Monday, October 24, 2011

Final Outdoor Market for 2011 Season

Joe Beaulieu's pet ducks visit the market.

   This Saturday, October 29th, is the Braintree Farmers Market's final outside market scheduled for the 2011 season.  The next market will be on November 19th when we move inside and in front of the Braintree Town Hall for the celebrated Thanksgiving Farmers Market.  This will be the very last market for the year and it's looking like it will be a winner.  The vendors, farmers, volunteers, sponsors and patrons have all contributed to the success of the market and we've enjoyed every single minute.  Each week has been a little different as some vendors rotate their time with us which has enabled a constant influx of new products that are continually evolving with the changes in harvest seasons.  Wine is now being offered by two local vineyards that rotate their schedule as well.

Peppers grown by Second Nature Farm.

   Our goal has been to bring fresh local produce and artisan foods to Braintree and inspire a sense of community in our neighborhood.  There's something to be said about purchasing directly from the farmers and food makers that help us understand where our food comes from and how it's made and the thoughtfulness and care that goes into it.  The dialogue between folks that live in a more urban or suburban setting and farmers that have a significantly different lifestyle is engaging, enlightening and inspiring.  It's reassuring to know your food was cooked by a human with ingredients that are pronounceable and not loaded with preservatives.  Purchasing local foods not only tastes better and is at the peek of it's heathy benefits, it also helps the local economy, small businesses and farms, creates less pollution because it travels less and promotes open spaces as farmers are stewards of the land.

Veggie Cookies from Jack's Cookie Jar.

   The market is grateful for the support we've received from Sustainable Braintree.  Thanks to Rockland Trust who sponsored the pumpkins that were given away on Make a Difference Day.  We were thrilled to receive the Harvard Pilgrim Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant which helped with the operational costs of the market.  Braintree Electric Light Dept. (BELD) is always working to help promote the market. Thanks to Richmond Hardware for their support.  Many thanks to the Braintree Forum for helping us get the news about the market to the community.  A special thanks to Mayor Joseph Sullivan for always being on our side.
   Be sure to stop by the market this Saturday from 9 to 1, rain or shine, at the Braintree Town Hall Mall for the final outdoor market.  Savor the best in fresh local foods at our open air market and support the efforts of folks in your neighborhood who have worked to create this special event.  If you enjoy real food then you'll really enjoy the Braintree Farmers Market.  See you on Saturday.

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