First WINNERS of a Free Pound of Fairland Farm/Cape Cod Organic Sweetened Dried Cranberries

This couple is smiling because they are the first winners of a free pound of Fairland Farm/Cape Cod Organic sweetened dried cranberries. Chris and Agnieszka participated in the “buy ten/get one free” punch card program that Fairland offers for our frequent buyers. If you don’t have a punch card come on out and see Bonnie at the Hope Artiste Village Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at 1005 North Main Street in Pawtucket. We will continue to offer this program for the remainder of the winter market and will continue it into the summer market at Hope Street where we will be vending on Saturday mornings from 9:00 – 1:00 as well as Wednesday evenings 3:00 – 6:00.

Still Praising Farmer’s Markets

When looking for that perfect Christmas gift for that special someone on your list, don’t forget to check out the wonderful bounty of your local farmer’s markets. I will be vending, tomorrow, as usual at the Hope Village Artiste’ Indoor Market which is located on North Main Street in Pawtucket. Sweetened dried cranberries and a copy of “Rubies in the Sand: Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry Bogs” make the perfect hostess gift during the holidays and why not stuff those stockings with real fruit snacks like sweetened dried cranberries…a healthy alternative to those hollow chocolate Santa Claus’s?
We have an ongoing frequent buyer program and for every 9 pounds of sweetened dried cranberries you purchase the 10th pound is free! Now is the perfect time to stock up for your holiday baking and gift giving. What a great teacher’s gift a bag of sweetened dried cranberries would make!
Stop by Pawtucket tomorrow and say hello!

Let the summer season begin!

Well, the summer markets have officially opened and to say I am busy these days is an understatement. We kicked off the summer season at the Farmers Market at Attleboro Farm on May 1st. While it’s been a rainy May, market turn out has been consistently good and it’s great to see returning customers, old friends by now. This market runs every Sunday from 12:00 until 4:00 rain or shine and offers a variety of local produce, grass fed beef, farm fresh organic eggs, organic and conventional produce, artisan breads and a variety of local artisan products and, of course, Fairland Farm’s sweetened dried cranberries! The market is held at the Attleboro Farm and Garden Center which is located on Hickory Road in North Attleboro, Mass.
The Pawtucket Artiste Village Indoor Winter markets on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00 are winding down with this week being the last week for each. There’s still a lot to be had at this market and makes a good stop on the way home from work to pick up fresh produce, grass fed beef, organic lamb, free range chicken and eggs and, of course Fairland Farm’s sweetened dried cranberries!
A new market for Fairland Farm this summer is the Easton, Mass NRT Farmer’s Market which is located at 307 Main Street in Easton, MA. This market is open every Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This is more than a farmer’s market it’s an actual working farm with lots to see and do. There’s local seafood available, fresh produce, natural dog treats, local honey, organic eggs, artisan breads, home made pickles and, you guessed it, Fairland Farm’s sweetened dried cranberries and our book, “Rubies in the Sand: Recipes from the Cape Cod Cranberry Bogs”.
We’ll be participating in several other markets and I’ll let you know a little more about them in another blog in the very near future.
Come out and say hello and meet the people who grow your food. It inspires one to eat healthy, local food as it’s hard to resist the freshest of the fresh!
All the “berry” best to you!

More Praise for Farmer’s Markets

Those who have read my blog in the past (all three of you :-) ) know how much I love Farmer’s Markets for the many benefits they bring to the people who shop there, the farmers who vend there and the community in which they are held. Yesterday I had quite a magical experience at the Pawtucket Farmer’s Market.
The Pawtucket Market is huge. Close to 2000 people walk through this market from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Sunday. People from all walks of life, all levels of income and literally, from all of the country and world as it is THE spot to bring people visiting from another state or country to showcase what produce and farm products the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts community has to offer.
Yesterday was no exception. A busy market day and as I looked down the corridor at the crowd I thought I was looking at a scene from a National Geographic special. Several Tibetans, dressed in their native dress, were being led through the market on a tour by their sponsor. All I could think of was Sherpas and the Himalayan mountains. They stopped at our booth and I had a chance to speak to their sponsor and learned a little bit about these visitors.
They were actually refugees, Buddhists, fleeing their country and persecution by the Chinese government. They spoke no English and we conversed through their sponsor and I asked them if they were enjoying the market and if they had ever had a cranberry? Well, you know there isn’t even a word for cranberry in their language! To see the expression on their faces as they tasted their first ever cranberries was priceless. Smiles, laughs and handshakes followed proving that when you bring people and food together it generally results in a good time and it was quite an honor for me to introduce them to our native berry, the cranberry.
While I can’t get political and go on about the plight of these Tibetans on this blog, suffice it to say that I admire their courage tremendously. I wish them luck in their new home and I hope their family and friends in their country find peace, soon.