Hope to see you Saturday

Only two more Markets; how quickly the season passes. We hope you’ll be there – not only because of the great line-up of vendors, but to stop and talk about out how you can help the Market continue in 2019 and beyond. And will you accept the challenge to visit each and every vendor, even if it’s just to say hello and thank them for coming: Applefield Farm, Balance Rock Farm (pick up their off-season $-off coupon), Brigham Farm Stand & Greenhouse, Cookie Lady Treats, Giacomo’s Gourmet Foods LLC and Hudson Hives.Nashoba Valley Extract Co, Pony Shack Cider, The Bake Shoppe (Ariana’s last Maynard Market ever!), Parsons WoodCraft, and Everything Alpaca – NH. Be the Love Yoga (our Wellness group and ArtSpace Maynard is at the Community Table.   Vira DeFilippo performs starting at 9:30. And we will have out the collection jar – please consider putting in a few dollars.
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What will the future bring?

It’s not elegant, but we are going to start with the ask: in order for the Market to continue in 2019 and beyond, the Maynard Farmers’ Market board members will need significant involvement from more people (and some cash contributions will help too). Information about how you can help is at the end of this post.

Since we’re more than 3/4 thru the Market season, I think it’s a good time to ask you, our visitors and shoppers, to pause and reflect on what the Market means to you. Is it the ability to buy fresh produce and meats from farms that are right down the road, bakers that are your neighbors and other specialty vendors with unique local products.
IMG_2876 Perhaps it’s the useful, beautiful handmade products from the local artisans that attend each week or the information you can get from local community groups and wellness practitioners.

Maybe it’s a place chat with friends, the kids to play, ride their bikes and learn about non-processed foods, or a destination the dog looks forward to each week. Or you come to enjoy the talents of the musicians that play in the Serendipity Music Series.

Maybe you just love the idea that we have a community gathering place that draws people out of their homes and into town. Whatever it is that brings each of you 400+ visitors to the Market each week (along with your 90+ kids), would matter if it wasn’t available to you as part of your Saturday morning summer routine?
As with many things in Maynard, the Market is a labor of love and the work of dedicated volunteers. Linda, in addition to being treasurer, has been at nearly every Market for each of its twenty-three seasons, I have been coordinating the Market for more than fifteen years, Laura & Johnny Hobson schedule and set up the Music Series and the list goes on. We need new people and energy to continue it into the future.
How you can help: 1) Come to a stakeholders meeting at any of the final three Markets – 10:30 am at the Community Information table. Coming isn’t a commitment; it is just a demonstration that you are interested in what happens in the future. and/or 2) On your next visit, put a few dollars in the collection basket. (The Vendor fees pay yearly expenses such as insurance and day-of Market Manager pay, but we could use a cushion to cover things like updated lawn signs, banners, and other supplies.) Thank you and hope to see you at the Market. Carol

Make us part of your holiday weekend

Monday may be the Labor Day holiday, but on Saturday the Market will be running its regular 9-1 hours and we hope to see you all there. Hudson Hives returns from their two-week vacation so you’ll find all the weekly vendors. To boost your baked goods options this week, in addition to granola and prepared foods, Giacomo’s will be bringing Biscotti (multiple varieties), Scones (Blueberry Lemon, Cranberry Orange, Bourbon Raisin), Pecan Praline Blondies, Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies, Hermits, Gluten-Free Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, Lemon Poppy Seed Bundts and Focaccia Bread. When you visit Laurie, be sure to ask her about being in the running for Best Gourmet Shop in the Best of Central Mass contest (voting goes until Sept 30).

Artisan Crista of Bumbleroot Design is back with her beautifully sew items including wallets, purses, aprons and zip code pillows.37141545_10160879526670085_6151715974849495040_n
It will be a fun morning at the Serendipity Music Tent with Sugarcoma performing their retro-tinged indie pop rock starting at 9:30am. Open Table volunteers will be at the Community Table with information about their services, volunteer opportunities and cooking up some dishes using market ingredients for you to sample.

It’s Tomato time

Like corn, nothing says summer like a fresh tomato and at Brigham and Applefield Farms you can currently buy tomatoes in a wondrous variety of shapes, colors and sizes. And if you aren’t a canner, you can still capture summer using your freezer. Two easy ways are to peel and seed for use in soups and other dishes (dip them in boiling water to easily remove skin) or slow roast tomato slices or halved cherries with a bit of salt for winter use on sandwiches.

In addition to tomatoes and all the other delicious produce, The Compulsive Baker (Susan’s last 2018 date!), Joni’s Cannolis, and Pony Shack Cider join the weekly vendors. Also find new-to-us artisan Everything Alpaca, NH, Dr. Kay Sunakawa, Holistic Healing Center, Assabet River Rail Trail volunteers at the Community Table and Maynard Rocks in the Kids’ Area with rock painting for everyone. Vira DeFilippo makes her annual appearance at the Serendipity Music Tent with her blend of old school Motown, funk, soul and pop opera. Don’t miss it.


Don’t be a fair-weather friend

With the possibility of less-than-ideal weather the third Saturday in a row, we are putting out a gentle plea that you still make the Market part of your morning schedule this Saturday and come buy from your favorite vendors.  As they do every week, Applefield Farm, Balance Rock Farm, Brigham Farm, Deano’s Pasta, The Cookie Lady, and Giacomo’s Gourmet Foods have been busy harvesting, baking and producing for all of you, so please don’t disappoint them. You also won’t want to miss The Bake Shoppe’s only August date.
IMG_5188Joining the food vendors are Brookfield Candle Co. and Nan of Groovyhome. Community groups are ACME Theatre and the Maynard Club Scouts. The Discovery Museum will be at the Kids’ Tent with hands-on tabletop science activities where kids and grownups can play together. CrossTracks performs at the Serendipity Music Tent thanks to a grant from the Maynard and Mass Cultural Councils. You’ll find us by the Mill Pond on Main St from 9am-1pm.