Oct 23, 2014

Market Preview: October 25, 2014

As we count down the days until October ends, we'll be celebrating the harvest at the WCGM! Stop by this weekend for a fun Harvest Festival (details below), as well as a chance to grab your pumpkins for carving jack-o-laterns or baking pies. It's also an important time to reserve your fresh Thanksgiving turkey!

Although November is upon us (where does the time go??), our Winter Markets do not begin until December. So there is still an entire month left before the Regular Market Season ends - so soak it up!

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)


Here's a look at last week's market in pictures:




















WCGM Harvest Festival

We'll be hosting a family-friendly Harvest Festival this Saturday at the WCGM. Jack Be Little Pumpkins will be available for children (Free but in limited supply - so come early! One per customer). Kids may also find some "treats" from our vendors as well!


There will also be a fun photo opp with our Harvest Picture Stand. This is free for our customers - so bring a camera or smart phone to snap some fun Fall pictures!



#WCGM

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Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.




 
"The time has come, anxious prospectors: it's now time to stake your claim in the 2014 Gold Rush Rush! Check here (http://northstarorchard.com/GoldRush.php) for complete info and to pre-order your stash of the best apples on the planet!

Meanwhile, at the market: no Gold Rush apples yet (they're still getting ripe!), but we'll have plenty of other amazing delights including those favorites Winecrisp, Florina, Sugar Snap, and Gold Russet (just to mention a few). Two kinds of Asian pears, plus cider wrap up the fruit end of things.

Veggies: We continue on with ready-for-soup-season leeks, potatoes, garlic, beans, carrots, beets, and brassicas (that would be LOTS of broccoli, plus Romanesco and cauliflower). What a delicious season!"


Bryer Apiary

"Bryer Apiary will be at this Saturday's market with plenty of raw, local, Chester County honey. This is fragrant and very tasty honey just as the bees produced it and with no heating or processing to denature their wonderful work. The bees visit 2 million blossoms to produce just 1 pound of honey! I do my best to keep up with them and to get the honey to you. See youSaturday."


"Axel is now accepting orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Better hurry,(only five more weeks.) He raises them as naturally as possible, outdoors, plenty of grass, local feed, whole wheat and lots of sunshine. You can order online or come to the market and ask questions and pick up lots of other wonderful farm fresh products. 


This week he is bringing plenty of fresh eggs, fresh chicken, fresh turkey and lots of pork chops, kielbasa, boneless shoulder roasts and, beef and some lamb.E-mail Axel with any orders: axel@lindenhoffarm.net, and visit the website for more options www.lindenhoffarm.net"





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Oct 14, 2014

Market Preview: October 18, 2014


What is your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin? Do you like it in a latte? Do you like it wafting from a candle? Do you like it in a pie? Do you like it carved upon your front porch?

We're overflowing with pumpkins at the West Chester Grower's Market!  Pumpkins of every shape, size, texture and color. Grab small ones for kids or centerpieces. Grab medium-sized ones for baking and puree. Grab large ones for jack-o-laterns! Whatever the need, we can fill it!

As we are in this celebratory season of Autumn, we have lots in store at the WCGM. Here are a few things of note:

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)




















NEXT WEEK: Harvest Fun

Next week we'll be offering some Harvest Fun at the WCGM! More info to come - but this will be a family-friendly, kid-centric event with fun activities. Stay tuned!




Monthly Food Drive


It is the 3rd Saturday of the month, which means we'll be doing our Monthly Food Drive. We will be accepting both monetary donations and non-perishable items food bank donations during the Market tomorrow. Donations can be dropped off at our community tent. We are a community, let's take care of each other!


#WCGM

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Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.






North Star Orchard


"This week is sponsored by the color gold! It's time to be wowed by sweet and juicy Stellar and antique Golden Russet apples - two of our Top Ten favorites! We'll also have golden Asian pears, golden beets, golden-orange carrots, and heirloom yellowish-golden Arikara dry beans - perfect for chili and soup! And for those of you wondering about our most famous gold apple, stay tuned; ordering will begin soon!

Other colors in attendance this week: green, red, purple, and white. It's time to eat a rainbow of colors for dinner!"





London Vale Farm




"London Vale Farm will have pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes this weekend!"


 Siberian Iris 'Strawberry Fair' - $12




"Our Fall Clearance Sale continues this weekend! We'll have great deals on nearly all of our perennials & shrubs. Join our Garden Club and save up to 20% off all plants, including clearance items! We hope to see you at the Market on Saturday!"










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Oct 10, 2014

Market Preview: October 11, 2014

We love Autumn mornings at the WCGM.

There is something cozy and familiar about brisk mornings walking around the Market, warm beverage in hand, perusing the week's harvest. Our vendors have so many great seasonal items, from apples and pumpkins, to seasonal soaps and tea. It's hard not to get excited for upcoming holidays and events at October Markets!

It's never too late to start thinking ahead to the holidays. Each week, think about anything you can buy ahead of time such as freezer or shelf-stable items: tea, salsa, bakery items that can be frozen. This will help you not be overwhelmed the week of Thanksgiving - it's all ready for you in your pantry and freezer!





#WCGM

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Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.





Applied Climatology

Chrysanthemum 'Medicine Bow'
"We will have at least a dozen beautiful varieties of Chrysanthemums this weekend!

Also available: Cornus, Azaleas, Irises, Daylilies, Viburnum, Japanese Forest Grass, Heucheras, Hydrangeas, Aquilegia (Columbine), Echinacea (Coneflowers), Tradescantia, Callicarpa (Beautyberry), Phlox, Saliva (Garden Sage), Physocarpus, Strawberry plants (ever-bearing) & much more!!!"






Lindenhof Farm

"We are now accepting orders for Thanksgiving turkeys. Better hurry,(only eight more weeks.) We raise them as naturally as possible, outdoors, plenty of grass, local feed, whole wheat and lots of sunshine. You can order online or come to the market and ask questions and pick up lots of other wonderful farm fresh products.

This week we are bringing plenty of fresh eggs, fresh chicken, fresh turkey and lots of fresh pork, beef and fresh lamb"







North Star Orchard

"This week we'll have some classic favorites on hand: Sugar Snap, Florina, and Razor Russet apples, Hosui Asian pears, and apple and Asian pear cider. Veggies include mountains (literally, depending on your size!) of 
Romanesco, leeks, and NSO beets.
Plus - the return of dry beans for all of your chili and soup recipes! Over the next several weeks, bean varieties will vary by name and color, but you can pretty much use them interchangeably. Note that since these beans haven't been sitting around for years, you don't need to soak them or cook them forever either. Faster cooking and fresher flavor make local dry beans a real treat!"


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Oct 1, 2014

Market Preview: October 4, 2014

Howdy, October!  

Who is loving the weather? We certainly are! And even if a few Autumn showers come our way on Saturdays, we are here rain or shine. Stop by for an Autumn Harvest of produce, locally-made products and so much more.

In case you missed it (ICYMI), here are pictures from last week:






























August Customer Appreciation Basket Giveaway WINNER!



Congrats to Kim H. of West Chester, PA for winning our August Customer Appreciation Basket. More than 15 vendors contributed to the basket - so it was quite a haul!

Kim is a teacher & a WCGM regular. She and her students grow vegetables in their school garden & donate the vegetables to a local food bank.

Thanks to all who participated!





#WCGM

Be sure to share your Market tweets and photos on Twitter and Instagram, tagging us @WCGrowersMarket and using hashtag #WCGM. We love seeing your Market Pics!

Stay updated on Market News by checking out the Market Calendar here on the blog, as well as our Facebook Page.










North Star Orchard

"The colors of fall are all around us now!

Enjoy this weekend: pink Florina apples (yep, 'the Bubblegum Apple' - that one is crunchy though, so you can't blow bubbles with it!), golden NSO born-and-bred sweet beets, bright orange carrots, purple cauliflower and green Romanesco, golden Hosui Asian pears and Hudson's Golden Gem apples, purple Jupiter grapes, red Royalty apples, and more!"

Chrysanthemum 'Daisy Rose'

Applied Climatology

"This weekend we will have a wide selection of new & unusual Chrysanthemums available!

Also available: Cornus, Azaleas, Irises, Daylilies, Viburnum, Japanese Forest Grass, Carex, Heucheras, Hydrangeas, Aquilegia (Columbine), Echinacea (Coneflowers), Tradescantia, Sedum, Ferns & much more!!!"













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Complete List of this week's Vendors:


North Star Orchard 

Vera Pasta

Ellen April Handcrafted Soap

Stargazers Vineyard

Applied Climatology

Lizzie's Kitchen

Schaeffer Flowers

Maple Hill Farm

Maiale Deli and Salumeria

Big Sky Bread Company

London Vale Farm

Lindenhof Farm

Queens Farm

Golden Valley Farms Coffee
  
Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheese

Fahnestock's Fruit Farm

 Elkdale Greenhouse

Blueberry Hill Farm
  
Red Earth Farm

Windy Acres

Chile Spot

Kings Kreamery

Oley Valley Mushrooms

 Pureblend Tea






Check back for:
Ridge Valley Farm Maple Syrup
Bryer Apiary