Published DateLACONIA — Opening day of the Laconia Farmers' Market, the longest running market in New Hampshire now in its 40th year of operation, is on Saturday, June 15.
The market, in the Laconia City Hall parking lot, has become a dedicated shopping spot providing the Lakes Region with fresh, locally grown vegetables, garlic, herbs, fruit, berries, natural meats, seafood and delicious farmstead jams and jellies, baked goods, artisan breads and a selection of unique handmade crafts, soaps and art.
"The Laconia Farmers' Market is one of the best places to be on a beautiful Saturday, there is so much to see and do in the Lakes Region, and we make it easy for you to get your weekend shopping out of the way early and enjoy the rest of your day, whether you are off to work or off to the beach, we have fresh local food for you to take wherever you go!" Michelle Descoteaux, Laconia Farmers' Market Director
New this year is the weekly Laconia Farmers' Market Newsletter containing market news, vendor spotlights and in-season recipes. The newsletter can be picked up at the market and will be available on the website and Facebook.
The market will be highlighting one vendor each week and any customer purchasing from that vendor will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift certificate which can be used for any purchase at the market. There will also be the 2nd annual market raffle in August to celebrate Local Food Month.
The opening day band, "Cow Hampshire Folk", will play a good blend of old time and newer music, with a unique blend of instrumentation including guitar/harmonica, fiddle and mandolin, string bass, banjo, cello and vocals.
The market offers rotating vendor spots for vendors want to be part of the market, but who are only available short-term. Every week there will be different vendors to keep the market fresh and exciting.
New vendors this year include Our Place Farm, Sanborn Mills Farms, Canterbury Bread Shop, and Precision Engraving.
Returning to the market are, Arbutus Hill Farm - Fresh local vegetables and herbs; Brian Ramsey - Seasonal vegetables, berries and maple products; Bubble and Flame Soap Company - Fun and whimsical, handmade soaps and bath items; DeNutte Delights - High quality, handmade soy candles in mason jars; Herbal Earth - Cut flowers, dried herbs and herbal products; Mystic Eye Creations - Unique handmade wooden and acrylic gifts, ornaments, kaleidoscopes, bottle stoppers, letter openers; Nadja Hebert - Organic vegetables, herbs and berries and homespun yarn; Rustic Raven – Baked Goods; Shapleigh Island Lobster Company - Fresh, New Hampshire lobster; Still Seeking Farm - Organic vegetables, blueberries, maple syrup; The Bread Peddler - Homemade artisan breads; The Dog Door Bakery - Wholegrain hand-mixed and hand-cut treats dog biscuits; and Mischievous Woodworking from Gilford.
Laconia Farmer's Market opens for its 40th season Saturday. (Courtesy photo)