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

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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!