Summer Is Here!
Summer weather is here and you know what that means – the bounty of fruits and vegetables at the Kennebunk Farmers' Market just keeps getting better day by day. Get on down to the market this week and see what our hardworking farmers have been up to. You'll be so glad you did!
This year we are located in the Garden Street Municipal Lot behind the former Garden Street Market. Directions are available here, or just follow the signs... we'll see you at the market!
Here are the new faces you can expect to see at KFM this year:
Creeping Thyme Farm
Enjoy fresh goat cheese, yogurt, goat's milk fudge, and goat's milk produced by Tim & Marie Clements of Buxton and their daughter and son-in-law Sam & Amanda Blunda.
Ellie May's Candy
Ellie Stevens of York will be bringing us her delicious handmade sweet toffee crunch and spiced nuts. Ellie will be at the market during May and then again in the fall.
Flying Goat Farm
Cara Sammons & Devin Shepard of Acton will provide us with wholesome goat's milk yogurt, goat's milk cheese, whey-fed pork, and chevon.
Four Star Fresh
Treat yourself to fresh artisan pasta, polenta, and more from Susan Flynn & Eric Houts of Kennebunkport.
Pingree Maple Products
Tom Pingree of Cornish will be joining us in June with his pure Maine maple syrup and other maple products.
Sunnyfield Farm & Baking Company
Enjoy handmade biscotti, marshmallows, and graham crackers (in some amazing flavors!) handcrafted by Liz Mott of Wells.
Two Farmers Farm
Young farmers Kelsey Herrington & Dominic Pascarelli of West Scarborough will be bringing us a bountiful assortment of organic vegetables.
CSA at KFM
It's not too late to sign up for a CSA program with your favorite KFM vendor.
What is CSA, you ask? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In a traditional CSA program, community members buy "shares" of a farmer's harvest. The shareholder pays a fixed price in the spring and receives a weekly box of produce. The farmer gets much-needed cash to buy seeds, fertilizer, and so on, and the customers get a generous share of the harvest and an excellent return on their investment.
While traditional CSA programs are still very popular, there are also plenty of variations on the theme. Some farms let you set up a credit balance and shop with it at the farmers' market. Some offer other products, such as meat and eggs. One of our vendors even offers a CSJ – "J" for jam. So we hope you'll check out this list of CSA programs and sign up to get your share of the delicious bounty at KFM this year!
Thanks for a Great Season!
Now that our 2016 season has come to an end, we want to thank all of you, our customers, for a terrific market season. Your commitment to buying local and supporting Maine farmers is very much appreciated. You were right there with us through the spring rains, the summer heat, and the chill of late fall, and we are very grateful. A hearty thanks from all of us at KFM. Have a good winter, and we'll see you in May of 2017!
Number One in Maine
Thank you, KFM supporters! Your votes put us over the top in the 2012 America's Favorite Farmers Markets™ contest, where we were voted Maine's most popular market. We also made the Top 20 list for medium-sized markets nationwide. We couldn't have done it without you. Many thanks from all of us at KFM!
Top 10 Reasons to Shop KFM
Celebrate the seasons The food you buy at the Kennebunk Farmers' Market is seasonal. Everything is locally grown and it is exciting to see what each season produces. Reconnect with the cycles of nature; enjoy spring snap peas, summer sweet corn and crisp fall apples. Eat with the season and enjoy the variety!
Support family farmers Family farmers are becoming increasingly rare. Large agribusiness farms and ranches are steadily taking over food production in the U.S. and small family farms have a hard time competing. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their products and gives them a fighting chance in today's economy.
Variety Find a bountiful assortment of plants, flowers, vegetables and other goodies that you might not find at the grocery store. You can also find all sorts of yummy things aside from produce, such as local meats, dairy, jams, and baked goods (sooo hard to resist). It's a great opportunity to try something new!
Taste real flavors The fruits, vegetables and other goodies you buy at KFM are at the freshest and tastiest available. Our produce is allowed to ripen in the field not in a truck that is transporting it thousands of miles.
Protect the environment Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your table. Shipping uses large amounts of natural resources, especially fossil fuels, contributes to pollution and creates excess waste due to extra packaging. Walking to your local market decreases this extra waste.
Know where your food comes from Meeting and talking to farmers is a great opportunity to learn more about how food is grown, where it is grown, when it is grown and why. You can also ask our vendors any questions you might have about their goods and how they are processed – they will be happy to answer!
Learn cooking tips, recipes and meal ideas Vendors at the KFM are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. Also, if you have a recipe you would like to share be sure to stop by and let us know; we would love to share it with others!
Teach your children something new Promote healthy eating habits by shopping at the market with your kids. Helping them to understand where their food comes from will help them to understand the importance of being informed about their food choices. It might also help you to get them to eat more fruits and veggies!
Connect with your community You never know who you're going to run in to at the market. Shopping at KFM makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers' market is a community gathering place – a place to meet new friends, bring your children, or just enjoy a few minutes of fresh air!
We're open rain or shine Our vendors aren't afraid of a little sprinkle! They will be there each and every weekend to serve you the best variety of goods they can. Let your kids puddle jump while you purchase your goods, and everyone goes home happy! Who wants to be cooped up inside anyway?
Countdown to a New Season
Since 1994, the Kennebunk Farmers' Market has been bringing you the best in locally-produced agricultural products. With friendly service and a convenient downtown location, our 2012 season promises to be no exception!
We look forward to a busy and bountiful farmers' market this year, featuring several new vendors along with many returning favorites. Please check out the complete list of vendors to see what our market has to offer, such as fresh local fruits and vegetables, organic produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, eggs, roving & yarn, herbal soaps, honey, maple syrup, fresh & dried herbs, cheeses, and potted plants.
The Kennebunk Farmers' Market is a great way to get out and enjoy some fresh air, visit with your neighbors, and treat yourself to the very freshest locally-produced fruits, vegetables, and other goodies. See you there!
Many thanks to Farm Family Insurance for their generous support of our market.
Interested in being a vendor at the Kennebunk Farmers' Market? Visit our member page for market rules and an application form, and feel free to contact us for more information. Application deadline is Feb 28.
We are Proud to Be a Producer-Only Market
When you shop with us, you're buying directly from the people who grew or raised or created that product for you. It's a great way to support farms and keep your money circulating in the local economy.
Getting the Most From Your Market
Here are some great online resources for getting the most from your KFM shopping experience:
Thank You, Kennebunk!
Many thanks to all our dedicated KFM customers for making our opening day a huge success. The rain held off, the sun finally came out, and we had a great turnout from start to finish. We were thrilled to welcome a total of 25 farmers and other vendors to our first market of the year. More vendors will be arriving as the growing season progresses, with a total of 37 vendors expected – a new record for our market. Thanks again for helping us get things off to such a great start!