Bringing in the green

Bringing in the green

There are 7 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from May 24, 2010, titled Bringing in the green. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

After months of squabbles, allegations and misunderstandings, the Walpole, N.H., and Bellows Falls farmers' markets opened Friday under a perfect spring sky.

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Keene, NH

#1 May 24, 2010

Since: Apr 09

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#2 May 24, 2010
I buy my groceries in downtown Walpole pretty regularly, but I'm going to continue supporting the Bellows Falls Farmer's Market. I find Walpole's decision to hold a farmers market on the same day contemptible.
F Mahady

Bangor, ME

#3 May 24, 2010
Ben just boycott the 12 tribes stand they let me down with all the waste they burnt

Walpole, NH

#4 May 24, 2010
F Mahady -- 12 tribes is not participating this year in the BF farmer's market. I was there on Friday and noticed their absence (in a good way). I think their illegal burn and what they did (not only to their own supposedly "organic" produce but also to the surrounding farms) certainly makes them an unwelcome participant in any farmer's market.

A Walpole Farmer's market could have been a welcome addition: if they were able to hold it another day of the week, I would have eagerly visited both in order to do "mid-week shopping" in a way that supports more local farmers.

But the aggressive way that Walpole is behaving leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. I'm not boycotting, but I'm certainly less inclined to bring my business to Walpole.
F Mahady

Bangor, ME

#5 May 24, 2010
A wallet protest is the best.
F Mahady

Bangor, ME

#6 May 24, 2010

The 7th successful season of the Bellows Falls Famers Market is upon us. This year the Market is host to 9 agricultural vendors, 3 prepared food vendors, one craft vendor, 2 Day vendors and we still have room to grow. These 15 producers carry everything from organic vegetables, eggs, grass-fed meat and poultry, cheese, honey, herbs, jams and jellies, maple syrup, prepared foods, bread, cakes and cookies, soap and lotion, jewelry, and seedlings for your garden.

June 4th Youth Day! Don’t miss Youth Day at the Market. This year, through a NOFA Grant we are able to offer an exciting event for young farmers. On June 4th the first fifty children at market will receive a $5.00 coupon “good for plant starts” from any vendor. In addition, a selection of seed packs will be given away for planting at home. Available resources for this day are a Master Gardener and a Master Composter, complete with composting demonstrations and soil. They will both be on hand to answer questions and give advice for growing. Our hopes are that in the Fall when we host another Youth Market children will return to share their vegetables and stories about growing food.

Starting in June for 3rd Friday Art Walk, there will be beer and wine provided by a neighborhood restaurant. Enjoy a beverage while listening to free, live music. Performing in June will be The Bluebird String Band on June 4th, Traveller, The Johnson Boys on June 11th and Black Sheep Radio Live on June 25th.

Relax under the pavilion, enjoy the music and have dinner. Fine foods from Downstreet Café, Linh’s Vietnamese Cuisine, and The Sausage Man are always available. All of the BFFM prepared food is made with as many local, seasonal ingredients as possible. Our vendors work hard to support each other.

EBT cards are always accepted at the market. The BFFM is fortunate to be part of a program called Harvest Health Coupons. The program matches EBT money spent at the market dollar for dollar. Here in Bellows Falls the double value coupon incentive program has consistently increased the number of EBT shoppers and vendors’ gross sales. Reminder - 3SquaresVT food benefits can be used to buy seeds or plants to grow fruits or vegetables.

The Bellows Falls Farmers Market is located at The Waypoint Center, on the Island in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

Underwriting support from Bellows Falls Downtown Development Alliance, Springfield Hospital, Chittenden Bank, Village Square Booksellers, NOFA, Boccelli’s on the Canal, SoverNet, Under Radar, LLC, Vermont Local Banquet and Hunter Studio.
Green Mts

Walpole, NH

#7 May 24, 2010
I think there is a place for both markets, as has been proven.

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