Underhill Old Fashioned Harvest Market Sept 23-24

Piggy at the Harvest Market 2016

On Saturday and Sunday Dr. Mary will be joining in the Underhill Old Fashioned Harvest Market festivities providing therapeutic and relaxing massage out in front of the clinic on September 23, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and on September 24, from 10am – 4pm.

Piggy at the Harvest Market 2016

The United Church of Underhill’s Old Fashioned Harvest Market includes all of the old fashioned favorite events like…

  • FUN RUN 5K at Mills Riverside park (register at 7:45 am on Saturday, race begins at 8 am)
  • SILENT AUCTION all day Saturday and Sunday until 2 pm
  • ZUCCHINI DECORATING CONTEST for all ages
  • CROSS-CUT LOG SAWING COMPETITION on Saturday at 12:30 pm

More information, including the full schedule and details of these and other events, can be found on the Harvest Market website.

Parade lineup begins at 8:30 am at Browns River Middle School and all local community groups are welcome to participate. The parade begins at Browns River Middle School, heads down River Road, left onto Park Street and concludes at the end of Park Street. All weekend long, we will have great food, almost 100 crafters and a wide variety of live music. For a full list of entertainers and vendors, visit underhillharvestmarket.com .

Due to the volume of traffic during the weekend, keep in mind if you are traveling through Underhill Flats on Rte 15, there will be a traffic slow down. If you are planning to drive through that area, you may want to find a different route, or plan a different time. To allow emergency vehicles access through Rte 15, there will be a parking ban on the West side of the highway, (the same side as the sidewalk), during Harvest Market Weekend. Parking bans will also be enforced on Park Street, Palmer Lane, Raceway and GAR Place.

There is plenty of free parking at BRMS and Mills Riverside Park, with shuttle service to Park Street throughout the weekend. There is also parking in Jacob’s field off Rte 15 and at Harvest Run for a $4 donation. A portion of the proceeds will be going to hurricane relief efforts.

We hope to see you there!

Jericho Farmers’ Market Opens | Eat Locally Grown Foods!

Consuming locally grown food like the produce you’ll find at the Jericho Farmers’ Market, held each week at Mills Riverside Park, has many benefits.

Jericho Farmers Market photo by Designwise Studios
Jericho Farmers Market photo by Designwise Studios

Every Thursday from 3 – 6:30 pm you’ll find a wide variety of locally produced items that include more than just fruits and vegetables. There are typically an ever-changing selection of locally created arts and craft items, bath and body products, cooked food and even live entertainment! Here are a number of great reasons to visit and support locally grown food vendors and the other talented folks you’ll meet at your local farmers’ market:

Farmers’ markets and roadside stands are good for the local economy.

For every dollar spent at the grocery store, only nine cents gets back to the farmer. For every dollar spent locally, 80 – 100% of the money goes to the farmer or artisan.

Eating food grown locally helps to preserve farmland.

Each day, more than 3,000 acres of farmland are lost due to sprawl. Since the 1950’s, 90% of Vermont’s farmland has been lost. Buying locally helps to support your local farmer when government fails to do so: 70% of federal farm subsidies go to just 10% of the largest producers leaving small growers without government help.

Buying locally raised food helps save energy.

The food industry uses 20% of the petroleum consumed annually – about the same as cars. But, only 20% of what the industry consumes is used to raise food! The rest is used for packaging, refrigerating and transporting the food to market. These costs are dramatically reduced when you purchase locally grown food.

Locally grown foods is typically more diverse.

Almost 90% of foods grown commercially in the early 1900’s are now extinct! Local growers have the freedom and the passion to grow heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables, often because they are more flavorful. The produce usually tastes better because it is also fresher. Because the food is fresher, it is also more nutritious.

Buying locally has health benefits.

Large farms tend to rely on pesticides and herbicides more than local growers. Buying locally usually reduces the chemicals found in your food, in the air, in the soil and in the groundwater. 70% of produce found in the grocery is derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMO foods are less common in locally raised foods. Because the food is picked closer to the time of purchase, the need for waxes and preservatives is reduced or eliminated.

Buying locally supports our local economy and our local farmers, helps to preserve farmland, benefits the environment, promotes diversity, tastes great and provides health benefits. Whenever you can, buy and eat locally – everyone will benefit!