Archive for July, 2014

“The Corn Is as High….”

Friday, July 25, 2014…..”as an elephant’s eye”?  Well, it looked that way from the produce at our market this week!  There was corn in abundance! 5 Burnside corn And more!  Peaches are starting to ripen, the blueberry harvest is cresting, and there’s a full array of seasonal, scrumptious summer garden vegetables and flowers. 6 shopping for what's in season In addition, our market features items that may not come from the farm directly to our table, but they help us celebrate our open spaces with products formulated, designed, and crafted in South County.  There are soaps and creams, spun fabrics, homemade toys with safe, smooth finishes, fresh lemonade, and photographs to keep as a reminder of South County days.

6 more Magnolia Ridge fun

1 Carolina Fabric

6 proof is in the pudding

6 Salt Water browsing

Let’s not forget about the birds.

Birds fly in open space, and then they seek a resting place of their own…..Check out our Coppertop bird houses! 6 birdhouse shopping     Always there is music at the market…This week by Mike Bussey and Lisa Hazelwood…Lucky Us! 6 music with Mike and Lisa


This coming Friday, Aug. 1st?  There will be a program on Corn Husk Dolls.  Come try your hand!

If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, on August 15th and 22nd from Noon to 1 PM Jay Primiano will be available to sign his book Swim that Rock.  Copies of the book may be purchased fro $17 at the Land Trust Market tent starting this week…Then you can bring the book back in mid August for a signature by the author!

Blue Skies, Blueberries, and…..

Friday, July 18, 2014  ….and some bluesy music mixed in with a host of other tunes by Jon Campbell, our noted musician for this week….What a day for the market! First – the BLUEBERRIES!  Jerry’s Berries made a debut the week before, but this week those berries were abundantly present!  Juicy, ripe, and delicious…We’ll be featuring these South County delights until their season ebbs….5 Jerry's Berries The vegetables at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market are top of the line – but for some of our shoppers there are meat and shellfish items that are sought each week.

New England  Grassfed offers a weekly assortment of locally grazed beef, pork, and rabbit – all grown humanely under our Rhode Island skies.   Meet Pat each Friday morning, the local purveyor of New England Grassfed.  His enthusiasm and knowledge of his products will be an invitation to try some of his delicious cuts of meat.

5 New England Grassfed

If seafood is your penchant, then there is none fresher, sweeter, or more delectable than what has been harvested from Ninigret Pond.  Ninigret Cup Oysters, nationally acclaimed for flavor, top the list at Rob Krause’s Oyster Farm vendor’s station.  Most weeks there are also little necks and sweeter-than-sweet steamers…Every now and then a bag of mussels will appear, or, on special occasions, some smoked bluefish or striper (caught by Rob and smoked by his brother-in-law, Andrew Nathan of Sea Goose fame).  It is always a pleasure to let a customer know that before the market opened that day, the shellfish was residing in the “pond just down the street”.

1 Rob setting up5 oyster line

A morning with a fine array of local vendors, a welcome second visit from the RI Beekeepers Association. refreshments abounding, and lots of info for visitors and good cheer emanating towards the country feel of the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market – what could be more of a pleasure?

Summer Sun, Storytelling, and a Steady Stream of Shoppers

July 11, 2014    For a growing number of people shopping at the Charlestown Farmers’ Market on Friday mornings in summer is  a bit of the rhythm of life.  People count on the fresh vegetables, flowers and fruits from Burnside Acres…4 family business and Paradise Hill……….4 Here at Paradise Hill

This year we have been joined by Lucky Foot Farm as well.  Lucky us!4 Lucky Foot Ranch

For those interested in other items that are both healthful and helpful, our 2014 market is pleased to feature personal care and cosmetic items from Ava Anderson.  All products are produced according to stringent guidelines yielding high quality, non toxic results and consistent customer satisfaction.

4 samplings from Ava A

As they made their way among the vendors, shoppers at the July 11th market enjoyed the music of Chris Fee.

4 Music with Chris Fee

Last Friday’s special event captivated an audience with the storytelling and music of Loren Spears, local Narragansett Tribal Councilwoman and Director of the Tomaquag Museum.

4 storytelling Loren 24 story telling audience

This coming Friday, July 18th, the Market will feature the music of the renowned local musician, Jon Campbell.  The RI Beekeepers will be back with honey and beekeeping lore along with the Colors for a Cause Gold Firetruck so bring the kids and your shopping bags!

One more thing…It’s Blueberry Season!  Jerry’s Berries, those local blueberries that sell our every week, will be available….so come early!



Hale and Hearty Fourth of July Celebrants Find Their Way to the Farmers’ Market!

July 4, 2014 -Islands in the storm – That’s how it might have looked to those viewing last Friday’s market from Old Post Rd.  Determined vendors and indomitable shoppers braved the wind and rain in order to sell and buy those deliciously fresh farmers’ market items.

3 Hurricane oysters and flowers

Despite threats that the weather would become increasingly ominous, farmers’ prepared for customers.3 John and the lettuces

And when they were prepared……3 Paradise Hill despite rain

….The customers DID come!3 Jane Burns

3 Lucky Foot Ranch

To paraphrase the observation of one Land Trust member – the music for this week’s market was provided by Hurricane Arthur – complete with nature’s own version of fire works – thunder and lightning.

People streamed in throughout the early and mid morning hours, many of them alerted by the brilliant yellow lilies visible from the road .  Shoppers could be seen clustered under tents, visiting with one another while they waited for the rain to subside.  And when it did, they would to scurry to shop at the next booth.3 oysters despite Arthur

What’s Coming THIS Friday, July 11th?


A VISIT from our OUR INDIE CYCLE neighbors so bring your used electronics!

STORYTELLING with LOREN SPEARS!  4 smaller tomaquag-museum

And the produce and products you’ve come to rely on from our local farmers and craftspeople!

Be sure to join us!


The Market Was A’Buzz….

Fri., June 27, 2014…..The morning WAS a’buzz with a visit from the RI Beekeepers Association.  Friday morning shoppers could catch bees at their industrious routines (safely enclosed). Information on beekeeping along with the availability of honey gave Friday morning shoppers good reason to stop at the Beekeepers’ table. 2 RI Beekeepers

Under sunny skies once again shoppers made their selections (here at Burnside Acres)..,

2 Vicki at Burnside Farm

….the music with Josh Schurman and Paula Clare wove its magic….,

2 JS and PC #1


….and volunteers offered welcoming smiles along with support to visitors and vendors.

2 volunteers



Hear the sounds of John Farm Dog at our next market on The Fourth of July!  Vendors will be waiting to help make your holiday celebration a deliciously festive one!