(Weather note: We have been watching the forecast for days.
At this time, it appears that Wayland will get little, to no snow, and
if it falls, it will start late in the afternoon. If this changes and we are impacted you will receive an email update.)
Photo courtesy of highcountryromneys.com.
Farm Fiber Day takes place this Saturday, January 23 from 10 to 2.
We wait all year for the day we gather to celebrate the fiber of
alpacas and rabbits. Why bring yarn and other
fiber products to a farmers' market? Because seventeen of our
twenty fiber vendors are farmers and own the animals that their
fiber comes from!
This time of year, while we are asleep, they
are out in the barn overseeing lambing season.
Forty food vendors will be here to provide you with
food to create healthy meals for you, your friends and family.
Watch spinning and sock making demonstrations and visit
the angora bunnies. Sign up to make Greenskeeper Fingerless
Mittens with Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farm in Maine.
Stephanie Griego from Dirty Water DyeWorks of Cambridge makes her first appearance at the Market on Saturday. We have admired her yarn for years, so when a Farm Fiber Day "regular" suggested we add her, we were happy she said, "yes".
"My passion for knitting, yarn, fabric and fiber arts began as a little girl. My aunt and great-aunt were influential in teaching me how to sew and knit," she says. " From that exposure I gained the confidence to tackle new techniques and projects on my own."
"Somewhere along the way I took the plunge into the world of color and dyeing. I started out by dyeing yards of fabric and clothing - everything from underwear to towels. It didn't take long before I started to dye yarn. Dyeing yarn opened the door to another creative passion. The possibilities are endless when you're playing with color."
In addition to hand dyed yarn, Stephanie will bring knitting kits
and wrist ruler bracelets.
Wintermoon Roots radishes.
Jana Dengler and Maryanne Reynolds of Stone Harvest Farm are
restoring their 1700s New England farm for productive use.
Their workforce currently includes a trip of cashmere goats,
a confusion of Guinea fowl, a Halflinger and a team of
Pyrenese livestock guard dogs.
Stone Harvest Farm's 110 acres is nestled along the eastern edge of
the Quabbin Reservoir in Petersham, Massachusetts.
Their yaks produce both milk and fiber.
They are bringing cashmere
(goat fiber) and yak fiber to the Market.
The annual Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar is an excellent resource that serves as an educational tool for teachers, legislators and the public. The calendar provides a daily reminder of the diversity of agriculture across the state. It includes monthly educational
tips and special ag-related days and website links.
Pick up a copy of the calendar, on sale for just $5.00.
Take a break from shopping and enjoy a scone from Great Harvest Bread along with a cup of Karma Coffee, Soluna Garden Farm tea
(13 flavors to choose from) or hot chocolate from Cookie Lady Treats.
If it is lunch that you prefer, there is seafood chowder and gazpcho from Fishwives Specialty Foods, VESTA wood-fired pizza, hand pies and soup from The Roving Lunchbox (food truck in our back parking lot), chicken pot pie, soup and sandwiches from The Herb Lyceum, smoked fish from Boston Smoked Fish Company, which can be eaten with bread from Bread Obsession, and a jar of pickles from Town Farm Gardens.
Weaving from Windy Hill Farm in Lakeville.
We enjoyed the way Nicole Blum from Carr's Ciderhouse got
the Farm Fiber Day spirit by wearing her finest hand knit
items last year.
She promises to do the same this Saturday.
Carr's Ciderhouse makes artisanal cider products, including hard cider, cider vinegar and cider syrup, which is
known as 'boiled cider'.
This sweet yet tangy syrup is made much like maple syrup - but from 100% apple cider. It packs a deeply caramelized flavor that will surprise your taste buds with its powerfully bold apple zing!
Pour it on pancakes, waffles, granola, and yogurt; drizzle it over roasted vegetables; rub it on pork, ham, chicken, and duck before roasting or to finish in the pan; whisk it into sweet and sour sauces for tofu and tempeh; mix it into cocktails, sodas, and ginger tea.
Spinners, those who like to felt, and fiber artists will find
roving, rolags and bits to choose from for their creations.
"We've been hand-making small batches of lacto-fermented vegetables and fresh-frozen unpasteurized tempeh here in the Berkshires since 2011," says Hosta Hill co-owner Maddie Elling.
"From the start we've used local ingredients, working closely with nearby organic farms to source whatever we can't grow ourselves in our own fields in and around West Stockbridge."
"It's these ingredients that have helped us earn two consecutive Good Food Awards, recognizing "the most conscientious and talented craft food producers in the United States."
|2016 Good Food Awards Winner in the Pickles category:
Hosta Hill Gochu Curry Kraut.
Cheese options this week include West River Creamery from Vermont and New Hampshire's Contoocook Creamery (including butter).
Mushroom mix from Mycoterra Farm.
If you are having trouble keeping your feet warm, Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm, North Brook Farm Alpacas and Subito Farm can help.
After a year-long search,
Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds
have transitioned their farm from Sudbury/Concord to become the new farm family and managers of
Codman Community Farm
in Lincoln. Pete, Jen and Abraham will now have the opportunity to steward over 150 acres of Town, Land Trust, and private lands in the Town of Lincoln. In addition to their delicious eggs, meat chickens, pigs, turkeys, and rabbits, they will take over management of a herd of Red Devon cattle, a heritage breed known to produce high quality beef.
Codman Community Farms
is a non-profit organization with a working farm "in the heart of Lincoln" with a mission to preserve Lincoln's rural character, highlight the importance of local farming, feature Heritage breeds and locally-sourced food, and invite community involvement through educational opportunities and access to this unique historic property. You can find Pete and Jen's tasty products 365 days a year (24-7) at the Farm Store inside the barn at Codman.
We are excited they found such a welcoming community and a
Step right up and Marilyn from Bagel Alley will take you order.
Would you like that pumpernickel with or without a schmear?
Goodies was conceived when Susan Callahan's daughter attended college in the seemingly faraway land of New York City. To stave off homesickness and show how much she was missed, Susan sent her a package of homemade cookies, which were lovingly referred to as "goodies." Do you know someone who could use some
Goodies Homemade Cookies?
Artisan Yarns from Hampden Hills Alpacas in Hampden.
Choose from Jubali's selection of juices, smoothies, infusion teas
or nut milks.
Warm Fingerless Thrummed Mittens made by Ellen Raja from her
Raja Farm in Lincoln.
Photo courtesy of goknitinyourhat.blogspot.com
Dorchester Farms specializes in angora fiber, hand dyed and
spun yarn and other fiber related items. When we met owner,
in the Ashmont section of Dorchester, but he has since moved the farm and angora rabbits to Provincetown.
Those are some lucky bunnies!
Have you heard? Red Fire Farm has grown more of their popular greens for us to enjoy in 2016!
Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth will demonstrate their charkha, Han
is known around the world for excellent spinning devices, all made
by Jonathan. He will be glad to show you how his charka works.
The Bosworths are attending to demonstrate spinning, but will
not be selling Journey Wheel products on Farm Fiber Day.
Samira's Homemade is authentic Lebanese food. It is healthy,
delicious and made from fresh ingredients with no added preservatives.
Hummus Plus (chick peas and fava beans),
(Varieties include: Original, Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive,
Sun-Dried & Basil, Jalapeño),
(the best we have ever tasted),
(fire roasted red pepper, toasted walnuts, organic lemon juice and a touch of spice, offset by pomegranate molasses),
Spicy and Regular Stuffed Grape Leaves
and white or
World's Best-Tasting Pita, b
aked and packaged exclusively for SHM by Helen's Bakery.
Robin Cohen of Doves and Figs.
Spreading the local jam love, one jar at a time!
Neil Kapitulik from Rag Hill Farm in Colrain.
E & T Farms now offers fresh saltwater shrimp. "We collect
our water from Cape Cod Bay," says owner Ed Osmun. "The shrimp come from a hatchery in Florida. It takes about 6 months to grow them out to market size, averaging 20 shrimp per pound. You can place your order at the market or by phone by Thursday for the Saturday market. (508-362-8370) The cost is $20.00 per pound, for shrimp harvested on Friday and on your dinner plate on Saturday.
Can't get any fresher than that!"
Good Karma Farm is a full-time working farm in Belfast on the coast
They raise alpacas and Icelandic sheep for fiber and
breeding stock, and they spin our own yarn on the farm.
Good Karma Farm is also the home of Carrabassett Soap Company.
Do you have a quilt that you started years ago, hiding in the back of your closet? Margo Coates from Dragonfly Longarm Quilting can finish it for you at last. She will also be selling quilts and placemats.
Lisa Dachinger is coming to us from her 65 acre River Valley Farm in Pittsfield, bring beautiful natural and dyed Cotswold yarn, roving, sheepskin and her new
colorful carded batts.
We are collecting hats, scarves, gloves and hats for
for Boston Community Development. While we encourage knitters
to donate, as the recipient will love the personal touch associated
with a handmade gift, these much needed donations can be
purchased at the market or another source for donation Bring items to the market or Russell's Garden Center any day through March 12.
The knowledgable women from the Worcester County Sheep
made from 100% wool grown in
Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farm
March 5th Farm Fiber Day workshops:
Needle Felting with Jen from Rag Hill Farm
Yarn Dying with Kate from A Hundred Ravens:
FIBER VENDORS ATTENDING THIS WEEK:
FOOD VENDORS ATTENDING THIS WEEK:
Future Special Events Days:
Massachusetts Farm Wineries Day - February 6
- February 20
You can view our complete list of vendors for the season