The summer season features products more or less similar to those available during the fall season. Some of the vegetables you can expect to find at Carlisle Farmers Market include lettuce, onions, peas, mushrooms, parsnips, pumpkins, radishes, salad greens, rutabaga, shallots, summer squash, spinach, sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, zucchini, turnips, tomatoes, swiss chard, arugula, broccoli, beets, carrots, cabbage, collards, Chinese greens, cucumber, sweet corn, dry beans, garlic, eggplant, green onions, green beans, hot peppers, leeks, and kale. Fruits available during summer include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cantaloupes, currants, nectarines, grapes, watermelons, strawberries, raspberries, plums, pears, peaches. Processed products include teas, soap, preserves, honey, dried fruits, coffee, cider, bread, and baked goods. Daily products available during summer include cheese, goat cheese, and eggs. The specialty items available during summer include seeds, plants, gourds, and firewood. Summer is also a great time to visit Carlisle Farmers Market if you would like to purchase some flowers and dried or fresh herbs. Sprouts are also available during this time.
Indulge your palates in Black Brook Farm’s hot and delicious breakfast wrap of sauteed fresh veggies and eggs, or tea and coffee from E and L Enterprises. Sweet Vision Patisserie also offers a wonderful selection of savories and pastries. Carlisle Farmers Market also offers a complimentary juice that is quite good. Customers can snack on granola and donuts, doll clothes, browse the crafts, sit and have a conversation with friends about their most recent adventures.
In 2019, Carlisle Farmers Market opened on 1st June running through to 26th October at Wycoff Heating and Cooling on 95 Highway 5. There were about fifteen to twenty vendors on the roaster and an average of ten to fifteen vendors on average per week. At Carlisle Market, vendors do not show up at a similar time, sometimes vendors go to the market and set up their booths as they wait for their products to follow. One of the new offerings in 2019 was cooking lessons, where attendees got the opportunity to learn how to grill vegetables. Goodhue also had plans to provide Dutch oven cooking classes. The market had plenty of jams, cakes, pies, Tupperware, woodworkers, and crafters.
With the advent of the COVID19 pandemic, 2020 presented a challenge for Carlisle Farmers Market. However, Carlisle Farmers Market resumed on 4th July at Carlisle City Center. This became possible after the government lifted restrictions allowing the re-opening of outdoor markets. The reopening of Carlisle Farmers Market vendors to bring their freshly produced goods to the market where they could then carry out trade with customers. Given the unique situation presented by COVID19, the market operation was very different from how it has been conducted in previous years. A variety of measures were put in place to ensure the safety of both vendors and shoppers. Some of the measures taken to make the market a safe place included social distancing by increasing the distance between stalls, and a one-way system around the market’s perimeter.