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Wolfeboro Farmers' Market opens for the season

ALAN FREDRICKSON of Top of the Hill Farm had plenty of strawberries to sell last Thursday, June 16, on the opening day of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market in Clark Park. Also available were various size containers of this year’s maple syrup and fresh beef. (Thomas Beeler photo) (click for larger version)
June 23, 2011
WOLFEBORO — This past Thursday, June 16, the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market opened for the season in Clark Park, the town park located behind the Wolfeboro Historical Society complex between Clark and East Clark Roads off Main Street.

The market offers fresh-picked produce, cheeses, milk, eggs, meats and baked goods from area farms from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from now until September.

On the sunny opening day it was clear that strawberries were in season: in the Top of the Hill Farm stand a table was a sea of pints and quarts of fresh-picked red fruit (as well as quarters of this season's maple syrup). A wide array of baked goods was also available, from loaves of breads of various kinds to rolls and tarts and various sizes of pies. There were also plenty of homemade jams and preserves to spread on the breads, along with honey and maple syrup, and eggs. Heads of early lettuce were also available.

As the season progresses, the range of produce offered will expand. You need to come back each week to see what's new.

In addition to the produce of local farmers, the market will have ongoing entertainment each week. On opening day Audrey Budington played lively tunes on her fiddle and Alden Garland juggled bowling pins.

Sue Weeks, Chair of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market Board of Directors came before the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen the evening before the market opened and received temporary event permits for holding an additional Farmers' Market each week on Saturdays. Thanks to plaza owner Paul Zimmerman, the market will be held at Clarke Plaza on Center Street at the site of the former croquet field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday except on July 16, when the Farmers' Market will be held on Brewster Field, on Main Street at the top of Center Street, in conjunction with the French and Indian War Encampment planned for that weekend.

According to Weeks, the Saturday market will be different from that on Thursday in two respects. Some Thursday vendors will not be able to participate due to prior commitments (the Wakefield Marketplace is also held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); however, there will also be farmers at that market who are unable to come on Thursdays.

The second difference is that the Clarke Plaza market will be able to exhibit live animals. This will provide an opportunity to have a petting zoo (once a feature of the market in years past) and to display unusual animals like llamas and alpacas. Weeks said Zimmerman may bring peacocks to one of the Saturday markets.

AJ Coleman
Varney Smith
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