(All photos by Kristina Israel. Please do not reproduce, use, copy or burgle in any way.)
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!
For those of you who made it to our first Winter Farmers’ Market at Green Mountain Orchards on Sunday, Thank You! These photos were taken late in the day, just as some of our vendors were selling out, and while they offer a glimpse of this wonderful market, they do it no justice really. Lots of people showed up to shop and support our amazing vendors and producers. Folks bought turkeys for their Thanksgiving tables, armloads of produce, baked goods to take home and share, and of course gifts for themselves and loved ones! There was amazing live music by Tom, Patty and the Paine Brothers, and lots of dancing went on in the common space between the booths.
Our many thanks to the wonderful Darrow family at Green Mountain Orchards– they have been so supportive and easy to work with, and we can only hope that our association with them will continue to grow as the market does itself.
And don’t forget! If you missed this market, you still have one more chance to buy something really special this holiday season, when we do it all again on Sunday, December 19th from 11 to 2. Thanks to our wonderful vendors, and the community of Transition Town Putney for making this happen!
Are you coming to our first Winter Farmers’ Market this Sunday? Well, you should! We’ve got a great lineup of vendors, selling everything from Thanksgiving turkeys to up-cylcled wool mittens, so save the date, and stop by Green Mountain Orchards from 11 to 3, where you can purchase these fine Vermont products:
Sourdough Bread, Chevre and Pickles from Hollyhock Farm
Fresh eggs, whole chickens, maple syrup, toffee and cutting boards from Meadowdale Farm
Produce, turkeys, and hot sauce from Deep Meadow Farm
Turkeys from Twin Brooks Farm
Pickles, salsas and hot sauce from Sowing Peace Farm
Handcrafted herbal preparations from Plant Magic
Sweet and savory rustic tarts by Ruby McAdoo
Handcrafted jewelry from several fine vendors, including Ruth WPLK
Handspun yarns, knit items, and wool rovings from Centre Artisans and Crooked Fence Farm
Rachael’s handmade mittens
Imelda’s authentic tacos and tamales
Sweet or savory Crepes et Galettes
Massage by Zoe Scott
Polarity therapy by Jane Collister
Fantasy Wear by Jill Green
Evening Time Chocolate Truffles
Need directions to Green Mountain Orchards. Click on this link. Want to see photos from the market? Check back next week!