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!

August 13th-Children’s Day!

Tomorrow’s Market will be a special one; in addition to providing fresh produce, juices, baked goods, and other treats as we usually do, the Market will also feature activities for children to participate in!

From 3-5PM, the Market will host a lineup of games, crafts, and stories for even the youngest to enjoy. Throughout the two-hour time period, the Center Nursery School, Gorse Children’s Center, South Hadley Youth Commission, and South Hadley Falls Neighborhood Association — along with our own farmers’ market volunteers — will provide the afternoon fun with games, face painting, and crafts.

However, we’ll have a particularly special treat from 3:30-4:30 as Gail Herman will be telling stores in the tent. Dr. Gail Herman is a professional storyteller and teaching artist who has performed stories on 4 continents. She brings her stories alive with hand puppets and folk percussion instruments, engaging her listeners’ imaginations. Her lively enthusiasm is contagious and entertaining to children of all ages!

And to keep everyone in a lively mood, singer-songwrite Cameron Sutphin will be performing from 1-4PM.


Food

  • Auntie Elsie’s – Original, ginger, and cranberry oatmeal crisp cookies handcrafted with love from local ingredients
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Auntie Elsie’s Cookies are always a favorite at the Market!

Stop by to talk to Alli and try one (or all) of her great juices and mylks!

Stop by to talk to Alli and try one (or all) of her great juices and mylks!

  • I Can With – Fresh fruit and veggie salsas made with locally-grown produce; fruit-jalepeño lemonade; PLUS bringing local produce from Outlook Farm!

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  • Just Jane’s Jams – Kids’ Day Special: turnovers and thumbprint cookies made with Jane’s artisanal jams; plus a wide variety of jams, including original recipe strawberry/raspberry, blueberry/raspberry, tropical mango, milk chocolate strawberry, strawberry vanilla cream, plus low sugar varieties

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  • Of The Earth Farm – Blueberries, plums, peaches, corn, slicing tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, beets, carrots, new potatoes and onions

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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 cookies!
People's is always very popular at the Market with their crusty sourdoughs!

People’s is always very popular at the Market with their crusty sourdoughs!

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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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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – Gourmet barbeque sauces, specialty cooking spices, rubs, and dips made with no additives, preservatives, coloring, MSG, or gluten

Arts

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

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Community

  • Crafts, face-painting, games, and stories for kids from 3-5PM!

Music

  • Cameron Sutphin is preparing to leave New England for Nashville, TN to pursue songwriting. Don’t miss out on hearing him play acoustic guitar from 1-4PM!