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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER 2013 MARKETS
The Walpole Farmers Market offers a wide variety of locally produced goods in a beautiful bucolic setting on the Common in the heart of Walpole, NH.
Walpole Farmers Market (WFM) farmers offer seasonal produce, berries, annual and perennial flowers, garden plant starts, meats, eggs, milk, maple products, fiber, and holiday greens. Vendors also offer items made from the products of local and regional farms, including artisan wine, cheese, and breads; prepared food and baked goods; fleece, roving, yarn, and finished garments; household tools and decorations; and traditional crafts like soap, pottery, wood products, baskets and ornaments. Non-profits benefiting the community, like Walpole Wellness, Sojourns Community Clinic, Meeting Waters YMCA and the Hooper Institute, are invited to share information at the market occasionally.
The weekly market averages around 15-25 vendors, mostly weekly vendors supplemented by a handful of occasional vendors.
The WFM holds occasional special events to help educate shoppers about the importance, benefits, and how-to’s of using farm fresh food and fiber. There have been workshops on seed starting; making dairy products like clotted cream, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and milk soaps; maple and honey production and use; straw plaiting and basket weaving; and food preservation. The WFM also brought to the Common summer holiday picnics; a guest milking cow; guest chefs offering samples of delicious dishes made with ingredients found at the market; special activities for kids; a youth farmers market; and a Fiber Fest, complete with live alpaca, angora rabbits, sheep, and demonstrations of sheep shearing, spinning, knitting, needle felting.
After the weekly summer market, the WFM switches to a monthly schedule, with the popular Thanksgiving and December Holiday markets, as well as a winter market from January through April.
The market provides a venue for farmers to make direct sales to their customers. Direct sales give the farmer a greater profit margin, increasing farm viability and the many community benefits of productive farms. At the same time, the WFM provides shoppers the convenience of one-stop shopping for basic groceries, convenience foods and gifts, as well as Friday night dinner out.
The Walpole Farmers Market (WFM) began in 2010. TriVillage Energy, the energy committee for the town of Walpole, had sponsored farmers markets at special events it organized in 2008 and 2009. The markets were popular with both vendors and shoppers. In 2010, a handful of Walpole farmers made a commitment to coming out weekly, and a successful market was launched.