Although the end of August wraps up New Hampshire’s “Eat Local Month”, September is still peak season for the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market and product variety is better than ever. “Fresh, local, and fun!” describes Market Manager Josh Arnold. “This is the best time of year for the market,” he proclaims. And by the looks at the overflowing produce, it would seem he is correct. The corn is in, the tomatoes are plump, there are peaches and blueberries galore, and sunflowers beam from several vendor booths. If you have not yet had the chance to participate in the weekly harvest celebration, it is not too late!
Last month the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market (WAFM) celebrated Eat Local Month by offering a series of food-related homesteading workshops. Lead by Virginia Taylor of Frost Corner Farm and Karen Downing, market goers were able to learn the simple and practical techniques behind basic butter making, working with herbs, dehydrating fruits and vegetables, and making sauerkraut. Each workshop utilized ingredients from featured farms to demonstrate various skills used to practice a healthy, local-foods diet. Although last week was their last workshop at the farmers’ market, Taylor and Downing will be organizing classes throughout the Fall season. A schedule will be posted on the G.A.L.A. website when it is complete.
The WAFM is open every Thursday from 12:30-5:30 at Clark Park, across from Huggins Hospital behind the Clark House Museum Complex. Arnold is encouraging the people to participating in a survey to generate community feedback concerning market location, product pricing, product variety, and hours of operation. Surveys are available onsite during market hours, or can be received from Arnold by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603.344.5009.