Sunday, June 12, 2011

Strawberry Festival June 18th, 2011

You are cordially invited to the First Annual Strawberry Festival hosted by the Braintree Farmers Market and Sustainable Braintree this Saturday, June 18th, from 9 to 1, rain or shine, at the Braintree Town Hall Mall.  Our events tent, donated to us by the Braintree Electric Dept., will be up with plenty of tables so folks can sit down and enjoy their market treats.  C. N Smith Farm and The Farmer's Garden are currently harvesting an abundance of fragrant and luscious strawberries.  The season is fleeting so don't miss out on this opportunity.  Ever So Humble Pie Co. will be whipping up fresh strawberry shortcake to enjoy at the market as well as shortcake biscuits you can purchase at their tent to recreate the flavors at home.   Tiffany Rozenas and Family will be on hand to entertain us with their Celtic fiddle music that creates a festive atmosphere.  A limited print-run of Strawberry Festival posters(10"x15.5"), signed by the artist, will be available with a $5 donation.  This an event that you'll want to enjoy with your entire family. 

Come by the Braintree Town Hall green at 8 a.m. for Children's Yoga led by Checka.  Get your kids interested in the basics of yoga and you'll find they take to it like fish in the water!  This activity is brought to us by Healing Tree Yoga.

SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership) will be at our Community Tent during the Strawberry Festival.  For the month of June they are celebrating and promoting strawberries as one of our region's favorite specialty crops.  SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.  Stop by and pick up one of their flyers.

This coming Saturday our friends from Project Have Hope will be at the market with their colorful, recycled paper, beaded jewelry that will go perfect with your summer wardrobe.  Purchases from this vendor contributes to the empowerment of the women of the Acholi Quarter of Uganda.  Your support contributes directly to the women and children of this region and creates a more stable economy and provides educational opportunities.  Every piece is beautifully crafted, very affordable and contributes to a very worthy cause.

Drop by the market manager tent to pick up complimentary issues of edibleBoston and edibleSouthShore Magazines while supplies last.  Read about local foods, farmers markets and try their recipes that focus on locally grown, in-season ingredients.  They even feature local farms and food artisans like our very own Nella Pasta and Ever So Humble Pie Company.  While your visiting check out this season's Braintree Farmers Market tee shirts that are now available.  Shirts are silk-screened right here in Braintree on 100% organic cotton with several sizes available.  Shirts are only $12 with all proceeds going towards the operating costs of the farmers market.  This year we're focussing on a chicken theme as we celebrate the fresh eggs from C.N. Smith Farm and The Farmer's Garden and Joe Beaulieu Farm is now selling USDA inspected roasting chickens which is a new product for the market this year.

Many thanks to all of you who came out last Saturday to our Opening Day.  Even though the farmers market was temporarily moved for the day and the weather was challenging the market was thriving and we were thrilled with the support that our community continues to bestow upon us.  We continue to work at making the market the best that it can be with the highest quality products and vendors available and enjoy seeing everyone each and every week. 

Be sure to come out this Saturday for the Strawberry Festival.   Invite your friends and family to the market to enjoy this seasonal event.  For more information go to  Follow us on facebook.

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