Our Second Market on Friday, 29 May!

Thank you to everyone who came last week (or even just thought about coming!) to our first Market last Friday! Who could have asked for better spring weather, when we had such balmy air and crystal-blue skies? But it was all the smiles — impossible to hide, even behind everyone’s masks — that made it the brightest.

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Yes, the layout was a little different, with the “boulevard”, more space between the tents, and the new addition of foot-powered running water for hand-washing (thanks, Dan!) . . . SFFM 22May20 Water Stationand it all takes a little getting used to. And just as we get used to it, it’ll change, hopefully back to the open spot — for gathering & catching up with neighbors, for shopping, and for relaxing by the musician’s tent — that we’ve all enjoyed so much over the years. In the meantime, we really appreciate everyone’s patience, and how careful everyone is being to abide by the regulations that we all need to follow during this time.

Also, we want to thank the Shelburne Emergency COVID-19 Task Force volunteers 5who were with us last week to help folks navigate the new setup and provide information: Nancy and Ken at the info-table by the exit, and Deb, who helped folks near the entrance. We really appreciate their support!

The weather forecast may be hinting at showers in the afternoon, but we’ll still be on the Green for our second Market tomorrow (Friday, the 29th). Regulations haven’t changed yet, so the setup will be the same as it was last week. (If we end up needing umbrellas, maybe they’d be good reminders of “social distancing”: wouldn’t 2-umbrella-widths be approximately 6 feet??)

The vendors who will be with us this week include:

• Asma’s Kitchen
• Barberic Farm
• Davenport Maple Farm
• Freeman Farm
• Hiro’s Greenhouse
• Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
• Momma’s Homemade
(and Good Bunch Farm will be back next week!)

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Friday afternoon!

First Market on Friday, May 22nd!

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The forsythia and daffodil yellows are just starting to fade, as the greens on the hills are becoming more vibrant by the minute. That’s the signal that it’s time for the Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market season to begin!

Yes, we’re back, opening as usual on Memorial Day weekend (this Friday, 22 May), at our usual 2:00 – 6:30 time, and at our usual spot on the Green. Many of our regular vendors will be back with us on Friday, including:

• Asma’s Kitchen
• Barberic Farm
• Davenport Maple Farm
• Freeman Farm
• Good Bunch Farm
• Hiro’s Greenhouse
• Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
• Momma’s Homemade

Some things will be the same, but with the situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, some things will be different, too. We’ve been guided by all CDC, Mass DPH, and local BOH requirements and recommendations, and are adopting policies and procedures with the goal of keeping our customers, vendors, and community healthy.

Here are the procedures that we need to ask customers and visitors to the Market to follow at this time, and we’ll keep you updated as things change.  From our press release:

-If you are sick, please stay home, and if you start to feel sick at the market, please go home.
-Everyone is required to wear a face covering (except for children under 2 and folks who, because of a medical condition, cannot).
-People are to practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart as much as possible.

-The Market’s entrance will be near the intersection of Water & Main Streets.
-A one way lane will be set up for customers to walk along to access the line of vendors.
-The exit will be near the rock monument, further down Main Street.
-No access via Water Street will be permitted.

-Customers will not be allowed to handle merchandise. The vendor will show you their goods, collect your order, bag it if appropriate, and place it on a table for you to take.
-Payment will be done using as little contact as possible. Vendors will be set up to minimize the touching of card readers, money, pens, etc. as much as possible.
-No reusable bags nor boxes will be allowed at the Market. Please leave them in your car.
-Washing &/or sanitizing between customers will be done as necessary.
-No eating nor drinking will be allowed at the Market, even outside the fenced area.

-Customers are encouraged to only have one person per household attend the Market. If you must have child(ren) with you, they must stay within arm’s reach of the adult who brought them.
-No gathering nor playing on the Green by the general public is allowed while the Market is set up.

These are quite a few differences, and it’s a lot to remember. We’ll have volunteers with us to help (Thank you, volunteers!!), and our signs and colorful market-markings should help, too!

So, while for now, we may not be able to move as freely through the Market or chat & socialize as long as we’d like, we ask everyone to be patient as we navigate this new and changing territory together. Yes, the Market may feel a little different right now and not look quite like it does in the photo, but we’re so thankful to be able to open, and for all the support we’ve gotten from the community! Yay for this wonderful touch of “normalcy” on Friday afternoons!

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!

Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market Indoor Autumn Market on Sunday! 

Every year, the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market hosts a special Autumn market event.  Again this year, the Market is being held on the weekend before Thanksgiving: Sunday, November 24th from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. That’s tomorrow (or today, depending on when you’re reading this!)

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The 9th Annual Shelburne Falls Autumn Farmers Market will feature items from local farms, eateries, artisans, and churches. Items offered for sale will include: fresh produce, local frozen meats, fresh baked items, Egyptian cuisine, jams, jellies, marmalade, pickles, popcorn, wool products, plants, bodywork, maple products, leather work, and local crafts. There’s also a tea cup auction of local products donated by our vendors.

We’ll have live music all afternoon: Pat & Tex LaMountain (11:00 – 12:30) and Tim Van Egmond (12:30 – 2:00).

sffm_27-9-19-drawing.jpgThis will also be a big day for Marky and Shelby: Marky is retiring after many years as our Market Manager, and he’s passing the torch to Shelby, who has become rather famous for his soft hugs.

Vendors at the Autumn Market include:

  • Asma’s Kitchen
  • Barberic Farm
  • Davenport Maple Farm
  • Freeman Farm
  • Good Bunch Farm
  • Jolabrer Apiary,
  • Joy Farm Crafts
  • Kastania Olive Oil
  • Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
  • Momma’s Homemade
  • Mossy Roots
  • Sweet Birch Herbals and Full moon Ghee
  • Sweet Morning Farm
  • Taproot Threads
  • The Woman’s Fellowship of The First Congregation Church of Shelburne
  • Wilder Hill Gardens

Come catch up with friends and neighbors, have lunch, tap your toes to good music, and get your holiday fixings! Parking and admission are free.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

*The Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market is able to accept SNAP for all eligible products at the Market. Also, Good Bunch Farm and Sweet Morning Farm are able to process HIP benefits .

Our Last Outdoor Market for the Season!

Friday, October 25th, will be our last outdoor Market for the season, and thank you all for stopping by, chatting, shopping, and supporting the Market this year from Memorial Day through Halloween!

Be sure to come by again this Friday for all the wonderful things offered by our vendors. Here are some of the vendors who’ll be with us:

  • Asma’s Kitchen: Egyptian food, including hummus, felafel, chicken kebabs, lentil soup, and baklava
  • Barberic Farm: lamb, pickles, ham, eggs, wool, crafts
  • Davenport Maple Farm: maple syrup, maple products, hermit bars, and photo cards
  • Freeman Farm: a wide variety of meats
  • Good Bunch Farm: lots of kinds of veggies
  • Joy Farm: hand-crafted beaded jewelry, crafts, & cards
  • Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies: seated bodywork
  • Sweet Morning Farm: meats, veggies, eggs, & herbs

Our musician this week is Bruce Colegrove, a singer/songwriter and accomplished acoustic guitarist, playing thoughtful originals and popular covers. He’ll be with us from 3:00 – 6:00.

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While the 25th is our last outdoor Market, stay tuned for more information about our annual Indoor Autumn Farmers’ Market! It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving (24 November), and will be indoors at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School. The Autumn Market 2019 page of our website will be updated regularly as more and more vendors sign up to come. It will be a great time to visit with friends, listen to great music, stock up for your Thanksgiving dinner, and get a head start on some holiday shopping!

We look forward to seeing you on Friday,
and thanks again for your support of the Market this season!

Apples & Cider Day at the Market!

Today (Friday, 11 October) is our last “Special Day” of the season, and special, it is!

★ To celebrate Apples & Cider day, we’re offering an apple and a free serving of cider to folks who stop by (while supplies last). 

★ Two familiar faces will be back with us this week. Mary Jean Fitzpatrick  of Kastania Olive Oil will be here, selling Extra Virgin Olive Oil from her husband’s familial village in Greece, Mediterranean sea salt, Kalamata olives, dried oregano, and soap. And this week’s musical guest is Violet Walker. She will bring us some cutting edge music with a  variety of tunes on her musical saw, as she brings back the lost folk tradition of making music with a carpenter’s saw and cello bow.

★ And Trinity Church is having a Blessing of the Animals here on the Green, starting at 4:30. They invite you to bring well-behaved and properly restrained animals from farm & field, hearth & home!

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★ The vendors who will be here this week include: 

  • Asma’s Kitchen
  • Barberic Farm
  • Davenport Maple Farm
  • Freeman Farm
  • Good Bunch Farm
  • Joy Farm
  • Kastania Olive Oil
  • Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
  • Momma’s Homemade
  • Sweet Morning Farm

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thanks! & Early October News

Thanks for coming to the Market on Customer Appreciation day last week! As part of the festivities, at the end of the afternoon we held 3 drawings for goodies donated by our vendors. Here are Marky (our Market Manager) and Shelby (our Market Manager in Training) presiding over the drawing table:

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Congratulations to the winners: Rachel, Felice, and Lisa! We sing out a thank you, too, to Lui Collins for sharing her wonderful music that afternoon.

News of Upcoming Events:

★ At our first October Market — Friday, October 4th — The New-England-style fiddle band, The Super PAC Band (Passionate About Community) will be back with us for the first time this year. They play waltzes and foot-tappin’ tunes hailing from Appalachia, Scandinavia, Ireland, and even our own Connecticut River Valley.

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Vendors who’ll be with us on the 4th include:

  • Asma’s Kitchen
  • Barberic Farm
  • Davenport Maple Farm
  • Freeman Farm
  • Good Bunch Farm
  • Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
  • Momma’s Homemade
  • Sweet Morning Farm

★ On October 11th, it’ll be Apples & Cider Day at the Market. Also, Trinity will be joining us for a Blessing of the Animals, starting at 4:30. More details about both will be coming soon!

★ Our last outdoor Market will be October 25th, but the season doesn’t end then! We’ll be holding our annual Indoor Autumn Market again this year — still at the Buckland Shelburne Elementary School, and still the Sunday before Thanksgiving (which is November 24th this year). If you’d like to apply to be a vendor at the Indoor Autumn Market, the forms and detailed information are now up on our website: please visit the 2019 Autumn Market page.

It looks like it’ll be a sunny, seasonably-cool autumn day at the Market this Friday, so it may be time to break out your favorite flannel shirt before you stop by to visit! We look forward to seeing you soon!!

 

It’s Customer Appreciation Day at the Market!

We’d like to thank you all for supporting the market! By coming on Fridays to shop, to catch up with friends, to listen to our weekly musicians, and to simply enjoy the beautiful green, you make the Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market possible!

By way of thanks, here are some of the special things that will be happening this afternoon (27 September):

  • Free coffee (while there’s still some in the pot)
  • Free Market magnets
  • Free “Vendor Goodies” drawing: 3 chances to win great items donated by our vendors
  • $1-off the price of frozen yoghurt at Barberic Farm
  • Free samples from some of our vendors

IMG_5317Our musician for this week is Lui Collins. She has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, earning international acclaim for her music. Her repertoire, accompanied on tenor ukulele and banjo, ranges from original and traditional folk songs and American standards to bossa nova in the original Brazilian Portuguese. She’s made 16 CD’s, performed on others’ projects, and shared the stage with such folk-world notables as Tom Rush, Bonnie Raitt, and Stan Rogers. (see her listing on the music page)

Our vendors this week include:

  • Asma’s Kitchen
  • Barberic Farm
  • Davenport Maple Farm
  • Freeman Farm
  • Good Bunch Farm
  • Joy Farm
  • Margaret Olin — Healing Therapies
  • Momma’s Homemade
  • Sweet Morning Farm

The forecast is for a beautiful, sunny, not-too-hot day: a perfect day for the market!

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you soon!