This weekend at the Market! 8-2-15

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First of all, we would like to thank everyone for all of their thoughtful and helpful comments on our last post about attendance this year.  There are some great ideas that we are definitely going to take into consideration and we’ll discuss each and every one of them at our next meeting.  Please feel free to continue giving feedback throughout the season, this is a community market and we want you to be a part of it. Likewise, if you’re interesting in volunteering, we’re always looking for new enthusiastic community members to join the committee. It’s a fun way to meet new people and participate in enriching the town of Swampscott.

One takeaway from your comments is that people often forget about the market and need reminders during the weekend. We are going to set up an email that will go out every weekend to remind you to stop by the market, highlighting events and vendors that will be there that week.  If you would like to be added to our email list, just send us an email (swampscottfm@fastmail.fm), fill out the contact form on our website, send us a facebook message or stop by our booth on Sunday to add your name.  We promise not to spam you!

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This weekend we have a fun beach rock painting event planned for the kids.  Bring them by to get creative while you get your shopping done!

Northshore 104.9 will be joining us providing music and Hope for Creativity will be our civic booth for the week.

We hope to see you out there on Sunday! Thank you again for your continued support!

Where are our loyal patrons?

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We want to take this time to sit down with you, our market patrons and have a heart-to-heart. Unfortunately we have noticed a dramatic decline in market customers this year and we want to get feedback from everyone as to why this may be happening.  We have a loyal group of volunteers who come out to work every week and take time out of their schedule throughout the year to grow the market and provide this service to the community so it breaks our hearts to see this.  We have had feedback in the past that we need more produce vendors so we listened and we now have 4 large farms that come and provide an abundant selection of fruits, vegetables, plants & herbs in addition to all of our other great vendors providing goodies like cold brew coffee, maple syrup, baked goods, eggs, meat, pickles, salsa, spices, snacks, fresh fish and crafts.  If the vendors don’t have the patrons to support their business and the travel to the market, we are going to lose them and along with it this vibrant market we have built.

SO, we are reaching out to you for your help.  We need you to come out and support the vendors and spread the word so that your friends and families come out as well.  In addition to supporting the market, we are looking for your feedback.  Why are you not making it to the market this year? Is there something more you’d like to see? Are we missing something? Do you just need reminders? Will signs throughout town on Sunday help bring people in?  You can either comment on this post, on facebook or email us, we’re here to listen!

We provide this service to enrich our community and support our local farms and businesses, we want it to thrive and grow but we can’t do that without your support! Thank you!!

Sincerely,
The Swampscott Farmer’s Market Committee

This Weekend’s Market: 7-19, A Scavenger Hunt & Lanni Orchards

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As we get deeper and deeper into summer you’re going to start seeing more and more at the market every weekend.  We’re supposed to have another gorgeous Sunday so stop on by to grab a cold brew Iced Coffee before the beach and stock up on fresh vegetables and fish to have for dinner when you get home.

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We’d also like your help in welcoming a new vendor who will be joining us at the market for the remainder of the season: Lanni Orchards from Lunenberg MA. The orchard was started 50 years ago by Pasquale Lanni and his sons.  Today the farm is being operated by the third and fourth generations.  They grow their own apples, peaches, pears, corn, squash, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and so much more!

For the kids this weekend, we’ll be having a scavenger hunt, bring them down for some fun following clues around the market for a prize.

We’ll see you on Sunday, 10-1!

4th of July! Free Watermelon 7-5

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We’re sorry that we had to cancel the market last weekend but we think everyone was a lot happier staying inside with the extreme weather.  It looks like Mother Nature is going to be a little kinder to us this week and we’re going to have another gorgeous Sunday!

Come out to the market tomorrow July 5th and enjoy some free watermelon on us! Our vendors will be filled to the top with delicious goods for you to enjoy. We’ll see you there!

This Weekend at the Market! 6-28

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WELL, it looks like we might have another wet Sunday this week but we’re New Englanders! It just means it may not be a beach day but it will certainly be a Farmer’s Market day. Grab the umbrella and come down for some fun events and a great selection of goods from the vendors.

This week we will be having Pot-A-Plant or Herb event for the kids so bring them down and let them have some fun on a rainy day.

Rich Adams will be playing some music for us and Hope for Creativity will be our civic booth for the week, they are a non-profit providing homeless kids with creative outlets.

Some highlights from our vendors:

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Piper Ranch will be bringing chicken in addition to grass fed beef and pork this week.

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The Golden Cod will have smoked salmon, delicious monkfish and many other fresh catch choices.

SwissBakers

Swissbakers will bring bread and an assortment of pastries, like a flaky croissant with Swiss chocolate center (I had one on opening day and I’m still dreaming about it). They also offer gourmet sandwiches made with their famous pretzel bread. http://swissbakers.com/sb/

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The Pickle Emporium will be with us this week with an assortment of unique pickle flavors.

HYPE Fashions will be bringing a fashion truck to the market on Sunday.  Add a bit of glamour to your farmers market experience!  www.hypefashions.com

Salem Soapworks http://www.salemsoapworks.com/, MJB Woodcarving creations and Iris Designs decorative tiles will also add an artistic flavor to the market this Sunday.

Relax with a chair massage by Nurture Massage & Wellness http://www.nurturemassageandwellness.com/

If that’s not enough to get you out of the door and supporting your local market I don’t know what will! We’ll see you there!

 

 

Sunny Garden Tomatoes

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Sunny Garden Tomatoes will be joining us at the Farmer’s Market this weekend selling a wide variety of heirloom tomato plants.

The tomatoes are “non-certified organic”, non-GMO, non-hybrid.  They use homemade compost, and local seaweed in their potting soil mix.  This results in a strong & hearty plant that is more pest-resistant and produces a more flavorful fruit.

11 Heirloom Tomato varieties available:

Yellow Pear Cherry – Sweet heavy producer – indeterminate (produces until frost)

Sungold – Sweet cherry, heavy producer – indeterminate (produces until frost)

Boxcar Willy (red) – Red slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Abe Lincoln (red) – Red slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Lg Red Cherry Plum – Plum shaped large red cherry – indeterminate (produces until frost)

Beefsteak – Red slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Brandywine – Very flavorful, Red slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Cherokee Purple – Purple slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Roma – Red slicing or Sauce tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

Big Rainbow – Multicolor red, yellow, pink, slicing tomato, determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

 San Marsano – Famous Italian sauce tomato, Red determinate (larger fruit, 1 heavy harvest)

 5 for $25 – Mix and match!
3 for $20 – Small garden
1 for $8 -Great for beginners or experimentation – it’s fun!

 Orders/quantities can be ordered for following week if desired.

Generally, cherry tomatoes provide more small fruit throughout the growing season, whereas slicing tomatoes ripen all in the same month, then die off.  

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Nothing is nicer than a multicolored bowl of tomato salad with fresh olive oil, balsamic or red wine vinegar, sea salt, and basil or oregano! Another favorite is toasted sourdough bread slathered with mayo and slices of fresh garden tomatoes!

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Come find Sunny Garden Tomatoes at the market this weekend and stock up on these hearty tomato plants for your garden. They’ve done all the hard work for you!

Photo Credit: http://secretlifeofachefswife.com/anthologie/appetizers/bruschetta-trio