2017 Spring Newsletter
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Opening Day is Monday, May 1

Where will you be on the first day of May?

We will be celebrating the opening day of the 2017 season! We hope to see many familiar and new faces. Spread the word, think spring, and see you soon!

The market will be open every Monday and Thursday from 2-6pm at Hathorn Park in Pittsfield, Maine. This year is the market’s 20th anniversary!

To keep up to date on what’s coming into season, visit Pittsfield Farmers’ Market’s Facebook page. That’s where we’ll post info about specials being offered, the beginnings of the various harvest seasons, notes about each of our market members, holiday closings, and other market news. It’s the basic way we’ll be keeping in touch with our wonderful market shoppers.

Below we list some of the folks you’ll meet who are selling at the market this year, and some of the products you’ll find there early in the season. For more information about these folks, visit the Pittsfield Farmers’ Market website.

Snakeroot Organic Farm will have spring spinach from our greenhouse beds. Planted in November, this spinach sprouted early and grew just a wee bit each sunny day all winter. Now that sunnier days and warmer temps are becoming more common, the spinach is really taking off, to the point where we can’t eat it all ourselves!

Snakeroot will also have spring-dug red sunchokes, one of the few foods available from the sunflower family. Sunchokes are starch-free, which makes them a favorite of diabetics. Also good for thickening soups, and for adding to stir fries and salads where their water-chestnut-type crispness adds to the texture of the dish.

Rosemary plants, second-year lupine plants (ready to bloom in June), aloes, jades, and garden seedlings will begin making their appearance at market. Seedlings for onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, Brussels sprouts, and paks of other cold hardy seedlings will be ready to go into the garden as soon as you get them home. And new this year: duck eggs!

Returning from last fall will be our dehydrated pears and wild apples, hot peppers, and a selection of dried herbs. You’ll also find our home-grown seeds for Echinacea, Lupine, Rhubarb, and several varieties of Heirloom tomatoes that are among our favorites—some of which are Snakeroot exclusives that you won’t find anywhere else.

Outland Farm will be back for the full season this year with Pasture Raised Chickens!  All of our animals are raised humanely and sustainably on pasture. Our chickens are raised outdoors, in the fresh air, and are rotated to fresh pasture daily. They are given no antibiotics, no hormones, and no -gmo's. All of our meat is state or USDA inspected to ensure the best product.

We will also be offering our pasture raised eggs in limited quantities. Come to the market early or reserve yours ahead, these typically sell out.

Information and order forms for this seasons Chicken and Pork shares will also be on hand!

High Lonesome Acres. We grow seedlings, flowers, veggies, and hanging baskets. We offer honey in a variety of sizes including 10 oz. honey bears, pints and quarts and farm fresh eggs from our hens. From our kitchen we offer fresh quick breads and other baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys and assorted sauces.

Grace to Glory Goats. We are coming to market with our goat milk soap after making soap for the past 5-6 years. We also sell vegetable seedlings every spring.

New this year! Also at market beginning a little later in May will be our newest member Robert Champluvier from Palmyra who will be attending market with fiddleheads, white pine and white oak seedlings and, later on, blackberries and apples.

So come on down. Stop by often and see what's in season. You may be surprised at the wide selection of great foods these folks from in and around Pittsfield area are producing. The freshness and flavor can't be beat. 

The market is open every Monday and Thursday afternoon from 2-6pm, from May Day until Halloween. The market is not open on Monday holidays. 
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