Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Christmas gift for Local Food!!

The North Attleborough Winter Farmer's Market is commencing at Attleboro Farm and Garden on Hickory Road (a/k/a Rt 120) in North Attleborough. Every Sunday starting 1/10/10 through 3/28/10,(except 2/14) from 12 noon to 4 pm.
I am still actively recruiting vendors as well as musican's/entertainers and we are looking to provide space weekly for a local civic/charity to get the word out & raise funds. Please give me a shout or send a comment or e-mail if you want to be a part of the market.
To all of the market supporters thanks for the encouragement, have a great holiday season and see you at the market!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Possible New Improved Location

Planning is underway for a possible new winter market location. As it is not yet finalized I am not going to disclose the space. If and when it happens I will let everyone know via the blog, facebook, e-mail, newspapers and so on.
Stay tuned and thanks for the support and encouragement.
David

Friday, October 30, 2009

This looks crappy, but if you click it you can read it.

I have never claimed to be computer savvy so this is the best I can do right now.
If you click on it it will open up and be very clear. This is the basic poster for the Winter Market.
Pass it on or e-mail me if you would like me to send one to you via e-mail.
Thanks for the support.
David


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Updated Info on Winter Market

Below is the latest info on the Winter Market, as always spread the word.


Hear ye Hear Ye:

Farmer’s, Artisan Food Producers, Bakers, Butchers & Candlestick Makers

There is an opportunity to participate in a NEW Winter Indoor Market in

North Attleborough, Massachusetts, Sundays from 1pm to 5pm.

Tentatively scheduled to begin November 8 and run through May 2010.

Spaces (6 X 6) are available for Local Growers and Producers to sell locally produced and/or grown agricultural products.

The Market is limiting vendors to those that are within a 200 Mile radius of North Attleborough and are the actual growers and/or producers of the goods intended for sale at the market.

There are currently 19 spaces available at 6 ft by 6 ft.

Spaces may be shared by 2 vendors if desired, however both must be approved.

Note: Shared spaces are only permitted for Season Commitments

The Market will be open for 26 dates, every Sunday Nov 8 thru May 2010

Except the following: 12/27, 1/3, 4/4, 5/9

Fees are as follows:

Week to Week: $25.00 per week Paid on arrival.

Season Commitment: $450.00 ½ on commitment,(prior to 11/7) ½ on 2/28.

All vendors must comply with North Attleborough Board of Health Reqs.

Retail Food Permits are required and it is the responsibility of the vendor to obtain that permit. You may contact the Health Agent Robert Davis @ 508 699 0104 for assistance in obtaining the permit or additional information.

(Growers who are exempt and sell only exempt items do not have to obtain a permit: Honey, Maple Syrup, Fruits and Vegetables, Eggs)

Vendors must comply with all local, state and federal regulations including the collection of sales taxes if applicable.

Vendors must be able to document adequate liability insurance for their products.

Vendors are to provide their own tables, d├ęcor and clean up of their space.

There is no cooking in the hall at this time, however with notice we may be able to accommodate cooking demonstrations.

Vendors may sell NON-edible items that they produce on their farm or as part of their production examples would be: beeswax candles, goats milk soap, wool, leather or suet, please contact the Market Mgr if you have any questions.

The Market Manager David Scanlan is available to answer you questions and provide assistance in helping you decide as to participate in the market.

He can be reached by e-mail at dsca995@cs.com, telephone @ 508-409-1534

In the event there is insufficient participation by 10/31 the start date of market may be postponed at the sole discretion of the Market Manager. A pro rated refund will be made to vendors who have paid prior to 10/31.

“I believe there is a growing demand for locally grown and produced food, foods that taste good, are good for you and sustain the local economy. Gathering weekly at a market to buy those foods and know the producers is vital to continuing growth and support of existing farmers and producers.” D.Scanlan, Mkt Mgr.

Video on young farmers-Real Good

I had this video sent to me today, about 25 minutes. These folks are key to supplying the markets now and in the future, along with traditional growers. It's always nice to see people who are passionate about their work. Enjoy and share.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Potential Winter Market Downtown NA

Good Afternoon:

Below is a brief overview of the Winter Farmer's Market I am planning for this November through next May. This is a separate venture from the DANA sponsored summer market and is set up to be a free standing business. If you know of vendors who may be interested please encourage them to contact me so I can answer questions etc.

More details to come stay tuned!!

David

Potential Winter Market Downtown NA:

I am looking for Growers and Producers to populate a NEW winter market (indoors) in North Attleborough MA. I plan on running the Market on Sunday Afternoons from November thru April, possibly May. Anticipated times are either 12-3 or 4 or 1 to 4 or 5. I am offering either 4 foot or 8 foot spaces at $10 or $20 per week, with a one time start up fee of $15 or $30. It's possible that if I have enough interest I may offer a full season rate a a discount. There are 26 potential dates, No markets for 12/27, 1/3, 4/4, 5/9.

There are approx 14 8 ft spaces or 28 4 ft spaces. I am encouraging vendors to share spaces as it will increase variety which in turn should increase the allure of the market.

The ground rules for the market are as follows: (Subject to change)

1 Vendors are responsible for the appropriate licensing, insurance, sales taxes.
2 Vendors are to provide their own tables, equipment etc. NO COOKING allowed.
3 Vendors are to be the growers and/or producers and goods sold are to be from within 200 miles of North Attleborough. This is a Local Market supporting local growers and producers.
4 In the event of inclement weather and cancellation of the market fees paid will be applied to the next market date, no refunds will be given.
5 Vendors may sell NON-Edibles if they are locally produced and agriculturally based, ex. beeswax candles, soaps, goat milk soaps, aroma therapy, wool.

This is a market in progress so I invite suggestions as well as participation. I may be contacted at dsca995@cs.com, 508 409 1534 or you can visit me Saturdays at the Downtown North Attleborough Farmers Market from 9 am to 12 noon,(I suggest you call 1st to make sure I'm there). I am also available to visit you at your farm or facility. I also have a blog at nafarmersmarket.blogspot.com where I like to talk up local producers.

Thanks for your support,
David Scanlan

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Downtown Saturday September 26

Wow, what a great day in downtown North Attleborough. The weather was perfect for the first weekend of fall, balmy and sunny. The farmer's market was rockin', I don't think we have ever been busier, so much so we all stayed for at least an hour past the normal close. Thanks to all who stopped by to buy, check it out, chat or just take a look see; come on back every saturday thru Halloween.

Saturday was a great example of a vibrant downtown, we had the farmer's market, football, library book sale and the arts fair all going on at pretty much the same time. Sure there was fair amount of traffic, but overall you could find a place to park,(free) and spend a few hours shopping, eating and being entertained. I think that is a pretty good value. In closing I would urge everyone to support your downtown and the local merchants by continuing to visit and shop there. If you can buy in downtown you are making a greater positive economic impact then if you are buying elsewhere.
As saturday illustrated so well, a busy, excited, creative downtown can be a lot of fun; let's keep it going.
David

Monday, September 21, 2009

Big Weekend coming up In Downtown 9/26

Well first and foremost there is the Downtown Farmer's Market Saturday from 9AM to Noon, but here is what else is happening:

Richards Memorial Library Annual book Sale at the Masonic Temple Friday - Saturday, check the library's web site for more info: http://rmlonline.org A great way to support a great institution and build a library of your own. It doesn't get much greener than buying used books.

The Village Artisans Collaborative is sponsoring The Autumn Arts Festival on Sat and Sun from 10AM to 4PM in Veterans Park, directly in front of town hall across from the post office. I would expect to see a wide variety arts and crafts,(think holidays!) and right now the weather looks good for both days. As always you can also visit the VAC Store in Downtown as well.

Saturday is also Pop Warner football at Community Field with games starting at 10:30AM going as late as a 7:30pm start. Along with the games there are raffles and a pretty good concession stand.

Of course there is a whole bunch of restaurants in downtown to choose from and a variety of stores that would certainly appreciate a few more shoppers.

Celebrate the first weekend of fall, by getting fresh and getting around downtown North Attleborough. Oh yeah tell your friends too!!

See ya at the market!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Market Report Sept 12

This past Saturday was interesting, I had sent an e-mail to all on the list reminding that we would have a market Sat am as I didn't think the rain would be too bad. I woke up around 5AM to torrential rain and sighed the "Oh S*#T" when face with bad weather for an outdoor event. I watched the weather and didn't get any positive reinforcement on that front nor from the web.
Around 7:15 I called Oakdale Farms and was told that Mike was on the way, the decision made I loaded up the SUV and headed downtown. We decided to double our tents as well and modified the layout of the tables to keep what few customers I expected dry. FYI Veggies can get wet, duh!

I really didn't think we would do too much, but we were soon joined by Attleboro Farms,(with a great display of fall decor and beautiful mums), a few hours later by Nolin's Apiary, (labels don't do well in the rain). Well turned out that even in somewhat cruddy weather people come out.

Overall with the state of the weather the market had a pretty good turnout. It's important to open the market as scheduled to provide consistency for both customers and vendors. A lesson that was reinforced to me yesterday. It's also good to know that the customers who support the market every week won't let a little rain scare them away, thanks again for your support.

I continue to look for space to maintain a market through the winter and early spring and a day like yesterday only serves to reinforce my efforts.

I'll keep you posted on that and other things I'm working on. Take care and Eat Local.

David

Friday, August 28, 2009

No Market August 29 Return Next Week

Well looks like this will be the first missed market of the season, hopefully the only missed one.
The weather is just too dicey to go ahead, I'm thinking safety..high winds and canopies are a bad mix. I heard last weeks market was pretty well attended so a one week miss should be bearable.

I just got back from a Northern VT vacation, had a real good time. Of course I had to eat while I was there so I visited a few markets. You can definitely tell that our neighbors to the north are real loca-vores. The selection was vast and the markets were generally pretty well attended. I had some good food and the vendors were excited about what they had to sell.

I think given some time we will be approaching that level of excitement and selection; keep spreading the word.

See you next week!!

David

Friday, August 14, 2009

Market Forecast Sat 8-15-2009

This week looks to see a repeat of last weekends great weather and bountiful selection.
I would remind everyone that this is Jam Good's last week at market so if you like her jams and jellies stock up. On Saturday the 29th the location will shift to the grassy area on the south side of the current location. There is a car wash booked in the late morning and early afternoon so we need to move. We will probably do this a few more times as school opens and other events previously booked occur.
I continue to look for additional vendors as well as entertainment,(preferably some form of non-electrically powered music); so if anybody knows of any of the above please let me know.
See you at the market!!
Buy Local!
David

Friday, August 7, 2009

Market Forecast for 8/8/09

I expect we'll see a beautiful day Saturday morning as well as a similar variety of fruits and veggies to last week. I know our growers and producers are busy with this good weather selecting only the best to bring to market, so I have decided to leave them to their fields this week.

I do want to remind everyone that a few of our folks have locations that are open all week, offering more than what you see at market.

Attleboro Farms out on RT 120 is a full service garden center and landscape contractor.
www.attleborofarms.com

Oakdale Farms in Rehoboth has a store at their farm in Rehoboth.
www.oakdalefarms.com

The Greenhouse at the end of Landry has plants, art as well as produce.

All local small business that could use all of our support.

See you at market!

David

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Market forecast for 8-1-09

Good Afternoon:

Checked in with Attleboro Farms and Oakdale Farms to see whats on tap for this weeks market, of course the weather is always a factor but it looks as though we should be pretty dry through the weekend; that said here's what we plan on seeing:

Attleboro Farms: Corn, Tomatoes, cukes, zucchini, a variety of herbs and flowering plants.

Oakdale Farms: Corn, Tomatoes, cukes, kale, rhubarb, a variety of greens, raspberries, blueberries, peaches.

Nolin's Apiary: North Attelboro's finest wild honey!

Jam Good Jams and Jellies: Asst jams and jellies. She will only be here till 8/15 so stock up!

Shirley's Chocolates: Baked goods, corn bread, cookies.

The Greenhouse at the end of Landry: Tomatoes, Peaches and more.

Check out the blog at www.nafarmersmarket.blogspot.com, I will be updating regularly, you may even see your picture posted!

Still looking to recruit more vendors, anybody know a local Bread Baker? or a farmer that is on one of our hidden backroads?
Let me know and I'll see if they are interested in participating.

Tell your friends to "Get Fresh in Downtown North Attleborough" Saturdays 9am -12noon.

Thanks for your support,

David Scanlan

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Market Day July 25 2009

Market Open Saturdays 9-12

Attleboro Farms
Tomatoes, Corn & Yellow Squash
Visit their Store on Rt 120 for all your garden and landscape needs.


Baked goodies from Shirley's Chocolates, in Downtown North Attleborough.


From the Greenhouse at the end of Landry.


Oakdale Farms, (www.oakdalefarms.com) all the way form Rehoboth.


Honey from the Hives of Nolin's apiary, collected right here in North Attleborough.


Jamgood, all small sampling of what they offer. Reminder they will only be at market until 8/15.


The day broke bright and sunny perfect for your Downtown North Attleborough Farmer's market.
Attleboro Farms,(www.attleborofarms.com) one of the founding participants of the market was first to arrive, followed closely by Nolin's Apiary, JamGood and Shirley's Chocolates making up the first 4 founding vendors. They were joined later by Oakdale Farms, (www.oakdalefarm.com), The Greenhouse at the end of Landry and Teen Paradise. Pretty good for only the third week of market.

I found the selection to be pretty varied, from greens to beets; we had an abundance of corn, zucchini, beans and tomatoes. There was honey from the North Attleborough hives of Nolin's Apiary, baked goods from Shirley's Chocolates and Jams and jellies from the kitchens of JamGood.

Traffic was steady throughout the day, most folks picking up something, it doesn't get any fresher!

It looks like everyone will be at market again next week so come on by to see what's fresh. I am going to check with the farmers to see what they will be bringing and plan on posting on Thursday afternoon, so check back then. I have posted some pictures of what was available Saturday, we are getting some good stuff in what has been a tough growing season.

See you at market, and I'll be downtown Tuesday night for the Block party, right by Shirley's, stop by and say hi.

David Scanlan

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Welcome To The North Attleborough Farmers Market

Downtown North Attleborough now has a weekly Farmer's Market, every Saturday from 9-12 noon at Community School right out front. As a new market your support is critical the charter vendors are having success and their success will lead to more vendors which means more choices for you the shopper. Tell your friends and come on down and get some fresh local food.
So far you can get Honey, Fresh vegetables, plants, baked goods, jams and jellies.

More to come, see you at the market!