Towns’ farmers’ markets ready for opening week

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NORWAY – Farmers’ markets will open next week in Norway and Harrison, offering shoppers early season fresh produce from local greenhouses.

Harrison market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon today on Route 35 south between the town office and library in Harrison village. The Norway market opens from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the parking lot of L.M. Longley & Son on Deering Street.

The markets provide food and local products.

Participating farms at the Norway Market are Hungry Hollow Country Store, Pomegranate Fiber Art, Carter’s Farm Market, Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm, Fillebrown Gardens, Rams Farm, Lollie Papa Farm, Harvest Moon Produce and Looking Down Farm.

The Harrison Market includes Fillebrown Gardens, Rams Farm, Lollie Papa Farm, Harvest Moon Produce, Looking Down Farm and Little Falls Farm.

While it may be too early for much from the garden, Carter’s will have perennials, annuals, herb and vegetable seedlings, organic eggs, jam, maple syrup, artisan bread, baking mixes, and organic compost.

Harvest Moon will have spring dug carrots and parsnips, perennials, rhubarb, asparagus, possibly spinach, and green onions.

Hungry Hollow Country Store will have pastries, chicken pies, breads, and fruit pies.

Little Falls Farm will have certified organic eggs, asparagus, salad greens, fresh herbs, seedlings, and perennials.

Rams Farm will have feta, mozzarella, chevre cheese and goat soap.

The “Yet to be Named Banjo Band” will entertain market members and customers on market days, and there is always a chance to talk with the farmers about how they produce their products.

There are 65 farmers markets in Maine, with more each year. Although Maine’s climate is not conducive to early vegetables, many farmers are turning to greenhouse production, extending the season on both ends.

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