Hello Dear and Wonderful Friends of the Mansfield Growers Market,
Is Fall here, or is it just me? The temperatures might be pleasantly warm, but there is a definite feeling of change in the air. As we enter the last few weeks (aww) of our summer market, it is time to stock up on your favorites, before they go into hibernation.
There is still produce to be had this week! Running Bear Farm will have green peppers, tomatoes, swiss chard, eggplant, spinach, string beans, celery, hot peppers, onions, and okra. They will also have lamb, sausage and duck available (plus they are no accepting all major credit/debit cards! woohoo!). Spring Meadows will have lots of beautiful produce to offer as well including spinach, salad mixes, green beans, potatoes, peppers, onions, kale, garlic, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and (something I am particularly excited about…) sweet dumpling winter squash! Can someone say “SOUP SEASON!” Yay! It is on its way! Although I lament the end of summer, sometimes you can’t beat a comfy sweater and a bowl of squash soup. Make sure you browse all the vendors and check out their selection of quality produce.
Always Somethin’ Farms will have garlic galore (it stores GREAT!) as well as their beautifully handcrafted goat milk soap. They will also be brining along Chip the Goat and his lady friend, Serrano. Chip has not graced our market in some time so it will be exciting see him once again! Although our dear friends, Yorkshire Meadows, will be absent this week, Glenfiddich Farm and Basically Bagels can certainly take care of your sweet tooth needs with cupcakes, cookies, bagels, and breads (oh my!). Lee’s Bees will be making their final market appearance, so if you are running low on honey (or just need some for the winter months) this will be the time to stock up. Local honey is a great way to fight those seasonal allergies, which might be bothering some people as the air quality has dropped with the recent dryness and light breezes.
Milk products are available from Toy Cow Creamery. Check out their many selections of cheese, potato chips, and root beer, too! Our artisans will be on hand, as always, with their beautiful crafts. Cardinal Inn is bringing stunning hand-crafted gemstone jewelry that is sure to delight and attract all the right attention! Darlene will also have chemically free veggies and herbs! Pure Hart Soap will have their luxurious spa products available as well!
Brandon Lusk will be providing the market soundtrack this week with his fantastic originals and covers. Support local musicians and stop and listen for a moment. It might be a few minutes of your day, but it means a great deal to the artists. Papa V’s will be on the hot cart, no doubt satisfying the masses with their delicious foods. What that food will be, I am not sure yet, but it is surely something out-of-this-world yummy!
Join us this week for some 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!