June 22nd, and festivities afoot!

IMG_2680Kevin Jones will be back with us for the first time this season! For more information about Kevin and his music, please check out our music page.

Also, Shelburne’s 250th Anniversary Celebration is this weekend, and it kicks off right next to us on the Green! Come visit the Market this Friday, the 22nd, and stay for the Opening Ceremony at 5:15. Then check out the reception, dinner and dancing from 6:00 – 10:30 at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center right across the street.

To celebrate, we’re also holding a special drawing on the 22nd. Buy a ticket for $1 to enter a drawing to win 10 “Market Dollars”, which you can use with any vendors at the Shelburne Falls Farmers’ Market during any of our markets — during the regular season or during our Autumn Market in November. (Each “Market Dollar” is valued at $1, and can be used instead of cash with any vendor at the Market. The Market Dollars don’t expire, and they can’t be exchanged for cash.) Two lucky folks will each win a certificate for 10 Market Dollars. All the money raised by this drawing will go directly to the “Fill the Belly Bus” campaign. For more information on this Franklin County initiative, please see the poster below.

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Also, here’s a link to a listing of all the 250th Anniversary Celebration activities.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on June 22nd!

. . . and what would a farmers’ market be, without music?

Thanks so much to the musicians who have been with us so far this season! 

Sarah Pirtle opened our market  on May 25th, with her beautiful,  peaceful flute music.IMG_5092

Then TubaLove & Friends came later that afternoon to keep our toes tapping! (Kevin Smith on Tuba, Lowell LaPorte on percussion, and Rob Skelton on everything else)

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Next, on June 1st, Sonny Crawford serenaded us all with his many instruments.

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We were joined by the Serenata Mandolin Trio on June 8th, playing familiar melodies on their antique instruments. (Peggy Hart, Chris Stetson, and Eliza D’Agostino)

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And, new to the Market this year, Claire Dacey joined us on June 15th, sharing folksongs, and her exquisite vocal & instrumental virtuosity.

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To find out more about these musicians and about the music line-up for the rest of the season, please visit our music page !

Our Fourth 2018 Market!

The past four Fridays have been sunny, warm and wonderful as we start our 2018 season! Thank you to everyone who has come to the Green to chat, catch up with friends, shop, and relax!

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Our full-season vendors are back with us this year, and Marky (our purple, fuzzy Market Manager) is keeping everyone in line.

(Clockwise from the top left: Davenport Maple Farm, Good Bunch Farm, Healing Therapies, Hiro’s Greenhouse, Freeman Farm, Barberic Farm, and Sweet Morning Farm)

 

 

We’ll also be joined by a variety of other wonderful vendors from week to week. Here are some of the folks you’ll see at the market, too, depending on the week: IMG_5274 

 

(From top left: Kastina Olive Oil, Body-Art by Taica Patience, Alexis Arcaro Ceramics, and Joy Farm)

 

 

The weather for our next market on June 22nd looks like it will be bright and sunny, too, so we hope you’ll stop by!

It’s Veggie Day!

Join us on Friday August 25th for Veggie Day!

It looks like it’ll be a warm sunny day at the Market. Along with our wonderful regular vendors and some veggie surprises, there are 2 special events:

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• Face Painting with Shannon Bassett and Patricia Archambault (from the Heath Fair!)

It’s something great for the kids! Face painting done in a variety of characters and designs. Painted with non- toxic and hypoallergenic paints, these designs are sure to excite your little ones!

 

 

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• Music by Parlicium

Parlicium is an indie rock band made up of three homeschoolers from all around the pioneer valley, featuring Lanie Moore on piano, bass, and vocals, Kim Chin-Gibbons on lead guitar, drums, and vocals, and Tobias LaMontagne on acoustic guitar, drums, and lead vocals. With soft, sweet melodies, and versatile instrumentation, their influences go back to variations of folk and roots rock.

 

Stop by and stay for a fun, yummy, and relaxing afternoon!

It’s National Farmers’ Market Week!

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner, John Lebeaux, will join us toward the beginning of market to read Governor Baker’s proclamation, and talk with our vendors and the public. From the Mass EEA website:

In recognition of the positive contributions of Massachusetts’ farmers’ markets to agriculture and public health, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed August 6-12, 2017 “Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week.” The weeklong event coincides with the 18th National Farmers’ Market Week as the United States Department of Agriculture celebrates the nation’s farmers’ markets.

“This week, and all season long, we are proud to celebrate Massachusetts many farmers’ markets and support the continued viability of family farms, local food production and community camaraderie,” said Governor Charles Baker. “I encourage all Massachusetts residents to visit a farmers’ market and purchase fresh Massachusetts-grown products to support your local farmers.”

http://www.mass.gov/eea/pr-2017/governor-proclaims-august-6-12-ma-farmers-market-week.html

Also, Joshua Wachtel will be joining us with a solo acoustic performance  from 3:00 – 6:00.

JoshWachtelPromoPhotoJoshua Wachtel launched Radio Free Earth in 1998 as a Crossover band that could play all kinds of music and speak to the moment as times changed. Since then, he has performed solo, with Radio Free Earth as a duo, a 7-piece band and everything in between. By presenting rare gems unearthed from the tremendous heritage of American and world music during the past hundred years, along with their own insightful, incisive, humorous and moving originals, Radio Free Earth forges a coherent repertoire from the most diverse elements. At once irreverent and serious, humorous and instructive, acoustic and electric, political and spiritual, Radio Free Earth takes you on a musical journey that illuminates the human condition along with possibilities for transcending our present circumstances.

We look forward to seeing you this afternoon!

Children’s Day at the Market!

Today is Children’s Day at the Market!

Come join us for an interesting and fun-filled afternoon! Along with our wonderful regular vendors, special events include:

violin instr 3• Musica Franklin will be with us from 2:30 – 4:00. Based in Greenfield, Musica Franklin offers a free intensive music program where students learn social and academic skills while experiencing the joy of making music together. Musica Franklin is modeled on El Sistema, a hugely successful music and social change program started in Venezuela 40 years ago. El Sistema is now practiced all over the world, helping to lift up children and their families. The children will be playing violin, drumming, and singing, and are happy to teach you some songs, too!
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DaveH_Screenshot_2017-06-25-19-49-21-1-1• From 4:30 – 5:30, Shelburne Falls-based Vera and David will be bringing their ukuleles, guitars, and wonderful voices to play a wide variety of tunes, featuring their large repertoire of children’s songs.
(check out our music page for more details on Musica Franklin, Vera, and Dave)

AGinfocardfront• From 4:00 – 6:30, The Art Garden joins us! They will have pre-painted cardboard butterflies for children to decorate. Butterflies then go on stick to use as fans or parade around with. (For more info on The Art Garden, go to: https://theartgarden.wordpress.com/

And all afternoon (2:00 – 6:30), there’s:
• A fun scavenger hunt that’s a great way to meet our vendors and explore the Market
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• Photo-ops with Marky, the purple Market manager

Some of the special activities are free, while some involve a fee. Children of all ages are welcome, but should be accompanied by an adult.

It looks like it will be a beautiful, sunny afternoon, and we look forward to seeing you!