Sunday, July 1
Wow — we were amazed at the produce last Sunday. Of course it was plentiful and beautiful, but we saw some crops we don't usually see quite this early (e.g., summer squash, full-size beets, broccoli, carrots). Perhaps this is because: 1. we essentially had no real winter, so farmers could get things started earlier; and 2. increasingly, farmers are extending the growing season on both ends through use of greenhouses, hoop houses, etc. Good thing the ABFM opened three weeks earlier than ever before!
Community Events Board NEW at ABFM
The ABFM Leadership Board, in response to numerous requests during the past few seasons, decided to site a Community Events Board at each market. 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.
Special SNAP Offer
The ABFM accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. The market is a great place to use SNAP: by shopping for the freshest produce (which lasts longer in the fridge), you get terrific nutritional bang for your buck. The ABFM is sponsoring 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!
GIVE GREAT ABFM GIFTS!
Or grab one for yourself . . .
The ABFM now has available ABFM Gift Certificates in any denomination you'd like. Stop by the ABFM table and do a great thing for family or friends — an ABFM Gift Certificate. And check out our new 2012 ABFM recycled-cotton bags, ABFM organic cotton T-shirts, and ABFM aprons, available at market!
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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 • SPRINGDELL FARM • STILLMAN'S FARM • TWIN SEAFOOD
Learn more about the ABFM 2012 Vendor here.
SUNDAY'S ADDITIONAL VENDORS
Everyone deserves a little Bliss
Bliss Bakery is an artisan bakeshop specializing in handcrafted breads, pastries, and custom cakes. Groton, MA
Fine Creative Wines
We grow 12 different grape varieties on our eight-acre vineyard, producing white and red wines, and both dry and sweeter wines. All of our varieties — Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir Rosé, White Wave, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and others — are made in our farm winery in South Dartmouth. Dartmouth, MA
Deborah makes jams and preserves using two-thirds fruit, all-natural sugar, and no preservatives. Our creative blend of multiple fruits makes each flavor a gourmet treat. Littleton, MA
Fastachi offers nuts hand roasted in small batches, seasoned only with sea salt. Incomparable nut mixes and nut butter made fresh from the Fastachi Nut are additional offerings. Watertown, MA
Fishwives Specialty Foods
Not for Wimpy Chowdaheads!
Mandy's famous Seafood Chowder is back! Handcrafted all-natural, gluten-free seafood chowders and bisques, vegetable and fruit gazpachos, and dips and spreads. We source as much sustainable seafood from from New England as possible, and our gazpachos are made with produce from local farms. Marblehead, MA
The very best authentic Egyptian and Lebanese food — healthy, delicious, and made from fresh ingredients, with no preservatives. Belmont, MA
Still River Winery
Producer of New England's Own Apfel Eis Apple Ice Wine
Still River makes traditional Apfel Eis, or apple ice wine, from local varietal apples — with more than 80 apples used for each 375 ml bottle. Sweet, with a gentle bite and a clean finish. Harvard, MA
THIS WEEK'S ARTISAN
Offering 100% pure soy candles: jars, tins, tea lights, votives, and novelty candles, as well as soaps, goat's milk lotions, and gift sets, Kittredge Candles makes all its products by hand. Proceeds from the sale of cat candles and soaps are donated to a local cat shelter; refunds are given for the return of their candle jars. Andover, MA
UNDER THE PERFORMANCE CANOPY
John has been playing his own songs as well as other folks' acoustic music in coffeehouses, restaurants, and festivals for a decade. He runs two open stages in the area, and often performs with Betsi Mandrioli as “Two Cat Folk.” Carlisle, MA
SNAP AT THE ABFM
ABFM now accepts EBT/SNAP benefits. Please come to the ABFM stall at market to learn more, and/or check out our website SNAP page.
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!