News from the market

Become a Member this month!

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. 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!

Guidelines for Mac and Cheese Cook-off

mac and cheeseThis event is first and foremost a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels and designed to promote fun!

That being said, we do have a few rules:

  • $5 entry fee per crock-pot. All entries must be homemade (even Annie’s Organic Mac and Cheese is not allowed. It wouldn’t win anyway, we hope.)
  • Tables, serving utensils, and power will be provided.
  • Bring entry(s) to the First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., Bennington by 9:30 on January 20 and plan on being there to serve (there will be people who can spot you for bathroom breaks, etc.).
  • We’ll begin selling tickets at 10 a.m. and continue untill about 12:30, when votes will be gathered and counted. Winners will be announced around 12:45.
  • Samples will be approximately 1/3 of a cup, about the size of a ladle or large serving spoon.
  • A list of ingredients must be provided near your entry for those with food allergies.
  • Any size slow-cooker is allowed. In fact, for your sake, the bigger the better because …
  • Judging is done by attendees, who purchase tickets for $1 each or 6 for $5. Each ticket entitles the holder to one sample and one vote. The more samples you sell, the better your chances of coming in first, so it pays to get as many of your friends and family members to come out. Tell them to vote early and often!
  • The top three entries will win a wooden spoon (gold, silver and bronze) as well as other prizes. The top vote-getter wins a $50 gift card from King Arthur Flour.

Thanks for your interest and good luck!!!

Jan 20 – Second Annual Macaroni & Cheese Competition

It’s time to dust off the cheese graters and casserole dishes for the Bennington Farmers Market’s Second Annual Macaroni and Cheese Competition to benefit the Bennington County Meals on Wheels program Saturday, January 20.

Last year’s event was a big success with more than a dozen delicious dishes delighting the palates of attendees. More than $400 was raised for Meals on Wheels, the figure to beat this year.

Over $100 dollars in prizes have been provided by the King Arthur Flour company, including a $50 gift certificate for the chef who creates the winning mac and cheese. Entrants pay a $5 entry fee and bring a large slow-cooker full of their best Mac and Cheese. Patrons purchase tickets which give them samples and votes. Everyone leaves with full stomachs and the satisfaction of participating in a good cause.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to join the fun as chefs or samplers. Interested cooks may sign up at the Bennington Farmers’ Market manager’s table Saturday, January 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Bennington, 601 Main Street, or by contacting Audrey Pietrucha at vermontvanilla@gmail.com.

Thanksgiving Holiday Market is November 18!

First Baptist Church, East Main Street in Bennington: 10am to 1 pm

All winter markets this year run 10am – 1pm on the first and third Saturday of the month.
Celebrate the season of thanks with Bennington Farmers’ Market this Saturday. Over 20 vendors will be there with honey, maple syrup, baked goods, cheese, produce, meat, jams and jellies, sprouts,  sauces, freshly roasted coffee beans and coffee to drink, ready to eat foods, Old Bennington Spirits, and crafts for the upcoming holiday season.

Our final member raffle will be pulled this Saturday: winners receive a basket filled with goodies from market vendors. The raffle will start up again next May.
Winners so far:

  • May: Denise Main
  • June: Valerie Shemeth
  • July: Althea Church
  • Aug.: Duncan and Ann Campbell
  • Sept.: Ann Kremers

This week’s musical guest is Gus Bloch. Come meet your local farmers and neighbors, have lunch, a cup of coffee, get all your shopping done, all while enjoying great music. What a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning.
Looking forward to seeing you all there!