Farmers markets, chicken barbecues, strawberry shortcake and more


In Brattleboro ...

FARMERS' MARKET: The Brattleboro Farmers' Market announces the arrival of Harvest Health Coupons for EBT customers. Use your EBT card at the manager's booth at market and get free matching value in coupons, up to $10, per visit. The Brattleboro Farmers' Market will have Harvest Health Coupons while supplies last, at both Saturday and Wednesday locations. Use these coupons to stretch your EBT dollars, which can buy fresh berries and vegetables of all kinds, maple syrup and honey, eggs and meat, fresh breads and prepared foods to take home. Summer bounty is rolling in at the market and it's a great time to shop local, and get the freshest produce and support the farmers who grow it.

The Saturday Farmers' Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., outdoors on Route 9 in West Brattleboro (no dogs, please) and the Wednesday Farmers' Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the Brattleboro Food Co-op on the Whetstone Pathway. EBT and debit are welcome. 802-254-8885.

SUPPER: First United Methodist Church will hold its monthly supper on Friday, July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will consist of grilled pork loin with roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and ice cream for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults; 8 and under with a paying adult will be free. Take outs will be available and the proceeds benefit the church's outreach programs. All are welcome.

The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, across from Cota and Cota. There is ample parking and the entryway is handicap-accessible. For information, call 802-254-4218 or e-mail

In Dummerston...

SENIOR LUNCH: Senior Solutions will sponsor its senior lunch on Wednesday, July 9, beginning at noon at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center.

The menu will include chicken parmesan, rice pilaf, marinated carrots, and gelatin salads. Dessert will be rhubarb crisp. Chef Larry Lynch Jr. will be taking over preparing the meal from Linda Hellus, who retired last month.

Walk-ins are welcome. For information, reservations or takeout, call 802-254-1138. A donation of $3 is suggested for those 60 and over, and $4 for guests under that age.

Books from the Lydia Taft Pratt Library will be available for borrowing until the next meal. In Hinsdale, N.H. ...

CHICKEN: On July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a chicken dinner and Chinese auction at 105 Meetinghouse Road. The cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children. Those 4 and under are free. The menu includes applesauce, baked beans, cole slaw, rolls and dessert. Advance tickets are $6/$4 and can be purchased by calling 603-256-6930 or emailing

In Newfane...

SENIOR DINNER: There will be a dinner for seniors in Newfane and the surrounding communities on Thursday, July 10, at noon at the Newfane Congregational Church.

The menu will be cucumber cups, green salad, baked ham, coleslaw and potato salad, corn bread, and butterscotch pudding with whipped cream for dessert.

The meal, sponsored by Senior Solutions, will be prepared by Winnie Dolan, hosted by Barbara Brooks and served by volunteers from the church and community.

The suggested donation for this meal is $3.50 for age 60 and over and $4 for under age 60. Call Winnie Dolan at 802-365-7870 for information and reservations.

In Northfield, Mass. ...

CHICKEN: St. Patrick's Parish will be hosting a chicken supper on Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. The menu includes chicken, potato salad, beans, rolls, coleslaw and dessert. Adults $10; children 3 through 12 $5; and under 3 free.

In Townshend ...

FARMERS MARKET: This week at the Townshend Farmers Market, there will be a selection of delicious foods and beautiful crafts, including homemade soaps and salves, teas and tinctures, and plants and veggies. Come try Wild Shepherd Farm's grass-fed beef and West Townshend Botanical's homemade breads. Rebecca Lepkoff will be selling ducks and rabbits and Taft Hill Farm will have glasswork.

To showcase the products, the market will be featuring a special pizza topping each week for an additional $2. This week's special topping is Wild Shepherd Farm's garlic scape pesto. In addition, Thai Hut and Deer Ridge Farm will offer prepared food.

The market is open weekly on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. rain or shine. In the event of stormy weather, look for the market in the church next door.

In Walpole, N.H. ...

FARMERS MARKET: The Walpole Farmers Market is on the town common from 4 to 6 p.m. every Friday, with loads of fresh local produce, lettuces, greens, and other cool season veggies. There will be local music and other activities for families.

CMC Mushrooms has been bringing cream of mushroom soup, or mushroom burgers; Orchard Hill Bread Works has been bringing focaccia and pizzas that you can either bring home or enjoy on the common; and Brookfield Farm will have sausage sticks. Other vendors include Not Your Ordinary Farm, Keri's Kures, Iris X, Walpole Valley Farm and Sawyers Cheese.

For a few more weeks in July you can get a short massage and help out the Fall Mountain Food Shelf. Massage students from the River Valley Technical Center, need some hours of practice, as a community service you can get a chair massage and they will donate the proceeds to help out the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.

Visitors to the Walpole Farmers Market can use credit, debit, or EBT (food stamp cards), purchase wooden tokens that they can use for purchases at the market. The Walpole Farmers Market is participating in the Double Up for Veggie Bucks program, so this season there is dollar matching; if an EBT customer swipes their card for $10 worth of tokens, they automatically receive $20 in tokens to shop with, a great value.

For more information, visit or contact Holly Gowdy at 603-445-5104.

In West Brattleboro...

OUTREACH LUNCHEON: West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its free monthly Community Outreach Luncheon Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, July 27.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. On the menu will be chicken cacciatore, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon, dessert and beverage. The entrée has been changed from the flyers that were handed out at the June luncheon.

For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.

In Westminster...

STRAWBERRY SUPPER: The Westminster First Congregational Church will hold its annual Strawberry Supper on Saturday, July 5, with two seatings at 5 and 6:15 p.m. The menu includes Vermont baked ham, potato salad, cucumber salad, three-bean salad, and drinks. Dessert will feature fresh strawberry shortcake. Take out will be available. The cost is $11 for adults and $5 for children, under 5 eat for free.

In Winchester, N.H. ...

BEAN SUPPER: The United Church of Winchester will hold a grand celebration for its 400th monthly Bean Supper on Saturday, July 5, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church building on Main Street in Winchester.

Served family style, the cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. This special occasion will be include strawberries on angel food cake for dessert. The building is accessible to all and all proceeds help to fund the church missions. For more information, call 603-239-4465. There are no advanced ticket sales.

In Windham ...

CHICKEN: On July 19, the Windham Community Organization is hosting its annual chicken barbecue, starting at 5 p.m., at the historic Meeting House. The menu includes homemade potato salads and baked beans, fresh garden salad, home town sweet breads, ice tea and lemonade. Following dinner, dessert, fresh from the field, will be served: Strawberry shortcake topped with real whipped cream. The cost is $10 per adult, $25 for families (two adults with two or more children). Locally crafted items will be raffled just after the meal.

Located on Harrington Road, six miles up Windham Hill Road from Route 30 at the Windham Meeting House.

From 3 to 5 p.m., the Friends of the Meeting House will conduct tours of the building.


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