Chester Springs Are you tired of figuring out what to do with all the zucchini overflowing in your garden? The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market has a solution! Derby racing! On Wednesday, July 30th at 3 p.m., the Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market will host its first ever "Zucchini 500" at its monthly festival day. Race your fastest zucchini down a derby track and compete with your fellow gardeners (and their kids) for prizes! There will be awards for the fastest zucchini car, the slowest zucchini car, the most originally decorated zucchini car, and other ridiculous things we can come up with! You can bring your own zucchini, or buy one at the Market! There is a $3 entry fee; $2 if you bring your own zucchini. The Market will provide wheels or you can bring your own.

Other festival activities that day will include cooking demonstrations, music, authentic Amish horse and buggy rides (weather permitting) and hands-on family activities. You can also tour the historic grist mill and grounds.

The Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market takes place every Wednesday from 2-7 p.m. at the historic Mill at Anselma, and features farm fresh and organic seasonal fruits, vegetables and plants, cheeses, pasture-raised beef, eggs, baked goods, and handcrafts produced by local farmers and artisans. Produce vendors include: Maysie's Farm CSA, Brogue Hydroponics, Long Lane Produce, Grace Growers, Vollemecke Orchards & CSA, and Berry Patch Produce, offering cherries, peas, lettuce and greens of all kinds, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes. The Market features pasture-raised beef from Cressbrook Farm (recently featured in a regional newspaper story) and organic cheeses from Shalom Farms and Birchrunville Farms. Sandi's Breads and Whole Hearted Baking Company offers baked goods including whole wheat breads, cookies, cakes and pizza bread. Stone-ground flour and cornmeal milled at the Mill at Anselma, including products milled from organic grains, are also available for purchase.

Artisans include Bob Bauer's Metalworks and Stonefield Soaps.

The Anselma Farmers Market is a collaborative program of the Mill at Anselma, Maysie's Farm Conservation Center and the Anselma Farmers and Artisans Market Association. The Farmers Market will feature educational outreach programs and hands-on activities that offer information on sustainable agriculture, promotion of school gardens, farm-to-school programs and whole food nutrition. The grounds of the historic Mill at Anselma are open during market hours for the public's enjoyment.

The Mill and the Farmers Market are located on Rt. 401, half a mile west of Route 113 (Conestoga Road) in Chester Springs.

The Mill is currently open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Modest admission. The Mill at Anselma will host milling demonstrations on July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 6.

Restored to operation in 2004, the Mill at Anselma is a powerful educational resource, offering visitors an opportunity to experience Chester County's industrial and agricultural past through flour milling demonstrations, tours, and hands-on family activities. Constructed in 1747, the Mill at Anselma served the local agricultural community for three centuries and is considered the most complete example of a Colonial-Era custom grist mill in the United States.

To find out more information about the Farmers Market or the Mill, contact the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust at 610-827-1906, email hpreiffer@anselmamill.org or visit www.anselmamill.org.

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