What’s at Farmers Market?

According to the 2015 Farmers Almanac weather forecast, the Northeast will be experiencing a hotter than normal summer, with below-normal rainfall. “The hottest periods will occur in early June, early July, mid- to late July, and early August.” This may stress certain crops. Despite the stress (of the crops and/or farmers), our farmers continue to dedicate their time to bringing in the produce to Market. So come to market – the Ashfield Farmers Market, that is – every Saturday, rain or shine and see what we have in store for you!

Our weekly vendors include: Atherton Farm, Barberic Farm, Bear Meadow Farm, Bread Euphoria, Good Bunch Farm, Gray’s Maple Products, Hart Farm, Manda Farm, Spring Water Farm, Turkish Kitchen, and Vy’s Veggies.

Highlights at the Market include:

  • Barberic Farm had a new crop of strawberries and rhubarb made in to delicious Strawberry Jam and Jelly and Fruit Sweet Strawberry Pear Jam (no sugar added), RhubaRaspberry Jam, and Rhubarb Sauce.  Also, available is Frozen Yogurt in 6 oz cups made from Sidehill Farm’s yogurt and local berries. Throughout the season there is frozen lamb meat, frozen-ready-to-bake pies, pickles, popcorn, hops and beautiful wool products.
  • Manda Farm is selling a complete selection of pork products from heritage breed pigs, organically fed and free to root. “We have 6 kinds of sausage, chops, roasts, ribs and steaks, smoked bacon and hocks, jowls, rendered lard, and “trotters.” We are dedicated to providing an alternative to factory farmed meat, raising our animals in healthy, humane, and natural conditions so people in the Hilltowns can eat meat in good conscience.”
  • The Turkish Kitchen will start offering summer dishes from the classic Turkish cuisine in July. These recipes are many generations-old and use vegetables with a sweet-savory-tangy-herb’y-garlic’y filling, cooked with olive oil, and enjoyed at room temperature. They make fabulous main dishes for the warm summer months without heating you up. All ingredients are organic, and many are from our farmer-vendors. Enjoy Lady Aisha Beans, Cinnamon-Pine Nut-Currant and Herb Rice stuffed Peppers, Artichoke Hearts with Fava Beans, Swiss Chard Salad with Garlic-Herb Yogurt and other summer dishes. The staples — phyllo pastries with savory meat, cheese and veggy fillings, bean salads and sweets will of course be there as well. For a cold drink, try Ipek’s farm-made kefir and rosewater lemonade.

Need to cool down from the summer heat? Grab a maple ice cream cone at the Gray’s Sugarhouse booth. Made fresh with home-made ice cream and sweetened with maple syrup. Comes on a fresh waffle cone. Heading out to a party and wondering what to bring? How about some hard cider from Bear Meadow Farm. Need fresh veggies? Stop by the booths of Atherton Farm, Good Bunch Farm, Hart Farm, Spring Water Farm and Vy’s Veggies to view their selections. Need a quick pick-me-up? Grab a coffee and a freshly baked good at Bread Euphoria. Need the new nuvo h2o? We have that too.

Enjoying the Market? We hope so! Want to participate in the Market in a deeper way? We are seeking volunteers to help set up from 8:00-9:00am. Contact the Market Administrator for more information and available slots. ashfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com

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