A Community of Shoppers….

Friday, August 19, 2016  ….As is true every week, there were new shoppers at the market.  But it was noticeable how many conversations could be observed among people who have gotten to know one another over the course of the summer.

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Shopping for quality items  may have been the top priority, but familiar faces and clusters of chatting people could be seen throughout.

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Our volunteers  were no exception.  They also engaged in one another’s company!

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Welcomed by CLT’s Linda Boback, Nick Smith’s mellow music enhanced the all round congenial tone.

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We were fortunate to be joined by two local groups ENTHUSIASTICALLY promoting discussion of their missions.   The proposed bike path connecting Charlestown and Westerly….

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….and the Rathskeller sponsored Twin Peaks duo, Patty and Nancy, advocating for breast cancer awareness.

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Nancy and Patty are both breast cancer survivors and invited all interested participants to join them for the annual Twin Peaks Preservation Stroll on Oct. 2nd at 10 AM stepping out from the Rathskeller in Charlestown.

When you come to the next market, consider having your picture taken in our “Charlestown Gothic” setting….

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As for this coming week’s special features?  They include representatives from the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club), Kettle Pond Visitors Center – the US Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters and the RI National Wildlife Refuge Complex right here in Charlestown, and a second visit of the season from the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association.  Music will be offered by Glorybound with Dan LaPointe.

Cool Doings – Hot Market

Friday, August 12, 2016  Sunny, lively and HOT!  The weather may have been hot, but the energy was cool and fresh. ….as was the beautiful produce from 0ur neighboring farms!

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Melodies and harmonies from the Sky String Ensemble flowed in and around the market throughout the morning.  The Sky String Ensemble performed compliments of Meadowbrook Waldorf School.

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This week only!!!

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Just up the hill and under the trees, there awaited a bargain hunter’s delight:  Irresistible yard sale items  sold by Charlestown Land Trust volunteers, a hard combination to beat. 8F yardsale choices8F yardsale conferring

While in that geographic area of the market, the children wanted to stop at the craft table!  It’s easy to see why.8 CHS art projectAnd then it was back to shopping for veggies, meats, shellfish, and fresh pastries and breads….

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….along with specialty items including, among others, Providence Granola, Magnolia Ridge lavender lotions, hand made jewelry, AND, back at our market for the first time this year BLACKBERRIES and BLUEBERRIES from Narrow Land Orchard!

Shoppers could watch a South County Art Association pottery  demonstration and get to know and appreciate Annie’s K-9 skills compliments of the Charlestown Animal Shelter (No she wasn’t in the driver’s seat…),

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…All topped off with refreshments from our lemonade girls OR our new Nitro Cart with specialty coffees and teas!

Next week we’ll have music by Nick Smith….And we’ll be welcoming a new group of nonprofits.  Look for Anna from People’s Power and Light along with local representatives from the Ad hoc Bicycle Path Comm.  Be sure to Join Us – Share your thoughts and bring your questions…

From Fresh Food to Fairy Houses to Turtles and Sunspots!

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016  Visitors to the Market this week had a host of directions in which to go!

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….shoppers were greeted with fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood….Tomatoes made a major debut this week….

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Right next to the corn, cucumbers, beans, squash, beets…

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….the special condiments and treats…..7R decision

As the adults did their shopping, there were so many choices for the KIDS – young ones, older kids, and kids-at-heart.

Stopping at the Pequotsepos Nature Center booth offered some close up, hands on nature experiences including an encounter with a real live native turtle!

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Checking out those sunspots with Scott MacNeill’s sunscope – straight from Frosty Drew was another option.

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Perhaps a little kid shopping was in order, encouraging one of our young entrepreneurs.

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And then there were the Fairy Houses coordinated by Hera Director Adrian….Check out the process of creating a fairy house along with some of the imaginative interpretations.

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As for the adults?  Perhaps soil testing was called for in the garden….or there was a need to check the quality of well water…..

Or maybe it was time to select a photograph as a reminder of the beauty of South County….Last Friday (every Friday) was the place for families and friends to be!

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7F family timeAs for the coming week?  We can look forward to music by the Sky String Ensemble and visits from non profit groups including The Charlestown Animal Shelter and the South County Arts Association.  Join us and experience the CLT Farmers’ market for yourself!

UNDAUNTED!

Fri., July 29, 2016  With rain starting early on Friday morning, predicted to be heavy by mid morning, there was a big question mark for the market.  Several vendors stopped by, testing the waters, so to speak….

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But BURNSIDE ACRES decided to open for business…..kind of like the US Mail…Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail….will get in the way of providing fresh produce for our shoppers….Shoppers?  Yes, there were some stalwart souls who showed up!

Humming along through the Summer

Fri., July 22, 2016  Warm temperatures didn’t dissuade shoppers at the CLT market this past Friday.

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Each week all summer long shoppers are greeted with the old – Greens and shellfish and meats and locally prepared condiments, jams, and sauces….

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And the NEW!  This week’s visiting non profit groups included Smart Power representative Karen Stewart along with Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association and ecoRI, an online news source for environmental news right here in our state.

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A special visit from the Coppertop Bird House people added a rainbow air to our surroundings….And the Solar Cart Cafe was back cooking up delicious crepes on solar powered cooking equipment!

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Mike Bussey provided our music, Scott MacNeill appeared with his sun telescope…

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and friends and families joined our community of shoppers.

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Corn Has Arrived!

Fri., July 15, 2016  While it is true that our market has a wide range of delectable choices, it is also true that certain crops mark the entry into the heart of summer.  And corn is one of them.

Burnside Acres arrived early Friday with our first local corn of the season….

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At the opening of the market people were eager to get their first taste of what would be part of local fare from now until September.

Shoppers didn’t stop with corn….From a host of vendors …they selected locally preserved items from Luckyfoot Ranch (amidst their other attractively displayed veggies)…

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…and lavender scented items arranged among the greens and flowers of Magnolia Ridge

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to the best lemonade around,

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….people strolled  around the market to live music by Andrea and JP, rested on the lawn, and saw what there was to see.

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Visitors talked with representatives from Save the Bay, Audubon, People’s Power and Light and RISE Engineering (for those seeking a home energy audit).

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As for next week, July 22nd?  Besides CORN and summer ripe TOMATOES, etc. our musician will be Mike Bussey and our nonprofit visitors will be  Gina from ecoRIKaren Stewart from Smart Power and Donna Walsh from the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association.  Be ready to spend some time with our knowledgeable, easy-to-talk with, easy-to-listen-to guests.  Please Join Us!

 

Oh, Those Volunteers – They Help Keep Our Market Humming!

Friday, July 8, 2016  Ask the Vendors at the CLT Farmers’ Market.  Chances are they will have a story to tell about ways in which our VOLUNTEERS make a difference every week!1 Eric as Manager

Our Friday Manager, Eric Warren, arrives early to set up the Market Tent and then gets things rolling.  Eric has volunteered at our market since his middle school days, or several years, long enough to be part of our CLT Farmers’ Market Family.

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This year Eric has taken charge of guiding a team of volunteers (among them Christian, Sarah and Grace shown above) in making our market ever more vendor friendly AND shopper friendly.  If a vendor needs help setting up…….Or would like a short break……Or if shoppers require some assistance, our Volunteers can be counted on to be helpful – with a smile!

We have other volunteers as well.  If you visit our market table or walk around at the market you are sure to encounter some of them.

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This past week we welcomed the Domestic Violence Resource Center.  They shared some of the ways in which their Center serves our community.  Right next door at the Market were the Frosty Drew volunteers, directly from the Nature Center in Charlestown.  They brought information about their programs for people of all ages right at Ninigret Park.

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Peter Weremay’s songs rang out as shoppers shopped and visitors visited.  3 Peter Weremay music

And as always, lots and lots and lots of fresh, delicious food was on hand….

 

 

The 4th of July Weekend launches summer in Charlestown.   This week at the market kept the summer flow going complete with all the warm weather flavors.

Next week, Fri., July 15thSave the Bay will be with us.  People’s Power and Light as well for those who want to support renewable energy from the grid.  And if you have considered having an energy audit done, RISE Engineering will be on hand to make an appointment with you.  For music we will welcome Andrea and JP.

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