To market, to market Area farmers markets open for the season in Bedford, Merrimack, Milford, and Wilton

Strawberries are in season, and you can buy berries wrapped in plastic that have been flown here from California – but why would you want to?

Not when this area is overflowing with locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as cheeses, wine, flowers, herbs and breads.

Farmers markets are all opening this week and next, and there are four local markets this year – Amherst’s is taking a year off.

Milford’s 38th season begins June 13, operating from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday in the Tractor Supply parking lot in Granite Town Plaza.

Here are some of their confirmed vendors:

Milford

? Aquaponics Unlimited: Tilapia, vegetables, eggs, plants and flowers, all naturally grown in an aquaponics system without the use of herbicides or pesticides.

? Butternut Farm, one of the founders of this market 38 years ago, has vegetables and eggs and is also Milford Goat Dairy, producing raw goat milk, chevre, cheddar and soap.

? Country Dreams Farm: Wide assortment of fruits and vegetables, including heirlooms and sweet corn.

? Enchanted Harvest: Plants, flowers and eggs.

? Favorite Things Baked Goods: Cookies, scones, artisan breads and more.

? Gehling’s Gourmet Goodies (G3 Bakery): Fudge, breads, cookies and desserts.

? Hilltop Farm: Vegetables and a variety of baking mixes for cornbread, muffins and brownies, as well as spice mixes.

? Ledgetop Farm, the other founder of the Milford market 38 years ago, with organically grown vegetables, fruits, berries and eggs.

? Lilac Valley Farm: Organically certified grown vegetables, eggs and skin care products.

? Paradise Farm: Grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised pork, goat-meat sausage, all-natural poultry, duck, eggs, all-natural goat milk and goat milk soap, organically grown fruits and berries, raw honey, beeswax candles and creams, maple syrup, and jams. Also soft wool sheep pelts and all-natural non-dyed yarn made from the fleece of Romney sheep.

? Stormy Moon Vocational Developmental Farm: Eggs, jams, jellies, salsa, breads and canned goods.

New to the market

? The Temple-Wilton Cooperative Farm, selling artisanal cheeses, made on the farm with organic milk from their own cows.

? Valentine & Sons Seed Co.: Fresh homemade spiced apple and pumpkin doughnuts fried at the market, non-suet wild bird feeders that are bear- and squirrel-resistant, all-natural Finicky Fowl Poultry Treats, locally and organically grown heirloom sweet gherkin pickles, and locally grown spiced apple rings.

Guest vendors this year

? King Street Vineyards: Fruit trees, grape vines, nursery stock and grapes in season.

? Laurel Hill Jams and Jellies: Fruit and wine jams and jellies made with locally sourced fruits and other products when available.

? Pawsitively Purrfect Bakery: A variety of baked goods.

For more information about the Milford market, call Wayne at 345-0860.

Wilton

Wilton’s 2015 Market opened Tuesday, June 9, with new hours and a new location. The market will be open from 3-7 p.m. in the Main Street parking lot at the north end of Main Street, opposite Wilton’s traffic dummy.

Confirmed vendors

? Hungry Bear Farm in Wilton with be there selling certified naturally grown vegetables, herbs and berries. Planned for 2015 include hard-neck garlic and scapes, spinach, peas, asparagus, strawberries, carrots, radishes, green and wax beans, kale, Swiss chard, and many other vegetables, according to their website.

? Sleepy Brook Farm, of New Ipswich, where they raise pigs and chickens.

? Ledge Top Farm, of Wilton, with organically grown vegetables, fruits, berries and eggs.

There will likely be crafters and musicians as well.

Amherst

Though the Amherst Farmers Market will not open this year, there is a farmers market Fridays at St. Paul Church on Craftsman Lane, next to Joey’s Diner. The market is open from 3-7 p.m. (Some farmers will leave early, some vendors will arrive later. Call or check the Facebook page “Farmers Market @ St Paul Amherst”).

Among the items for sale are baked goods, crafts, eggs, vegetables, honey, jams, meats, prepared foods and soap. http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.webs.com.

Bedford

The Bedford Farmers Market is 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 16 with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, wine, berries, flowers, plants, herbs, soaps, fish, baked goods, breads and specialty coffee.

Sanders Fish Market will be there, along with Paradise Farm, of Lyndeborough; Hungry Bear Farm, of Wilton; Alberto’s Homemade Cuisine, of Derry; Apple Hill Farm, of Concord; J.L. Sweets and Copper Beech Winery, both of Hooksett; and more.

The market is at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish parking lot, 190 Meetinghouse Road.

Jane Beaulieu is the new market manager.

Contact them at the Bedford Farmers’ Market, Inc. P.O. Box 10047, Bedford, NH 03110, bedfordfarmersmarketnh@gmail.com or 203-8440.

Merrimack

Every Wednesday from June 17 until October 14, the Merrimack Farmers Market will take place at 526 Daniel Webster Highway, on property owned by Vault Storage. It will be open from 3-6 p.m. and features the products of many of Merrimack’s local farms.

Although it’s early in the season, manager Bob McCabe said there should be a variety of vegetables.

“The first couple of weeks we expect early greens, potatoes and onions, various lettuces, radishes, a mix of turnips and whatever the various farmers represented have coming out of their greenhouses from a late winter,” he said in an email.

“We also expect to have a selection of meats, poultry and pork from our various meat vendors.”

? DJ Honey coming again with local honey and his goodies.

? The Yankee Cheeseman is coming with his selection of cheeses.

? Three bakers, one that will be gluten-free.

? Granola from the Happy Cat and Groovin’ Granola.

? Dog treats from Gunther’s Goodies.

? Jams and jellies from Laurel Hill.

? A selection of lamb products from Far View Farm.

? Vegetables, annuals and flowering plants from The Amazing Flower Farm.

? Kettle corn from Ummm-Pop.

? Blackwater Mustard with blended mustards.

? Natural pain therapy from Don and Joy Grant.

? KRM Chocolates with homemade gourmet chocolates.

? Fresh Start Farm, which is looking for weekly CSA customers with an on-site pickup.

Email merrimackfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call Bob McCabe at 759-2737.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or
kcleveland@cabinet.com.