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Posted 4/12/2016 12:33am by Grow Food Northampton.

Hello Tuesday Market Friends,


Recently I was sorting through some market photos from back in

the fall of 2008, when Tuesday Market first opened. What an incredible thing it was to see the faces of so many people whom I’ve now come to know through this wonderful market: the families, farmers, musicians, and especially all of the kids who’ve spent most of the last decade growing up on carrots, cauliflower, and strawberry-flavored shaved ice…

Tuesday Market has seen plenty of changes during that time, as we’ve expanded to fill up our oddly-shaped triangular plaza (and as we’ve added to our array of delicious products), but I think the most palpable change is simply the strengthening of the market’s ties to the wider community. And nowhere is this more evident than in our commitment to making fresh, delicious, well-made food accessible to people of all incomes in the Pioneer Valley. Since 2010 our FoodStampsX2 program has matched customers’ SNAP funds in amounts that truly make a difference to those who care about cooking healthy, delicious food on a tight budget. And now it is with huge satisfaction that we watch CISA and Healthy Hampshire take the lead in making this possible -- through their new SNAP&Save program -- at numerous other markets in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.

Our farmers are cupping seeds in their hands as you read this,

rubbing them between forefinger and thumb as they drop them into hundreds upon hundreds of greenhouse trays. The seedlings are being watered, the fields disced and plowed. Lambing season is fully underway; cheeses are ripening. A winter’s worth of dust is being brushed off of market canopies, and everyone’s getting ready to appear on the plaza again. Opening day is April 26th.


And right now I want to fill you in on some big news. After starting the market and managing it for eight years, Oona and I have decided it’s time to pass the glory, challenge, and satisfaction of running Tuesday Market to someone else. We’ve treated the market like our own child, with our own particular versions of both helicoptering and neglect. The child has matured quickly and well, with dirt on its knees and kale between its teeth. And now we are excited to place this rambunctious mainstay of regionally-based commerce and open air collaborations into new hands.


And who better to take up responsibility for the market than the incredible folks at Grow Food Northampton? When we learned that this local non-profit organization was interested in adding the market to its roster of programs, Oona and I were ecstatic and hugely relieved. We knew immediately that it was a great fit. Like Tuesday Market, Grow Food Northampton is dedicated to helping farmers succeed, and to helping people of all incomes eat healthy, local food. Like Tuesday Market, Grow Food Northampton is founded on the vision of building strong ties in our community between food producers, families, educators, artists, and civic leaders. I cannot imagine any organization better poised to take up the ongoing project of keeping the market as great as it is, while also continuously helping it to become something new.


In the next few weeks you’ll hear from Clem Clay, director of Grow Food Northampton, as well as Niki Lankowski, who managed the market last year (and assistant managed for the two preceding years) and will continue managing the market this year. They’ll convince you that the market won’t change except for how it’s going to be even more awesome than ever, which is absolutely true. For now I just want to remind you that Tuesday Market opens April 26th, and that I, for one, cannot wait to see you there.


Here are some pictures of our many, many market kiddos from the last eight years. And also this great short video made by Stephen Richardson a few years ago.


A huge thanks to each of you!

– Ben and Oona



Posted 3/25/2016 9:21am by Grow Food Northampton.
Hey Tuesday Market Friends --
We're coming up on the start of market season! First market this year is Tuesday, April 26th, and we can't wait to see all of you there.
In the meantime, we have our fingers crossed that this season we will be able to match SNAP transactions at the $10 match for the whole season at Tuesday Market. CISA, our incredible local food and farming organization, has stepped up in a BIG way. Last year, Healthy Hampshire, CISA and four farmers markets in Northampton and Amherst together created SNAP&Save, where SNAP transactions were matched at $5 for the whole season at those four markets. Simultaneously, CISA launched a similar program in Hampden County. This season, CISA took on almost all of the fundraising and expanded SNAP&Save to Franklin County as well. We, at Tuesday Market, have so much gratitude for their leadership in this project (and ongoing leadership from Healthy Hampshire, as well). What started as FoodStampsX2 at Tuesday Market in 2010 has blossomed into SNAP&Save at all the markets that want to participate in the 3 counties in our region. The campaign ends April 1st. Please contribute if you can!
Looking forward to food and plants at the start of the season!
Posted 2/24/2016 1:05pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

Tuesday Market is rising again! The seed of the market is just getting planted in potting soil and will be ready for you on Tuesday, April 26th. There will be old vendors, new vendors, and all kinds of other good things to look forward to. But before that.....

Come to another Seed Swap or come to your first one! Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton are again hosting a Seed Swap on Saturday, March 5th, 10am - 1 pm in the same place at the Northampton Winter Market, Smith Voke High School, Northampton. You're invited!

What do you do at a Seed Swap? LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you've saved from you farm or garden (or seeds that you've purchased). TAKE HOME seeds to plant. MEET other people who see regionally adapted seeds as an important part of a healthy food system and climate adaptation. COME even if you don't have seeds to share! There will be some great workshops to take part in. See the link below for more details.
Go to http://www.northamptontuesdaymarket.com/seed-swap-2016 for more info and to register.

Here's some great writing about what's in a seed swap and what's in a seed by Akwesasne Mohawk seed keeper and teacher, Rowen White.

Here are some images from last year's swap. Hope to see you there!

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 Beans bred and saved at Crabapple Farm

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 The crowd swapping seeds

seeds into a packet

workshop with Tevis

Tevis teaching about on-farm or in-garden breeding of new varieties

our boys guessing seeds

 My kids guessing the seeds in the seed guessing game

Posted 6/22/2015 8:09pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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I believe this is our fourth summer in a row of catching Tina & Her Pony on their New England tour. We are thrilled to have them back! Come on down and join us for some summer music and some fantastic summer food. See you at market!

Tina & Her Pony

Tina & her Pony

mushroomPaul's Awesome Mushroom

Mrs. AndersonMrs. Anderson's Garlic

Share coffeeShare Coffee

CrabappleCrabapple Farm


Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday 1:30 - 6:30

Next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton


Posted 6/16/2015 8:33am by Grow Food Northampton.


Hello Friends,

My apologies. It is only one of our many vendors who will be done with strawberries this week. Crimson and Clover, Red Fire Farm, and others will have berries today and into the future, along with -- of course -- all the fantabulous summer greens and fruits that are coming into season. We can't wait to see you at market!

cromson & cloverJen from Crimson & Clover farm




Posted 6/16/2015 8:09am by Grow Food Northampton.
Hi Friends – It's our last week of strawberries. Come on over to Tuesday Market and stock up on the best berries you can find anywhere. Hope to see you there!
Posted 6/9/2015 7:57am by Grow Food Northampton.

Hello Everyone!

Market is in full swing: the tables laden with strawberries, mounded with every type of salad green. I even saw the season's first tomatoes and basil at Red Fire Farm! And I know you know this, but market is open rain or shine. See you there!

Sweet Birch
Hannah from Sweet Birch Herbals
Paul from New England Wild Edibles
Red Fire
A full spread at Red Fire Farm
Town Farm
Shaved Ice from Town Farm



Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday 1:30 - 6:30

Next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton



Posted 6/1/2015 6:41pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hello Friends,

Last week my son and I got to roam the countryside of southern France, which of course included visiting every single market we possibly could. It was such a thrill to experience markets so fully embedded in the life of their region. It was a step into another world, and at the same time it was not too different from home, from our own dear Tuesday Market, brimming with the particular bounty of our own, as they say, terroir. And now I am so glad to be back as strawberry season gets fully underway (we could not under any circumstances miss strawberry season). There is really nothing as good as a pint of strawberries picked in the hours and days before arriving at market.

Here are some pictures from the Thursday morning market in Villefranche, and some pictures of Tuesday Market in May.
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A spice vendor at the Villefranche market
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The market square
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Les oeufs: plein-air
Tuesday Market
Lilacs from Old Friends Farm
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Peanut Noodles from Beets and Barley
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Asparagus from Old Friends Farm
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Heirloom beans from Crabapple Farm
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A chocolate cookie and a shaved ice!
See you at market!
Posted 5/10/2015 2:19pm by Grow Food Northampton.
Hello Friends,
Can't wait to see you at Tuesday Market this week!
Happy Gardeners!
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Shaved Ice Line!
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Welcome to Bare Root Farm!
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Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday, 1:30 - 6:30
We are located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton
Posted 5/3/2015 2:52pm by Grow Food Northampton.

Hello Friends,

Sometimes the most special people come to market. And sometimes, when we're especially lucky, we get those amazing people in multiple forms, like last week when Francis Crowe stopped by to chat with the all the people who were staring at Denise Beaudet's glorious portrait of, yes, Frances Crowe.

Here's what our world-renowned advocate for peace and justice had to say to Oona upon her arrival at market: "I'm so glad the greens are back. All I've been eating is sauerkraut." For more info on the Roots to Resistance postcards that you can send to the U.N. in honor of Frances' lifelong work, click here.


O.K. Can't wait to see you Tuesday! And here are a few more photos from opening day, including some of our newest vendors:

cheeseNew cheese vendors Max & Amy from Grace Hill Farm

WingateEggs, flowers, and greens grown by Olivia at Wingate Farm


Rhubarb tarts, chocolates, and other delicacies from Sweet Spoken, brought to market on their awesome bike rig!

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 Armando, Sue, and their dear crew at Laughing Tomato Pizza!



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Next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton


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