2022 Magnolia Farmer’s Market is around the corner

Our 2022 Season is Right Around the Corner!
The Magnolia Community Farmer’s Market is will be opening June 5th, 2022 and we are now accepting applications for local, fresh produce, prepared foods, and wares.

The Magnolia Community Farmers Market is committed to providing local farmers, purveyors and artisans with a community centered market, driven by its passion to provide local products to local consumers
Neighbor helping neighbor.
Buy Local. Buy Fresh. Be a Better Market.

Our 2022 Season will open at 10am on Lexington Ave June 5, 2022

Find Fresh Food & Local Wares

Planning Stage Fort Park | Come hear & share thoughts about everybody’s favorite public park 4pm today

Reminder that there’s a Stage Fort Park presentation and visioning discussion at the Visitors Center this afternoon/early evening. Come to see ideas, listen, and share your thoughts about Stage Fort Park. Nothing is final.

While you’re at it, don’t forget that there’s enough time to plan for essential visits to the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Harbor Loop concert, too (links and times below)!

stage fort invite tonight 4-6PM

While you’re at it stop by Farmer’s Market 3-6:6:30PM

Afterwards, head over to tonight’s Harbor Loop concert 6-9PM

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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Rockport Winter Farmers Market on SATURDAY. Plus more stuff…

Christmas in Rockport this year has been Christmas-ier than I can ever remember it being in the 14 years I’ve been around (now you all know that I’m 14 years old, because of course I was born a Rockport native). You will get in the spirit in spite of yourself, even if the weather is so mild it’s more like June (which is always so freakin cold here) than December.

TOMORROW the Rockport Winter Farmers Market features fresh food from actual farmers who grow stuff and have been growing stuff specifically for this market and the Cape Ann Farmers Market (next Saturday 12/19 in Gloucester!). So don’t let the farmers down and come buy fresh, local food. The market will also feature baked goods, nisu bread, pickles, fruits, granola, nuts, and more more more. 9am to 1pm at the Rockport Community House at 58 Broadway.

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A raffle to support the work of the nonprofit Rockport Exchange (organizers of the farmers’ market) will be part of the fun. A bag of Rockport Farmers Market swag will be raffled every hour on the hour (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm) so buy a ticket for just $1 and have a swell time winning stuff, supporting the market, and most importantly, supporting local food producers.

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Also: Spiran Lodge has the annual Jul Fest tomorrow! This is a fantastic Rockport tradition and a nod to the village’s heritage. Pickled herring can be yours, along with tons of other great food and crafts. 9 to 1pm at Spiran Lodge on Broadway. And Rockport’s annual Gallery Stroll is tomorrow, with Rockport artists welcoming visitors to town.

AND the entire Charlie Brown Christmas album will be featured at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse Saturday night! This is just too much…. come for the Rockport Winter Farmers Market and stay for the day, ending the evening listening to live music, sipping coffee at the Old Sloop Coffeehouse at the beautiful First Congregational Church on Main Street in Rockport.

 

Rockport HarvestFest – Saturday 10/17/15

October 17, 2015 9am to 6pm

Here is the Music Line-Up

Rockport Harvest Fest in Rockport MA

TOMORROW, Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:00 am   QUENTIN CALLEWAERT

Harvey Park Stage
11:00 am   BRIAN KING

Harvey Park Stage @ 11:15
11:00 am   COLD CHOCOLATE

T-Wharf Stage
1:00 pm   OLD COLD TATER

T-Wharf Stage
1:00 pm   CHARLEE BIANCHINI

Harvey Park Stage @ 1:15 with Jack Tomaiolo
3:00 pm   SASQUATCH

Harvey Park Stage @ 3:15 with John Hicks
Joe Wilkins 3:00 pm   Listen to Joe Wilkins JOE WILKINS

T-Wharf Stage ~ with NuFolk Duo featuring Ryan Goodhue on Accordion
5:00 pm   ABOVE WATER

T-Wharf Stage

Rockport Local Food Forum

Well, it’s been a while since I posted. But in the meantime, Nichole Shrafft and others have been killin’ it in the representing Rockport department, so that’s been awesome. A whole bunch of stuff is coming up, so I wanted to pass along some information, starting with a local Food Forum in Rockport scheduled for next Thursday night. We can all get together and figure out the answers to some pressing food-related issues. There’s an anonymous survey too, in case you want to make your thoughts known and submit any questions to the panelists. Click HERE for the survey.

Feel free to share the poster
Feel free to share the poster

Fish Cakes & Beans & Trupiano’s Sausage Brunch at the Rockport Farmers Market!

Tomorrow, from 10am until supplies run out: a traditional fish cakes & beans, along with Trupiano’s sausage, served fresh at the Rockport Farmers Market. Proceeds benefit the market. The brunch features Cape Ann’s heritage food. A big thank you to Rockport Farmers Market vendors Mike & Grace from Trupiano’s Sausage and Tim & Ruth Sullivan of Sullivan’s Sugarhouse, along with food writer Heather Atwood for providing the food for tomorrow’s brunch!

RFMcodcakes2014About that Fish Cakes & Bean Brunch…
Tim & Ruth Sullivan are Rockport Farmers Market vendors, selling their own maple syrup each week. Tim knows a lot about fishing and lobstering in New England, having experienced a considerable amount of both growing up in Lanesville.

Tim gives a little background on the traditional Fish Cakes & Beans meal:
“In coastal areas, especially commercial fishing areas like Gloucester or Cape Cod, Maine, and the Maritimes, fish cakes are a staple of a traditional New England hearty breakfast. These are usually made from a flaky white-meat fish, such as cod or scrod, breaded and pan-fried to give them a delicate golden, crispy crust. They are truly scrumptious!  While baked beans are sometimes also a part of the traditional ‘Full English’ breakfast, Boston baked beans have a secret ingredient that gives them a deeper sweetness: molasses. The other secret to great Boston baked beans is slow cooking. The early colonists would make these beans in heavy ceramic beanpots, place them in the banked fire of their hearths on Saturday night, and let them slowly cook overnight until the Sunday breakfast. Ours will be on Saturday morning of course, and we have another secret ingredient…maple syrup!

For more on the history of cooking beans in the traditional way, check out this article from The Fisherman’s Voice.

Seafood Throwdown, Farmers Market, Live Music on Schooners and in the Streets. It’s still Summer folks!

Seafood Throwdown
NAMA’s Niaz Dorry with the Mystery Fish (gray sole) at a July 2010 Seafood Throwdown won by Sugar Mags

Can you feel it?  People trying to pack a whole summer into the last week before school starts, which seems to get earlier every year.  It feels like there’s so much going on that every choice we make effectively says “No” to a dozen other things we’d like to do.  Take today for instance.  Live music starts at 11:30am at Stage Fort Park and continues into the night at restaurants, clubs, @ Shalin Liu, on schooners and in the streets.  See the full live music schedule here.

Just in case that’s not enough for you, there’s also the Farmer’s Market at Stage Fort Park from 3-6:30 and today you can catch NAMA’s only Gloucester-based Seafood Throwdown of the year at 4:30 featuring a showdown between 2012 HarvestFest champs Gloucester’s Willow Rest and 2008 Genoa World Pesto champs Beverly’s Prides Osteria.  Spectators get to taste the food so you really don’t want to miss this one!

See how much fun these Seafood Throwdowns are in this video by Joey from the 2010 epic rematch between Passports & Dog Bar.

Marshall’s Farm Stand has a Farmers Market at Gorton’s

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Anthony Marks writes-

Hi Joey
In case anyone misses the farmers market on Thursdays at Stage Fort
Park, Marshall’s Farm Stand has a farmers market at Gorton’s on Rogers
Street every Monday and Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm. I tried their
native corn and it was sweet and tender! It’s the best i have had this
season.
    Best, Anthony

Note from Joey C:

Check out The Marshall’s Farm Stand Website

www.marshallsfarmstand.com

they also have a CSA which you can find out about here 

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TOMORROW at the Rockport Farmers Market!

Thanks to all those who came out last week for the first summer Rockport Farmers’ Market! We had a great time and are looking forward to an entire summer of starting the weekends off with awesome food from local growers and makers. As usual, the Rockport Festivals Market booth will be staffed with volunteers to answer questions and offer information. Festival posters will be available for purchase (with other great stuff, such as t-shirts, coming soon!).

June 29th Rockport Farmers Market Lineup

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First Light Farms
Prides Osteria
It’s-All-About-the-Herbs
Seaview Farm
Ma’s Tomato Marmalade
Sasquatch Smokehouse
Brothers’ Brew
Sea Biscuit Bakery
Twin Lights Soda
Home growers: herbs, rhubarb, flowers, produce
1003879_10201364186291922_1985052180_nGarden Talk: Market-goers will enjoy having master gardener Mary White, owner of White Gardens of Rockport and a long-time organic gardener, on hand to answer questions and engage in a discussion on gardening. Mary will have tips on everything from making your own compost to growing tomatoes. The discussion is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Rockport Festivals Market booth.

imagesMusic: Brad Byrd, the award-winning singer-songwriter, will be playing at the Rockport Farmers’ Market at 11:30 a.m. — a great opportunity to hear one of the region’s best indie musicians in a fun setting!

Pics from Saturday’s Rockport Farmers Market!

Fresh produce, smoked fish, grass-fed beef, award-winning pesto, baked goods, fresh doughnuts and coffee, plus Marvin Roberts, an expert in botany, discussing how to grow rhubarb and asparagus as part of the Garden Talks series…with all of this, Saturday proved to be a great opening to the Rockport Farmers’ Market in Harvey Park. An added bonus was the traditional Midsommer Fair, sponsored by Spiran Hall in Rockport, which featured traditional Scandinavian food, a real maypole, and Scandinavian folk singers. Check out the slideshow for more…and we’ll see you at the upcoming Rockport Farmers’ Market, this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.!