It's the peak of the harvest at the Belmont Farmers Market, with the sweetest corn and tomatoes, apples, and beans with winter squash coming soon.
But many shoppers are wondering: how can I preserve all this bounty for the coming winter and spring?
The Belmont Food Collaborative, the umbrella organization of the Belmont Farmers Market, is looking for people interested in teaching small classes in food preparation, preservation or anything else local-food related. Please e-mail the Farmers Market if you'd like to find out more about the opportunity.
Today's occasional Market vendors are:
Turtle Creek Winery, Coutts Specialty Foods, Sara Ran Away with the Spoon, Nobscot Artisan Cheese, and Underwood Greenhouses.
They join the market's regular vendors: C & C Lobsters and Fish, Foxboro Cheese, Mamadou’s Artisan Bakery, Dick's Market Garden, Fior d'Italia, Stillman's at the Turkey Farm, Goodies Homemade, Carlisle Honey, Hutchins Farm, Kimball Fruit Farm, Samira's Homemade, Flat's Mentor Farm, Nicewicz Family Farm, The Farm School and Real Pops.
At the events tent today
2 pm: Nick Zaino, a Boston-based singer/songwriter, has a deep appreciation for the roots of American music. Inspired by artists like The Band, The Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Elvis Costello and Alejandro Escovedo, Zaino's music has an elemental feel. If you can't wait until the Market, you can listen to Zaino's acoustic EP Here's A Moon.
3:15 pm: Kids' Storytime. Denise Shaver from the Belmont Public Library will read to preschoolers about farms and food.
4 pm: Bob Leger returns for a second performance this year, in his third season at the Market. A guitarist and singer, Bob has played bass and toured with many rock and country bands.
SNAP Benefits and Belmont Food Pantry
The Market accepts and doubles SNAP benefits up to $25, so please spread the word so that more can take advantage of fresh food.
Also, bring nonperishables to the Farmers' Market tent to benefit the Belmont Food Pantry.
Volunteer for the Market!
There is a lot going on, from sign patrol, helping out on market day, organizing special events or educational activities, and much more. Look for the list of volunteer opportunities on our web site.