Merry Christmas from the Market Vendors!

As winter hits rather swiftly this year, the vendors of the Cabool Farmers’ Market are going through seed catalogues, preparing orders, and thinking about new products and displays for next year’s market.

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2011 be our best market year yet!

Blessings to you all! And remember to shop local for this Christmas Season!

Samples! Recipes! Friends! It’s Customer Appreciation Day!

Hey Folks! Can you believe it’s been a whole year since our first Customer Appreciation Day last year? Remember all the goodies you ate and the great recipes you took home? Well, it’s here again, next Wednesday, August 11! Our awesome volunteers will be serving up all kinds of samples made entirely from local foods!

What kinds of samples, you ask?  Think along the lines of peach bruschetta on toasted baguettes with honey drizzles, iced apple cider, assorted garden marinade, fresh melon bowl, jams on crackers and breads, chips and home-made salsa.  Is your mouth watering yet?

11 am to 4:30 pm — Regular market

11:30 am to 1 pm — Sampling

And you’ll get the recipes to boot! So bring down a friend or colleague and enjoy the Farmer’s Market atmosphere!

See you under the pavillion!

Make your July 4th a local celebration!

Here’s an idea:  try to buy as many local items as possible for your July 4th barbecue!  Come down to the Cabool Farmers’ Market this Wednesday, June 30th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  OR for your last minute local shopping, visit many of the vendors on Cabool Main Street Friday and Saturday of celebration weekend.

Frank will be here with sweet and juicy peaches, plums and cherries!  Make a local pie!! Or, if you’re not a baker, buy your celebration pie from Viola Beltz, who makes the best pies around.

Whip up a beautiful salad from locally-grown produce!  Between the Simpsons, Big Creek Farm and Jack Upton, you’ll find early tomatoes, cabbage, sprouts, green beans, cucumbers, squash, potatoes, onions, and much more!  Although it’s still a little early, the summer produce is REALLY starting to come on!

Locally-baked bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods can be found at R&M Dutch Cooking and Local Loaves.  And don’t forget farm fresh eggs for your favorite potato salad recipe!

Come see us down at the pavillion and take on the July 4th Local Food challenge!

Starting the year off right!

We’re off to a great start with our first two weeks of market!!! We’re glad to see some return customers, some faces from outside of town, as well as some new faces.  Although we aren’t into the heavy season of lots of vegetables, we are seeing some great variety of starting plants, as well as some innovative ways for you, the consumer to start your own “kitchen garden” at home.

The Lindsleys from Big Creek Herb Farm have hanging baskets full of a variety of herbs, which you can harvest right from your own backyard or patio.  They also have already sold out of their hanging lettuce baskets, but you might come and consult with them about how to start one of your own!

Come on down to the pavilion and get off to a good start for the 2010 growing season!  We’ll be here waiting for you to answer all of your local produce questions!

Opening Day: April 14th!

Hey folks!  In just two short weeks we’ll be opening the 2nd season of the Cabool Area Farmers’ Market and we are so very excited to be bringing you a wide variety of products!!  We will open promptly at 11:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.  Here are our confirmed vendors for opening day (so far) and what they are planning to bring:

  • Deborah and Morgan French and Simpson’s Family farm will have veggie bedding plants, honey, jams and jellies, knockout roses, blackberry and strawberry plants, hanging basket flowers and lip balm.

  • Jack Upton will have leaf lettuce, watercress, spinach, sprouts, wooden bowls, wooden game boards, magnetic bookmarks/line markers, and Rub A Dub Soap products.

  • Janelle Flory Schrock with Local Loaves will be bringing 9-Grain Bread, Sourdough Beer Rye and Pane Siciliano (Sicilian Bread).

  • The Schrock Family of Mojeji Ranch will bring brown and green eggs from free range chickens for $2/dozen.

  • Scott & Carolyn Lindsley of Big Creek Herbs plan on having lettuce, spinach, herb plants and dried herbs, various container plants and trees, plus jams.

  • Viola Beltz will bring her delicious pies and jellies.

  • Kristine Nightingale plans on bringing metal shepherds hooks(to hang hanging baskets from) and home-made cinnamon rolls (probably some other baked goods as well).

Look forward to seeing you there!

Annual General Meeting — March 2nd!

We invite all those who are planning on or interested in participating as a vendor in the 2010 Cabool Area Farmers’ Market to an informational meeting. We’ll introduce the market board and officers, discuss the bylaws and brainstorm ideas on how to promote our market to the surrounding communities. Applications will be available to fill out and you may want to bring your checkbook for paying your annual member dues. Even if you’re not sure if you want to participate, please come, ask questions and bring your ideas!

Date: Tuesday, March 2nd

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Cabool Christian Church, corner of Business 60 and Pine St.

Preparing for Our Second Season

After a GREAT first season for the Cabool Area Farmers’ Market, we’re looking forward to inviting additional vendors, offering a wider diversity of products, and creating a more exciting experience for our customers this market season.

The farmers’ market will open in mid-April.  Like last year, the market will take place on Wednesdays, but the hours have changed to 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We hope this change will help customers who may need to shop over the lunch hour.

Put us on your calendar!