News from the market

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!

Got Apples? Bring them to make cider on the 14th!

The ground is littered with apples and there are only so many pies, crisps and jars of applesauce we have time to make so how to use all those extra apples? Press them into cider!

Saturday, October 14 local farmer Alan Baker will have his press at the Bennington Farmers Market from 10 a.m.till 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to bring apples as well as containers to hold freshly pressed cider. While at the market take time to enjoy the music of Alex Smith and shop vendor stalls packed with fall crops, local eggs and honey, maple syrup and fresh baked breads. pies, cookies and cakes.

Seventh annual apple pie contest: October 7!

pieFlaky crust, juicy apples and spicy cinnamon will rule the day when the Bennington Farmers’ Market hosts its seventh annual apple pie competition Saturday, October 7.

Bakers from throughout the area are invited to enter their best apple pie to be judged by local food professionals. All entries must be homemade and use local apples. Pies will be judged on the quality of the crust, the flavor of the filling and overall appearance. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded.

Sign up to compete at the Bennington Farmers’ Market manager’s tent during regular Saturday market hours, 10 a.m. till 1 p.m., or through email at vermontvanilla at gmail.com Entries will be accepted until noon on October 7. Questions and online registration may be directed to Audrey Pietrucha at the above email.

July at the Market

Dairy Day photo
Thank you to everyone who came out last month and helped make Dairy Day a success!
Don’t forget our monthly membership raffle! New and existing members will have their names entered in to win a basket full of market goods! Stop at the manager’s tent for more info.

And now… Happening at the market in July:

July 1st
Entertainment: Bruce Wheat
Jeannie Davis will be doing a beekeeping demo
Children’s Tent: Deb Rice

July 8th
Entertainment: Beladi Belly Dancers
Children’s Tent: Bennington Free Library

July 15th
Entertainment: Passin Thru
Children’s Tent: McCullough Library

July 22nd
Entertainment: Linda Cullum
Children’s Tent: McCullough Library

July 29th
Entertainment: Trio Cafe Budapest
Children’s Tent: Growing Up Right

We’re excited to welcome our new vendors:
Vermont Spatzle Company
Spirits of Old Bennington