The Hamilton Farmers Market does not end with Apple Days and will continue through the last Saturday in October.
The final big market of the season, on Bedford and Third Streets, will be Saturday, Oct. 13, and the late smaller markets, on Bedford Street only, will continue Oct. 20 and 27.
Dress in layers, enjoy the crisp fall air and stock up on winter storage crops and holiday gifts from local arts and crafts vendors.
Late market vendors include jeweler Jeanette Lane, Pampered Pets, Ellen and Ian, SweetRoot Farm, Bitterroot Beanery, Moeller’s Nursery and Garden Center, MSO Grain & Veggie and Jan Root. These late markets are weather dependent and other vendors may show up.
Julie Schairer at Moeller’s Nursery and Garden Center said they would be at the market this Saturday but hadn’t decided about the final two markets. She said it depends on the weather and how much work there is to do to get the nursery ready for winter.
Moeller’s has over 40 variety of pumpkins, gourds, squash and plenty of fall decorative items.
Indian corn and their red stalks makes for unusual but beautiful fall decorations. Warty gourds and pumpkins make great decorations that are also edible.
“Delicata squash is similar flesh to an acorn but they tend to run sweeter, you can fill them with stuffing like a stuffed zucchini,” Schairer said. “Add some tomato sauce and parmesan – delicious.”
Stopping by the nursery to see the variety of pumpkins and squash is a visual treat with the riot of unusual stripes, bumps and colors. Variety names include carnival, butternut, turks turban, sweet dumpling, banana, red curry, amber macs, sun spot, sunshine, sweet meat, New England blue hubbard and spaghetti squash (an alternative to noodles).
Schairer said she’ll take a few pumpkins and squash to the market but will mostly bring smaller items.
“For the market we’ll have sweet corn, cabbage and cauliflower that’s just amazing and the size of dinner plates,” she said. “We’ll have seven varieties of potatoes, carrots and beets, broccoli and hot peppers.”
Jeanette Lane sells beaded jewelry at her vendor booth. She started beading and creating jewelry about a year ago and found that it helps calm her anxieties.
“I can sit and bead and let my mind wander,” Lane said. “I was giving my work away when my doctor recommended that I sell at the market.”
She said her research and steps of getting a business license, insurance and joining the Hamilton Farmers Market Cooperative was a good process.
“This has been a good thing for me because it helps me be where the people are,” Lane said. “The other part of it is my heart, beading is an extension of me.”
Lane said she enjoys children and has designed jewelry with them in mind.
“The projects are what they like and I make them economical too,” she said.
She has dollar items, pendant necklaces, bracelets and painted rocks that have been big sellers.
“Boys don’t usually wear bracelets; they might wear a necklace, but they like rocks,” Lane said. “I have simple items.”
She also creates and sells more detailed and higher-end items.
She said sometimes being at farmers market is hard because not everyone is interested in her products.
“But that’s okay,” Lane said. “Maybe they like different colors but for me it is more about coming and being with people. God gave me this ability in the first place and I give credit for him.”
Nic Truc, owner of Bitterroot Beanery said he will be at all the final markets this season.
“We are committed to doing all the markets this year, we often are,” he said. “People seem to really appreciate us being there so we try to be there for them. We will go to the very last market – rain or shine or sleet or snow.”
Bitterroot Beanery is selling hot beverages from coffee to hot chocolate.
“We’re making any and all of the lattes and mochas,” Truc said.
The goal of the Hamilton Farmers Market is to “provide vendors, the Bitter Root Valley's farmers and craftspeople with an economical place, a farmers market where they can sell their products and services; provide a venue where community and visitors come together and socialize; stimulate the local economy; promote awareness about food, nutrition, health and cooperative values; and educate the public on the benefits of supporting local businesses.”
The Ravalli County Museum’s Saturday Learning Adventure Series continues with free activities 10 a.m. to noon. On Oct. 13, participate in “Creature Construction” using craft ingredients, a Styrofoam egg head and problem-solving skills to build a friendly critter or scary monster. On Oct. 20, learn about “Great Green Globs” as a scientist to mix glow-in-the-dark slime from simple ingredients. This messy project will help you get in the mood for Halloween fun. On Oct. 27, learn about the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead and make a poster for your wall.