Looking for Volunteers!

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The crocuses are starting to bloom and the smell of spring is in the air! The Farmer’s Market team is starting to gear up for the 2016 market season.  We’re looking to add more community volunteers to the committee this year if you’re interested in getting involved and helping us run and continue to grow this vibrant market. You can be involved as much or as little as you’d like, we are always happy to add new members to the planning committee but we’re also looking for volunteers to work a few markets throughout the summer. It’s a great way to get involved and give back to the community!

Our first meeting will be March 28th, please send us a quick note if you’re interested and we’ll send you more information on the time & location.

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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

Community Volunteers Needed!

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We are looking for volunteers from the community to help with market set up and take down on Sundays.  Work would include the set up and take down of tents, flags, parking cones, etc on our market days. Times would be at 8:30 and then at 12:45. We would need you for about 45 minutes to an hour.

 

It’s a great way to start your Sunday, talking with Farmer’s, enjoying the sunshine and getting a sneak peak at what you can buy at the market that day.

The market runs until the last Sunday in October, with a final market the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.

Email swampscottfm@fastmail.fm if you are interested in helping out or fill out the contact form on our website. We can work around the days that you would be available to help out, we’re just looking for more hands! Thank you in advance for your help, the market wouldn’t be possible without the help of great community volunteers like you!

 

Celebrating National Farmer’s Market Week!

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If you needed yet another reason to come out to the Swampscott Farmer’s Market this weekend, how about the start of National Farmer’s Market week? August 3rd – 9th has been declared National Farmer’s Market Week!

We are so happy and grateful to see the market thriving every weekend after all the hard work we put into planning! Most of all we would like to thank all of our fantastic farmer’s and vendors for helping this market grow and for helping us provide this service to the community!

We love seeing all of your smiling faces every weekend,we hope you’ll be able to make it out this weekend to show our vendors how much you appreciate them and to keep this beautiful market running for years to come!  The market is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and we want the market to succeed just as much as you do so we’re always open to your comments & suggestions.  You can always stop by our booth on Sundays or write us a note through the “contact” section on our website.

We’ll see you on Sunday!!

Opening Day Festivities!

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The week has finally arrived! The market is opening for the season on Sunday and we couldn’t be more excited.

It is still early in the growing season but we guarantee that our vendors will be bringing some great stuff!  Things you can expect to see this time of year include items like lettuce, kale, strawberries, turnips, radishes, spring onions, greenhouse tomatoes, fresh herbs, rhubarb, and some beautiful plants.

We have a number of fantastic vendors joining us this year, in addition to the produce, you’ll be able to find grass-fed meats, fresh seafood, honey, pickles, flowers, wine, cheese, cannolis, coffee, baked confections, candy, bread, spices, soup, prepared seafood, thai food, fresh pasta & salsa (just to name a few).

For music on opening day we are pleased to have Marimbachic (Lydia Lucas) joining us.

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BRING THE KIDDOS!  We’re going to have fun activities like balloon making and face painting along with cake (while it lasts)!

Please help us spread the word by telling your friends, family and neighbors. The weather report is looking good, we hope to see everyone out there on Sunday supporting the local farmers!!

2014 CSA Shares

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We’ve had a lot of inquiries about CSA shares this year so we wanted to remind everyone that two of our vendors are offering CSA Shares this year and you can still sign up!

If you are new to a CSA, it is a great way to experience the freshest local produce on a weekly basis.  It will encourage you to get creative in the kitchen stay healthy with all that local produce!

Long Hill Orchard with have CSA shares available for pick-up at the Swampscott Farmer’s Market, you can sign up by visiting their website here.

Connor’s Farm is also offering CSA shares this year but pick-up is only available at the farm, sign up here.

 

{Articles} Why Shop At Your Local Farmers’ Market?

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Some of us are hooked on the beautiful, fresh produce, the lively, open-air atmosphere, and the opportunities to connect with farmers, vendors and friends that Swampscott Farmers’ Market. Others may need to be convinced of the benefits, asking “why shop at the farmer’s market when I can buy a greater a variety of things, often more cheaply, at my supermarket?”  There are a lot of reasons to buy locally grown food.  Here are three right up top:

One, buying at the Farmer’s Market supports local farms and families.  Farms have been vanishing from the American landscape at an alarming rate over recent decades—small, family farms in particular. The wholesale prices that farmers can get for their products are usually very low, often not more than the cost of producing them.  In the industrial farming business, small farms cannot compete, and many farmers end up selling their land for development. But when farmers can sell directly to consumers for the full retail price, cutting out the middleman, it helps families to continue to farm their land, preserving the local economy.

Two, it’s more sustainable. Food that is grown or raised and harvested close to home is transported over much shorter distances than is common in the conventional global food system.  Locally grown food actually gives us access to rarer, tastier varieties of fruits and vegetables because they haven’t been genetically selected to withstand being transported hundreds or thousands of miles and then warehoused (sometimes for weeks) before arriving at the grocery store.  Many of the farms that sell at the Swampscott Farmers’ Market have a strong commitment to sustainable methods of farming and to growing heirloom varieties of produce and livestock.  Smaller farms can also manage their crops and livestock in ways that have a lower environmental impact than can massive industrial farms, but those low impact methods are more labor intensive, which is why the Farmer’s Market can sometime be a little more expensive.

Three, the Farmer’s Market builds community.  When you buy your produce, meat and fish directly, you’re engaging in a time-honored connection.  It helps us to know more about the place we live and its seasons, and people and processes that provide what we eat.  It’s also a lot of fun.  With live music, artisanal foods and crafts, and special kid-friendly events, shopping at the Swampscott Farmers’ Market can turn a boring errand into a festive family outing.

So maybe you can’t by a papaya from Mexico or tomatoes in early June, and maybe you’ll spend a bit more for that beautiful head of lettuce (picked that very morning) than you would at the supermarket.  But you’ll know that, in a small, very pleasurable way, you’re participating in the stewardship of our local economy and landscape.

~Lilli Nye