Market Starts Indoors April 5!

Herb Corner with veggie plant startersMansfield Growers Market will open 3 to 6 PM Friday, April 5 in the St. James Church Parish Hall. Neither snow nor rain will keep us from bringing spring to you in the form of fresh grown and baked food. The 2012 extended season that was indoors October through Thanksgiving was so successful, we decided to officially extend into both spring and fall in 2013. The outdoor market will be 3 to 6 PM Fridays May through September as usual.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Mansfield Growers Market, which started from a book group at St. James Episcopal Church and soon grew to become a community effort. “We’re thrilled to have been a part of the market from the beginning,” says Diane Fiorentino of The Herb Corner, Gillett. “It’s like a family. We really enjoy seeing the other vendors and regulars each week, and learning from each other. It’s such a good time.” Fiorentino helps organize the indoor markets.

The Herb Corner expects to have gardners salve, produced with their own hops, calendula flowers and local bees wax; window sill kitchen herbs; early veggie plant starts such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard and broccoli; and, they hope, early greens. Running Bear Farm, Troy, will have Nappa cabbage, spinach, beets, broccoli rabe, Swiss chard; also chicken, lamb cuts, ground lamb and various sausage styles, and turkey.

Glenfiddich Farm Baked Goods, Mansfield, will make the Parish Hall smell amazing with Shannon’s famous oatmeal bread, sourdough bread, cinnamon raisin sourdough bread, raspberry almond tea bread (with last year’s frozen raspberries), triple chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon rolls, chocolate peanut butter cookies, fougasse, lime tarts, and key lime cupcakes. She will also have red salsa and green salsa (if tomatillos are available), in addition to vanilla sugar.

Basically BagelsBasically Bagels, Wellsboro, will have an assortment of homemade bagels, pretzels, and baguettes, with cream cheese for sale. Simply Sweet, Wellsboro, will have soft pretzels (original, pizza, and hot pepper), a variety of biscotti, granola (crunchy and soft varieties), granola bars and possibly some salted caramel chocolate fudge.

Always Somethin’ Farm, Mansfield, will have goat milk soap and hand creams. And as soon as the asparagus comes in, they’ll have that too. Starting April 12 Yorkshire Meadows, Mansfield, will have homemade sauerkraut, lemon & lime curd, some jams, shortbread, scones and an array of knitted sweaters, hats, scarves and mittens.

So come get a taste of spring no matter what the weather has in mind, and enjoy fresh food grown by your friends. The market is located at 30 E. Wellsboro Street. Find us on Facebook or on the web at mansfieldgrowersmarket.wordpress.com. If you are interested in being a vendor or sponsor email MGMPAinfo@gmail.com.

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