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Downingtown Farmers Market

 

 

Coming to Market This Saturday, August 29th

Weekly updates to market attendance will be posted every Friday.

New This Week

 

Produce

Alnwyck FarmThis week I will have fresh picked (Sat. AM) organic sweet corn. I will also have green beans, green peppers, colored peppers, tomatoes, okra, tomatillos, zucchini, potatoes (red, yellow and heirloom), winter squash. I will also have limited amount of cucumbers, kale and herbs.

Frecon Farms -  Apple Season is starting - ginger gold! Pears too - Bartlet Pears. Peaches:we will have yellow and white varieties and will offer $1.00 on the purchase of any two quarts. Yellow NectarinesPlums too.  Cidery @ Frecons Farms: Brix - our new cider! Also available: Early Man (now available in  12oz bottles), Crabby Granny, Hoggs Head, Appfelwein (a still cider styled after the ciders of Frankfurt). 

Old Homestead Farm - Lots of fresh garlic this week, large red slicing 'maters, cukes, big red seedless watermelon, melt-in-your-mouth honeydew, and cantaloupe. Piles of patty pan squash this week (aka tiny flying saucers), basil is back, salad mix, blackberries, lima beans  and fresh flower bouquets.

Two Gander Farm - Summer is fading, but tomatoes are still going strong!  We still have a wide diversity of certified organic tomatoes: heirlooms, hybrids, sauce tomatoes, and cherry tomatoes. Peppers are ripe now, and the colors and flavors can't be beat!  Red, yellow, orange and purple bell peppers, sweet Italian and Romanian Frying peppers, banana peppers and hots: poblanos, halepenos, and shositos.  Don't forget the eggplant- 5 types to choose from. We're almost out of watermelon, we'll have red and the last of the yellow. Greens are back! We'll have microgreens, pea shoots,  salad mix, lacinato and curly kale, and Swiss Chard. Also:  red and golden beets, onions, garlic, red shallots, chippolini onions, and parsley.

Meat, Poultry, Eggs

Canter Hill Farm - at market the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Gauker Farms - Gauker Farms will be at Downingtown Farmers Market this Saturday with your favorite beef cuts. Cheese dogs will be 2 for $12 - perfect time to give them a try if you haven't already. Our customers may be biased but they say our hot dogs are the best. Let us know what you think!

M & M Creek Valley Farm - Your place for PORK! This week we will be having a special on our Kielbasa and Hot Italian Sausages - $1 off this week. Pre-orders welcome at creekvalleyfarmpa@gmail.com

Dairy

Conebella Farm - at market the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

Shellbark Hollow Farm - Will not be at the market this week. 

Bakeries and Pasta

A La Maltaise - Savory options this week: Spanakopita and Torta di Ricotta Salata.  I'll also have the usual cannoli, anise and chocolate biscotti, amaretti, torta di ricotta, torta di frutta (peaches), and bringing back (not new, but it's been a while) biscotti con marmellata (raspberry-filled cookies). 

Dia Doce - cupcakes, flavors change weekly - check out their Facebook for flavor teasers!

Frecon Farms Bakery - New Items: Ciabatta Bread, Spiced Peach Muffin, Strawberry Peach Pie, SeaSalt Chocolate Chip Cookie.  PIES: Apple, Bourbon Apple, Blueberry, Tart Cherry, Peach, Bourbon Peach. BREADS: Rosemary Olive Oil, Multigrain, Salted Rye, Sourdough, Sun Dried Tomato, Garden Herb. FOCACCIA: Sweet Corn Bacon, Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil (Caprese). MUFFINS: Lemon Blueberry, Spiced Peach, Cheddar Bacon Onion. QUICHE:Tomato Onion, Sausage Pepper Onion, Garden Veggie. COOKIES: Chocolate Cherry, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Lemon Sugar. DONUTS: Peach Cider.

Saint Peter's Bakery - Will be back next week. Pre-orders are always a great idea and very much appreciated, you can email us @ Info@SaintPetersBakery.com or give us a call 610-469-7501. Pre-orders are a must due to the warm temperatures.

Vera Pasta - At market 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month.

Waffatopia - Waffatopia is celebrating National Waffle Day (8/24) all week long! Waffle Day Special: $2 off any 4, 6 or 12 pak purchase; Free Shipping for any order over $50 (instead of our normal $100) on www.waffatopia.com; Any purchase at the market has a chance to be FREE if a special sticker is found on the waffle

Speciality Products

Anita's Guacamole - will be back soon.

Big Poppy's Kettle Corn - Will be back next week!

Black Walnut Winery - All of our wines are made from locally grown fruit and produced at the winery located in Sadsburyville, PA (just west of Coatesville). Each week we are at the market we will be bringing a selection of our wines which will be available to taste and purchase.

Bow Wow Treats - Back again this week with treats for your special four legged friend!

Hazel and Ash - Will be back in a few weeks.

Jacob's Raw - Will be back in a few weeks.

Kastania Olive Oil - Stop by to stock up on Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece. Also available from Kastania - luxurious olive oil soap. Remember - they are only here once a month - STOCK UP! 

Lancaster Hummus Co.now available at Lancaster Hummus Co. - delicious hummus and tzatziki; guacamole and salsa too. 

OMG Smoothies - At market this week whirring up Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Tropical Beach Smoothie: Mango, Pinapple,  Banana; Power Green Smoothie: Mango, Peach and Spinach; Blueberry Lemonade Smoothie: Blueberry, Fresh Lemon and Organic Blue Agave. And Pure Maple Syrup. 

Sweet Salvation Truffles - Cheryl is back with her delicious chocolates, including chocolate bars in a variety of flavors and chocolate percentages; as well as beautiful truffles - perfect back to school gift for teachers. 

Tally Ho Coffee - Stop by to stock up on Don's locally roasted coffee - richly flavored. Now with K-cups too!

The Runcible Spoon - will be back in a few weeks.

Winsome Tea Co. - It’s back to school time! We are bringing customized “Back to School” teas for the special teachers in your life or for your little and big kids going back to school! Stock up on our delicious blends that will invigorate in the morning or calm you down at the end of your school day. Plenty of choices – hot or iced! We are offering 10% off any purchase over $20 as your “Back to School” discount. BUT, you have to mention this newsletter when making your purchase!

 

Services

Neil's Sharpening Service - Neil will be at market this Saturday, August 22nd.



Mark your calendar - the Downingtown Farmers Market will reopen for our 2015 season on May 9th, in the Dane Decor Warehouse Parking Lot (on Washington Ave., right behind the store) from 9AM - 1PM.

We are so excited for our new location; many thanks the folks from Dane Decor for allowing us to use their property!

The 2015 market season promises to be fantastic! We have lots of farmers and food producers, all local, signed up for the market this year. You'll recognize most of them, but we have a few new folks to welcome to the market this year. Our list will be out in a few weeks - we'll let you know on Facebook!

We like to keep you entertained at the market - know a musician who might be interested in playing at the market - have them contact us.

We've got a few new tricks up our sleeve for the 2015 season. Be sure you're signed up for the weekly newsletter to stay informed of all of our events. You can sign up for the newsletter below.

Have a high school or college student interested in the farmer market - we're always looking for interns - contact us!

Community Farmers Markets are great! 

Why shop at the Downingtown Farmers Market - Top Ten Reasons To Shop at a Farmers Market:

  1. Our farmers and food producers are all located within 35 miles of Downingtown, giving local farmers and small food businesses the opportunity to sell their product directly to you, the consumer. Keeping the money, and the talent, in our community.
  2.  By supporting our local farmers in their business, you are also supporting the development of our local food system, enabling our region to increase agricultural sustainability.
  3. Produce at the market is as fresh as can be, often times picked the day of the market. The fresher the produce, the higher the nutrient value of that produce.
  4. You, the shopper, have the opportunity to talk with the person who grew, raised or made your food. Want to know how a farmer raises his chickens, you can ask him. Were the berries treated with chemicals - just ask the gal that grew them. Any nuts in the cookies - ask. You get the idea. Farmers markets give you the opportunity to learn all about where your food came from.  
  5. Learn to eat with the season, when produce is at its peak. Why, well it tastes better, and it's higher in nutrients. Plus - it's cheaper - the bounty of each season means there are usually great deals on that item. Buy it fresh, eat it fresh, or preserve it to enjoy in the winter. 
  6. Bring the kids - farmers markets offer a great educational opportunity to teach your kids where food comes from. Show them to appreciate that food is not something out of a can, or a jar, or the frozen food section of the supermarket. A farmer raised his animals, grew the produce, milked the cow. A baker kneaded the bread, and so on.
  7. Eat whole foods. Learn to cook with basic ingredients you find at the market to create wonderful dishes. The farmers market blog will give you great ideas of what to do with that vegetable you bought at the market, but never saw before in your life. 
  8. Farmers market are a community event. Stop by to shop with folks who have the same philosophy as you when it comes to food.
  9. Help to protect our environment by shopping at the market. Our farmers are conscious stewards of the earth. They practice organic farming techniques, state of the are animal husbandry, water management, and more. And they are passionate about it - just ask them!   
  10. Farmers markets often become the stimulus to foodie wanna be's to start their own food related business. We love new recruits! 

Suggestions for the Downingtown Farmers Market - Please email us!

And, again, many thanks to the folks at Dane Decor!


Check out our new location?

We are located in the Dane Decor Warehouse Parking Lot, just behind the store. 

 

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Every week we email our Downingtown Farmers Market newsletter. The newsletter lists all of the farmers and food vendors attending the market that week, what they are bringing to market, their specials, as well as interesting tidbits about the market and the Downingtown community.