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.

BELD Day @ the Market

Braintree Electric Light Dept. will join us at the Braintree Farmers Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 on the Town Hall Mall. Shoppers can visit with BELD staff, who will answer questions about their solar energy project and BELD Broadband offerings. Kids can pick up a hardhat and explore the bucket truck—parents are encouraged to bring a camera. There will be free apple cider and 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).

Vote for the BFM!

American Farmland Trust is celebrating Farmers’ Markets.  Please put the Braintree Farmers Market on the map by voting for us!  Voting ends Sept 23, 2015  VOTE HERE

Backyard Beekeeping Sept 12th

Join local beekeeper Allen Hiltz this coming Saturday (Sept 12th) from 9 to 1 under our big events tent.  Allen will be available throughout the market day for questions about beekeeping.  At 11 am Allen will give a short presentation on Planting for Healthy Bees.  Look for the Queen Bee in Allen’s observational hive.  Buzz on in with your local honey and learn about beekeeping!

Clam & Lobster Feast Sept 5th

Braintree Farmers Market Clam and Lobster Feast-This Saturday Sept 5 from 9 to 1. 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 Day is August 29th

This Saturday (8/29/15) we have activities for your little ones to enjoy at the Braintree Farmers Market.  At 9:30 am and 10:30 am there will be a Tour of the Market for ALL kids.  Meet some of our farmers and vendors and learn why farmers markets are so awesome!  Meet at the big events tent.

We will have a free Music Together class for parents and kids at 11:00 am offered by Karen McBrine from Karen’s Music Together.   Music Together recognizes that active music participation is important for a child’s overall development. From birth-through early elementary years Music Together nurtures each child’s natural musicality. Come join us to make some music!

Visit the big tent to see the Flaherty School Garden showcasing what Braintree students are doing in our community.  We will also have a Farmer’s Market Scavenger Hunt for kids to complete while they visit our vendors and coloring pages and activities for all ages.

Backyard Chicken Day Aug 22

Join Naturalist Melissa Kurkoski of the South Shore Natural Science Center for a talk about the basics of keeping backyard chickens under our events tent on Saturday August 22nd from 9 to 1. Her adventures in raising, caring for, and teaching with the Science Center’s engaging flock of hens has lead Melissa to utilize the many benefits of chickens beyond breakfast. Along with the basics of planning and preparing for chickens in your yard, we’ll talk about benefits from eggs and garden fertilizer to why chickens make great pets.

11 am-Backyard Chicken presentation in the events tent

 

Celebrating Farmers Markets

National Farmers Market Week is August 2-8, 2015 and we’re giving out 25 free ‘I Heart Farmers Markets’ temporary tattoos to the first 25 market customers.   or..Make any donation to our EBT Matching Fund and receive a free tattoo.

Farmers Markets…

  • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
  • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several  studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets. Due to this and other factors, 52% more SNAP households shop at farmers markets and from direct marketing farmers today than in 2011.
  • Support healthy communities. Farmers market vendors educate their shoppers. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
  • Promote sustainability. Three out of every four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards.

GMO OMG Film Presentation

Join us for a FREE viewing of the documentary GMO OMG at the Thayer Public Library on Tuesday July 14 from 5:30-8:00. There will be light refreshments for everyone to enjoy before hand and the film will begin at 6:00. Hang around afterwards to ask questions, discuss the film and find ways to get involved with the campaign with local campaign coordinator, Rebecca Peters.  This event is sponsored by the Braintree Farmers Market.
For more info go to the film site: http://www.gmofilm.com/