This month is when the local produce really starts coming in. Already we have summer squash, green beans, beets, celery, peppers, and cabbage (green and Nappa). You’ll still find lettuce and salad mixes, kale, chard, sweet onions, green onions, shallots, carrots, garlic scapes, and turnips. A few raspberries were available last week, so keep your eyes peeled for more. Tomatoes are just around the corner for us in the Northern Tier!
Be sure to check out all our produce vendors to see what they have and discuss what they’ll have in the coming weeks. Many will sell produce in bulk, so plan ahead to freeze, can, or store local food for the off-season. Our produce vendors include: Starbright Farm, Always Somethin’ Farm, Spring Meadows Farm, Herb Corner, Sun Rise Farm, and Running Bear Farm. And help us welcome our newest vendor, Udder Merry Mac Farm from Ulster, PA!
This week the St. James Brass will be playing, keeping us in a Fourth of July mood! On the hot cart Papa V’s will have Italian sausages and pulled pork sandwiches. The Herb Corner will have a stunning array of cut flowers, as well as herbs. And in this hot weather you won’t want to leave without picking up some fresh salsa from Glenfiddich Baked Goods.
Running Bear still has ground lamb, lamb shanks, and lamb sausage available, and is taking orders for specific cuts for when they butcher in late August. They also have smoked rabbit, turkey (small whole ones or cut into parts), and chicken. Hillstone has a variety of beef and pork available. Both Hillstone and Spring Meadows Farm have eggs for sale. Toy Cow creamery has raw milk, yogurt, kefir, a variety of cheeses, beef, and potato chips available.
Enjoy fresh bread, bagels, and desserts from our baked goods vendors: Basically Bagels, Glenfiddich Baked Goods, Inn to the Seasons, and Yorkshire Meadows.Greengate
Artisans will be there this week with beautiful gourds—some of which are musical instruments—and unique butterfly jewelry and art. Lee’s Bees will be there this week too, so stock up on honey. And swing by Inn to the Seasons to see what frozen ricotta meals Bernie has in his cooler!
Handmade goat milk soaps are available at Always Somethin’ Farm and Pure Hart Soap. These and lotions make great hostess gifts for your summer travels, as do market t-shirts. And don’t forget that you can get gift certificates good at any market vendor at the market information booth.
Being a growers market means we’re committed to selling local food, educating people about what it means to eat seasonally, exploring new varieties of produce, and establishing a personal relationship between you and the men and women growing your food. Recently some non-local produce was brought to the market by a vendor, but this has been remedied. While some other markets will re-sell or distribute produce (bought at auction and marked up), it is against the mission of the Mansfield Growers Market to do so.
The Mansfield Growers Market meets Fridays 3-6 pm, May through September on the grounds of St. James Church at 30 E. Wellsboro Street. For more information, check out our facebook page.
As always, thanks for shopping at your truly local grocery store!