|Andrea Taber from Ever So Humble Pie Co. gets help from volunteer Jim Regan.|
Sunday, September 25, 2011
The calendar is rounding the bend into October this Saturday at the Braintree Farmers Market hosted by Sustainable Braintree. This is one of the best months of the entire year with intensely blue skies, crisp air and vibrant yellow and red leaves. Autumn is the season to stock up on winter squashes, onions, garlic and apples for the long haul. It's also a good time to make hearty soups and stews made with fresh local ingredients from the market along with a loaf of freshly-baked, crusty bread and a good bottle of local wine. The diversity and depth of locally grown and made products at the Braintree Farmers Market makes this all possible. The market will continue every Saturday through October at the Braintree Town Hall Mall from 9 to 1, rain or shine. Come on down and support this locally cherished venue.
This Saturday our friends at the Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) will be under the events tent as they celebrate National Public Power Week and have the opportunity to say "thank you" to their customers. Over 2,000 electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 43 million Americans unite for this annual celebration. During Public Power Week BELD honors the democratic tradition of community decision-making and participation that led to it's founding in 1892. Remember Hurricane Irene back in August when many surrounding towns that depend on huge corporate electrical companies went without power for several days? Chances are if you are Braintree resident and you lost power during this storm it was out for only a short period of time. This is due to the quick response and efficiency from the folks at BELD.
This week BELD employees will be on hand to answer questions. Visit demonstration tables and find out about programs that are offered through BELD such as their broadband services. Smart Strips, an energy saving device that turns off peripherals when they are not in use, will be available to purchase through a representative from Sustainable Life Solutions. Kids can pick up a hard hat and explore the bucket truck. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras. There will be giveaways and drawings too. They will be serving refreshments from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Got books to recycle? This year BELD is partnering with the Friends of Thayer Public Library and will be collecting books that need a new home. Bring your books on Saturday and BELD will take care of the rest. They will also be providing a safe and secure recycling truck that will shred your personal papers while you watch from a special camera. Bring your papers with you-the first box is free. After that a $5 donation per box or bag is suggested with all of the proceeds going towards Sustainable Braintree. Now that's a great deal.
BELD's Municipal Light Board Vice Chairman, Jim Regan, is one on the most dedicated volunteers at the Braintree Farmers Market and has been with us since we opened in 2009. Jim arrives at the market location every Saturday to help us out by putting up tents and banners for Sustainable Braintree and our Community Tent along with assisting many of the market vendors with their setups. When the market is getting ready to close Jim is the first one to arrive and assist with our tear downs. Last week he stayed late after the market closed and completely organized and neatly arranged all of our tents and supplies in the storage area. We can't thank Jim enough for the service that he has done to make the market a success. We'd like to dedicate this Saturday's market to Jim and declare that October 1st, 2011 is Jim Regan Day at the Braintree Farmers Market. Thank you Jim.
So stop by and check out all the goodies at the market and see what BELD is up to these days. The season seems to be flying by so don't miss out on this fleeting opportunity. See you on Saturday.
Posted by Braintree Farmers Market at 7:47 AM
Sunday, September 18, 2011
|Apples from C.N. Smith Farm.|
It's apple season already and there's plenty of them at the Braintree Farmers Market hosted by Sustainable Braintree. If you're short on time or have other priorities and can't get out of town for picking apples come on down to the market and visit the C.N. Smith Farm tents for a wide selection of fresh picked apples, peaches and plums direct from their farm. The air is crisp and so are the apples so there's no excuse not to enjoy these favorite local fruits while they're in season. This farm also features their own fresh pressed apple cider so be sure to look in their coolers. The market will continue at the Braintree Town Hall Mall every Saturday from 9 to 1 through October and we'll finish up with the Special Indoor Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 19th.
Tailgating is a great reason to stock up on Burnin' Love Sauces who joined us for the first time last year. JoAnn Marsh loves to tell folks about the many varieties of sauces she and her husband Gregory create. This year they have a couple of new items in their lineup. They are the Sassy Mo'Lassy Spicy BBQ and the My Honey L.O.V.eS. Me Vinaigrette (local apple cider vinegar, local honey, lavender and sage). They have also reformulated their Sweet Onion Blues (caramelized onion, balsamic and blueberry chutney). Try this recipe that includes the Sassy Mo'Lassy Spicy BBQ Sauce:
|JoAnn Marsh is in love with Burnin' Love Sauces.|
New England Chili
Soak 1/2 lb. dried Navy beans overnight in the refrigerator.
Drain and rinse beans. (Canned beans can be used instead if you prefer.)
Drain and rinse beans. (Canned beans can be used instead if you prefer.)
In a large pot, saute a quarter of an onion, diced, in 1tsp oil.
When onions are clear add 2 cups water, 12oz. Sassy Mo'Lassy BBQ.
Add beans and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook on low for 4 hours.
Add 1 lb. cooked drained ground beef, chicken or diced extra firm tofu.
For easy crock pot chili: brown the ground beef, add the onions for the last 3-4 minutes of cook time, drain off the fat, put in crock pot, add remaining ingredients and cook on low setting for up to 16 hours.
|Donna Dunn is the owner and Chief Soap Maker at R.I. Spa Products.|
Another vendor that joined us in 2010 who has a devout following is Rhode Island Spa Products with Donna Dunn at the Helm. Soaps, lotions and exfoliants that are made with all natural ingredients and are luscious and dreamy. Donna is currently working on a collection of spicy holiday soaps and the Papaya Exfoliating Mask is brand new. The Arnica Muscle Stick, made with Arnica infusion combined with an essential oil blend, is twice the size this season but not twice the price. Use it on your tired and sore muscles for instant relief or apply it on bruises to reduce swelling and discoloration. Try this vendor's products once and you'll be hooked and you can be assured they aren't filled preservatives and ingredients with chemical names that you can't pronounce.
It's hard to believe that summer's really over and the fall flavors have begun to permeate the market. Apples, pumpkins, cider, hearty soups, breads, cranberries, spicy soaps and fruit preserves are all currently available at the market. Thanks to the gracious support of our community the market has continued to thrive. Drop by and taste the flavors of Fall. See you on Saturday.
Posted by Braintree Farmers Market at 8:50 AM
Sunday, September 11, 2011
|Fall deliveries from C.N. Smith Farm.|
Although we've spiced up the market with some great new vendors our farmers and vendors that have been with us since we opened in 2009 are always adding to their product lineups to keep things fresh and interesting. The Farmer's Garden will start bringing many different varieties of squashes along with more leafy lettuce as the temperatures begin to cool. C.N. Smith Farm has begun to bring a wide color assortment of fall mums just in time to spruce up your front porch. Rob is always on hand to help you with your choices and even bring your purchases to your vehicle if you like. This grower has a neighbor that's a beekeeper who brings her hives onto the farm to help with pollination of the crops. All of the honey you'll find at their stand is made from the bees that are kept on their property. Look for flavorful cider pressed from their own apples in their coolers at the market now.
|Flip Flop Cookies from Jack's Cookie Jar.|
If you have a sweet tooth look no further than Jack's Cookie Jar. Jack and his team of creative cookie bakers are constantly coming up with new cookie ideas. Whether it's the brand new and totally delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie or the recent, melt in your mouth Pecan Shortbread, you know Jack serves up only the best. Whatever the holiday or season look for the most beautiful decorative cookies that taste as great as they look. At Jack's Cookie Jar they love Halloween and can't wait to unlock their artistic cookie ideas for all to enjoy in the very near future.
|Find a wide selection of baked goods at Ever So Humble Pie Company.|
Have you noticed that our very own, award winning, Ever So Humble Pie Company has become more popular than ever? If you want the best selection it's a good idea to get to the market early. Chief pie maker, Andrea Taber, is always coming up with new products that continue to entice us and have us coming back for more. This season she's experimenting with a new line of savory tarts. The recently unveiled Zucchini Frittata is a perfect balance of fresh eggs, cheese and locally grown zucchini with a creamy texture and buttery crust. It's goes perfectly with greens from the market and makes a quick meal that's healthy and delicious. New pie flavors for this year are White Peach and Raspberry along with Summer Medley which is a blend of strawberries, blueberries, rhubarb and oranges. Andrea has also been surprising us with new pie flavors as she continues to create the Ultimate Pie Sensation. Remember the BlueBarb Pie? Try her recent addition of tea breads with fall flavors like zucchini, banana, pumpkin and apple. There's also an incredibly delightful Gluten-free Angel Food Cake that has a heavenly texture and taste.
These are just a small sampling of newer items available from some of our original market vendors. Please check in next week for the continuation of recently introduced products from our seasoned vendors. For more information or to volunteer please visit us at www.sustainablebraintree.org. See you on Saturday.
Posted by Braintree Farmers Market at 12:31 PM
Monday, September 5, 2011
|Eileen Campbell, SB Recycling Leader, and Pat Morey, SB Community Garden Leader, will have displays at the market this week.|
|A wide variety of locally-grown tomatoes are now available at the market.|
Posted by Braintree Farmers Market at 9:45 AM