405

[email protected] (Preferred Contact)

15 Hollow Rd, Berkshire, MA 01224 www.berkshireworms.com 

Winter CSA and soil building products available all winter. Winter CSA sign up open, there will be a drop off location in North Adams or available for pick up on the farm.

 

Bigfoot Farm

Brian Cole

[email protected]

70 Maple Street, Williamstown www.bigfootlikesfarming.com

A modest selection of greens and other fall veggies through the end of October. Order direct through the farm website on Wednesdays (9am-midnight) for a Saturday pick-up between 9am and noon at 70 Maple Street, Williamstown.

 

Cindy’s Cookin’ Greek

Cindy Nikitas

413-822-8657

Greek Salad Dressing available

 

East Mountain Farm

Kim Wells

413-281-7291

[email protected]

582 Henderson Rd, Williamstown eastmountainfarm.com

Self-service Farm store is open daily, year round from 7 to7.  We offer all our pork products year round and many of our beef and chicken products.

 

Mountain Girl Farm

Jen Barbeau

1360 Church Street, North Adams

413-663-9761

[email protected]

Open year round.  Bakery available for special orders. Accepting  SNAP/HIP. Delivery available.

 

Peace Valley Farm

Bill & Susie Stinson

413-458-4866

[email protected]

85 Treadwell Hollow Rd, Williamstown

Accepting veggie orders through the end of October. Call or email for availability including: Butternut Squash, Tomatoes, Potatoes, German Garlic, Kale, German Thyme, Swiss Chard, Peppers, Italian Parsley, Green Beans

 

Sweet Brook Farm

Sarah & Darryl Lipinski

www.sweetbrookfarms.com

207 Woodcock Rd, Williamstown 

413-217-0092

[email protected]

Facebook: Sweet Brook Family Farms

Grass-Fed Beef, Maple Syrup & Maple Cream : Order online for on-farm pickup and local delivery

Follow on Facebook for updates about our retail farm store: Opening SOON!

 

Talus Wood Farm

459 Williamstown Road, Lanesborough

413-212-9548

[email protected]

Greens, herbs, salad, lettuce, mushrooms and berries available through October. Greens and mushrooms through the winter. Woodcrafts, herbs and lip balms. Selling produce at North Adams virtual market until November and monthly through the winter

Pickup at farm or local delivery available

Online shop pending

 

Two Bear Bakery

Caleb Wolfson-Seeley

[email protected]

Special orders for celebration cakes plus seasonal offerings (Thanksgiving pies, holiday cookies, etc.) Available all winter. Please email if you’d like to be added to Two Bear Bakery’s mailing list to receive information about seasonal offerings.