Opening Day (May 25) at the Easthampton Farmers’ Market!

Winter was long, spring has been cold and rainy, but FINALLY we’re ready to start market! May 25 is the Opening Day at the Easthampton Farmers’ Market! We’re super excited for our 2019 market season!

Please note: we will have 4 great general produce vendors at market each week but THIS week we just have one due to the cool spring. Stay tuned – all 4 will be here, starting next week!

In addition to great vendors, we have MUSIC, YOGA, ARTS and CRAFTS, and a free seed starting activity for kids! Plus a bunch of great community partners will be visiting with us! Details below.

Here’s who’s coming to market this week:

Barden’s Gardens is bringing live and cut Microgreens.

Crooked Stick Pops is looking forward to the return of the Easthampton Farmers’ Market and cannot wait to see you all! We’ll have the following flavors: Chocolate Banana, Lemon Cream, Mango Strawberry Banana, Raspberry Lime, and Strawberry Watermelon Fruit Punch.

ElleNaturel is coming with handmade bath and body products and bug repellent.

LifeBooch will have homemade kombucha, now from Easthampton!

Mayval Farm is coming with Mayval will be there – cheese, skyr, milk, kefir, beef and maple products and hopefully cookies!

Night Shift Street Fare is bringing made-to-order BREAKFAST to market.

Sage Meadow Farm will have Goat milk soap and body products, made with goat milk from Sage Meadow Farm in Easthampton.

Sweet Morning Farm is bringing vegetable starts, greens, scallions, spinach, mesclun mix, eggs, and pork.

This week’s guests and entertainment:

Emily Williston Memorial Library, who will have all manner of books and stories on seeds, gardens, and farms, and who will hook you UP with a library card if you need one;
The Easthampton Community Center, who will tell you all about their food pantry, their programs, their kids’ pantry, and all the amazing stuff they do for our community, PLUS folks from the Senior Center, who can fill you in ways they help the community;
Folks from the The Food Bank of Western Mass., who will teach you all about the HIP – Healthy Incentives Program, Pioneer Valley, which just got funded to the tune of 6.5 million dollars, thank you very much;
A free SEED STARTING activity, with Margaret, who managed our market last year;
ARTS AND CRAFTS with Ms. Danielle, of course,
AND: musician Andrew Biagerelli, who will play from 9-10:45
FREE YOGA in the park, with Urban Yoga Easthampton from 10:45-11:15, then more music from Claire Dacey at 11:15.

 

Call for Volunteers!

The Easthampton Farmers’ Market is seeking volunteers for our 2020 season! Volunteering for us is a way to get involved in the community, connect with your neighbors, and promote access to local food, and get involved. If you are interested in helping, please email our Market Manager to get involved!

Here are the ways you can help:

1. Break-down Help

***This year we really need one or two volunteers to help with break-down for a minimum of 2 markets per month, especially May 31-August 30.****

Responsibilities:
(2-3 pM) Assist vendors and market manager with loading products and breaking down tents, tables, chairs and signs.

Qualifications:

  • positive attitude and willingness to work
  • ability to carry items, set up signs and tents

Commitment: one or two Sundays a month during the season (especially needed May-August)

 

2. Greeter/HIP volunteer

Why: We need your help to welcome and guide customers through the market’s benefit programs.

The Easthampton Farmers’ Market welcomes all community members! The market and its vendors offer a variety of benefits to help families access fresh, local food on a budget.

Programs available at the market:

  • SNAP, a federal program for supplemental nutrition assistance
  • HIP, a Massachusetts program that gives SNAP recipients extra money for local, healthy fruits and vegetables
  • WIC FMNP, a Massachusetts program especially for women with young children
  • Senior FMNP, a Massachusetts program especially for seniors

Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with SNAP, HIP, and other benefit programs (we’ll teach you!)
  • Be a friendly face at market; help the market manager greet customers
  • Help inform folks who qualify for HIP about the benefit and answer any follow-up questions they may have about HIP or HIP vendors
  • Work with market coordinator and vendors to help make the environment welcoming to all

Qualifications:

  • friendly, welcoming attitude
  • interest in helping people access healthy food
  • respectful toward all; able to be discreet
  • ability to learn about and explain benefits to customers

Where: Easthampton Farmers’ Market, 50 Payson Ave

When: Sundays from May 31- Oct 11 

Shifts: 10-Noon and/or Noon-2pm

Commitment:  2-3 Sundays during the season

 

3. HIP outreach volunteer

Why: We need your help to spread the word about the market’s benefit programs.

The Easthampton Farmers’ Market welcomes all community members! The market and its vendors offer a variety of benefits to help families access fresh, local food on a budget.

Programs available at the market:

  • SNAP, a federal program for supplemental nutrition assistance
  • HIP, a Massachusetts program that gives SNAP recipients extra money for local, healthy fruits and vegetables
  • WIC FMNP, a Massachusetts program especially for women with young children
  • Senior FMNP, a Massachusetts program especially for seniors

Responsibilities:

  • Become familiar with SNAP, HIP, and other benefit programs (we’ll teach you!)
  • Work with market staff to hang flyers about the program
  • Help spread the word about market benefits and answer questions that community groups may have

Qualifications:

  • interest in helping people access healthy food
  • respectful toward all; able to be discreet
  • ability to learn about and explain benefits to customers
  • helpful: having connections in Easthampton

Where: around town

When: Anytime during the season, May 31 – Oct 11

Commitment: 5 hours/month

If you are interested in helping, please email our Market Manager to get involved!

Call For 2019 Market Vendors

On such a dreary day, it’s hard to imagine that we’re already planning our 2019 market season. Spring is right around the corner…Almost! We are currently looking to add farmers of all kinds, bakers, up-and-coming micro businesses, and prepared food vendors to join the already stellar line up of folks returning from last year. Are you a maker or producer? A market gardener or budding farmer?  We’d love to have you! We’re a growing market, nearly doubling in size in the past year. The season runs on Saturdays from 9 am – 1 pm from May 25th to October 5th, and there are a variety of ways to participate. Our updated application and guidelines are live on the website!

October 6 at the Market

Oh, how time flies! The final market of the season is upon us. Make sure to stop by for the last of the amazing harvests that have sustained us this year. If you haven’t joined our mailing list, visit the manager’s tent! You can also enjoy a cup of Shelburne Falls coffee, and get SNAP coins there. Help our market continue to grow! We welcomes questions, comments, ideas, and inquiries regarding the 2019 season. See you there!

Stoney Brook Cider is bringing their award-winning hard cider. Perfect for any fall gathering, bring home a bottle today!

Passalongs will be at market with a JAM BLOWOUT. All jams are just $4 each! Also – lots of flowers, as well as some eggs from very disgruntled chickens 😉

Stoney Creek Farm will have fresh meat, yummy home baked treats, bread, preserves, and goat cheese, including feta and chevre.

Dave Lovler will be here to with an awesome method of composting leaves, turning them into a valuable soil amendment, mulch, or potting material!

Mayval Farm is bringing beef, whole cow’s milk (plain and chocolate), maple cream, and delectable cheese curds.

PJ Niver will be here to discuss “The Culture of Reuse” and the plastic free challenge.

Sage Meadow Farm will have a variety of organic goat milk soap made right here in Easthampton!

Riverside Garden will have fresh veggies, grown using organic practices. Come and support their awesome mission!

Pearl Street Mushrooms will have an abundance of fresh mushrooms, and delicious infused nut butters. Darien is a wealth of knowledge and is always happy to share fun recipe ideas!

Stephanie Levine from The Emily Williston Memorial Library will be here helping folks sign up for library cards.

 

 

September 29 at the Market

The cool weather is setting in and market season is winding down, but we still have an abundance of fresh food for you this week. Come out and support your local farmers and makers. We take SNAP and HIP! We have coffee!! And don’t forget, it’s dragon boat time!! Across from the market, check out the third annual Ride the Dragon Competition on Nashawannuck Pond. They’ll have food vendors, raffles, children’s activities, dragon boat rides and more. There’s no better way to spend a warm autumn day!

Sapowsky Farm will have tomatoes, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, winter squash, peaches, kale, peppers (both hot and sweet), onions, potatoes, Brussels sprouts, carrots, lettuce, apples, pears, plums, beans, and eggplants.

Kirk’ Creations will have Stukitz Kraut, vegan kimchi, fermented hot sauce infusion, and smoked hot pepper salsa as well as Blaukraut, fermented red hot sauce, and plenty of super hot peppers.

LifeBooch is bringing both ginger and raspberry grapefruit kombucha!

Sweet JJs will have bourbon pumpkin tarts, blueberry yogurt muffins, cranberry walnut sourdough, financiers, croissants, cinnamon rolls, almond cloud cookies, golden raisin oatmeal cookies, emoji lemon sugar cookies, and lemon tarts.

Mayval Farm will be there with milk (plain and chocolate), skyr, cheese curds, and beef.

Stony Creek Farm will have delicious handmade goat cheeses, an assortment of pickles and preserves, baked goods, and meat.

The wonderful Miss Danielle will be at Kids’ Tent with fierce dragon crafts!

Sarah Amoroso from the Easthampton Elementary PTO will be selling beverages as a fundraiser to help develop events and activities that promote community engagement, support the arts and extend the lessons of the classroom out into the larger world. Come down and help out a great cause!

Mama Life Oils is our guest vendor this week, with all natural household products made with essential oils.

Music will be provided by Greg Reil and Claire Dacey!

September 22 at the Market

It’s almost market day! Join us this Saturday for a festive array of late summer and early fall produce, kids crafts, sweet tunes, and a cup of coffee from Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters. Gift giving season is right around the corner, so stock up on your favorite handmade market items and support the small businesses and farmers that have helped our market grow! We take SNAP, and participate in HIP!

Sapowsky Farm is coming with crisp apples, corn, peaches, beans, pumpkins, beets, lettuce, greens, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, peppers (both hot and sweet), cinnamon bread, pears, juicy plums, cabbage, carrots, brussel sprouts, radishes, winter squash, and ripe tomatoes.

Elle Naturels will be here with her all natural beauty products, soaps, and cosmetics.

Sweet JJs will have apple strudel muffins, financiers, as well as their veggie bake, almond and chocolate croissants, cinnamon rolls, almond cloud cookies, golden raisin oatmeal cookies, emoji lemon sugar cookies, and lemon tarts.

Pearl Street Mushroom Farm will have their delicious nut butters and a load of fresh mushrooms!

Mayval Farm will be there with tasty maple cream, fresh milk, skyr, cheese, and beef.

Stony Creek Farm will have an assortment of pickles and jam, pies and cookies, fresh bread, and goat cheese and meat.

Five a Day Farm will have summer and spaghetti squash, green beans, tatsoi, kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, and cukes.

PJ Niver will be at the Culture of Reuse booth. Stop by to learn about composting and sign up for the plastic free challenge!

Miss Danielle will be back this week at the Kid’s Tent with an apple craft as we welcome in the autumn!

Market tunes by the talented Greg Reil in the morning, followed by market newcomer Andrew Biagiarelli, a recent Western Mass transplant with a style that ranges from folk and blues to jazz-infused.

September 15 at the Market

It’s finally starting to feel like Fall in the Pioneer Valley! Put on a comfy scarf, and head on down to the Saturday market. Lots of vendors, tons of options! As always, SNAP and HIP accepted!

LifeBooch is back with ginger kombucha and hopefully, strawberry basil. Come by and try their newest flavor addition, raspberry grapefruit!

Riverside Gardens will have tons of fresh veggies!

Passalongs Farm will be at market with JAMS ON SALE! Fresh flower bouquets, and tabletop succulent gardens. This is one of their last markets of the year and it’s CLEARANCE time! All jams will be $4 each! Stock up for the fall and winter!

Stoneybrook Cider will have their artisanal hard cider, made in the New England tradition from apples hand picked here in the Pioneer Valley.

Sapowsky Farm will be there with a truckload of spectacular seasonal fruits and veggies.

Parkhill Orchard will have fresh pressed cider, warm peach pies, and crisp fall apples; our favorite New England season has arrived!

Sweet JJs will have pumpkin apple streusel muffins for all the Fall lovers out there, as well as their incredible veggie bake, almond and chocolate croissants, cinnamon rolls, almond cloud cookies, golden raisin oatmeal cookies, emoji lemon sugar cookies, and lemon tarts.

Pearl Street Mushroom Farm will have their yummy medicinal nut butters and a load of fresh mushrooms!

Mayval Farm will be there with tasty maple cream, skyr, cheese, and beef.

Kirk’s Creations will have his famous Stukitz kraut, jalapeño garlic kraut, blaukraut, fermented cucumbers, hot sauce, and smoked hot pepper salsa, as well as HOT peppers straight from the garden!

Stony Creek Farm will have an assortment of pickles and preserves, pies and cookies, fresh baked bread, and goat cheese and meat.

Five a Day Farm will have summer and spaghetti squash, green beans, tatsoi, kale, swiss chard, tomatoes, and cukes.

The Prindle School will our market guests, performing demos and giving out information about music lessons for all ages and abilities.

Music by the talented Greg Reil, followed by jazz vocalist Steve Lipman performing selections from the Great American Songbook with Dan Prindle on bass, Colin Jalbert on drums, and Jimmy Robitaille on keys.