Kids Day is Aug 23rd

Looking for a fun weekend activity with the kids? August 23rd will be Kids Day at the Braintree Farmer’s Market from 9 to 1 and it will be the day to bring your whole family to enjoy what the market has to offer. Coming back for a second year, Kids Day will be filled with fun and educational activities for all ages.  This year’s lineup under the big tent will include free kids yoga at 9:30 by Petit Papillon Yoga. Children ages 4 and up are invited to try a free class with age and developmentally appropriate poses and activities. Petit Papillon has locations throughout the South Shore and their mission is to use yoga as a tool to help teach children to be resilient and compassionate human beings. Come see how yoga helps children of all abilities to tap into their own inner strength and celebrate their uniqueness!
At 10:30 we are happy to offer a free Music Together® class for children from birth to age five and their parents. Music Together® is an internationally recognized program that recognizes that active music participation is important for a child’s overall development. Karen McBrine, director of Karen’s Music Together, has been making music with families for almost 20 years and will be leading the class. Come and make some music at the market!
The fun continues at 11:30 when we will offer a free Hip Hop/Jazz class led by Miss Elizabeth Jernigan, Director of Dance with Energy, located at the Weymouth Club. The class is open to ages 3-14 and will last approximately 45 minutes. Participants will enjoy learning a routine and the class will conclude with a brief informal performance as well as a performance by one of the Dance with Energy Performing Companies. Have your kids wear their sneakers and clothes they can move in and come ready to dance!
We will also offer ongoing activities throughout the day including a farmer’s market themed craft and a market scavenger hunt for kids to do while parents do their shopping. Kids will have fun searching for items sold at the market, while learning about healthy foods. As a special treat this year, we will have some young local gardeners from the Flaherty Elementary School Garden showcasing their accomplishments and harvest from this year’s garden. Come see what their hard work has produced. You won’t want to miss this fun filled day!

More than a Farmers Market

     The Braintree Farmers Market (BFM) is much more than just a place to find local farms and foods.  Along with the goal to support local small farms and businesses the market mission is to create a weekly community and educational event for our visitors.  It’s a place to meet your friends and neighbors and catch up on the latest news in your neighborhood.  To enhance our visitor’s experience we host local musicians and the BFM just received a sponsorship from BELD (Braintree Electric Light Dept) that will enable us to expand the musical entertainment schedule for the 2014 season.  The BFM also provides complimentary issues of both edible Boston and edible South Shore Magazines that provide extensive information about the local foods movement, healthy lifestyles and farmers’ market friendly recipes featuring foods that are in season in our area.
     The BFM also hosts multiple special events through out the market season that have been designed to entertain and educate our community.  Early in the season we host a Strawberry Festival to celebrate this fleeting and oh so delicious and healthy berry.  On August 23rd we have Kids Day when you can bring your little ones to the market to experience fun and games and help them learn to appreciate local, healthy foods.  The ever so popular Clam & Lobster Feast takes place on August 30th, which falls on Labor Day Weekend, so you can be sure to get your Ye Olde New England Clam & Lobster Feast before the summer comes to a close.  Sustainable Braintree will be sponsoring the Earth Celebration on Sept 6th with many engaging activities to educate our visitors about earth friendly and sustainable projects that will have you hugging your neighbor’s tree before you know it.  This year we are thrilled to be collaborating with Thayer Public Library with a special Library Day on Sept 13th.  Find out about their kids programs and why the library has every book on the 100 most banned book list.  Did you notice the library is now open on Saturdays during the summer?  Just one more way to make it easy to pick up a good book or movie and find the best local foods all in one trip.  On Oct 4th BELD takes over with their Public Power Day/BELD Customer Appreciation when they take the time to celebrate with their customers and say ‘Thank you’.  Oct 25th is the Make a Difference Day/Pumpkin Festival when Sustainable Braintree will be inside the Braintree Town Hall collecting gently used clothing and items to distribute to those in need. In exchange for donated items receive a free pumpkins grown by our market farmers.  Don’t forget the biggest hoe-down of the year on Nov. 22nd when we celebrate the fall harvest with our special Indoor Holiday Thanksgiving Market inside the Braintree Town Hall.  All of our vendors attend this one and it’s one big party to end the market season for another year.
    Every week the market hosts a local non-profit organization under our Community Tent to help raise awareness for their causes.  Sustainable Braintree is currently organizing community groups that participate in this program.  The Braintree Farmers Market is a labor of love by local volunteers who value the mission of the market and strive to enhance our community.  If you would like to join our group of volunteers please email us at karal@braintreefarmersmarket.org.

Hydrate at the Market

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

Feeling a little dehydrated while visiting the Braintree Farmers Market?  Stop by and visit Mike Ford at the BELD (Braintree Electric Light Dept.) tent who provides free water to all our visitors.  The water is cooled by solar power so it’s earth friendly energy that BELD is providing.  If you’re interested in the details about BELD’s BGREEN Program Mike can fill you.  The Braintree Farmers Market and Mike Ford’s complimentary cold water carry on each Saturday from 9 to 1 at the Braintree Town Hall Mall.  In the event of severe weather the market is moved inside the town hall.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Although Ben Franklin was actually referring to fire safety when he coined the phrase, these days it is most frequently used to describe an approach to our health. Taking preventative measures to maintain good health is always wise, and as the seasons change, it is important to recognize the increased probability for certain problems to arise.
With the heat of summer, comes a stronger potential for dehydration. Typical warning signs are increased thirst, reduced urination, darker than usual urine, muscle cramps, dizziness, and headaches. If not corrected, more advanced signs can include low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat or breathing, and delirium. A helpful test if in doubt – your skin should be elastic and bounce back when pinched.
Two thirds of the human body is made up of water and it is considered a vital essential nutrient for survival. Water plays many critical roles in the human body: lubricates and cushions joints and organs, regulates body temperature, transports oxygen and nutrients to cells, helps to dissolve vitamins and minerals for absorption, and flushes the body of toxins. Nearly all the major bodily systems depend on water.
So in order to remain healthy, we must maintain our internal water balance by replacing loss of water with intake of water. Seems simple, but many people are not aware that they are including diuretics in their diet which increase their loss of water. Common diuretics include caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, some herbal teas, fruit juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and alcohol.
What to do? Either avoid diuretics or compensate by increasing your water intake. Alternate at least 12 ounces of water between diuretic drinks. Adding a pinch of sea salt (not table salt with chemical additives) to your water will also help you to retain more of the water you drink as well as help to restore your electrolytes. And contrary to popular belief, sports drinks are not a healthy alternative to water due to the high sugar content and artificial sweeteners, flavorings, and colors. Do yourself a favor and water yourself daily!

Written by Braintree resident Cathy Sloan Gallagher is a nutritional therapist and on the Braintree Farmers Market Board.  She can be reached at cathy@eatthoughtfully.com or through her website at www.eatthoughtfully.com.  For more info on the Braintree Farmers Market visit www.braintreefarmersmarket.org.  See you on Saturday.

Coffee & Tea @ the Market

One of our newest vendors is Uncommon Grounds from Duxbury, MA.  This local coffee roaster is so small that we had a difficult time connecting with them since they did not have a phone number, website or email, but luckily, they found us and we’re thrilled to have their extensive selection of coffees from around the globe.  They roast their beans in small batches of 5 lbs. each to ensure that all their coffees have a superior flavor.  Purchase coffee either ground or whole bean in 1 lb. bags.  They also offer samplings of coffee so you try them out before you purchase.  Cups of freshly brewed coffee are also available.

This coming Saturday we will also have Notting Hall Specialty Teas joining the market.  Notting Hall offers selective custom blends of loose leaf teas from tea plantations around the world.  From classic greens to full-bodied blacks and caffeine-free tisanes.  Because they blend in small batches their teas are fresh and flavorful.  This vendor is at the market sporadically throughout the season so if you’re a tea lover this Saturday is your chance to stock up.  See you at the market.

Exotic Mushrooms @ the Market

We’re celebrating the Fourth of July at the Braintree Farmers Market where each one of our vendors have been carefully selected to ensure that our customers will enjoy a wide selection of high quality local foods.  We have several new vendors this season including Rhode Island Mushroom Company who are growers and purveyors of exotic mushrooms.  Each week you have the opportunity to try different mushooms that are sure to please your palate with their unique flavors and textures.   RI Mushroom Company was formed in 2013 and they have been steadily growing mushrooms ever since.  They provide a vast assortment of mushrooms to high end restaurants and now you can purchase their wares right at the Braintree Farmers Market.  Their current varieties include blue oyster, crimini, golden oyster, king oyster, maitake, portobella and pioppino.  Sample an array of flavors at the market which has been a testing ground for local foods you’ll find no where else.
Please note that BELD provides solar power for free cold water in an effort to keep the market earth friendly.  The market operates every Saturday from 9 to 1 outside the Braintree Town Hall, One JFK Memorial Dr., Braintree,  rain or shine, hot or cold.  In the event of extreme weather conditions the market is moved inside the Braintree Town Hall.  Join us at the market and find out why this market has a loyal following.  Now is the peak season for fresh, healthy, local produce.

SNAP/EBT Program

Don’t forget our Braintree Farmers Market Moolah.  Enjoy the convenience of shopping with our own market currency which you can purchase with a credit/debit or EBT/SNAP card at the Market Manager Tent.  Market Moolah tokens can be used to purchase goods at the market without having to use cash or your credit/debit/EBT card with each individual vendor.Do you want to boost your SNAP/EBT dollars?  You can at the Braintree Farmers’ Market (BFM) as we start our new matching EBT Program.   The BFM is currently sponsoring a matching program. For every SNAP/EBT dollar spent the BFM will match it up to $15.  This will expire when the funds are gone.  Only one transaction per week.  Simply purchase your EBT tokens at the Market Manager tent and our cashier will handle the rest.

Would you like sponsor our SNAP/EBT matching token program?  For any amount, we will mention your name on our website, facebook and the market.  What a great way to help our community and help provide healthy market foods for everyone.  For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact us at food@braintreefarmersmarket.org  Thanks to everyone for supporting the Braintree Farmers Market.

Strawberry Festival June 21st

It’s strawberry season locally so be sure to get to the market early so you won’t miss out on these sweet & juicy jewels that come only for a short period of time. Purchase strawberries direct from a local grower and support our small farms.  This Saturday, June 21, the market will host a Strawberry Festival that has been gaining in popularity each year.  The events tent, sponsored by BELD, will be up and there will be tables and chairs provided for our visitors to sit and enjoy freshly made strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream created by the folks at Homestyle Caterers with strawberries from C.N. Smith Farm.  The Farmer’s Garden will have an entire tent filled with their strawberries fresh picked and ready to take home.  Other vendors will be creating their own strawberry-themed specialties in celebration of this fleeting season.  Live guitar and sax music by Aaron Belyea.
Don’t forget our Braintree Farmers Market Moolah.  Enjoy the convenience of shopping with our own market currency which you can purchase with a credit/debit or EBT/SNAP card at the Market Manager Tent.  Market Moolah tokens can be used to purchase goods at the market without having to use cash or your credit/debit/EBT card with each individual vendor.Do you want to boost your SNAP/EBT dollars?  You can at the Braintree Farmers’ Market (BFM) as we start our new matching EBT Program.   The BFM is currently sponsoring a matching program. For every SNAP/EBT dollar spent the BFM will match it up to $15.  This will expire when the funds are gone.  Only one transaction per week.  Simply purchase your EBT tokens at the Market Manager tent and our cashier will handle the rest.

Would you like sponsor our SNAP/EBT matching token program?  For any amount, we will mention your name on our website, facebook and the market.  What a great way to help our community and help provide healthy market foods for everyone.  For more information on becoming a sponsor please contact us at food@braintreefarmersmarket.org  Thanks to everyone for supporting the Braintree Farmers Market.

LUV the BFM

Join us on Opening Day June 14th as we celebrate the start of our 2014 season!  The market will operate every Saturday from 9 to 1 pm, rain or shine, thru October 25th with the Special Holiday Thanksgiving Market on Nov. 22nd, 2014.

The Braintree Farmers Market has become a cherished event where friends & neighbors meet to find local farms and foods along with educational and special events that are enriching our community.  Please consider supporting the educational and charitable activities of the Braintree Farmers Market.  Please check out the details on our brand new website: https://braintreefarmersmarket.org/sponsors/contribute/

We thank every single one of you who have been a part of our success!

Plans for the 2014 Market

The Braintree Farmers Market is currently in the planning stages for the 2014 season.  We’re working hard at bringing the best farmers’ market ever to Braintree.

Seeking Volunteers

Volunteers are the main ingredient for the success of the Braintree Farmers Market! We’re always looking for volunteers to help out at the market with specific tasks on market days and special events. If you think you have a special talent that would compliment the farmers market we would love to hear from you.  We especially need help setting up before the market opens and tearing down after the market closes.

Please email Pepe at secretarypepe@netscape.net. or sign up at the Market Manager Tent.  To learn more visit our Volunteer page.