A final appeal for your help

Dear friends,

As you know, at the beginning of January, the South Hadley Farmers’ Market Board, Healthy Community South Hadley, sent out a call for new members so that the Market could continue this season. We have received many expressions of support for and appreciation of the Market. In addition, a number of people have expressed interest in volunteering their time, vendors have expressed interest in returning or joining for the first time, and at least one person has expressed interest in applying to be the Market manager. However, while several people have requested information about being on the Board, no one has yet stepped forward to volunteer for that function.

It is, of course, necessary to have a Board to move forward. In case anyone is still considering volunteering for the Board, we wanted to make sure to answer a few questions that have been asked:

  • Board membership is a very part-time unpaid volunteer position. In preparing for the season, the Board has usually met about once every two weeks. Different Board members then have taken responsibility for different tasks, including securing the Market space, raising funds for the Market (we have a list of regular donors), and hiring a Market manager. The Market manager normally takes primary responsibility for recruiting vendors, with support from the Board.
  • During the season, Board members take on tasks related to the Market, but most weekly logistics are handled by the Market manager. The Market manager also coordinates volunteer activity.
  • Immediately post-season, the Board balances the Market’s books (this is primarily done by the Treasurer). Federal and state paperwork for taxes has to be submitted by the Treasurer; our current Treasurer is committed to working with the new Treasurer and Board to make sure everything is in order and all paperwork is properly completed for this year’s filings. Things then usually slow down a bit until January, when planning for the next season needs to begin.
  • The Market has run smoothly for a while now, with general satisfaction and commitment expressed by vendors and customers. The current Board members (there are five of us) are stepping down for varied personal and professional reasons, none related specifically to the Market itself. All of us are committed to working with a new Board on transition.
We love the South Hadley Farmers’ Market, but we do need new people to step up if it is to continue.  We are sending out this one last email to our friends to see if there are people out there willing to make this commitment so that the Market will be there this season.  If we do not hear definitively from at least a small group by Monday, February 20, the current Board will need to take the proper steps to close down the Market officially and terminate our recognition as a Massachusetts non-profit with 501(c)4 status. We would do this with great regret, but we need to take responsible and appropriate steps if there are not folks out there who want to work to continue the Market.

Please let us know immediately (shfarmersmarket@gmail.com) if you are interested.  And, if not, we appreciate your support over the years.

Best wishes from the HCSH Board:

Sarah Etelman
Pat Greenfield
Joan Grenier
Jan Lieson
Cindy Pyle

Looking for a new SHFM Board

Dear South Hadley Farmers’ Market friends,

We want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year, and also update you on Market news.

Due to a range of work and personal commitments in the upcoming year, our current Healthy Community South Hadley (HCSH) Board members feel they do not have adequate time to devote to ensuring a successful farmers’ market this coming year. However, we would like to reach out to you — our customers and friends — to see if there are others who would be willing to step up and work to coordinate a 2017 South Hadley Farmers’ Market.

From experience and based on the mission of HCSH, we would be looking for a new group of Board members — including but not necessarily entirely limited to South Hadley residents — with a clear plan for a successful Market in an accessible public space in South Hadley. The current Board is prepared to orient and transition new members and then step aside; new Board members would need to be willing to take on the officer positions in this established non-profit organization, including President, Secretary and Treasurer. At least one Board member will also need to coordinate social media. In addition, to prepare for the Summer 2017 Market, the Board will need to hire a new Market Manager no later than March 2017. It takes significant time to prepare for the Market; vendor outreach should ideally begin before March.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Board and leadership and management group for the Market, or in knowing more about Board responsibilities and the Market, please reply to the HCSH Board at shfarmersmarket@gmail.com prior to January 31, 2017. We are hopeful that there is a new group of folks committed to continuing this important community service for South Hadley. If we do not receive responses by January 31 from people committed to continuing a Market in an appropriate public space in South Hadley, the HCSH Board will be taking the necessary steps to close down the organization.

Thanks very much and, again, a happy and healthy New Year to all!

Best wishes from the HCSH Board:
Sarah Etelman
Pat Greenfield
Joan Grenier
Jan Lieson
Cindy Pyle

1st Market of the 2016 season!

It’s finally here! The South Hadley Farmers’ Market begins its 8th season on Thursday, June 2!

You’ll find many new vendors this year, along with some of your returning favorites.  We’ll have different products and vendors from week to week, so make sure to keep up with us on Facebook and email, and most importantly, come to the Market each Thursday, 2:00-6:00 pm.

Products you’ll find at this week’s market include rhubarb, asparagus, plants, Swiss chard, arugula, lettuce, spinach, turnips, radishes, green garlic, kale, mixed salad greens, bok choi, honey, maple syrup, bread, baked goods, DEET-free bug repellent, goat’s milk soap, micro-greens, sprouts, jam, sauces, and more!

For your musical entertainment, we are happy to introduce you to Kevin Jones, who is making his South Hadley Farmers’ Market debut.

We’ve been hard at work making sure there’s something for everyone, and can’t wait to see you all and have you meet our new vendors (and say hello to your returning favorites)…

What you’ll find at the June 2nd South Hadley Farmers’ Market:

FOOD:
Auntie Elsie’s Oatmeal Crisps
Hungry Ghost
Longevity Greens
Phuong’s Asian Vegetables
Round the Corner Brownie Co.
Sentinel Farm
Stony Hill Farm
Stoneybrook Cider
Wickedly Wild Sauces and Spices

ARTS AND MORE:
Juliet Rose Pottery
River’s Edge Bug Repel

MUSIC:
Kevin Jones, playing jazz guitar

Gearing up for Summer 2016

We’ve been busy behind the scenes at the South Hadley Farmers’ Market, getting ready for the 2016 season!

The time of the market has changed a little this year — we’ll be on the South Hadley Town Common every Thursday from 2-6 pm.

Our first market day will be Thursday, June 2, and we can’t wait to see you! We’ll be updating our Vendor page soon, so stay tuned — and keep an eye on our Facebook page, too!

September is Here!

Summer is starting to wind down, especially as most students are returning to school. We look forward to all of the Mount Holyoke students who’ll be visiting the Market!

Remember that some of our vendors will be joining us every week, some will join every other week, and others will be making special appearances throughout the season, so make sure you’ve liked and are following our Facebook page for updates.

Food

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  • I Can With – Salsa made with fresh produce from South Hadley Farmers’ Market vendors; fruit-jalepeño lemonade.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Squash, zucchini, corn, potatoes, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, and peaches.

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  • People’s Bakery – Homemade breads, baked each morning: French, jalepeño-cheddar, four seed, honey oat, Kalamata olive and rosemary, and spinach and garlic crusty sourdough.

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  • Sentinel Farm – Peaches, nectarines, honey, and several varieties of apples.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – Sparkling apple cider infused with Frontenac red wine grapes! Also, all-natural sparkling and still pure apple hard ciders crafted with heirloom apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Sun Kim Bop (3-6 pm) – Korean BBQ and more. Look for the truck in the traffic circle right in front of the Market!

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – Cucumber dip (fresh dried herb spices – just add fresh cucumber and sour cream); sun-dried tomato and garlic dipping oil (made with fresh lemon juice and olive oil); BBQ Sauce (made with top shelf Wild Turkey bourbon). Also, specialty cooking spices, rubs and dips made with no additives, preservatives, coloring, MSG, or gluten.

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Arts

  • Bling It On – Crystal jewelry, sun catchers, bookmarks, hair pins, key chains, sculptures, glass prisms and more.

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  • CottageWicks – Natural, organic soaps, lotions, and salves made with essential oils; 100% natural, non-toxic soy candles. This week’s featured soap: Enchanted Rosewood, made with rose clay, organic rose petals, and pure essential oils of rosewood, tea tree, and sandalwood. Rose clay has mild exfoliating powers and helps to detoxify the skin by drawing impurities from the pores. Tea tree and sandalwood have antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – All things herbal: organic teas, extracts, cooking herbs, body care, aromatherapy, even bug repellent! This week’s featured product: herbal germ relief through aromatherapy, perfect for back-to-school!

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Music

See you tomorrow!

Last August Market of the Year!

Where has this summer gone!? It’s hard to believe that there are only two months left of the Market season!

We’ll have a special performance from a Market favorite, Lexi Weege, from 2-5PM. Before she performs, come by to check out all of the treats at this week’s Market: baked goods, burritos, eggs, flowers, fruits, pickles, and much more! Sun Kim Bop will also be at the Market from 3-6PM.

Food

  • Auntie Elsie’s – Original, ginger, and cranberry oatmeal crisp cookies handcrafted with love from local ingredients.

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  • Blake Orchard Juicery – Organic juices and nut mylks: Skin Cleanser (cucumber, pineapple, celery, spinach, lemon), Glow (carrot, orange), Clean Buzz (beet, pineapple, celery, ginger), Vanilla Almond Mylk, and Chocolate Almond Mylk.

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  • I Can With – Fruit and veggie salsa made fresh each morning, basil paste, burritos, pickles, and fruit-jalapeño lemonade. Stop by for a sample!

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  • Just Jane’s Jams – Artisinal jams hand-crafted from local fruit, including original recipe strawberry/raspberry, blueberry/raspberry, tropical mango, milk chocolate strawberry, strawberry vanilla cream, PLUS low sugar varieties

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  • Mt. Warner Vineyard – Award-winning wines from grapes harvested from Mt. Warner’s own vineyard in Hadley, MA, including Cayuga White, Sunset Red, and Secret.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Cherry tomatoes (4 different kinds), Big Boy tomatoes, ground cherries, peaches, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.

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  • People’s Bakery – Crusty sourdough breads, Kalamata olive rosemary, spinach and roasted garlic, peasant French, cranberry pecan; plus spelt sandwich breads, and sweet bread of the week.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – All-natural sparkling and still hard cider, crafted in the New England tradition with apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Sun Kim Bop (3-6 pm) – Korean BBQ and more. Look for the truck in the traffic circle right in front of the Market!

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – Peach butter from local peaches (try a sample!), pumpkin butter sweetened with local maple syrup, apple butter from a mix of early local and crisp apples, and gourmet BBQ sauces, rubs, and spice mixes.

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Artisans

  • CottageWicks – Natural, organic soaps, lotions, and salves made with essential oils; 100% natural, non-toxic soy candles.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – All things herbal: organic teas, extracts, cooking herbs, body care, aromatherapy, even bug repellent!

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Music

  • Market favorite, Lexi Weege, singer/songwriter, performing from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

See you tomorrow!

August 20th Market

Though it’s been quite hot this week, tomorrow seems like it’ll be the perfect weather to come by the market: sun without the scorch.

We’ll be welcoming our new produce vendor tomorrow, Birdhaven Blueberry Farm! They’ll be bringing flowers, herbs, and other goods we’ve had requests for.

Food

  • Birdhaven Blueberry Farm – Eggs, blueberries, veggies (including sungold tomatoes), flowers, and herbs.
  • I Can With – Specialty salsas and lemonade. Make sure to stop by for a sample!

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  • Mt. Warner Vineyard – 3 white wines: Cayuga, Chardonel, and Hampshire White; 2 red wines: Sunset Red and Secret.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Cherry tomatoes (4 different kinds), Big Boy tomatoes, ground cherries, peaches, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.

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  • People’s Bakery – Crusty sourdough breads, Kalamata olive rosemary, spinach and roasted garlic, peasant French, cranberry pecan; plus spelt sandwich breads, and sweet bread of the week.

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  • Sentinel Farm – Plums, peaches, apples (Zestar, Gingergold, and Gravenstein), and honey.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – New: sparkling apple cider infused with Frontenac red wine grapes! Also, all-natural sparkling and still pure apple hard ciders crafted with heirloom apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – This week: pumpkin butter! Also, spicy ranch dressing mix, gourmet barbeque sauces and specialty cooking spices, rubs and dips made with no additives, preservatives, coloring, MSG, or gluten.

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Artisans

  • CottageWicks – This week: featuring Goddess Herbal Steam. This delicious herbal skin steam is designed to hydrate, open pores and nourish. Simply add a handful of herbs in a bowl of boiled water, allow to cool slightly and place a towel over your head to create a steam tent. Relax, clear your mind and breathe deeply for 5-15 min. When finished, strain herbs and set aside for your next bath.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – Community Herbalist Carol Joyce will be bringing over 100+ hand made organic herbals and aromatherapy products, highlighting her St. John’s wort oil. Stop by and she’ll show you how she makes it!

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!