Barn Raising Fundraiser, Sunday February 27th

This Sunday, February 27th from 9 am to 1 pm, join the Strolling of the Heifers and Vermont Country Store in a brunch fundraiser to benefit Taylor Farm of Londonderry and Rohman-Wai Farm of Chester, Vt. The event will take place at Bryant House Restaurant in Weston, with all proceeds benefiting these two farms whose barns collapsed recently under tremendous stress from snow.

For more information, or to donate directly to the cause, visit http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com/.

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2011 Update, More Winter Market Photos

It’s midwinter and we’re trudging through the deep freeze here in Vermont, making plans for the upcoming year and dreaming of spring.  Winter is a great time for quiet preparation; board meetings, conferences, new project ideas– lots of planning is going on right now.  The Vermont Farm to Plate initiative just released its 10-year plan for continued growth of our regional agricultural economy, and farmers’ markets play a large role in strengthening our farmers’ economic position.

Our farmers’ market Board of Directors meets once a month, and is working on such items of interest as creating our market’s by-laws, bringing 3 Squares Vermont/ SNAP benefits to our market, and writing the budget for this market season.  We are slated to reopen in May, on Mothers’ Day (the 8th), and run through October (likely until Columbus Day weekend).  We have just received confirmation through Transition Putney that another lease has been approved for the market and Putney Community Gardens to continue land use on the property across from the co-op.  This is fabulous news, and we’re so grateful to the Gateway Association for making it possible.  It’s important to our town that these projects continue to thrive.

Applications for the 2011 market season will be released soon, via this website.  If you are interested to know when that happens, you can subscribe to this site via email, and receive instant updates when they happen.  The deadline to apply will be sometime in March, the exact date will be printed on the app.

We’re looking forward to a successful first full market season.  Enjoy these photos from the 12/19/10 holiday market, and check back soon for videos from the same!

The 12/19/10 Winter Holiday Market

Enjoy this gallery of images from our second (and very successful) Putney Winter Farmers’ Market.  Our many thanks to our wonderful hosts, Green Mountain Orchards!  And thanks to all of you who came out to do your holiday shopping with us.  We love you, Putney!

Check back soon for more images from the market.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Who’s Who at the final Winter Farmers’ Market

This Sunday, December 19th, from 11 am to 2 pm, join us at Green Mountain Orchards for the final Winter Farmers’ Market of the season!  Bring your holiday lists and enjoy live music while you shop for handmade gifts and locally grown food.  Stay for lunch and enjoy hot cider by the wood stove.  It’s a great excuse to get out and spread some holiday cheer!  Find out who’s coming from our comprehensive vendor list, but first, check out our cool flyer!  (Feel free to print and post as many as you wish, by the way…)

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Produce and Agricultural Products:

Deep Meadow Farm – Organic produce and free range turkeys, from Westminster, Vt.

Hollyhock Farm – Farmstead chevre and hard pecorino-style goats’ milk cheeses, as well as hearth baked sourdough bread, homemade pickles and goats’ milk soaps, Putney.

Applecheek Farm – Pastured pork, free range turkeys, ducks, and emu oil

Twin Brooks Farm – Heritage breed turkeys, raised in Athens, Vt.

Sowing Peace Farm – Jams, jellies, pickles and pesto from their homegrown, organic produce, Westminster West, Vt.

Local Honey by Kathleen Lawrence (and her bees!), Putney.

Pastured pork and lamb from Jascha Pick, Putney.

Meadowdale Farm – Whole chickens, fresh eggs, maple syrup, homemade toffee and candies; forestry products from their family farm in Putney.

Prepared Foods:

Crepes et Galettes – Sweet and savory Breton-style filled crepes and buckwheat galettes, using only the highest quality organic and local ingredients.

Pepper Water – South Indian cuisine, chai and snacks.

Green Mountain Orchards – Hot cider, fresh cider doughnuts, apple pies, assorted baked goods, hot and savory soups; all homemade on their family run orchard in Putney.  (Also our gracious hosts for the Winter Farmers’ Market!)

Artists, Crafters, Healers:

Centre Artisans and Crooked Fence Farm – Locally raised sheep’s wool, hand spun, dyed and knit!  Yarn skeins and wool roving.

Ruth WPLK Sculpted Jewlery

Botanical Art by Maggie Lake

Paintings and wheel-thrown Stoneware by LHD Design

Massage by Zoe Scott

Polarity Therapy gift certificates by Jane Collister

Plant Magic herbal remedies and Material Girl gifts by Amy Enochs

Vermont Landscape cards and posters by Jill Noss

Lexi’s Jewelry

Stone of Wisdom hand crafted body care and jewelry

Recycled mittens by Rachael Shaw

Earth Angel Herbals, tinctures and herbal preparations

Quilted totes and gifts by Lynn Meyer

Inkle Loom Weavings

Children’s Fantasy Wear by Jill Green

Musical Entertainment

by Louisa Pugh on Fiddle

Will Fielding on Banjo

and Mike Harrist on Bass

from 11:30 to 2

And last, but not least, a hot tea and baked goods sale to benefit Transition Town Putney!