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Rockport Farmers Market on Saturday!

Supporting Local Food

The Rockport Farmers Market has been setting up at the Community House in Rockport this winter as a new venture in local food, and it has been an interesting and exciting experiment so far to hold a farmers’ market every month from January all the way into the summer when the weekly market returns. The Cape Ann community supports local food producers in a big way, and the farmers’ market vendors are looking forward to seeing all of you on Saturday at the March market!

Local food patrons can pick up fresh greens and locally-raised meats from Arrowhead Family Farm, First Light Farm and Rockport’s own Seaview Farm. Plus, there will be loads of other foods from local producers: smoked fish from Sasquatch Smokehouse, locally-roasted direct trade coffee from Valverde Coffee, dried fruits from All-Fruit, soups from The Soup Guy, granola and more from The Yellow Plum, fresh baked goods from Cake Ann, pickles from Ma & Pa’s Pickles, and dahlia tubers from Roving Radish and much more!!!

RWinterFMposter (1)FREE Tote with $50 Purchase!

At Saturday’s Rockport Winter Farmers Market (March 19th from 9am to 1pm at the Rockport Community House), patrons who spend $50 or more will receive a Rockport Farmers Market tote: a high-quality screenprinted reversible fabric bag with inside pocket – perfect for carrying all your delicious farmers’ market goods.

Pick up a “farmers’ market patron” card at the Rockport Exchange booth at the market and vendors will check off each $10 increment you spend. If you spend $50 at tomorrow’s market, simply present your card back at the Rockport Exchange booth for redemption at the end of your Rockport Farmers Market visit.

Enjoy fresh, local food and support the work of local food producers, PLUS get a handy tote in the process: a winning situation!

For more info visit http://www.rockportexchange.org

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Thursday is “shopping local” day

Well, it is for me, at any rate. I like to walk down from the rectory to Stage Fort Park for the Farmer’s Market, and stop off in a store or two on Main Street along the way.  Here is today’s catch:

First, went to The Cave to get some “Manchego” cheese (front and center in the photo).  It’s a Spanish cheese made from goat’s milk. I bought it at the recommendation of the proprietor, Laura Cramer, to accompany a jar of Alexander Thompson’s tomato marmelade.  I got to try it in the store (with two other pairing options) and this one is a winner!

From there I headed down to the market.  I went looking for two of the other items in the photo above: Ma’s Brand bread and butter pickles, and maple syrup (from Northwoods Sugarworks in New Hampshire).  Thanks to the generosity of a couple at whose wedding I presided recently, I also had some extra cash to buy a beautiful hand-blown glass vase (on the left in the photo). It’s the work of Aron Leaman, a Gloucester native who has a shop down in Boston where he creates his glass art.

As I mentioned the last time I posted about the Farmer’s Market, I really enjoy buying there, because it supports small businesses and the local economy, and the enthusiasm of the sellers is (dangerously) contagious… I love to see their pride in their products.  Not the sort of experience you can have buying on-line, or even at local outlets of big chain stores.  They can offer great service and sometimes lower prices, but when possible, I like the direct interaction with people more closely involved with the actual production of whatever I’m buying.

-Fr. Matthew Green

P. S. I also picked up my customized “fire-breathing pickle-riding rainbow-jumping liger” teeshirt, which the folks at the G33K store were kind enough to make for me! I’ll post a photo soon…