Pain d’Avignon at Provincetown Farmers Market
The Provincetown Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 14, to begin the 2016 season and will continue every Saturday through November 19 with more local, organic foods, new vendors, and expanded access to consumers.
The decade-old market located on Ryder St. next to Provincetown Town Hall will have every farm and produce item found in grocery stores, according to Kathy Sanders, 2016 Provincetown Farmers Market manager.
“The Farmers Market will offer organic and organic practices with a diverse selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables all season,” Sanders said. “We want people to see that anything you can find at a grocery store can be found at the market.”
Items will include year-round grass-fed beef, pork and lamb, free-range chickens and farm fresh eggs, honey, cheese, olive oil, sauces, pesto, jams and jellies, maple syrup, baked goods, plants, and fresh cut flowers, to name some of the variety. A new rule for 2016 is that vendors must mark any goods not grown locally and organically.
Seasonal produce will also be available weekly, beginning with lettuce and greens, sprouts, mushrooms, onions, early apples, potatoes, spinach and peas. June adds tomatoes, beans, asparagus, beets, sweet potatoes, eggplant, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon. Fall accommodates your Thanksgiving dinner needs, with squash, pumpkins, free-range turkeys, cranberry sauce and root vegetables available.
This year, in an effort to expand access to consumers, the market will accept assistance coupons to provide fresh, unprepared, grown fruits and vegetables to as many people as possible. Provincetown Farmers Market is a MDAR/USDA Farmers Market and is qualified to accept WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. The market is in the application process and fully anticipates being able to accept SNAP/EBT cards.
A Cape Cod small farm owner herself, Sanders manages two Lower Cape Farmers Markets, is a member of six markets on the Cape and has relationships with farms big and small. Sanders’ ability to meet farmers face-to-face has improved participation by new farms and young farmers and their families, a focus for this year’s market. A guest vender spot will be available to encourage local, backyard farmers to become involved in the market.
“Many restaurants and chefs visit the Provincetown Farmers Market, and in the past, local restaurants have bought from local farms at the market including Sage Inn and Lounge, Pop+Dutch, and Two Southern Sissies BBQ, to name a few,” Sanders said. “When you see chefs shopping at a farmers market, you know you’re in the right place,” she added.
Many farmers donate leftover produce to charities including: Methodist Church Food Pantry, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Soup Kitchen in Provincetown, and Food For Kids. The Provincetown Farmers Market donates a percentage of sales to a local food pantry.
A canvas shopping tote with the Provincetown Farmers Market logo will be available for purchase. The market encourages use of the environmentally friendly bags instead of plastic at the market to further emphasize the town’s Green Community status. Provincetown banned single-use plastic bags last year.
According to Sanders, one of the most unique opportunities available to consumers at the Provincetown Farmers Market is the ability to enjoy the same local fare that was harvested for early settlers on the Cape hundreds of years ago.
“The food at the market is what we would have been eating 200 years ago and what would have been available for our family dinners,” she said. “What the market is able to provide should be valued, and we’re encouraging more people to get involved in 2016.”
For more information or if your business or organization would like to participate in the Provincetown Farmers Market, contact Kathy Sanders at [email protected].