News from the market

See you at the December markets!

Join us this Saturday, December 1st for the first of two holiday markets in December. The second market will be December 15th.

In addition to our regular offerings of quality meat, produce, honey, maple syrup, and baked goods, we will have local hand-made crafts. Joe Comi from Mass MOCA and his hand-turned wooden bowls, Jon Davis calendars and photographs, shoulder bags by Ann Brittin, jewelry by emveo and cake, scarves, bags and mittens by Sommerska.

The John G. McCullough Free Library will be at the December markets, perfect for gaining inspiration for a new winter dish. Bring along cookbooks and other food-related books you’re ready to part with and exchange them for others! Out of respect for your fellow swappers, books should be in good condition.

And don’t forget we have jams, coffee, ready-made food and much much more! Start your holiday shopping at our market!

The dedicated & hardworking people that make up our vendors are so much more than vendors at the Bennington Farmers’ Market. Join us as we learn a little more, shining a spotlight on the people who make up the Bennington Farmers’ Market community.

This month’s vendor spotlight is Emveo so we interviewed Merrie VanOrden about her business. Check out the Q & A on our Vendors page to learn a little about Emveo & don’t forget to “like” them on Facebook to stay up to date!

August at the market

While we can’t change the humidity in the air, we can offer fresh produce that nourishes and hydrates your body. Support the folks who work year-round to bring you coffee, free range and organic meat and poultry, lots of fresh vegetables, maple syrup, handmade soaps and lotions, eggs, lovely preserves and mustards as well as tasty baked goods!

Please don’t forget we moved back outdoors in May, which means we are at 150 Depot Street in Downtown Bennington every Saturday from 10am to 1pm through October.

Entertainment:

August 4:

  • Music: Butchers & Thieves
  • Children’s tent: Bennington Free Library
  • Special Guest Table: ACLU

August 11:

  • Music: Cosby Gibson
  • Children’s tent: McCullough Library
  • Special Guest Table: ACLU & Rise VT (with their Smoothie Bike!)

August 18:

  • Music: Bernice Lewis
  • Children’s tent: The Learning Tree

August 25:

  • Music: Tom Gizzi & Mark Dufault
  • Children’s tent: The Learning Tree

 

Become a member today!

You can become a Bennington Farmers’ Market member any Saturday this month! For $25, you will receive a custom-printed pint glass with the new 2018 design (pictured above). Additional perks of membership include an opportunity to vote at the market’s annual meeting and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a basket of market goodies.

July at the market

After the heat wave, we are enjoying the cooler weather – it looks like it will be perfect for exploring the market! Support the folks who work year-round to bring you coffee, free range and organic meat and poultry, lots of fresh vegetables, maple syrup, handmade soaps and lotions, eggs, lovely preserves and mustards as well as tasty baked goods!

Please don’t forget we moved back outdoors in May, which means we are at 150 Depot Street in Downtown Bennington every Saturday from 10am to 1pm through October.

July 7:

  • Music: Alex Smith
  • Children’s tent: Bennington Free Library
  • Special Guest Table: 350Vermont

July 14:

  • Music: David Kellner & David Banulis
  • Children’s tent: Growing Up Right
  • Special Guest Table: ACLU

July 21:

  • Music: TBA
  • Children’s tent: McCullough Library

July 28:

  • Music: Deena Chappell Smith
  • Children’s tent: Sunrise Family Resource Center

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!

Bank of Bennington
Bennington College
GVH Studio, Inc.
Jacobs Law Offices, LLC
Shires Area Chamber of Commerce
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
Spice ‘N Nice
The Tuscan Sunflower
Vermont Land Trust
Wassick Tire Service
Whitman’s Feed Store
The Yoga Place

Become a Member!

You can become a Bennington Farmers’ Market member any Saturday! For $25, you will receive a custom-printed pint glass with the new 2018 design. Additional perks of membership include an opportunity to vote at the market’s annual meeting and you will be entered into our monthly drawing for a basket of market goodies.

June at the Market

After a couple rainy Saturdays in May, we were excited to end the month with a sunshine-filled Saturday and we’re looking forward to several more beautiful Saturdays at the market this month. Support the folks who work year-round to bring you coffee, free range and organic meat and poultry, lots of fresh greens, onions, microgreens, potatoes, maple syrup, handmade soaps and lotions, eggs, lovely preserves and mustards as well as tasty baked goods!

Please don’t forget we moved back outdoors in May, which means we are at 150 Depot Street in Downtown Bennington every Saturday from 10am to 1pm through October.

June 2:

  • Dairy Day
  • Children’s tent: McCullough Library
  • Music: Matthew Runciman

June 9:

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale
  • Children’s tent: Bennington Free Library
  • Music: Immune Friction

June 16:

  • NOFA Audit
  • Children’s tent: Bennington Early Childhood Center
  • Music: Beladi Belly Dancers

June 23:

  • Customer Count
  • Children’s tent: Lawrence School for Young Children
  • Music: Passin Thru

June 30:

  • Beekeeping from Jeanne Davis
  • Children’s tent: Bennington County Head Start
  • Music: Scott Forrest

Final indoor market is April 21!

Spring is in the air as we invite you to come get grounded at the farmers’ market. Support the folks who work year-round to bring you micro-roast coffee, free range and organic meat and poultry, fromage frais and other cheeses, lots of spinach and other fresh greens, onions, microgreens, potatoes, maple syrup, handmade soaps and lotions, eggs, lovely preserves and mustards as well as creative hop products, art guild treasures, and don’t forget the daikon radish!

We’re at the First Baptist Church in Bennington, 601 East Main Street, from 10am to 1pm on the 1st & 3rd Saturday of April. And mark your calendars, we’re moving back outdoors for the May 5 market!

April 21
Entertainment: Rosin the Beaux

Cookbook swap: Don’t miss your chance to find new inspiration – stop by the John G McCullough Library table to swap a cookbook for one filled with new inspiration.

Bennington College hosting Earth Day activities: Celebrate Earth Day with the Bennington Seed Library and a fun Earth-themed stamping activity.

The Bennington Seed Library, located in Bennington College’s Crossett Library, is a collection of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that community members can borrow for free. People grow the plants in their yard or community garden, harvest seeds from some of the plants they’ve grown, and return to the Library to replenish the collection and share the seeds with others.

Bennington College student Joana Santos will join the Bennington College table at the market on April 21. Of the seed library, when it was created last year, Santos said “You can save seeds for many traits — let’s save for resilience, let’s save for plants that we can easily take care of and are nutritious….Long term, maybe we’ll have developed local varieties of food and ornamentals that thrive in the Bennington area and preserved some heirloom types that are getting lost. I think raising the question of where your seeds come from and what that means and developing relationships and collaborations between community members is already a pretty good impact.”

Membership for the seed library is free. Join us at the April 21st market to join the library and in doing so participate in the act of both building relationships and collaborating for the sustainability of Earth. Can’t make it on April 21? Keep up with the library on Facebook and their website.

March 3 at the Market

Entertainment: Sam Diedrich (piano, vocals) and Leo Cohen (guitar) make up two thirds of Bennington College band, Aviation.

Free screenings: Bennington Free Clinic & SVC nursing students are conducting blood pressure & blood sugar screenings

Bennington College giveaways: Stop by their table near the manager’s table for reusable giveaways for the first 50 people

Cookbook swap: Stop by the John G McCullough Library table to swap a cookbook for one filled with new inspiration

Manager’s Table: Stop by for a signature Bennington Farmers’ Market glass for $5

Fun after the Market:
The Dorset Players present Mothers and Sons
VAE’s Winter Basement Music Series: Aubrey Logan

A Successful Cookbook Swap!
Thank you to all who participated in our first cookbook swap at the market last month! Due to the popularity of the recent cookbook swap, the John G. McCullough Library will continue offering the swap table at coming markets. Peruse your cookbook shelf to trade in gently used cookbooks for fresh culinary inspiration with your fresh market fare.

Talk on Transitioning to a Vegan Lifestyle
As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting community wellness, the Bennington Farmers’ Market will present an information session on transitioning to a vegan lifestyle Saturday, March 17. Mount Anthony Union High School sophomore and food enthusiast Gabriela Griffin-Leon will begin her talk at 10:30 AM in the Lounge of Bennington First Baptist Church.

At Griffin-Leon’s information session she will discuss how she began her vegan journey, how she maintains a healthy vegan lifestyle in social settings, and even share some recipes she has created for mac n cheese, corn chowder, fat-free French fries, and blondies!

February at the Market

We know Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, but we hope you won’t let that discourage you from visiting our winter market! We invite you to come get grounded at the farmers’ market; support the folks who work year-round to bring you locally grown produce, handmade products and other delicious treats.

February 3

At the Manager’s Table: 
Forgot to bring cash, but want to purchase goodies at the market? We have you covered – you can always stop by the manager’s table to use your debit or SNAP card to receive market tokens.

Music:
Krista Speroni & Brian DeAngelo

February 17

cookbooksCookbook Swap:
Looking for new recipes? The John G. McCullough Free Library will host a Cookbook Swap at the market on Saturday, February 17th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. Bring along cookbooks and other food-related books you’re ready to part with and exchange them for others! Out of respect for your fellow swappers, books should be in good condition. Every child who stops by this booth will receive a free gently used book to keep!

Music:
Tom Gizzi

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Mac and Cheese Cook Off!

The winners were:
1st Place – Peter Hopkins with his Bennington Farmers Market Macaroni and Cheese
2nd Place – Katie Keir with Katie’s seven Cheese Macaroni and Cheese
3rd Place – Melissa Frechette with Corny Macaroni and Cheese

Eight competitors brought crock pots full of unique mac and cheeses and we raised about $570 for Meals on Wheels! Thanks to all who participated!