Sunday, August 19
Did you know . . .
. . . that "the power of farmers markets to strengthen social fabric is attracting national attention, too. A recent PolicyLink report states that 'direct interaction between growers and customers facilitates the formation of personal relationships in a way that is not possible at third-party stores.' Studies also show that farmers market visitors have 10 times more conversations than those shopping at a grocery store." [Source: http://FarmersMarketCoalition.org/solid-investments-social-capital-8-10-2012]. We thought you'd like to know!
September's Special Events
Sept. 9: Chef Julia Shanks Demo:
Cooking with Farmers Market Produce
Co-author of The Farmer's Kitchen, Julia will share two recipes from her book, which was cited by Michelle Obama in her own cookbook, American Grown. Sample the magic of her recipes for Simple Summer Squash with Garlic, and a Potato Fennel "Risotto." The Farmer's Kitchen will be available for purchase, and market-goers can chat with Julia and pick her brain on the delights of fresh foods!
Sept. 23: Turtle Creek Winery Wine Tour & Tasting
ABFM and our Vendor, Turtle Creek Winery, host this experience for those interested in viniculture and what this small winery is doing on the local winemaking scene. Space is very limited; register at the ABFM table at market; the $15 fee is payable on registration. www.TurtleCreekWine.com
Special SNAP Offer
The ABFM accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits and makes a special offer for SNAP users: we'll double the value of the first $10 you spend in SNAP benefits at market. So if you decide to spend $15 at market, you'll actually get $25 to spend. [This offer lasts until we distribute the allotted $250 for the season.] Come to the ABFM stall at market for details!
DON'T YOU LOVE THE ABFM LOGO?!
It was created, back when the ABFM was just in the planning stages, by Heather Hanson Chigas, designer extraordinaire and daughter-in-law of Dia Chigas, one of our intrepid Market Managers. You can sport this eye candy on all kinds of cool ABFM gear!
Check out our first-ever organic cotton ABFM T-shirts! Show your ABFM pride with one of these SO-soft shirts, available in sizes from 2T to XXL.
Our beautiful 2012 ABFM bags, handy ABFM aprons, and ABFM Gift Certificates (in any amount) are also ready for you to snap up for yourself, family, and friends — at the ABFM stall at market.
Community Events Board at ABFM
Next time you're at market, notice the new Community Events Board. Anyone is welcome to post a flyer or notice about a local community event. (Please, no business cards or flyers, work solicitations, et al.; market staff will remove any inappropriate postings.) All notices will be removed and recycled at the end of each market day. Find the Community Events Board at the Windsor and Pearl corner of the West Acton Citizens' Library lawn.
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APPLEFIELD FARM • BAGEL ALLEY • BURROUGHS FARM • DRAGONFLY FARM • FLATS MENTOR FARM • MAMADOU'S ARTISAN BAKERY • MONADNOCK BERRIES/HILL ORCHARD • NELLA PASTA • NOBSCOT ARTISAN CHEESE • SAMIRA'S HOMEMADE • STILLMAN'S FARM • TWIN SEAFOOD
Learn more about the ABFM 2012 Vendors here.
SUNDAY'S ADDITIONAL VENDORS
Herb An' Chicks
Pesticide- and herbicide-free culinary herbs, plants, and cooking oils; medicinal herbs, teas, and tinctures; free-range chicken, duck, and goose eggs; Eco-ganically grown fruits and vegetables; and pastured roaster chickens. Westford, MA
La Bella Dolce Bakery
Elegant pastries, breads, and breakfast delicacies, freshly baked for market and prepared with local fruits, berries, vegetables, honey, and several whole grains and organic ingredients. Westford, MA
Mill River Winery
Our renovated 1890s cider mill is home to our orchard, vineyard, and the winery where all our wine is produced. Our winemaking style focuses on preserving the signature flavor of each varietal. Rowley, MA
Hand-packed, small-batch pickled vegetables, using only the finest ingredients sourced primarily from farms across New England. Groton, MA
Combating brownie boredom,
one s'more at a time!
Gourmet marshmallows and s'mores made from scratch, with delicious ingredients such as freshly puréed raspberries and Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract, and paired with pretzel rods, graham crackers, or sugar cookies appeal to the kid in everyone. Lowell, MA
THIS WEEK'S ARTISAN
Nancy Paredes presents her extensive jewelry collection, in sterling silver, PMC (Precious Metal Clay), copper, stones, and glass. She offers one-of-a-kind rings and pendants, and accepts custom orders. Chelmsford, MA
UNDER THE PERFORMANCE CANOPY
Sasha Yatchenko developed her skills as a singer/songwriter at a very young age, recording her first EP in her teens. She is currently putting the final touches on her first full-length CD, "Counting Planes," to be released this summer. She can be found performing in local open mics, music festivals, and quite frequently, on the streets of Boston. Hopkinton, MA
THE COMMUNITY TABLE
NO PLACE FOR HATE
Building a Welcoming Community
No Place for Hate is a committee of Acton citizens devoted to building a welcoming community. We create local programs to promote inclusion and respect for individual and group differences, and encourage residents and officials to speak out against hate and intolerance. Check out our educational materials, family-of-origin chart (all can participate), and a giveaway of a bag of ABFM vendor products. Acton, MA
Closing the Loop . . .
Please bring to the ABFM table at market any (clean) containers you've acquired during your ABFM shopping, including green paperboard boxes, and paper and plastic bags. We'll make them available to our vendors for re-use when appropriate.
Come on down — for Real Food from Real People!