Lebanon kicks off summer farmers' market

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
Mitchell Clang and Stephen Grabber help man the Windcrest Farms booth at the Lebanon Farmers' Market on June 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Mitchell Clang and Stephen Grabber help man the Windcrest Farms booth at the Lebanon Farmers' Market on June 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Each week, the Lebanon Farmers’ Market features a guest group. For the opening market on June 4, that group was the Lebanon Garden Club. Stationed at one of the entrances to the market, club members supervised a plant swap. “We have plants here from residents’ gardens, club members’ gardens,” said member Helen Beaudreau. Visitors were encouraged to bring a plant and swap it for another.

“If they haven't brought a plant, we encourage them to take one and make a donation,” said club member Karen Saar. “What we use [the money] for is to buy annuals or materials that the town doesn't provide for us.” The club maintains a garden at the Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House. “It's a heritage garden,” said Saar. “There's a Colonial section, a Victorian section and contemporary sections. It shows how plants overlap through the centuries, basically.” The club maintains other plantings throughout town. “But we do a lot more than maintain the gardens,” said Saar.

Meeting the third Monday of every month, the group sponsors trips, lectures and other events. “We just took a tour in Boston, ‘The Secret Gardens of Beacon Hill,’” said Saar. “We’re a small group, very informal. It's a lot of fun.” For more information about the Lebanon Garden Club, contact Beaudreau at 860-642-6603.

There were a variety of early-season offerings at the June 4 market, including annuals, vegetable plants and perennials. Also available were farm fresh eggs, local honey, salad greens, pasture-raised beef, goat cheese, maple products, fresh-cut flowers, hand-made soap, dog treats, baked goods, prepared foods (lasagna, chili) and more.

For the opening market, Lebanon's own Windcrest Farms was offering a variety of starter vegetables, herb plants and perennials. Later in the season, their offerings will expand to vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, squash, lettuce and gourds.

For the 2011 season, market master Rhonda Withington has organized special events, music, guest artisans and a special VIP program that gives regular patrons a discount. Markets take place Saturdays through Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the town hall green at 579 Exeter Road. For more information, call 860-402-5999 or 860-642-2006, or e-mail farmersmarket@lebanontownhall.org.

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