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Happy May Day, Local Food Lovers!
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Place your order from Western Maine Market today or by 6:00 A.M. tomorrow morning for pick-up or delivery this Friday or Saturday.
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Farmington's Farmers' Markets Are Opening for the Season!!
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Farmington area farmers are as eager to get back to market as many customers are to have the farmers’ markets back! This coming Saturday, the 1st of May, will be opening day for Saturday’s farmers’ market, from 9 a.m. to noon, in front of the district court house on Main Street.

The Friday market has new hours - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - on the grassy lot across Front St. from the Better Living Center. Friday the 7th will be the official opening day, but a couple of vendors will offer a sneak preview this Friday the 30th, including Cedar Post Farm with beef, lamb, pork, eggs, and goat milk soap & lotion.

The Farmington Farmers’ Market Association (FFMA) has been hard at work to make improvements to the markets, for this year and beyond. In addition to all of the returning vendors, customers will find quite a range of new faces at both Friday and Saturday markets. Several new vendors will offer additional produce, and there will be dairy products, bread and other baked goods, plants, hand dyed yarn and hats, specialty foods, personal care products, and crafts – along with all of the old favorites. There will be fewer vendors to start, but more will be joining as crops mature.

Starting in June, the Saturday market will again accept SNAP benefits and offer the Maine Harvest Bucks program along with near-market-wide acceptance of credit and debit cards. This year, at long last, the Friday market plans to offer all of those options as well. Many of our vendors are set up to accept credit and debit cards independently in the meantime. WIC benefits will be accepted at Rustic Roots Farm’s booth on Saturdays and at Rasmussen Farm’s booth on Fridays and possibly Saturdays later in the season.

The markets will be following official guidance in relation to COVID-19. Updated guidance from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry is expected in coming days, and FFMA intends to do all needed to follow those guidelines and to provide a safe shopping experience for all.

Farmington’s farmers’ markets are held:
Fridays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., across Front St. from the Better Living Center, 198 Front Street.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, District Court house parking lot, 129 Main Street.


WMM order pick-up will be available--this week --at the opening day of the Saturday market on Main St in Farmington. Market hours are 9 a.m. to noon, WMM order pick-up starts at 10 a.m.
Friday pick-up in Farmington will continue as before, now in conjunction with the farmers' market.
New and Returning Products

Cloud biscuits
Menu Group: Food
Section: Baked Goods
Category: Biscuit
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
made with unbleached white flour, organic whole milk, vegetable shortening, local eggs, baking powder, sugar, and sea salt
Kalamata Olive & Rosemary Bread
Menu Group: Food
Section: Baked Goods
Category: Bread
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
A long-time favorite at our home and with our dinner guests. Crusty free-form loaf. We start with a "sponge," similar to a sourdough starter, giving it a divine texture. Made with unbleached white flour, water, Kalamata olives, homegrown rosemary, yeast, and sea salt.
Zucchini mini loaf with walnuts
Menu Group: Food
Section: Baked Goods
Category: Quick Breads
Vendor: Martin Woods Farm
Marvelous Mate and Mint
Menu Group: Food
Section: Coffee and Tea
Category: Tea
Vendor: Whitehill Farm
Natural caffeine power from Herbal Mate, blended with our own mint for a refreshing cup'a!
Fresh Chives
Menu Group: Food
Section: Herbs
Category: Chives
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
Add a bit of zest to salads, soups, potatoes, all sorts of dishes with these slender, green, mild members of the onion family.
Bacon
Menu Group: Food
Section: Meat
Category: Pork
Vendor: Martin Woods Farm
Whole wheat pizza dough
Menu Group: Food
Section: Prepared Foods
Category: Pizza Dough
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
1 lb ball, for 1 large pizza
Ingredients: whole WHEAT flour, unbleached white flour, water, olive oil, sugar, yeast, sea salt.

Directions: Preheat oven to 450. Stretch or roll dough to the desired pan size. Top with your favorite toppings. Bake 18-20 minutes.

This has become a favorite at our house.
Raw cranberry relish with apples and clementines
Menu Group: Food
Section: Prepared Foods
Category: Sauces
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
A delicious, raw cranberry relish chock full of vitamin C! Made with organic Maine cranberries, apples, clementines, and sugar. All raw. We make it tart, with half the sugar called for in the original recipe, but you can easily stir in extra sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
Carrots
Menu Group: Food
Section: Vegetables
Category: Carrots
Vendor: Rasmussen Farm
Rainbow carrots, mixed sizes: Tender carrots, a mix of colors and sizes. White, yellow, orange, and purple beauties.

White Satin: These carrots have a sweet, mild flavor--crunchy and sweet with a smooth texture. Great raw or cooked. These are the largest of the carrots we have in storage for spring 2021, but definitely not huge.
Easter Egg Radishes!
Menu Group: Food
Section: Vegetables
Category: Radishes
Vendor: Fairbanks Farmstand & Nursery
They will be ready by Friday, I will sneak a peak and post a photo ASAP. I can tell they are almost ready, but I haven't dared to pull one yet. Bunch sizes will depend on radish size!
Baby Spinach
Menu Group: Food
Section: Vegetables
Category: Spinach
Vendor: Fairbanks Farmstand & Nursery
Baby Spinach!!! Great fresh or lightly cooked.
Tangerine and Sweet Orange Hand and Body Wash Liquid Soap
Menu Group: Personal Care
Section: Soap
Category: Liquid
Vendor: Cedar Post Farm
This wash is great at the sink or in the shower.
Ingredients: Distilled water, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Essential Oils
Seedlings
Menu Group: Plants and Seeds
Section: Vegetable Starts
Vendor: Fairbanks Farmstand & Nursery
(Pictured) Early Jersey Cabbage: 70 days to maturity. These seedlings grow into tasty, sweet and flavorful, conical heads that reach 2 pounds in size. They are hardened off and ready for planting.

Tokyo Bekana: 45 days to grow full size. This Asian green has lettucy pale green ruffled leaves and a mild and sweet flavor. It will regrow after cutting! This is a cold hardy crop that is hardened off and ready to be planted.

Scallions: Grow your own scallions! Or perennial non-bulbing bunching onion as they are also known... 6 clumps of them in the pack.