Our annual youth day market will be on August 5th. Youth vendors (age 5-18) can apply for a free space to sell local food and crafts during the market.
Please send in an application to vend by mail or email. Stay tuned for more market information!
This month we meet the family behind Silloway Maple. Bette, Paul, Abby, David, and Jessica Lambert run Silloway Maple in Randolph Center, and they can be found at the Capital City Farmers Market year round. They offer a wide range of maple products from their excellent syrup to maple candy, maple coated almonds, and more. They have been at the market for one and a half years, but the business goes back to the 40’s.
Bette’s dad began tapping trees for Silloway Maple in 1942. Bette and family took over the business, and they have seen many changes in that time. Silloway Maple has changed from collecting sap in buckets to using tubing. They now use reverse osmosis to process their sap before boiling as well. They are wood-fired and solar-powered, and now have 6,200 taps on their property. They are always looking to add more, even joking about tapping the maples along the I-89 meridian!
One of the biggest changes to the business is their focus on marketing. Developing an online presence through their website and Facebook now means that marketing and selling takes as much or more time than making the syrup. They love being a part of the market and being able to sell directly to locals and visitors looking for great Vermont syrup. It gives them a chance to talk about their product and answer questions in person. One of the most interesting questions they have been asked is if they sell sugar-free maple syrup? They are always trying new things but they haven’t worked that one out yet!
Find Silloway Maple every week at the market. Reach them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find them on Facebook, and learn more about their business or order directly at sillowaymaple.com.
This post kicks off a series of interviews that will give you an inside look at our market and the farmers and producers that make it possible.
This week we interview Ray Shatney and Janet Steward who run Greenfield Highland Beef and Shat Acres Highland Cattle. Janet began selling her photography and greeting cards at the Capital City Farmer’s Market in 2001. The photography has had to take a back burner to the beef, which she and Ray began selling at the market in 2007. This spring, Greenfield Highland Beef received the US Small Business Administration’s award for Family-Owned Small Business of the Year.
How long have you been farming?
Ray’s family has been raising Highland Cattle for over 50 years. Ray and Janet have the oldest registered herd of Highlands in the United States. They began selling Greenfield Highland Beef in 2007.
Did you start your farm or was it a family operation?
Ray began supporting his parents and their small herd of Highland Cattle in 2004. Prior to that Ray had worked on the farm all of his life. Up until recently Ray also worked for Washington Electric full time and Janet taught first grade. They both now farm full time.
How large is your operation?
Ray and Janet own just over 200 acres between their two farms. They lease an additional 150-200 acres for hay production and pasture land. They now have approximately 150 animals.
This is baby Starshine and her mother Shye. Starshine was born in February when it was 3 degrees outside. We brought momma and baby into the barn, but even with the heat lamp on her Starshine would not have survived. Ray carried her into the house and she spent the night in our mudroom. She got dried off and warmed through. The next morning Ray carried her back to Momma Shye, who eagerly greeted and accepted her. Starshine is now five months old–alive and well!
The CCFM Youth Market will be on August 6th this year to coincide with National Farmers’ Market Week. Young vendors will be selling home-grown and home-made products at the market entrance. Youth Market Flyer 2016
If you are interested in vending, fill out this one-page Youth Application 2016 and send it to:
PO Box 515, Montpelier, VT 05601
Come down to the market on May 7th — opening day of the outdoor market season.
The market features a full mix of farmers, food producers, and craftspeople. Plenty of greens, annual and perennial plants, fruit shrubs and bushes, and garden beds and containers. You’ll also find wild spring edibles, freshly dug root vegetables, plenty of vegetables, as well as a variety of cheeses, meats, mushrooms, etc…
Check out our vendor page to see who’s coming!
The market is one activity (there are 10 other events) happening over the first weekend in May, known as Montpelier Mayfest.
Throughout the season, you’ll learn at cooking demonstrations, enjoy a localvore meal listening to live music, support young farmers on youth day (photo from 2015 Youth Day at the market), and visit with friends on the “community green.”
See you on the 7th!
Use your EBT year round at the market.
Crop cash doubles your purchases up to $10 on fruits and vegetables.
Thanks to Wayne Fawbush for use of his wonderful market photographs at market and to Rob Fish and the Vermont Council on Rural Development Digital Economy Project for building us this new site.
Capital City Farmers Market
PO Box 515
Montpelier, Vermont 05601