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!

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

Outdoor Market Opening Day is May 6

Join us for the first outdoor market: Saturday, May 6, 10am-1pm!

photo of herb startsWe’ll be back outside at the Riverwalk Park near the Station Restaurant (150 Depot St.) The stage is all assembled for The Ransom Notes, Tim Marr will lead a Green Up group to clean the park and riverside, and the children’s tent will be run by Growing Up Right.

Come visit your favorite vendors, and stock up on great food for the week!