There are just a few short months left to enjoy the Main Street Portsmouth Farmer’s Market before the season comes to a close in early October.
If you haven’t visited the market yet, here are just a few of the items you’re missing out on — homemade loaves of bread, jams, jellies, honey, butters, melons, corn of every variety, green beans, blackberries, squash and zucchini, eggplants, bell peppers, tomatoes, and more.
The selection is ever-changing, but is always guaranteed to be farm-fresh.
“Whenever you go to the supermarket, you’re not guaranteed to find what you’re looking for,” said farmer’s market enthusiast Holly Arnett. “There isn’t as much variety. If you come to the Farmer’s Market, you might find four or five types of tomatoes, whereas a superstore might have two. You’re not going to find jalapeno jelly at Walmart, but you might at Farmer’s Market. It’s fun to find new items to throw in your dinner arsenal.”
In addition to produce, you can also purchase meats, artisan-crafted jewelry, fresh floral bouquets, wreaths, herb plants, handmade herbal soaps. You can purchase raw clover honey, bees wax and bees wax candles as well.
“We love setting up here,” said Kevin Bradbury of Hurricane Run Farms. “There are a lot of friendly folks and we get to loaf around with our buddies, the other farmers and our friends from the community. It’s really a great atmosphere.”
And as for attendance, Main Street Portsmouth’s Executive Director Joseph Pratt says this has been one of the largest seasons to date.
“We’re happy with the growth of the market this year and are looking forward to future growth,” Pratt said. “We’ve watched the average number of attendees rise, both shoppers and vendors, and we are thrilled to provide a service where community members can easily find locally raised food and crafted items.”
The Farmer’s Market also supports healthy decision making and hosts discussions on a various health-related topics like portion control, what constitutes a well-balanced meal, and other nutritional guidelines and information by participating in the Healthy Bucks program. The Healthy Bucks program provides children and adults with educational opportunities as a way to learn about healthy choices. As an incentive, they are giving a $5 certificate to use at any of the vendors. SNAP/EBT benefits are also accepted.
The 2017 season will begin mid-May.
“If someone is interested in becoming a vendor for next season, they can just come the day of the Farmer’s Market next May and they’ll fill out a registration form,” explained Farmer’s Market Manager Alex Scott, “The first set-up is free for new vendors so they can get a taste of what it’s like. They can pay the fee of $10 for the day, or pre-pay for half the season at $90 or pay the full-season fee at $155.”
For more information, you can contact Scott at 740-727-4737.
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