Friday, November 1, 2013

Special Thanksgiving Market on Nov 23rd 2013

Order Fresh Turkeys from Vermont
This Year we have a special offering of fresh turkeys that are hormone-free and humanely raised from Ephraim Farm in Vermont.  Orders can be placed ahead, to assure that you'll get exactly what you want, or purchase a bird at the market on Nov. 23rd from 9 to 1.  Turkeys are $3.59 lb. and you can order 12-16 lb. hen, 16-20 lb. hen, 20-24 lb. tom.  Special orders must be received by Nov. 20th and will be confirmed by email or phone.  Your turkey will be available for pick up at the Thanksgiving Braintree Farmers Market.  Call farmers Steve & Esta Morse at 802-885-8798 or email at

Learn How to Eat Healthy
Do you spend more time selecting your outfit in the morning than your breakfast?  Do you lay out $100 for a pair of sneakers but balk at the price of fresh locally grown vegetables?  Or maybe you believe you lack the knowledge or expertise to cook your own meals?  Whether the underlying reason is time, cost, or inexperience, many of us resort to processed foods, to some degree, as a matter of convenience.  And we pay the price with our health in the long run.  Join Cathy Sloan Gallagher, nutritional therapist and food enthusiast, at the Sustainable Braintree annual community meeting to learn just how processed "convenience" foods harm your health, how best to avoid them, and what it truly means to eat in a healthy and balanced way.  Join us on Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2013 at 7 pm for Cathy's presentation inside the Cahill Auditorium at the Braintree Town Hall, 1 JFK Memorial Dr. Braintree, MA.  It's free.

Hayride at the Market
Join us in front of the Braintree Town Hall for the first-time ever horse-drawn hayride from Cedar Knoll Farm.   Reminisce about the days when Braintree was an agrarian community as you clop around the market.  The hayride will operate from 10am to 1pm during the Thanksgiving Farmers Market.
Celebrate with us at our last and biggest market of the season which includes ALL our 30+ local farmers, artisan food vendors and local crafters along with bluegrass music by the Four Bridges Band and a horse-drawn hayride right at the Braintree Town Hall-this event is sponsored by Liberty Bay Credit Union! Ye ha!  The Thanksgiving Braintree Farmers Market will operate on Nov 23rd, 2013 from 9 to 1 at the Braintree Town Hall at One JFK Memorial Dr. Braintree, MA.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Make a Difference Day/Pumpkin Festival

In exchange for donated items receive a free pumpkin courtesy of Liberty Bay Credit Union.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 to 1:00 
at Braintree Town Hall

Make A Difference Day is a national day of giving where neighbors help neighbors — Please support your local non-profits. 

We will be collecting QUALITY USED items: 

*Adult Clothing (including interview attire) & Household Items (especially dishes and small appliances) for Interfaith Social Services’ Career Closet & Thrift Shop

*Children’s Fall & Winter Clothing (infant to high school) for the Kids’ Clothes Closet and Cradles to Crayons

*Baby Items (car seats, strollers, playpens, safety items, bedding, diaper bags - NO cribs) & Children’s Items (toys, puzzles, movies & books) for Cradles to Crayons

*Aquariums, Filters, Heaters, Food Bowls, Animal Toys & Cages/Crates for the New England Wildlife Center

*Books, DVDs & CDs for the Friends of Thayer Public Library

*Cell Phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers

*Eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight

As well as some NEW items:

*Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, soap), Non-perishable Food, Paper Goods (incl. napkins & paper towels), Laundry Detergent, Cleaning Supplies, Diapers, Sanitary Items & Baby Wipes for the Marge Crispin Center.

*Birthday Party Supplies (plates, tablecloths, cutlery, juice boxes, piƱatas, goodie bags, wrapped candy without nuts) (open packages accepted) for Birthday Wishes

*Dry Dog Food, Reptomin Turtle Food & Bleach for the N.E. Wildlife Center

*And some MISCELLANEOUS items and items that have seen better days:

 -Soda Can Tabs for Shriners Hospitals    -Old Keys for

 -Old Towels, Wine Corks, Box Tops for Education, Campbell’s Labels, Codes from Coke Products,  Old Sneakers (in any condition, no cleats)

*Clean your closets for a good cause and go home with a FREE PUMPKIN courtesy of Liberty Bay Credit Union (quantities are limited)

 To volunteer: email or call 781-794-8338

For updates:

Fall Flavors at the Farmers' Market

Fresh carrots from C.N. Smith Farm.
Only two more markets in October (10/19 & 10/26), Saturdays from 9 to 1, (rain or shine) and then the Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 23 are left for the 2013 season.  Please come and support local farms at the market while you can and use up all your Market Moolah that you've been squirreling away.  The market continues to host a wide variety of local farmers and small artisan food vendors with an autumn harvest of produce and foods that include the flavors of Fall, such as pumpkin, apple and spices.  Homestyle Caterers provides us with hot Chicken Pot Pies, Stuffed Peppers and King Tut's Lentil Soup.  Now is the time to stock your pantry for the long cold months ahead.

Start putting aside gently used items and donate them at our Make a Difference Day/Pumpkin Festival market on Oct. 26th.  Sustainable Braintree will be working in conjunction with the Braintree Farmers Market by holding a collection inside the Braintree Town Hall.  Donated new and gently used goods will be passed along to a variety of local nonprofit organizations.  In exchange for donations participants will be awarded with a free pumpkin sponsored by Liberty Bay Credit Union.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My Angel's Call Soaps

Rita Carolina helps her mother Carmen Mirabel sell her all-natural soaps and lotions.

At the helm of All My Angel's Call Soaps is Carmen Mirabel who was one of our founding vendors when the Braintree Farmers Market opened back in 2009.  Carmen and her daughter, Rita Carolina, are happily back again with Carmen's luxurious body products that include soaps, lotions, soy candles and essential oils, handcrafted from flowers, vegetables and trees that enhance and heal the quality of our lives.  Carmen uses all-natural essential oils that are used for aromatherapy, an alternative form of medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to the aromatic compounds in the oils and other plant extracts.  Many common plants have medicinal properties that have been applied in folk medicine since ancient times and are still widely used today.  As you walk near Carmen's tent you will be drawn in by the luscious scents of her products and we're thrilled to have her back with us.  My Angel's Call Soaps will be at the market every Saturday for the remainder of the season.
This week, Fairland Farm Cranberries will be our Guest Visiting Vendor with their dried and fresh local cranberries.  Jack's Doggy Snacks will also be on board with Marni's all-natural dog snacks that will make your canines sit up and beg for more.  Make sure to stock up as they will not be returning until our Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 23rd.  The Braintree Farmers Market will operate in our outdoor location at the Braintree Town Hall on Saturdays throughout October from 9 to 1, rain or shine.  Please join us.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BELD Customer Appreciation Day at the Market

Mike Cavanaugh and daughters Julianne & Audrey explore BELD's Bucket Truck.
Join us for BELD’s Customer Appreciation Day at the Farmers Market. Look for the BELD (Braintree Electric Light Dept.) tents between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2013.  To promote the viability of solar energy BELD has been powering a water cooler and amplification for our musicians with a solar-powered generator every Saturday at the market. The generator was purchased with some of the money realized from the sale of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) received from the 10 KW solar array they have on the roof of BELD’s Operations garage.  This Saturday BELD will serve refreshments and guests can visit demonstration tables where staff will answer questions about BELD and our BGREEN program. There’ll be giveaways, and kids can pick up a hardhat and explore our bucket truck.
A mobile shredding truck provided by Pro-Shred Security will be on site to securely shred your sensitive documents. The service is free of charge, but all donations will support Sustainable Braintree. We’ll also be accepting books for recycling—books and proceeds will go to Thayer Public Library. And enter our free raffle exclusively for Braintree residents for an awesome “Taste of the Farmers Market” basket!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Harvest is Plentiful at the Market

Full bounty at Second Nature Farm.
Having the Braintree Farmers Market is like having the best farm stand ever right here in town.  Currently the growers have an abundance of locally grown produce brought to us every Saturday freshly-picked and at it's peak in terms of taste and healthful benefits.  The growing season will continue until the first hard frost with some plants continuing even a bit longer.  All of the market's growers are located in Southeastern Massachusetts which seems to be the last place for frost to hit due to it's close proximity to the ocean's warmer currents in the fall.  So now it the best time to drop by the market every Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Braintree Town Hall.  The market has been lucky enough to have fair weather throughout the season so far but if severe weather develops the market will move inside and in front of the town hall to ensure that you don't miss a week of the finest local foods.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Braintree Farmers Market Runs Thru October

The Braintree Farmers Market runs thru October.
The Braintree Farmers Market has been enjoying a remarkable 2013 season and will continue to operate through the month of October with a Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on November 23rd.  The fall harvest season is upon us and there's plenty of fresh corn, tomatoes, peaches, apples, a variety of squashes, plants, herbs and much more, all grown locally right here in southeastern Massachusetts.  Fresh baked goods, including a wide variety of breads, rolls, croissants, pretzels, scones, cupcakes, pies, whoopie pies, tea breads, baklava, cake pops, cookies, macarons and quiches.  From an extensive selection of seafood to hormone and antibiotic-free beef, pork, lamb, along with free range chicken and eggs.  Locally made soaps and lotions, jams, honey, relishes, pickles, pastas, cheeses, wines from local vineyards, fair trade coffees, teas, chocolates, Vermont maple syrup, olive oils, vinegars, sauces, ice cream, and an assortment of deliciously prepared foods that are ready to eat.  The market now offers a Market Moolah program which are tokens purchased with credit/debit or EBT cards and used as currency with our vendors and farmers for shopping convenience.  Every week Sustainable Braintree hosts a local charitable organization in an effort to bring attention to their cause.  

The Braintree Farmers Market is brought to you by the efforts of volunteers who recognize the value of local foods, environmental issues and, most importantly, the strong sense of community that has blossomed in our efforts to bring this event to Braintree.  The market runs on Saturdays from 9 to 1, rain or shine, in front of the Braintree Town Hall.  In the event of severe weather conditions the market will be moved inside the town hall auditorium.  Thanks to everyone who supports this labor of love and, if you have never been to the market, now is the perfect time to try us out.  See you on Saturday.