What’s New at Countryside Public Market?

This last Sunday I had the most delicious apple-filled donut I’ve ever tasted and was pleasantly surprised to see some of my favorite veggies at the market make an appearance, tatsoi and Brussels sprouts! We’ve also got a new meat vendor, Harvest Bell, that will be at...

Howe Meadow Season Finale

27 markets 79 varieties of tomatoes 14 volunteers 13 tents 4 vehicles stuck in the mud 2 wasp nests 3 portapotty locks 4 keys locked in cars 1 coyote sighting 36,473 customers 387 SNAP transactions 1 pie party 72 vendors 17 farmers 23 cooking demos 27 musicians 18...

Respect and Gratitude

One of the absolute best parts of my job is getting to work with some pretty fantastic people every Sunday! Since Countryside Public Market’s one year anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks, I wanted to give some appreciation and talk about all of our wonderful...

A Salute to Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone and the best kept secret of Countryside Farmers’ Markets. I would run out of fingers if I tried to count the number of times my day has been saved by volunteers. It’s hard to express the level of dedication and the ways in which...

Farmers’ Market Eve Anxiety

Managing a farmers’ market is not as glamorous as one might think. There are ins and outs I never thought I would encounter in my lifetime. Fueling up and maintaining a diesel vehicle, becoming an absolute aficionado at ratchet straps, teaching someone how to...

Preserving Summer

This time of year, NEO is bursting with a variety of local produce! The bounty feels pretty endless, well at least until that first frosty day hits you like a ton of bricks and reality sets in. Sorry, I didn’t mean to jar you with that thought but that reality is on...