Summer draws to a close, but the bounty continues!

It’s hard to believe that August is coming to an end. With it, we say goodbye to our good friends at the Food For All program who have valiantly staffed the Healthy Community table all summer, playing games and painting faces with kids who come to the market, and sharing the surplus bounty from the Food Pantry Garden with the market’s customers. We will miss them greatly and wish them best of luck this fall as they return to school!

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Kids lining up to have their faces painted by the Food For All interns.

We truly lucked out with the weather this August. The air has been clean and crisp, and we’ve seen (mostly!) sunny skies.

A highlight of this month was our children’s theater performance on August 14th. ToBe Fit: The Juggling Nutrition Magician, paid the market a visit and put on a show in the gazebo full of magic, music, juggling, and more. Over sixty kids and their parents attended the event! ToBe taught us how to stay fit and juggle a well-balanced diet. Many thanks to Chicopee Savings Bank, Easthampton Savings Bank, Mount Holyoke College, the South Hadley Family Center, and the Gorse Children’s Center for sponsoring the event, and to FoodPlay Productions for putting on such a great show!

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ToBe asks us about our favorite healthy snacks.

In addition to many fun activities at the market, don’t even get me started on the amazing fruits, vegetables, and other locally-made products that are available at the market right now. August is a truly special month for seasonal produce. Cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, hot peppers, sweet corn, lettuces, kale, tender green beans, zucchini and summer squash… I’ve been dining like a queen, thanks to Farmacy Gardens and Dave’s Natural Garden.

We also welcomed a new vendor to our market. Hailing from Conway, Massachusetts, Jacquie and Kurt from Vachel Farm are bringing us ethically farmed, grass-fed Angus beef. Customers have been loving their product. They’re really nice folks, too!

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And of course, we celebrated the return of Sentinel Farm to the market. First, they brought Methley plums — a small, sweet variety that’s only available a few weeks per year — and now we’re seeing amazing peaches and even some early summer apples. They are sweet and healthy snacks that can be eaten right at the market!

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We hope to see you at the market this fall. Summer may be over, but the harvest continues. We encourage you to join our email list to stay on top of what vendors will be at each week’s market and what they’ll be bringing!

Sincerely,

Nora
Market Manager

Mid-July at the Market

It’s mid-July, which means that some of the juiciest and most delicious vegetables and fruits are popping up at the market. Blueberries, tomatoes, and squash, to name just a few!

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We’ve welcomed a few new vendors to our market this month. South Hadley’s own McCray’s Farm has joined the ranks of South Hadley market vendors, bringing bottled milk and ICE CREAM to the market weekly for the rest of the season. We’ve also welcomed back Kristin’s Cookies and More, a favorite from last year, who brings everything from muffins to s’mores cookies to cheesecake bars. Yum!

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The market is growing into a wonderful place for families to spend a lazy summer afternoon. The Food For All interns have offered face painting and games to kids at the Healthy Community table. Customers have been enjoying the recipes we have to offer, too!

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Mark your calendars: The South Hadley Farmers’ Market is excited to announce that we will be hosting a performance on the Town Common on Thursday, August 14th at 1:00 pmToBe Fit is a dazzling performance filled with magic, circus tricks, music, and juggling – and it’s all about eating healthy and staying in shape. The event is free and open to the public. Stay tuned for more details! Many thanks to Easthampton Savings Bank, Chicopee Savings Bank, Mount Holyoke College, the Gorse Children’s Center, and the South Hadley Family Center for sponsoring the event.

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See you at market!

The 2014 market season has begun!

Market season has begun!

Our first market of the season was this past Thursday, on June 5th. The day began with a healthy dose of rain, which cleared up in the afternoon. The day turned sunny, breezy, and beautiful. We saw many faces, new and old!

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New to the market this year is the Healthy Community table. Stop by and learn about healthy eating and healthy cooking. We have recipes for adults and kids, information about food assistance programs, and coloring activities. This past Thursday, Beth Ziemba from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts was at the Healthy Community table with information about the SNAP program. We also had Brian Steinberg doing tarot readings — it was great fun!

What’s in season?

The first few weeks of the farmers’ market will highlight the best of spring vegetables. Snap peas, pea shoots, beets, radishes, turnips, lettuce, kales, Swiss chard, carrots, herbs, and more all make for a fresh, delicious, crunchy spring salad. Stop by Dave’s Natural Garden and Farmacy Gardens’ tables to pick up everything you need for tonight’s supper.

Curious what you’ll find at the market as the season continues? Stop by the Healthy Community table to pick up a Massachusetts harvest calendar.

Join the market’s email list!

The best way to stay on top of what’s happening at the farmers’ market is to join the e-mail list. We send a weekly update with information about products, vendors, activities, and entertainment. See you soon!

The South Hadley Farmers’ Market needs volunteers!

Call to volunteers!

The South Hadley Farmers’ Market seeks volunteers to assist with the daily operation of the market. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in, help out with, and help plan fun and educational market activities.

Dates and time:

The farmers’ market takes place Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 6:00 pm, June 5th – October 9th. There are nineteen (19) markets this season. Volunteers would be needed from 12 – 3 pm and again from 5:30 – 6:30 pm to assist vendors in breaking down the market. (Times are flexible). One volunteer is needed per market date.

Volunteer Duties:

  • Assist vendors by: * unloading trucks, setting up displays, and breaking down at the end of the market. * Watching vendors’ tables while they take breaks.
  • Assist the market manager by: * Watching the managers’ table while the manager runs errands. * Processing credit, debit, and food stamp purchases. * Compiling information from vendors for the weekly e-newsletter. * Collecting food donations from vendors. * Helping to run special market activities (children’s activities, educational activities, fundraisers at the market, etc).

Interested?

Please fill out the following form, or contact market manager Nora Murphy via email at shfarmersmarket@gmail.com or by phone at (978) 844-2522. Please be sure to indicate your desired duration of participation at the market (“every week”, “every other week”, “once a month”, or specific dates).

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