Hello Dear and Wonderful Friends of the Mansfield Growers Market!
It’s hard to believe that September is already here (and we’re a week in!). That means the summer market is getting closer to it’s end, but don’t weep! There are still a few weeks left to stock up and take full advantage of your truly local market while it’s outside. A scaled-down version will continue inside through Thanksgiving. This year, plan your holiday meal around local food and celebrate the abundance of our area.
The produce continues to pile in. Pick up leafy greens, squash, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, string beans, pumpkins, potatoes, peppers, beets, carrots, and so much more! This will also be the LAST week that cantaloupe and watermelon will be available… just saying 🙂 Make sure you are at the front of the line to pick up some of summer’s last goodies! Our fine vendors will have everything your heart could desire and then some! There is an abundance to be had. If your veggie stock is full then you can check out the selection of meats: beef, chickens, turkey, lamb and rabbits (oh my!). Look out for Italian sausage and chorizo, available at Running Bear Farm.
While there will be no musical accompaniment this week, the hot cart will be filled with goodies from Glenfiddich Farm, namely lamb moussaka and a vegetarian delight. Always heed this advice: never shop on an empty stomach, eat at the hot cart 🙂 And get your fall mums from Diane at the Herb Corner. She’ll have a hand out about how to successfully over-winter them.
Toy Cow will have their usual dairy treats: cheese, milks and kefir along with goat cheese. Speaking of goats, Always Something Farms will have more of their famous goat milk soap, a true luxury experience! Pure Hart Soap also has an array of hand-crafted soaps and lotions with scents to please the whole family. Our craft vendors are continually creating new inventory, so stay awhile and look around… you might just find something you can’t live without. T-shirts, earrings, hand-crafted necklaces, yarns of all colors and texture… the list goes on! With Fall-like temperatures on the mind, Liz at Yorkshire Meadows can hook you up with hand-knit sweaters, hats, and gloves. All the yarn is from her sheep, so you really can’t go wrong with these totally local buys. Liz will also have gingerbread, assorted flavors of scones and orange, lemon or lime curd, and new this week is fresh peach crunch pie.
There is so much to see, so come on down for fresh food—grown by your friends! Friday 3-6 pm on the grounds of St. James Church on Route 6 one block east of Main Street. Rain or shine!