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Find many returning and bi-weekly/monthly vendors this week! Be sure to see a complete vendor list below to get your lists started for Friday… 

FARMERS MARKET SHOPPING TIPS

Adapted from About.com

1.  Know Your Seasons  –  Learn what grows in your area and when, so that your expectations are on target with what the vendors will be bringing to Market.  Plan your meals accordingly, getting inspiration from recipes in the e-newsletter or other fresh & local websites like www.localfoods.about.com   

2.  Go Early or Go Late – For the best selection, especially for popular-but-limited items, arriving early at market is a must.  For the best deals, vendors are often willing to discount items at the end of the day.  Markets tend to be less crowded at the start and end of the day, as well. 

3.  Bring Big Bags and Small Change – Using heavy-duty reusable bags is good for your purchased items and good for the environment.  And having the smaller bills and change simply helps your transaction go quickly and more smoothly.  Having a cooler available, in case you aren’t going home immediately, is another helpful tip. 

4.  Plan for Spontaneity –  Be willing to experiment, try a new food or select an item you didn’t expect to find.  Often the vendors will offer samples or advice on how to prepare something new. 

5.  Work in Volume – When it’s peak season, you want to take advantage of those great flavors and prices.  Besides trying more new recipes, consider freezing, canning, drying foods for later in the year.

6.  Think Whole Foods  –  Remember that carrots come long and unpeeled, beets have greens and maybe some dirt attached.  It may look slightly different than at the grocery, but it is worth it.

7.  Take Your Time – Browse the market slowly, seeing all there is available.  Make this a time to socialize with the vendors and other  like-minded shoppers who appreciate the opportunity to shop local and fresh foods.    

THIS WEEK’S VENDORS  

Nick Castelli selling plants

Tis the season for plants, plants plants!  You will find a plethora of beautiful items for your home and garden at market this week.  

Nick Castelli’s Plants carries colorful annuals and perennials, in addition to his wonderful succulents.  

Shady Grove Greenhouse returns for the season with tons of seasonal plants.  Hanging baskets, bouquets, decorative pots, starter flowers and vegetables, shrubs, and more!

Chansonette Orchids has exotic plants in all shapes and sizes, from classic to funky. 

Rambling Roots Farm will have spring onions, lettuces and other bagged greens (arugula, spinach, spring mix, and baby kale), chard, radishes, and mushrooms.  Their radishes are especially mild right now.

 London Vale Farm   also brings a variety of herb plants, plus more fresh produce – look for collard greens, snap peas, cucumbers, green onions, kale and lettuce.  

Nomadic Pies with Molly 

Nomadic Pie Truck celebrates her 1 year anniversary this Friday with a free mini pie to her first 20 customers. Be sure to stop by and congratulate Molly on her success!  

  

La Cucina Verde (now a bi-weekly vendor) has Kurry Kraut, Moroccan Carrots, and Pineapple-Mango Salsa on the menu this week.

Meadowset Farm  will have their grass-fed lamb (ground & chops) and beef (ground & pre-made burger patties), plus The Last Straw, a hard pecorino-style artisanal cheese from ewe’s milk. Try a burger tonight, or meatballs with lamb or beef!

 Additional Vendors:
  • Taste Artisanal spreads
  • Will Hurd:  Your Personal Architect
  • Anita’s Guacamole
  • KAS Cake Emporium 
  • Beyond The Spice simmering sauces (bi-weekly)
  • God’s Country Creamery cheeses
  • Amazing Acres Goat Dairy
  • Dia Doce Cupcakes (monthly)
  • Sunset Park Gluten-Free/Vegan Cookies
  • Golden Valley Roasters
  • Nomadic Pies
  • Philly Bill’s Dills (2-4pm)
  • Maiale Meats 
  • Naughty Nutty Love
  • Big Sky Bakery
  • Jack’s Jams & Jellies
  • Guinea Hen Gardens – eggs, honey, herbs
  • Rex Farm Orchard
  • Papa’s Pastries 
  • Sweet Salvation Truffles  

Discover in season locally-grown produce, eggs and honey, meats and cheeses, fresh baked goods and other local delicacies this week at this week’s Farmers Market.  Cut flowers and some bedding plants will be available.   

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The cool temperatures may have slowed the growth of produce somewhat this Spring, but you will find that our farmers are beginning to harvest a wider selection of greens this week and a few additional items, as well. 

 Everything you find at the Kennett Square Farmers Market is grown, raised, or prepared by our vendors, using wholesome seasonal ingredients.  Also take a moment to support these local non-profits at Market this week: 

  • The Kennett Food Cupboard accepts cash or food donations each week;
  • The Bayard Taylor Library will hold library card sign ups, plus have tickets and a raffle for the May 31st Home and Garden Tour.  

THIS WEEK’S VENDORS  

Rambling Roots Farm Greens

Rambling Roots Farm will bring plenty of greens to Market this week.  look for bunched and baby kale, chard, head lettuce, arugula, radishes, and spring onions.  You’ll recognize Phil & Shanna, formerly of Down to Earth Harvest, and you’ll love their produce!  

 

Chansonette Orchids is also bringing cut flower bouquets from Schaeffer Flowers in Lancaster, in addition to their lovely orchids.  A perfect option for Mother’s Day.

 

Naughty Nutty Love has 6 oz. jars of her freshly ground nut butters in several flavors.  Combined withJack’s Jams & Jellies and Big Sky breads, you have a PB&J right on the spot at Market!

 

Sunset Park Gluten Free  will have delicious gluten-free coffee cake at Market this week.  A perfect combination with Golden Valley Roasters coffees!

  

Philly Bill's Dills 

Philly Bill’s Dills actually comes to us from Doylestown and he requests that you catch him early in the day, as he will be at Market only from 2-4 pm.

 

 

 Additional Weekly Vendors:

  • Vera Pasta
  • Londonvale Farm Produce & Starter Veggies
  • Nomadic Pies
  • La Cucina Verde
  • Crossan’s Concessions Kettle Korn
  • Maiale Meats 
  • Nick’s Succulents & Plants
  • Guinea Hen Gardens – eggs, honey, herbs
  • Rex Farm Orchard
  • Papa’s Pastries 
  • Sweet Salvation Truffles 
  • Taste Artisanal spreads
  • Will Hurd:  Your Personal Architect
  • Meadowset Lamb & Pecorino  
  • Anita’s Guacamole

  • KAS Cake Emporium

  • God’s Country Creamery
  • Beyond The Spice simmering sauces

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    Thank you to our generous Market Sponsors –   HARVEST MARKET OF HOCKESSIN, LESTER WATER, INC. and  THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF S. CHESTER COUNTY

 

The weather cannot be more perfect for buying those Fall veggies, apple cider and apple pies, pumpkins & Indian corn, and mums.  Find it all this week at market, but your usual supply of greens, breads, eggs & cheeses, meats and condiments are all available.

The Kennett Democrats will be available again to register voters and help understand the photo ID issues.  The Food Bank continues to collect each week – make a cash donation, buy something extra, or bring an item from home!

MEET THE MAKERS
OUTDOOR HAPPY HOUR
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28   4:30 – 8:00 
frecon

 

Frecon Farm has been bringing their fine fruit to Market every Friday, but next week you are in for a surprise as they also feature their hard ciders and fruit wines.  Find them across the street at the new MEET THE MAKERS event, where you can taste the best of the regions fermented food and drink.

Come enjoy select craft beers, wine, spirits and artisanal cheese tastings as you learn about the fermenting process. There will be lively music by Scott & Steve of the Sin City Band.   

You’ll also meet representatives from Flickerwood Wine Cellars, Argilla Brewing Company, Forest & Main Brewing, Round Guys Brewing Company, Art in the Age, Quaker City Mercantile, Birchrun Hills Cheeses, Doe Run Creamery, Meadowset Farm, and Yellow Springs Goat Dairy.

The MEET THE MAKERS event begins at 4:30 and will run through until 8:00 pm  Tickets are available for $10 at the Market Manager’s table or buy them online.   For more information, call 610-444-8188. 

WHAT’S FRESH AT MARKET THIS WEEK?

MAIALE DELI:   Look for  Genoa Salami, Italian Salami with white wine & garlic, and Duck Sausage with arugula & roasted garlic.  

SUNSET PARK COOKIES:  Try their molasses spice cookies that are soft and spicy, great with a cup of tea or some apple cider. 

SHADY GROVE GREENHOUSE:  Look for Fall colors with their gourds, pumpkins, Indian corn, and bushels of mums.  Also bouquets and large mixed planters will be available.

 DESIGNS BY FRANCINE:  Chocolate Specials

  • 8 pieces of chocolate for $6.00 all flavors
  • 12 pieces of chocolate for $10.00 all flavors
  • Vanilla and chocolate brownie bites, buy 2 get one free.

 DOWN TO EARTH HARVEST:  arugula & spring mix greens, chard and kale, beets, carrots, lettuce, leeks, and Crimini and Portabella mushrooms.  They also raise free range eggs from non-GMO fed chickens. 

 FRECON FARM:  Bosc Pears, more apples, and cider!!!  They sold out of the cider early last week, so plan ahead.

 LONDON VALE FARM:  Lots of fresh broccolis, plus peppers, tomatoes, greens, potatoes, etc.

       Carrots, beets, etc

THIS WEEK’S VENDORS

 Amazing Acres

Anita’s Guacamole 

Beyond The Spice

Big Sky Bakery

 Cool Breeze Gourmet Greens

Countryside Farm and Bakery

Down to Earth Harvest

Footprint Architecture and Design

Frecon Farms  

FreshaPeel Hummus

Guinea Hen Garden

Jack’s Jams and Jellies

La Cucina Verde 

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Maiale Sausage and Charcuterie

Nomadic Pie Truck 

Papa’s Pastries

Produce Place

Shady Grove Greenhouses

Sunset Park Cookies

Taste Artisanal 

 Kennett Square celebrates the almighty mushroom this weekend and it all begins at the Farmers Market on Friday afternoon with a diverse collection of fresh produce, prepared products, and craft items.  Due to the Mushroom FestivalsCommunity Parade beginning at 6 pm, the vendors along State Street will need to close up at 4:30.  Other vendors in the alleyway will remain until 6:00 pm.  We apologize for any inconvenience! 

       Stop by the La Cucina Verde table and ask Annmarie about her “Ladies Night Out”, in-home cooking classes that feature fresh, local, seasonal ingredients.  Collaborate with Annmarie to develop a menu that suits your fancy, invite your girlfriends, and make it a party.

       The cooler weather heralds the return of Designs by Francine’s Chocolates this week.  The apple cider is flowing at Frecon Farms.  John from London Vale Farm has harvested a wide assortment of winter squash – Blue Hubbard (large & baby), Red Kuri, Cinderella, Baby Turks Turban, Spaghetti (striped & regular), Butternut (large & small), Buttercup (green & red), and Delecata, nicknamed the Sweet Potato Squash.  Phew!!  That’s a lot of squash!

First Friday vendors will be on hand to sell their artwork and crafts.  Also ask Market Manager Abby about the plans for the Fermentation Festival on September 28th and buying tickets for the exciting new Meet The Makers event that evening.

Hope to see you at the Market this Friday, 2-6 pm!

WHAT’S FRESH AT MARKET THIS WEEK?

PANSIES

 SHADYSIDE GREENHOUSES has Fall pansies, ornamental kale and  asters for your Autumnal gardens.

LONDON VALE FARM will have Napa Cabbage, which is great for Asian Slaw, in addition to LOTS of winter squash.     

COOL BREEZE GOURMET GREENS is bringing tasty petite fenugreek micros greens, with a hint of cumin & curry that adds a great flare to any salad, plus mini hot peppers.

DESIGNS BY FRANCINE returns this week with black currant chocolates made from English Black Currants, and Dark Covered Chocolate Cherries.  These two items will be available for a limited time only.  

DOWN TO EARTH HARVEST offers beautiful salad mixes, pastured eggs, swiss chard, and the last of their heirloom tomatoes.

TASTE ARTISANAL will have a spiced plum chutney and other spreads that are great with crudities or breads.

 COUNTRYSIDE FARM & BAKERY will bring leeks, plenty of lettuce & greens, and their tempting assortment of breads, cookies, pies, etc. 

FRECON FARMS will bring their freshly pressed apple cider and a variety of apples & pears.  

LA CUCINA VERDE will bring a blueberry basil preserve and an apricot chutney.

LONDON VALE FARM has soybeans, as well as Chinese Cabbage.

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THIS WEEK’S VENDORS

Anita’s Guacamole 

Big Sky Bakery

 Cool Breeze Gourmet Greens

Countryside Farm and Bakery

Down to Earth Harvest

Flickerwood Wine Cellars

Footprint Architecture and Design

Frecon Farms  

FreshaPeel Hummus

God’s Country Creamery

Guinea Hen Garden

Jack’s Jams and Jellies

La Cucina Verde 

London Vale Farm

Maiale Sausage and Charcuterie

Nomadic Pie Truck 

Philly Bill’s Dills

Produce Place

Shadyside Greenhouses

Taste Artisanal 

  

FIRST FRIDAY SPECIAL VENDORS & CRAFTERS

Ellen April Soaps

Amazing Acres,

Chansonette Orchids

Pike Creek Coffee Roasters

Joe Paws Dog Bakery

Clerico Designs

Bumblebee Bumz

Heirloom Modern Classic

 

Non-Profit: Unionville Fair

 

 

 

 

What’s Fresh – June 29

We Appreciate our generous sponsors:

Otto’s BMW

Lester Water
The Land Conservancy
DiMatteo Financial Group
Harvest Market of Hockessin

 

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Farmers’ Market Calendar

July 6:  Chesco Grand Prix Cycling July 20:  Blueberry Day 

Aug 3: 1st Friday Crafts

Sept 7: 1st Friday Crafts

Sept 28:  Fermentation Festival   

Oct. 5: 1st Friday Crafts 

 

Things are heating up at the Kennett Square Farmers Market this week, literally!    We have an exciting new vendor, M&B Farview Farm, who will be bringing their all-natural meats and poultry, plus they         will be grilling right on the street!  They offer an extensive menu from pastured meats to goat cheese, yogurt, raw milk and even ice cream.  You may pre-order items on their website for pick-up or just browse on the day of market!What’s Fresh this week:

  • More Sweet Corn from London Vale Farm
  • Peaches, cherries, plums, blueberries, apricots and pluots from Frecon Farm
  • New tea selections from Guinea Hen Farm
  • Zucchini breads from Papa’s Pastry
  • A pea spread from La Cucina Verde
  • Four types of Brittle by Francine. She will put the chocolates on hold until cooler weather prevails!  She also will have cold tea.
  • Ridge Valley Farm returns with their maple syrup and Chansonette will again have their exotic orchids.
  • The Produce Place is making their custom line of smoothies & will have frozen lemonade, too.

We are so appreciative of our Market sponsors. Read about Otto’s BMW below – they are a great community supporter!  See you at Market!

Kennett Square is hosting the finals of the inaugural Chesco Grand Prix during on Friday, July 6. Town residents and visitors will have the  opportunity to see a high-quality series of cycling criteriums.   The first race begins at 5:00 p.m. with the featured professional race taking place at 7:15 p.m.  There will also be a local “celebrity” race, kids’ races, and other family-friendly activities throughout the event.The Farmers Market will still be held on July 6th, with the additional First Friday craft vendors.  Parking will still be accessible in the municipa  garage, although traffic on the main streets in Kennett will be         detoured that afternoon and evening.  We are sorry for the inconvenience to our market customers, but we hope you might come and enjoy the Chesco Grand Prix.  For more information:  chescograndprix.com

WEEKLY VENDORS

Check out the links to many of our vendors:

Anita’s Guacamole

Big Sky Bakery

Chansonette

Cool Breeze Gourmet Greens

Countryside Farm and Bakery

 Designs by Francine’s Handmade Candies

Down to Earth Harvest

Flickerwood Wine Cellars

Footprint Architecture and Design

Frecon Farms  

God’s Country Creamery

Guinea Hen Garden

Jack’s Jams and Jellies

La Cucina Verde

Lil’ Bites Delights

London Vale Farm

M & B Farview Farm

Maiale Sausage and Charcuterie

Nomadic Pie Truck

Papa’s Pastries

Philly Bills Dills          

Ridge Valley Farm Maple Syrup

Shadygrove Greenhouses

Sunset Park Gluten Free Cookies

Taste Artisanal

The Produce Place

 

OTTO’S BMW of WEST CHESTER

                                                   WHY OTTO’S BMW?Otto’s BMW would be delighted to have you stopped by their showroom or browse their website.  Take the time to acquaint yourself with their dealership family and the extraordinary automobiles they sell and service.    They take sincere pleasures in being part of our community.  Over their 40 years in business, they have generously joined with numerous organizations whose positive impact has been sustained and significant.

Otto’s has always been a family owned and operated business, and since the day they opened in 1968, they have been dedicated to outperforming customer expectations. They pride themselves on the loyalty of their clients & the longevity of those relationships. They are keenly aware of the competitive marketplace, and fully endorse the premise that satisfying current customers is the best way to attract new ones.

 

 

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WHAT’S FRESH?
May 4, 2012  
We Appreciate our generous sponsors:

Lester Water
The Land Conservancy
DiMatteo Financial Group
Harvest Market of Hockessin

 

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FM Land Conserve 125W

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May 4:  Opening Day

May 25:  Strawberry Day

Jun 1: 1st Friday Crafts

Jun 15:  Recycle Day

July 6:   Chesco Grand

         Prix Cycling Event

Aug 3: 1st Friday Crafts

Sept 7: 1st Friday Crafts

Sept 28:   Fermentation                     Festival

Oct. 5: 1st Friday Crafts

Down to Earth

      GREETINGS!!  We are so happy to welcome  back the regular season Farmers Market to Kennett Square and our all-star cast of truly top-rate vendors who will be joining us this season.  The Market continues to explore new opportunities to bring locally grown, raised or created products directly to you.  Shoppers will see some new faces and welcome back many of the veterans.
        Please share this newsletter/blog with your friends and co-workers to spread the word about the wonderful assortment of local produce, food products and artisan wares.  From fresh eggs, honey and coffee to maple syrup, pet products, handmade soaps, and locally produced sauces and jams. Seasonal plants, veggie starters, and fresh cut flowers are a highlight this month.  More details on what to expect at Market this week will follow.
      Held rain or shine, Farmers Market hours are 2 pm to 6 pm every Friday afternoon from May through October.

    FARMERS MARKET
    VENDORS
    Regular Weekly VendorsAmazing Acres Goat Dairy (bi-weekly)

    Anita’s Guacamole

    Beyond the Spice Indian Simmer Sauces

    Big Sky Bakery

    Cool Breeze Gourmet Greens

    Countryside Farm and Bakery

    Designs by Francine’s Handmade Chocolates

    Down to Earth Harvest

    Flickerwood Wine Cellars

    Footprint Architecture and Design

    God’s Country Creamery

    Guinea Hen Garden

    Jack’s Jams and Jellies

    JennyMac Handmade Toffee

    Jubilee Hill Dahlias

    London Vale Farm

    Maiale Sausage and Charcuterie

    Mompops Gourmet Ice Pops

    Mt. View Organics Pastured Poultry

    Nick’s Succulents

    Papa’s Pastries

    Shadyside Greenhouses

    Sunset Park Gluten Free Cookies

    Sweets by Samantha Cupcake Truck

    Taste Artisanal

    First Friday Vendors

    Ellen April Handcrafted Soap

    Joe Paws Dog Bakery

    K-9 Kraving Dog Treats

    Nomadic Pies Sweet and Savory Pie Truck

    Pike Creek Coffee Roasters

    Quaker City Mercantile “Spodee”

      

         We know we are preaching to the choir when we sing the praises of the Kennett Winter Market, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves… As you know, the Kennett Farmers’ Market has been thriving this winter. It’s amazing to realize that our local farmers work all year growing fresh produce like baby spinach & fresh lettuces. What else can you find at a winter market? There are “storage crops” such as winter squash, turnips, potatoes, carrots, apples and onions, and a personal favorite – sweet potatoes! Plus you will find eggs, meats, cheeses, breads & baked goods, honey, and a wide array of locally made specialty foods such as jams and sauces.

    Winter Markets are held on the first and third Friday of each month from November through April, beginning at 2 pm and continuing until dusk (5:30 p.m.). You will find the vendors set up outdoors along State Street and convenient parking is available in the borough garage at State & North Union St.

    OUTDOOR WINTER MARKET VENDORS

     Guinea Hen Garden will have fresh eggs and honey, plus winter herbs are available by advance order. E-mail Jloustau@aol.com.

    Maiale Cured Meats   Pre-order or pick up one of a dozen or more different pork or chicken sausages or salumes. Sweet Italian, Cajun Andouille, Linguica, Satay, Thai curry, Buffalo, Tuscan, Venison, etc. Phone your order to 302-691-5269 or email them: billyrawstrom@maialecuredmeats.com

    Beyond The Spice     This week they bring three new recipes to sample these slow-cooked artisan simmer sauces:

    •Eggs Pocketsin Bhartha Sauce         •Chicken Tikka Masala                    •Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Ginger

    Birchrun Hills Farm is back with their handmade artisan cheeses, including a creamy, raw milk natural rind semi-soft cheese with delicate blue flavors.

    Mountain View Poultry Farm    Organic poultry, sausages, broths, chilis and eggs to market will be on their market table.

    Countryside Farm and Bakery brings fresh-picked greens, winter veggies, and delicious Amish baked goods and jams.

    Big Sky Bakery   will have a wide variety of whole grain and artisan breads.

    Pike Creek Coffee    Discover their whole and ground locally roasted coffee from the highest quality arabica beans. Stop by the table to meet Peter and sample their coffees.

    Other returning vendors include:  ~Jack’s Jams & Jellies~  ~Will Hurd Architecture~  ~Clarke Green Blade Sharpening~

    Featuring Special Guest Harvest Natural Foods Market

    MEET THE LOCAL ARTISANS with our own Jack Hill of Jack’s Jellies & Jams

     The Landenberg Store in Landenberg is hosting its first Meet the Artesians Day on Saturday Feb 25 from 1 to 4. Jack will be there with his Jams and Jellies. In addition, meet Kathy Ruck, a local artist, Bill Cox who does hand pottery, and Thomas Van Koch glass blower. Learn more at http://www.landenbergstore.com