Friday, September 30, 2011

Last outdoor market is today!

Music: Jason Twigg-Smith playing solo acoustic
Community Booth: Hartland 4-H club

Monday, September 12, 2011

Vendor Profile: Barbarian Librarians/Barbarian Cooks

Barbarian Librarians, a small art and craft collective, was officially founded in March 2010 by Narissa Kent, a former librarian at Norman Williams Library in Woodstock, Vermont. At the Barbarian Librarians booth, you will find t-shirts, stationery, art prints, knitted items, jewelry, and other "amusing oddments", mostly centered around a bookish theme.

A portion of the proceeds from all arts and crafts sales (at least 10% and up to 80%) go to Vermont libraries. If you buy something from the BL booth on Fridays at the Hartland Farmers' Market, the money goes to the Hartland Public Library. The selection is different each week so stop by and see what the Barbarian Librarians have to offer! Support our local library and pick up a gift for the book lover in your life.

Starting next week, Narissa will be offering feather hair extensions and feather earrings using feathers from local fowl! What a treat!

Narissa is also the founder and owner of Barbarian Cooks, which was started just this winter as a way to provide local and healthy food that tastes just as good or better than the not-so-healthy food that we all sometimes crave. Each week at the market, Narissa brings an assortment of gluten-free, vegan and raw food. Vegan cupcakes are usually on the menu. Last week she made garlic-roasted tomatoes. Yum! Some examples of raw snacks include sun-dried tomato crackers and fresh zucchini and walnut crackers. Come for dinner, a snack, or dessert. Free samples available each week!

Narissa would like to encourage everyone to stop by her booth to take the Barbarian Brownie Challenge. If you don't like the brownie, she will gladly give you your money back. What a deal!

If you have any other special diet considerations, Narissa will gladly prepare a special order for you. Just email her at BarbarianLibrarians (at) She happily brings special orders to the Hartland Farmers' Market and will make a home delivery for a small fee.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

September 9 Market Info

Live music this week by Hank's Theory

Come Get Dinner!
--New this week: Pizza Take 'N Bake. Take home a pizza to bake when you're ready.
--Thai food here again this week. The Pad Thai has received nothing but rave reviews!
--Eleanor and DonDon's Mediterranean Bake and Goods now has an on-site grill. Come taste their hot Turkish foods!

Vendor Profile: Contented Butterfly Farm

Tim and Jen Cary own Contented Butterfly Farm in Windsor, VT, a farm that specializes in fine Shetland fleeces, rovings, and registered breeding stock. Tim and Jen started raising sheep in 2004 and now have 34 Shetland sheep in a variety of colors. Three years ago, they added chickens and now sell eggs at the Hartland Farmers' Market. Stop in early if you're looking for eggs as supplies are limited.

If you spin or felt, you will be happy to know that you can pick up fleeces and rovings from Tim and Jen. Eventually, they are hoping to sell their own mill-spun yarn. You can also find little gifts from cedar sachets and catnip toys to nesting helpers and wine cozies.

Each week, the Carys bring an assortment of vegetables from their garden. Last week, they had green peppers, broccoli, green beans and cukes. It's fun to stop by their booth each week to see what they've decided to bring.

Jen enjoys the Hartland Farmers' Market and thinks it's a great place to build a relationship from farm to customer and to learn how your food was grown. Contented Butterfly Farm has plans to be at the Winter Market (Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 16) so do keep them in mind for holiday gifts.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vendor Profile: Bags by Barb

Hartland resident and former high school teacher, Barbara Barbour began making bags about a year ago as Christmas gifts for friends and family. Barbara's colorful bags are perfect for your gift-giving needs and would make lovely all-purpose totes, handbags, computer bags and more. Her diaper bags are especially popular with customers.

Barbara enjoys selling her bags at the Hartland Farmers' Market because she enjoys spending time with the community. She says it's a great place to sit, relax, and meet up with your friends.

If you have an idea for a custom bag, you can email Barbara at bbarb712 {at} aol {dot} com. Don't forget--the holiday season is coming up! As of now, Barbara plans to be a Winter Market vendor, but do stop by her booth this Friday to see what bags she has in stock.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Vendor Profile: Eleanor and DonDon's

Eleanor and DonDon's is a family business located in Royalton, VT owned by Sevgi Boule. For five years, this family has been in the business of providing delicious food to the Upper Valley. Recently, they purchased a cart that allows them to prepare hot food at the market. If you are looking for a great place for dinner at the Hartland Farmers' Market, be sure to stop by Eleanor and DonDon's for Turkish specialties such as kofte (Turkish burgers), chicken, steak or eggplant parmesan pides (which you may know as pita), and spinach and cheese gozleme. In addition to these delights, they also offer hot dogs and sausages grilled to perfection. All of the meat is local!

If you're in the mood for dessert, try a piece of baklava (your choice of honey or maple) or one of their homemade raisin walnut cookies. You can also find blueberry muffins as well as whole apple pies that are made using Grandma's recipe!

Be sure to bring your appetite and stop by this Friday to try one of the new hot menu items. You'll be glad you did.