By Erica Buswell | Sep 08, 2009

Music provided by Blue Rutabaga; Food Provided by Local Farmers

Belfast: On Friday, September 18, the Belfast Farmers' Market moves uptown for a monthly Street Festival on Upper Main. Visitors to the festival can enjoy a performance by local musical group Blue Rutabaga, as well as the bounty of fall's harvest. The days are getting shorter, but September is a month when the fields are at their most productive. Market visitors can still find most of the summer offerings, like lettuce and cukes, alongside fall staples like apples and cider, winter squashes, the first of the storage roots, and fall brassicas.

While this season's rutabagas are still making their way to the markets, Blue Rutabaga—composed of local musicians Chris Grigsby on acoustic and electric guitar, Tom Luther on piano, Mike Knowles on bass, and Jason Dean on drums—will be easy to find at the festival. The group, formed in 2009, performs a mix of original music and obscure covers, and many of the band members spend time at their day jobs working to ensure that local consumers can enjoy foods grown and produced by area farmers and cheesemakers.

The Belfast Farmers' Market is open every Friday, rain or shine, from 9am-1pm through early November, and is permanently located on Front St., down at the Belfast waterfront. Market-goers can expect to find local goat's and cow's milk cheeses, specialty baked goods, dips, and spreads, grass-fed meats, locally-raised chicken and eggs, honey, hand-crafted goods ranging from baskets to pottery, fresh and dried flowers, and a changing selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The Belfast Farmers' Market was established in 1980 to provide local small growers and craftsmen with an outlet for the sale of fresh picked produce and related agricultural products; to foster an appreciation for Maine's rural resources; and to develop sources of marketing, management and agricultural information for its members. The Belfast Farmers' Market functions as a non-profit membership organization that oversees the establishment of market guidelines, sets quality standards, promotes the market, and encourages growth of the local/regional food supply. All vendors must carry necessary and appropriate licenses and insurances. Please check the website, www.belfastfarmersmarket.org, for more information about market members and coming events.

For more information, contact Erica Buswell at the Belfast Co-op, 338-2532 or erica@belfastcoop.com.
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