Archive for August, 2013

NOTE-Worthy Musicians

Among our shoppers AND our vendors there have been toes a’ tapping and light hearts this summer thanks to the MUSIC at our market.  On any given Friday morning strains of guitar, banjo, keyboard and/or vocalists wove through our market.  Thanks to all our summer musicians:  Mike Bussey, Jon Campbell, Josh Schurman, Paula Clare and Lisa Hazelwood  for creating an enviable atmosphere each week.ImageImageImageImage

Vendors to Round out Our Season!

The gardens at the Theater-by-the-Sea, known to many for their abundant beauty and enhancement of the grounds, are managed by Starberry Farm.  Proprietors Tom Senter and Michael Anthony have joined our market this summer with offerings of gladioli, daylilies, and other plantings.Image

The glossy blackberries have made their midsummer entrance, and they are worthy of a magazine photo essay.  Better yet, they are delicious!  The berries are joined by a harvest of peaches and apples, fragrant and flavorful, all from Narrow Lane Orchard in North Kingstown.ImageImage

The Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market delights in the local aspects of the products our vendors sell each week.  The addition of The Providence Granola Project has given our market a broader definition of the word “community”.   This delicious, healthy granola – in several yummy variations – is prepared each week at Amos House in Providence by those who have come here from the larger world community. Image

The Vendor Parade…Continued!

Newest of the new, our market has recently been joined by ABC Dahlias, a local family-owned business that specializes in a breathtaking assortment of….dahlias, dahlias, dahlias.  At first one might notice the proprietor’s straw hat worn each week by Bill Dykstra…But as soon as eyes drift over to the waves of blooms, there is no where else to look.  The flowers are perfection.  Alone or in clusters they offer a mesmerizing rainbow of mid summer color.Image

Getting a taste of SouthCounty can mean more than having local vegetables, meats, and seafood on the table.  Donald Cameron from Sand Hill Cove Photography offers the flavors of our locale in his exquisitely captured photographs.  Perusing the scenes at his weekly exhibit can transport a viewer across the spectrum of our corner of New EnglandImage

Summer and Lemonade, ideal companions!  Our market Lemonade Stand exemplifies the partnership.  Johnny Mitrano, mentored by Mike Bussey,  learned the art of lemonade making.  Before the observer’s eyes lemons are transformed via a hand juicer into a fresh beverage that quenches a thirst like none other.  And, in between customers, one might notice some lemon juggling going on under the market tent thanks to Johnny’s dad, Caesar and an occasional passing volunteer.Image

Capturing designs in nature and crafting those designs into pottery is the realm of Kelley Kreations Pottery run by the Scotti family of North Kingstown.  Inspiration comes from our very own environment, a leaf perhaps or a tiny frog imaginatively created to climb over the rim of a bowl.  The wares offered here compliment the spirit of our market where appreciation of the natural world is fostered.Image

Just down the road from our Farmers’ Market in Cross Mills is a new local boutique run by Holly Ricci.  Entwined is making its presence known this summer at our market with handcrafted items, many that are created from objects found along our shore. Image

Always fresh!  That’s the bottom line for everything offered by The Local Catch.  And the catch is truly local, brought in at Point Judith under the direction of Captain Cook (yes….Captain Cook – a seafaring name for sure.   Rich and Ann Cook have managed The Local Catch since its beginnings.)  For the past couple years, our market has been fortunate to offer their seaside delicacies in our seaside town.  Image

If you haven’t tried a “tomato bomb” you’re in for a treat!  Stop at Provencal Artisan Breads and Pastries on a Friday morning,and the tomato bomb is just one of the delectable treats that will be waiting.  Baskets of fresh, crusty breads surround plates of sweet and savory snacks.  Eat as you browse through the market and remember to bring a loaf of bread to share at home.Image


For a more than a half of a century the Havens, Sid and Bette, have been raising perennials, shrubs and ornamental trees on the premises of Haven’s Nursery in Charlestown.  For the past two years they have brought a wide selection of their plants to our farmers’ market, just up the road from their original nursery.   Each week discover new blossoming plants and greenery to take home for planting in your garden.ImageImage


Meadowbrook Inn specializes in sauces, salsas and dips made here in Charlestown incorporating locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. If there is entertaining to be done or if you’d like a summery change of pace for your warm weather fare, stop at the Meadowbrook Inn booth and let Amanda be your guide in deciding ways to brighten your table.Image


The best of all possible worlds is the one in which New England Grassfed animals grow.  Local settings are guaranteed to enhance the flavor of your meat.  The results?  Delicious!  Beef, heritage pork and rotationally grazed rabbit, all of which have been pasture grown and are free of antibiotics, hormones and other forms tinkering.Image