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Strawberries! Spring greens! Asparagus! Rhubarb!  Baked Goods! Lobsters! Fresh Pasta!  Open every Wednesday 1:30-5pm, rain or shine!
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Wells Farmers Market
Wells, Maine
 
 
 
 
What's in Season
Organic Veggies
Annuals
Perennials
Fresh Greens

Fresh & Dried Herbs
Radishes

Fresh Garden Flower Bouqets

Corn

Blueberries!

Kale

Swiss Chard

Bok Choy

Garlic Scapes

Rhubarb

Eggs
Pork
Beef

Chicken
Artisan Breads

Fresh Pasta
Wine Jams & Herbal Jellies
Wicked Good Pickles & Relishes
Herbal & Goat Milk Soaps
Lobster, Haddock, Scallops & Clams
Baked Goods

Ready-to-Serve Meals
Honey

Maine maple syrup

Gluten free baked goods
And more!
 
 

June Vendors
Alewives Brook Farm
Buddha's Burning Buns
Chef's Cove Cafe
Cricket Corner Herbs
Vintage Garden Jellies
Doug's Garden
Four Leaf Farm
Wyndswept Farm
Four Star Fresh Pasta
Maine Saltwater Creations
Gray Farm
When Pigs Fly
Bread & Roses Bakery
Flying Goat Farm
Maple Moon Farm
Galley Goodies


Calling All Farmers!!



Interested in selling
your products at the
WFM? Visit our members 
page for market rules and
an application form, and 
feel free to contact us for 
more information.

 
 

Squash Season!!




    
           

  Yes, I really am jumping for joy! I just love this time of year and picking the first of what appears to be a long squash season. On many farms this year, you will find  summer squash, cousa squash,pattypans, zucchini straights and rounds again and then for Autumn-- winter squash, hubbard delicata, butternut and acorn..but that's a long way off, thank goodness. And our farmers happily bring these selections to market each week, so be sure to grab a few!

         


Last night I harvested the first of our summer squash and zucchini. Gave them all a bath and sliced them up. Into a saute pan they went along with some shallots, onions, fresh chard and one lone red pepper itching to be used up in the frig, along with a drizzle of olive oil--a sprinkling of fresh thyme, savory and lemon verbena and..one large dollop of herb & garlic butter.. I was a happy camper :) The chops were grilling up nicely--the rice pilaf nearly done. A just picked fresh garden salad on the side and dinner was done. Don't you just love summer?




I guess it wouldn't officially be summer without serving something stuffed right? Okay, truthfully... I have a serious love/hate relationship with zucchini--I'll be the first to admit it. I just love it's lovely yellow blossoms. But I just hate that one plant yields so much fruit all at once--I probably serve it three times weekly around here. I love the tender nutty flavor of a four inch zucchini and how lovely it presents in many dishes with it's vibrant green color..and stuffing those gorgeous blossoms.. it's truly delicious!
 
Some call this vegetable boring, but truth be known zucchini is one of the many squash plants we grow, and in moderation, I seldom tire of it. This year I wanted to add to my squash patch, so we tried growing round Italian Tondo zucchini, Pattypans and Lebanese Cousa squash. They are really so sweet looking in the garden, the yield so far has been great and now I have a few new dishes of squash to stuff! 


Lebanese Cousa



Italian Tondo Zucchini



Stuffed Pattypans




Come on, fess up-- you know you have a gazillion of these heading into torpedodom (is this really a word?) in your garden right now. With a few simple ingredients along with a few helping hands to assist you in harvesting you can have a really satisfying squash dish to serve your family in no time. What I like the most about stuffed vegetables is that they can be served as a side dish to meat or fish or as part of an antipasto. The fillings are limitless and can be a simple breadcrumbs with herbs, or a meat filling for a more substantial meal. Use your imagination! 

P.S. I'm sure you already know this, but if you should come across some of those overgrown torpedoes in your garden, haul them into the kitchen, grate them all up, allow them to drain and toss them into zip lock bags and freeze for cooler weather recipes and desserts!

Be sure ask any of our market growers for their favorite recipe and how  to serve these more than plentiful summer veggies!

But before you decide how you are going to prepare your zucchini... Be sure to bring those whopping torpedo zucchini's down to market to be entered in our Giant Zucchini Contest!!

WFM Zucchini Contest!

 Think you have grown the biggest zucchini in Wells?

Giant Zucchini Contest Rules:

The big green thing must be grown and cared for by the homeowner/garden plot renter, or a family member. (No entries by master zucchini gardeners will be allowed.)

You can grow any variety of long, green zucchini.
You can enter only one monster torpedo specimen per household.

The over-sized squash must not be squishy. Only bring us healthy, undamaged produce. If it smells; it’s outta here!

No foreign material can be included in the weighing. This includes dirt.

The vine must be trimmed to one inch from the stem.

You must bring your little darling in to the WFM to be weighed using your own muscle strength (or that of multiple family members). No forklifts allowed. After weighing, you must take your zucchini home!

You must fill out an official entry form at market so we can contact you if you win. We are not responsible for any subsequent ridicule from the winner’s neighbors.

Very simply, the winner is the owner of the most overweight zucchini!

Decisions of the judges are final in all cases. The judges reserve the right to NOT accept bribes in the form of zucchini bread, cake, pie, shakes or any other culinary zucchini exploit you may have mastered :)

The winner will be announced Wednesday, August 17, so dig deep into your gardens for those oversized zucchini torpedoes hiding on you.


 


Be sure to enter our FREE raffle for TWO tickets to the Common  Ground Fair, too!  Will you be the lucky recipient??  

Newsletter


     Typically, in this newsletter we try to cover what's in season, because we are, after all, a farmers market..and  that means the focus is generally on all the veggies that are grown by our fantastic group of farmers, but in addition to what's grown and offered at market each week, we'll be highlighting each of our vendors to give you a better idea of the produce, and products the WFM has to offer. You may find out more on what they offer from our website, www.wellsfarmersmarket.org on the 'vendors' page.

Thanks also to all our new FB followers!! To stay in touch & keep up with our events, Follow us on FB.


     









 
 


 

 
 





 

Celebrate the Top 10 Reasons to Shop WFM

  • Celebrate the Seasons....The food you buy at the Wells Farmers' Market is seasonal. Everything is locally grown and it is exciting to see what each season produces. Reconnect with the cycles of nature; enjoy spring snap peas, fresh garden greens, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, summer sweet corn, fresh herbs, luscious heirloom tomatoes, the juiciest of peaches, and crisp fall apples, squash and pumpkins. Eat with the season and enjoy the variety!
  • Support Family Farmers .... Family farmers are becoming increasingly rare. Large agribusiness farms and ranches are steadily taking over food production in the U.S. and small family farms have a hard time competing. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their products and gives them a fighting chance in today's economy.
  • Variety..... Find a bountiful assortment of plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits and other goodies that you might not find at the grocery store. You can also find all sorts of yummy things aside from produce, such as local meats, dairy, jams, Wicked Good pickles, goat cheese, Maine maple syrup, goat milk & herbal soaps, lobsters and baked goods (sooo hard to resist). It's a great opportunity to try something new!
  • Taste Real Flavors.... The fruits, vegetables and other goodies you buy at WFM are at the freshest and tastiest available. Our produce is allowed to ripen in the field not in a truck that is transporting it thousands of miles.
  • Know Where Your Food Comes From....Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your table. Egads! Meeting and talking to farmers is a great opportunity to learn more about how food is grown, where it is grown, when it is grown and why. You can also ask our vendors any questions you might have about their goods and how they are processed – they will be happy to answer!
  • Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes & Meal Ideas... Our vendors at the WFM are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. Also, if you have a recipe you would like to share be sure to stop by and let us know; we would love to share it with others! You may also sign up for our newsletter, which also offers seasonal recipes, and gardening tips with each issue. Watch for the dates of our guest Chef's cooking demonstrations this season,too! Stop by to sample our wares. And don't forget to mark your calendars for our annual Strawberry Shortcake Social. Just plain yummy!
  • Teach Your Children Something New....Promote healthy eating habits by shopping at the market with your kids. Helping them to understand where their food comes from will help them to understand the importance of being informed about their food choices. It might also help you to get them to eat more fruits and veggies!
  • Connect with Your Community! ..You never know who you're going to run in to at the market. Shopping at WFM makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers' market is a community gathering place – a place to meet new friends, bring your children, or just enjoy a few minutes of fresh air!
  • We're OPEN Rain or Shine! Our vendors aren't afraid of a little sprinkle! They will be there each and every week to serve you the best variety of goods they can. Let your kids puddle jump while you purchase your goods, and everyone goes home happy! Who wants to be cooped up inside anyway?
  • And lastly.... We're a fun group of vendors located in "the friendliest town in Maine" :)
Market Recipes
     


There’s always plenty of extra Zucchini this time of year so why not whip up some Zuchinni Fritters for a tasty and easy dish!?
 
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 pounds zucchini, grated 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 large egg, beaten 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
 
  • Place grated zucchini in a colander over the sink. Add salt and gently toss to combine; let sit for 10 minutes. Using a clean dish towel or cheese cloth, drain zucchini completely. 
  • In a large bowl, combine zucchini, flour, Parmesan, garlic and egg; season with salt and pepper, to taste. 
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Scoop tablespoons of batter for each fritter, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer. 

 
** Have a favorite recipe using purchases from the WFM??
  We'd love to hear about them!

 

 
The Market Community

The Wells Farmers' Market is proud to welcome community organizations to the market to share information about their causes with market customers.  These community partnerships strengthen our market in so many ways! 
For more information email Kristen Hagan at: kmhfourleaffarm@yahoo.com

WFM strives to be a place where the public can learn about the relationship of local food and farms to our health, our economy and our culture.  This partnership is in recognition of the market's overall desire for a sustainable community--
We're more than just a place to exchange goods & services!.
We are open every Wednesday, from 1:30-5:00pm 

We're located in the Wells Town Hall parking lot on Sanford Road (Rte 109) rain or shine!

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www.wellsfarmersmarket.org
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