May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

Two things you need to know right way about the Falmouth Farmers’ Market this year. The market opens this Thursday. And we have a new home. Please join us Thursday at our new waterfront location at Marine Park.  Look for white tents on the part of the park behind the band shell, a grassy area with shade trees, near the harbor. Our brassy cowbell will ring in the new season at noon.

 

Farmers have been planting furiously after a brutal winter. Everyone is in catch-up mode. Don’t expect sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes any time soon. What you will find is early-season greens: Kales, chards, mustard greens, spinach, bok choy, lettuces (from flashy green butteroak to merlot) as well as scallions and green garlic. And of course pea-shoots, which are perennially delicious.

 

There’ll be some overwintered roots like carrots and beets. There’ll be herbs of all sorts and micro-greens. And local rhubarb, which is technically a vegetable but let’s call it our first fruit.

 

In addition to early spring produce, you’ll find eggs, cheese, bread, baked goods, salad dressing, jams and jellies, sweet confections, coffee, local juices and wine, botanical soaps and oils, lovely lilac blooms and other flowers. And starts – lots of vegetable starter plants that are well-adapted to our climate and growing conditions. Novice kitchen gardeners: don’t be shy about asking growers for advice.

 

We are also pleased to say that Compost With Me will start collecting food-scraps at our market. Come this Thursday to learn about what can and can’t be composted and why composting food-scraps is a big environmental deal. Also new this year:  just a short walk away, down at the dock, Captain Willy Hatch of Machaca Charters, plans on selling fish as the season gets under way. If you are interested in day-boat fish, fresh from the dock, please come to the market information table. For updates, please visit Falmouth Farmers’ Market on Facebook.

 

Weekly update: July 22

July 24, 2014

Found Bread brought something new to the market last week. Rustic rounds of baked dough, ready to be topped with market vegetables for a free-form 10-minute pizza-like pie. We know many of you miss not seeing mozzarella at the market this year, but Long Lane goats’ cheese can fill the need for something soft and cheesey on a vegetable pie. The cheese, which is made the morning of the market, comes floating in a tub of water. You’ll find it in the cooler at Olio di Mell...


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Weekly Update: July 8, 2014

July 9, 2014

Despite an iffy forecast, the sun shone upon our market last week. A beautiful start to the holiday. The library’s book sale was in full swing, the Carousel had its first day, Main Street was hopping.  Although “Arthur” brought downpours and wind later on July 4, the storm mostly passed in the night. Many farmers and gardeners were mighty glad for the rain.

At the market we welcomed Freshfield Farm, which brought pretty radishes and baby beets and carrots from East Falmouth. We found f...


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Weekly Update: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014

Bring an extra big basket this week, or fill one of our handsome market bags with fantastic early summer produce. Sweet peas. Not just one, but three kinds of beets. Young fennel with a beautiful head of dill-like fronds. Summer squash and zucchini. Crisp cabbage and carrots for slaw.  We have lots of new arrivals at the market –  just in time for your July 4 beach picnics, backyard cook-outs and firework-viewing parties. If supplies last, you might even find strawberrie...


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Weekly update: June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014

Last week’s market was alive with activity.  There were lovely strawberries, sweet sugar-snap peas, all kinds of crisp greens, loopy garlic scapes. And the good news is, you can come back for more of everything this week.

Found Bread, from Woods Hole, introduced its boules, handsome loaves with good structure and crust. Very classy.

Westport Rivers Winery introduced its new Farmer’s Fizz, a prosecco-style bubbly in a pint-size beer bottle. Brilliant.

Nobska Farms ...


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Weekly Update: June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

Strawberries at last! A lucky few got a first taste of strawberries last week, but they sold mighty fast. This week there should be plenty for everyone. We’ve seem to have waited ages for strawberries this year, but here they are, after a long chilly spring, and suddenly it feels like summer. (Officially summer starts on the solstice, June 21.) Garlic scapes are scaping – time to make pesto. Peas are promised, both English peas and sugar snaps. Even summer squash is arriv...


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Weekly update: June 10, 2014

June 12, 2014
Non-stop rain fell on last week’s market, hours and hours of it, soaking shoes and chilling bones, but Carrie Richter from Peachtree Circe Farm was not complaining.  “We need the rain,” she said. Dig down a few inches into the soil, and fields are quite dry. We like a sunny attitude on what felt more like a bad day in March than June. Some brave souls donned foul weather gear, or came to the market juggling umbrellas. And, perhaps, they bought an extra vegetable to show support or flowe...
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Weekly Update: June 3, 2014

June 4, 2014
Asparagus and baby bok choy joined the repertoire of spring greens last week – although “greens” don’t begin to describe the riotous shapes and colors of all the leaf-lettuces on display at the market. You could even buy a little container of green, purple, speckled and ruffled lettuce plugs of your own choosing, almost too pretty to plant out in your garden. Almost. Look for scallion-like green garlic, too, fresh from Falmouth’s Peachtree Circle Farm.

Our town really shines this yea...
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Weekly Update: May 27, 2014

May 28, 2014

Celebrate with us, rain or shine, we said in our opening announcement last week. And wouldn’t you know, on market day, it rained, it shone, it was hot, then cold -- and it was all good. Good to be back. Good to see local Spring greens, rhubarb and flowers blossom on Main Street. Good to see so many of you out there especially one little newbie bundled up in his stroller: “His first farmers’ market,” declared his Mom, beaming. Here’s to many many more!

Field tomatoes are months away,...


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Let the 2014 season begin...

May 20, 2014
It’s the opening of the season. A new season of local deliciousness.  Come celebrate with us, rain or shine, this Thursday at Peg Noonan Park.  The orange netting around the park will be coming down. Tents will be popping up. At noon Kate Mahoney, our market manager, will open the market with a vigorous ding of the cowbell.

Please bear in mind the park has been reconfigured–hence the orange nets-- so our lay-out will be a little different. Your favorite vendors may not always be in their e...

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