Summer Doesn’t Get Any Better!

The Tilton Farmers’ Market is well underway, breezing into late July with a mouth-watering assortment of farm-fresh foods, along with some super special handmade crafts, body products and more to round out your shopping. If you haven’t stopped by yet, it’s time you did!

The market is open Friday evenings from 3 to 7 p.m., and we’re located at the Tanger Outlets on Route 3 in Tilton, New Hampshire. Every week features live music, friendly folks and the opportunity to stock up for the weekend, whatever your cooking plans.

Fresh-picked corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens? We’ve got ‘em! Farm-raised meat, eggs and poultry for your summer barbeques? You bet! Delicious breads and baked goods, fresh from the oven? Of course! Hand-crafted cheeses? Yes! The list goes on and on: check out our list of vendors on this site.

Be sure to like us on Facebook and subscribe to this site for late-breaking news.

See you at the market this Friday!

Thank you to Pete Pelletier for use of the beautiful photos, above! 

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Market to Open in Just Nine Days!

If winter seemed long in these parts, spring seemed even longer. But that’s all behind us! The sun is shining now, and the bounty of summer vegetables is almost ready for market. Best of all, the Tilton Farmers’ Market opens NEXT WEEK: Friday, June 27. The market will run weekly, Friday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m., through September 26 at the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton, New Hampshire. It’s a great spot (Exit 20 from I-93, on Route 3); you won’t miss it.

BL_LOGOWe’re in our second year now at the Tanger Outlet Center, and expecting the market to be better than ever. Many new vendors will join us this year (we’re at 40 vendors and still taking applications), and we’re excited about each and every one of them. Just one quick highlight: the Big Love food truck, serving up fresh burritos, will be on-site at every market. Eat while you shop, or take a few home with you!

Joan O’Connor spent her winter (in addition to running the amazing Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market) scouting around northern New England for the best vendors for the summer market, and she found them! The 2014 lineup of market vendors represents the full range of local fare: fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, farm-fresh meats, seafood, artisinal cheese, homemade jams and jellies, natural bodycare products, wine, breads, dog treats, salsa and dips, gourmet popcorn, honey, maple syrup, hand-crafted goods, locally-roasted coffee and more.

Be sure to subscribe to this site for regular market updates, and “like” us on Facebook. We’re grateful for each and every one of you for supporting the Tilton Farmers’ Market. See you next week!

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Tilton Farmers’ Market Invites Vendors for 2014 Season

Joan O'Connor, Farmers' Marketeer (Photo Courtesy Mike Munhall)

Joan O’Connor, Farmers’ Marketeer
(Photo Courtesy Mike Munhall)

Great news! The Tilton Farmers’ Market is ON for the summer of 2014!

We’ll be located again at the Tanger Outlet Center, and the market will run from June 27 through September 26, 2014—Fridays, again, from 3 to 7 p.m. It’s never too early to begin spreading the word, so tell your friends and family and mark the dates on your calendar.

We’re accepting applications from interested vendors now, so please download the Tilton Farmers’ Market 2014 application and send it in soon! If you have questions, e-mail Joan O’Connor, market maestro. Or, find her at the Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the end of March.

Thanks for your support of local food, local artisans and our ever-more-bustling local economy!

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Great Season!

What a wonderful first season! Thanks, everyone for supporting the Tilton Farmers’ Market in our first year. Many, many thanks for our vendors, for bringing New Hampshire’s finest every Friday. And thanks to the Tanger Outlets for a great partnership and so much support throughout the season.

We’ll be back next year, so stay in touch for news as plans fall into place.

In the mean time, there’s no need to worry: The Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market is in the works, and opening day will be here before you know it. Final plans will be announced soon. Please subscribe to the market’s website to be sure you’re there!

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Last Market Today!

The Tilton Farmers’ Market is winding up with a bang today, with the season’s most beautiful weather and the area’s finest food vendors. If you haven’t yet ventured to the market this year, now’s your chance. And, if you’ve been there every week supporting local farms and food producers…well, now’s your LAST chance!

See you at the market, and stay tuned for information on the coming Tilton Winter Farmers’ Market!

Many, many thanks to our vendors for a fantastic first season!

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Stocking Up Is Smart…So Is Using Your Head

Cabbage

We’ve got one foot in summer, one foot in fall these days, and most of us are trying not to think too much about winter. In the mean time, the 2013 bountiful harvest continues, easing us out of summer’s special treats and into heartier, warmer fare. With just two weeks left of the Tilton Farmers’ Market for this season (don’t worry, planning is underway for the Tilton WINTER Farmers’ Market—stay tuned!), it’s time to think not only about stocking up for the weekend, but stocking up for the next few months.  It’s just plain smart to fill your freezer now with farm-raised beef, pork and poultry, and your cupboards with fresh jams, pasta, sauces and more good farmers’ market foods.

While we’re at it, let’s take a closer look at one beautiful vegetable—in season right now—that never seems to get enough attention. It’s time to use your head…your head of cabbage, that is!

The humble cabbage conjures images of simple, old-fashioned meals and victory gardens. For many, cabbage is cole slaw and that’s it. For some, it’s the slimy, smelly vegetable that makes its appearance on Saint Patrick’s Day. But these days, cabbage is increasingly finding its way into the kitchens of creative and health-conscious cooks, and the culinary possibilities are endless.

The local fall crop of cabbage in these parts is just coming to market. Like most vegetables, cabbage is at its best when eaten fresh and grown locally. If you’ve only had old, pale, rubbery cabbage from the grocery store, or bone-white cole slaw from a drive-through restaurant, you’re overdue for tasting the farm-fresh difference.

Cabbage made its way to Europe from Asia with the Celts in 600 B.C., and centuries later found its claim to fame on the voyages of Captain Hook in the late 1700s, providing sailors with critically-important vitamin C. Prior to that, sailors on long trips often lost their lives to scurvy, a mystery illness at the time. Captain Hook even used poultices of cabbage on sailors’ wounds to prevent gangrene.

Medical research has recently revealed cabbage’s other healthy secrets, and those of its cousins in the brassica family like kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. All have powerful cancer-fighting properties and are densely nutritious. Cabbage’s phytonutrients work to disarm free radicals before they harm DNA, cell membranes and fatty molecules like cholesterol. They also signal genes to produce enzymes involved in detoxification: cleansing our tissues of harmful compounds. Cabbage, with only 16 calories in a half cup, is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, beta carotene and fiber.

Choose heads that feel heavy for their size and have crisp, bright outer leaves. Color is often an indicator of nutrition, so look for dark green or vibrant purple heads. Cabbage will keep well in the refrigerator in plastic or an air-tight container for a few weeks or more. If you use only part of a head, try to use the rest within two or three days; it loses vitamin C quickly upon being cut.

If you have ventured into the world of cooked cabbage, you may have experienced the stinky side of its personality. That is, its tendency to emit hydrogen sulfide gas during the cooking process. Cooking with cabbage doesn’t have to stink up the house! Try shredding it very finely and doing a quick stir-fry, maybe with sliced peppers, caraway seeds and a little lemon juice. Since production of hydrogen sulfide doubles after five minutes of cooking, keeping cooking time short helps a lot. Keeping it crunchy will also ensure that you haven’t cooked off valuable nutrients.

Roasting cabbage, alone or with other vegetables, is easy and delicious. At a temperature of at least 400 degrees, any sugars present caramelize, creating a sweet, gooey brown crunch. Just cut the cabbage in wedges, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. While it’s hot from the oven (after about 30 minutes), try topping it with a dollop of a soft, creamy cheese fresh goat cheese—from the market, maybe; the melting cheese will create an instant, creamy sauce.

About that cole slaw. Why not reinvent it completely with the fruits of your next farmers market excursion? The name “cole slaw” derives from the Dutch word “koolsla” and literally means “cabbage salad.” Cabbage combines beautifully with flavors like thyme, mustard, garlic, dill and ginger, as well as other vegetables like carrots, beets, potatoes and onions.

Try tossing finely sliced red cabbage with chopped apples, grated carrots and walnuts, combined with a light dressing of olive oil and lemon juice. For a rich addition or to turn a salad into a light meal, find some New England blue cheese to crumble on top. Use your head, get creative and mix up your own version of a really cool slaw!

See you at the market!

 

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603.496.1718
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June 27 through September 26, 2014
3 to 7 p.m.

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