Braintree Farmers Market 2017

The Braintree Farmers Market is currently being organized for the 2017 season.  We’re looking forward to providing our community with another abundant harvest of local foods and farms.  Our committee is in the midst of signing on our past vendors and recruiting new ones that we think will add more diversity to our high quality local food products.  If you think you would like to become a vendor please fill out our Potential Vendor Survey with your information.  If the committee determines that your products would make a good fit you will be contacted and sent our applications.  The market only allows happy vendors with a sense of humor.  NO crafts.  The BFM has already reached it’s capacity for produce growers but will still consider artisan foods made locally.  All prepared foods must be made in commercially permitted kitchens, vendors must present proof of insurance for your business, and obtain a temporary food permit from the Braintree Board of Health.  The Town of Braintree has approved Farmer Wine tasting at the market and we are presently seeking farmer wine vendors to join our lineup.

Volunteers are the reason for the success behind the Braintree Farmers Market. We’re always looking for folks to help out at the market with specific tasks on market days and special events.  If you think you have a unique talent that would compliment the farmers market, or would simply like to pitch in, we would love to hear from you.  Join our dynamic and devoted team that brings local farms and foods to Braintree with a flair for environmental issues. Questions or comments? Email Pepe at secretarypepe@netscape.net.

The Braintree Farmers Market hosts one Community Tent which includes a table and chairs, available every week for the use by a local, non-profit, community organization (free of charge).  The market is currently organizing the Community Tent for the 2017 season.  Please review the Rules and if you think your organization may benefit from this opportunity please contact donnai@braintreefarmersmarket.org  Space is limited.

The Braintree Farmer’s Market would like to thank the following companies and organizations that help the BFM through their generous support. Please be sure to return the favor by thanking them with your patronage.

On Opening Day/June 17th Braintree Cooperative Bank will be handing out complimentary herb seedling plants grown by Second Nature Farm while supplies last.  Liberty Bay Credit Union has made a pledge to our Matching Funds EBT Program to help make our healthy foods accessible to all income levels.  For every $15 of EBT tokens purchased the market matches it with another $15.  Liberty Bay Credit Union has been a generous sponsor for the Annual Thanksgiving Holiday Market.  A YUGE Thanks to Braintree Electric Light Department for sponsoring the Braintree Farmers Market Local Musicians Series for the 2017 season.  BELD also donated the events tent to the Braintree Farmers Market that is used for our Special Events.

Thanks to EVERYONE who supports the Braintree Farmers Market and stay tuned!

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Thanksgiving Holiday Farmers Market

Indoor Braintree Thanksgiving Farmers Market
When: Saturday November 19, 9 AM – 1 PM
Where:  Braintree Town Hall,  1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
Description:  Celebrate the end of the Farmer’s Market season with a full harvest for your holiday table.  All of our farmers and vendors will be on hand to provide you with the freshest local foods around. Gift baskets & local crafts will also be available. The market will be located inside and in front of the Braintree Town Hall.  Some of our vendors are providing Special Ordering which means you can place an order with them and pick it up on Nov 19th during the farmers’ market.
Casba’s Thanksgiving Holiday Menu:
MEZE: for 4 to 6 people
* Home made classic hummus: Chickpeas, fresh lemon juice, tahini sauce, garlic, and sea salt.
*Different flavors of hummus dips:   Roasterd beets hummus, Roasted red peppers hummus
– Baba Ghanouj: roaster eggplant, tahini sauce, lemon juice, and Sea salt
– Tabbouleh: Fresh parsley, tomatoes, mints, cucumber, Cracked wheat, fresh lemon juice and olive oil
– Falafel balls: Our own spinach stuffed falafel balls made of chickpeas, vegetables, herbs and spices
– Moroccan marinated olives: mix olives, herbs, Pimento, Spice
– Cheese bite: Marinated feta cheese in a fresh lemon juice olive oil dressing
– Stuffed grape leaf (Dolmades): Rice, tomatoes, chickpeas, herbs, Pomegranate molasses
– Stuffed homemade savory dough: ”bite size”:  Meat Fatayer: ground lamb, ground beef, bell peppers, onions and Mediterranean spices in a freshly made dough, Spinach Fatayer: spinach, onions, tomatoes, olive oil, sumac, Sea salt and pepper
– Phyllo cheese roll ups: feta cheese, eggs, herbs, salt and pepper
– Moroccan triangle chicken bastilla: Home made phyllo dough, braised chicken in a Moroccan marinate, eggs, herbs, and toasted almond
– Desserts
Apple pie, Pumpkin pie, Strawberry rhubarb pie, Baklava, Special orders for Gluten free, 0 calorie sugar, and dairy free pie.
NOTE: all savory fatayer, bastila, chees are half cooked are ready to be finished baking for an other ten minutes Thanksgiving day.
For fresh products.
Contact Casba by email at casbacatering@gmail.com or call 339-793-1889 to place orders
Fresh Catch Seafood will be bringing:  Stuffed shrimp 6 ct for $12.00  per package, Scallops  Wrapped in Bacon  12 ct  per tray  $ 15.00, Seafood stuffed mushrooms  12 ct per tray  $ 11.00, Portabella stuffed mushrooms  12 ct per  tray  $8.00
Special Orders with Fresh Catch can be made thru their website.  Call 508-339-5187 to place orders.
VT Syrup Company

VT Syrup Company

The Vermont Syrup Company is doing a promotion where any pre-orders made will receive a 10 percent discount.  Also,  when any of our quantities of maple syrup or maple cream are purchased in quantities of 6 or more they will receive 20% off.  Email vermontsyrupcompany@gmail.com to place your orders!
Joe Beaulieu Butcher Shop will be mostly stocked with beef.  Any special orders can be made by calling Joe @ 508.496.9209 or email at Allnaturalbeef@comcast.net
Live music and a horse-drawn hayride.  This event is sponsored by Liberty Bay Credit Union. Music sponsored by Braintree Electric Dept.  This is a hoe-down not to be missed!

BELD Celebrates Public Power Week

Mike Ford can tell you all about electric cars at the market.

Public Power Week this year with a special tent at the Braintree Farmers Market Oct. 1.

Join Braintree Electric Light Dept. at the Farmers Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, on the Town Hall Mall. Shoppers can visit with BELD staff, who will answer questions about our solar energy project and BELD Broadband offerings. Also, a representative from www.braintreedriveselectric.com will be on hand to show off an electric vehicle (EV), take signups for test drives, and provide information on BELD’s new EV program. Kids can pick up a hardhat and explore the bucket truck—parents are encouraged to bring a camera. There will be a “Taste of the Farmers Market” drawing just for Braintree residents (look for the entry form in BELD’s Bright Ideas newsletter with September electric bills).

Backyard Beekeeping Sept 17

Local Honey Beekeepers Day
When:  Saturday, Sept 17, 2016 9 AM – 1 PM
Where: Braintree Farmers Market 1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
Description: Throughout the market day Allen Hiltz, our local beekeeper expert, will be under under our events tent fielding questions about how to raise bees and harvest honey.  Allen brings along his observational hive so you can witness this complex social community of bees who all hail to the queen!  Stop by and try to find her among her many subjects.  Bring all your questions about this burgeoning hobby.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..

Backyard Chickens Sept 10

Backyard Chicken Day
When:  Saturday, Sept 10, 2016 9 AM – 1 PM
Where: Braintree Farmers Market 1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
Description: Throughout the market day their will be chicken experts under our events tent fielding questions about how to raise backyard chickens.
At 11am there will be a Backyard Chicken seminar with in depth information.  Love the local food movement? Ever thought you might like to try keeping your own chickens? Come join “The Chickeness”, Khrysti Smyth, of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens for a rundown of popular breeds, housing needs and design, feeding and care, health, laws and zoning, info on how to effortlessly mix chickens and neighbors, and everything else you might want to know about keeping your own backyard chickens. Course materials will be provided, and each attendee will receive a signed Certificate of Course Completion. Come find out whether keeping chickens might be a good addition to your garden, your kitchen, and your family’s overall health and well-being, and meet a few of her feathered Chicken Ambassadors too!

Khrysti Smyth (AKA The Chickeness) has been an urban backyard chicken farmer since 2009 and is the founder of Yardbirds Backyard Chickens. With a lifetime of animal husbandry, five years as a veterinary technician, and two degrees in Wildlife Ecology, Khrysti offers a wide range of services including classes, chicken care trainings, coop and chicken consultations, chicken brokering, chicken/farm sitting, help with permits, coop building and installation, monthly maintenance and health check-up services, and even chicken and farm sitting!  Lately she has been a strong advocate for your chickens helpful role as garden work-birds – happily consuming all your weeds, bugs, thinned seedlings, dead leaves, grass cuttings, etc., and turning it all into amazing compost –while still adding delicious and healthy egg protein to your homegrown bounty!

This event is free!

Clam and Lobster Feast Saturday

Braintree Farmers Market Clam & Lobster Feast
When:  Saturday, Sept 3, 2016 9 AM – 1 PM
Where: Braintree Farmers Market 1 JFK Memorial Drive, Braintree
Description: Enjoy a freshly prepared New England Clam & Lobster Feast with veggies from our Market farmers. Also featured will be Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque & Lobster Rolls. Tables & chairs will be provided under our Events Tent. This Clam & Lobster Feast has become a much-anticipated tradition at the Braintree Farmers Market!  The Clam & Lobster Feast is sponsored by Fresh Catch Seafood.

Braintree Farmers Market Clam and Lobster Feast-This Saturday from 9 to 1 Sept 3, 2016.  Serving starting at 10 am-or thereabouts.
FRESH CATCH PRESENTS: We will be cooking right there on site
1lb of steamers 9.00
2lbs of steamers 17.00
1 ¼ lbs Steamed Lobster 9.00
Twin lobsters 18.00
Clam Chowder 5.00
Lobster Bisque 5.00
Lobster Salad finger Roll 6.00
Corn on the Cob 1.00
Homemade Stuffed Quahogs 1.99
Littlenecks on ½ shell 1.00
Oysters on ½ shell 1.50
NEW ENGLAND CLAM BAKE comes with 1 CT lobster, 1 lb. steamers, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, onions and seasoning 20.00

Find out why so many folks LOVE this special event!

Kids’ Power Of Produce Club

The Braintree Farmers Market has been selected from farmers’ markets across the country to participate in a Kids’ Power Of Produce Club sponsorship from the Farmers Market Coalition and Chipotle. Each Saturday throughout the month of August we will be hosting a Power of Produce Tent at the market from 9:30-11:30am. Bring your kids to participate in activities designed to encourage healthy eating. Kids who complete activities will be rewarded with a $5 voucher to be used to purchase produce from our farmers. Mark your calendars!

Opening Day June 18th/Strawberry Fest/Herb Giveaway

It’s getting so close we can almost taste it.  Join us on Opening Day and our Strawberry Festival under our events tent. Lollycake Ladies will be serving up freshly made Strawberry Shortcakes with local strawberries from C.N. Smith Farm.  The market will also be kickin’ off our 2016 Local Musicians Series sponsored by BELD.  All your favorite farmers and vendors will be here with a few new ones too.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Freshly cut herbs from the market.

Freshly cut herbs from the market.

For the first time ever the Braintree Cooperative Bank will be giving away herb seedlings grown by Second Nature Farm.  As a neighborly gesture the Braintree Cooperative Bank will be handing our young herb plants for your garden or window box so that you can enjoy fresh herbs with your market foods.  Get to the market early as they are available while supplies last.

Marielle Murray from LollyCake Ladies

Marielle Murray from LollyCake Ladies

Lollycake Ladies will be celebrating the opening of the Braintree Farmers Market and the Strawberry Festival with a classic Strawberry Shortcake.  Its a simple but tasty combination of biscuit, strawberries and cream that will definitely start your summer off right!  The shortcake recipe has been handed down through the generations and its buttery, light, fluffy and delicious.  The strawberries are from local and fellow vendor C.N. Smith Farm.

See you on Saturday June 18, 2016 from 9 to 1 at the Braintree Town Hall Mall in Braintree, MA.  Try us out once and you’ll be back every Saturday.

Thanksgiving Holiday Market Nov 21

On November 21, 2015 from 9 to 1pm celebrate the end of the Farmer’s Market season with a full harvest for your holiday table. The market will be located inside and in front of the Braintree Town Hall and includes ALL of our 30+ local farmers, artisan food vendors and local crafters.  Bluegrass music by Frank Drake and Company with a horse-drawn hayride.  www.braintreefarmersmarket.org  This event is sponsored by Liberty Bay Credit Union! Ye ha!

Make a Difference Day Pumpkin Fest


Make a Difference Day-Oct 24th

Please bring your quality used items to the Braintree Town Hall Cahill Auditorium 1 JFK Memorial Dr. Braintree to donate for this special day.  The event is hosted by Sustainable Braintree and the town of Braintree and sponsored this year by Rockland Trust Company. In exchange for donated articles, pick up a free pumpkin, while quantities last. Pumpkins are sponsored by Rockland Trust  Company.  Items that are being collected are: 

QUALITY USED ITEMS:
Friends of Thayer Public Library:Books,, DVDs and CDs, (no cassettes
or VHS tapes)
Bikes Not Bombs
Bicycles, Bike Parts & Bike Accessories (broken items ok but no rust;
no scooters or motorized bikes)
Kids’ Clothes Closet
Fall and winter clothing (infant to high school)New England Wildlife Center:
Aquariums, filters, heaters, food bowls, animal toys and
cages/crates, old towels, Dry dog food, Reptomin turtle food, bleach

Marge Crispin Center:Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrushes, shampoo,
soap), non-perishable food, paper goods (including napkins and paper
towels), laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, diapers, sanitary
items, baby wipes

Interfaith Social ServicesAdult Clothing & Accessories, Household
Items (especially dishes and small appliances) & Children’s Toys
and Puzzles

Baystate Textiles
Stuffed Animals, Worn clothing,
Old Linens, Towels, Blankets & Curtains Old Shoes, Sneakers & Boots
Old Accessories, Backpacks & Purses

Cell Phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers
Eyeglasses for Lions Recycle for Sight

MISCELLANEOUS:

Soda can tabs for Shriners hospitals, Box Tops for Education, wine
corks, old keys for keyforhope.org

The event is hosted by Sustainable Braintree and the Town of
Braintree
and sponsored this year by Rockland Trust Company. In
exchange for donated articles, pick up a free pumpkin, while
quantities last. Pumpkins are grown by C.N. Smith Farm and sponsored by Rockland Trust  Company.