from the organizers:
The Wentworth Greenhouse Summer Farmers’ Markets will premier Tuesday, June 30th, from 2 to 6 pm and will continue every Tuesday throughout the summer through October 27th. The Markets will take place in the Wentworth Greenhouses parking lot, opposite the main Greenhouse entrance.
A total of sixteen vendors have been accepted into the markets to date, representing high quality produce growers, food producers, and artisans from throughout the local area. Market patrons will be able to treat themselves to fresh fruits, berries, seasonal vegetables, salad raised heritage poultry, chicken and duck eggs, hand crafted goat cheeses, yogurts and soaps, NH maple syrup products, gourmet jams, jellies, salsas, sauces, fresh baked breads and pastries, and even a unique soft serve maple ice cream. In addition to farm raised vegetable and food products, a select number of crafts will be highlighted.
Opening Day will feature Shaker Broom Maker George Polichronopoulos, demonstrating the art of broom making on a 200-year-old Shaker broom-making machine. Retired from Pease Air Force Base 18 years ago, George took it upon himself to research and study Shaker Broom making, and has since been selling his brooms and supplying Canterbury Shaker and Alfred Shaker Villages with his creations.
Those interested in the art of rug hooking will have an opportunity to ask questions about the craft and even try their hand at hooking, as Rae Lamson from Wool and Goods, in the lower Rollinsford Mills, will be on hand demonstrating the art as well as selling her wool supplies, rug patterns, and other materials.
Creative animal balloonist Beth Booth of Lee, NH promises to add yet another festive touch to the day, by making and giving away her airy, colorful and spontaneous animal creations to admirers both young and old.
Market-goers are invited to arrive early on opening day to enjoy a free lecture by Joseph Marquette from Yellow House Farm in Barrington, NH. Joseph will introduce patrons to the Yellow House Farm’s mission, which is dedicated to celebrating the rich cultural heritage of New England farming, as well as to preserving and promoting endangered heirloom breeds of fowl (some dating as far back as ancient Roman and Mayan times) that were part of sustainable and healthy farming practices around the world, prior to the advent of modern factory-style poultry production. Joseph’s talk will take place at 1 pm, an hour before the official opening of the Market, and will be held indoors in one of the greenhouses. No registration is required.
All market patrons will be eligible for a free weekly raffle and drawing of a $25 gift certificate. You need only purchase an item at the market to qualify.
Wentworth Greenhouses Farmers’ Market participants to date include Amelia Mae’s and Company, Applegard Farms, The Black Bean Café, Café Ciabatta, Crooked Birch Kitchens, The Fig Tree Café, George Polichronopoulos Shaker Broom Maker, Hickory Nut Farm, Hollister Family Farm, Nippo Brook Farm, Stonewall and Osprey Cove Organic Farms, Sugarmomma’s Maple Farm, The Bead Bin, Wool and Goods, Yellow House Farm, and 45 Market Street Bakery and Café.
Detailed information about each farm and food product, with links to individual websites, is available through www.wentworthgreenhouses.com.