Archive for August, 2015

Faces of the CLT Market – 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015  As we approach our final two market days of the 2015 Season (this coming Fri., Aug. 28th, followed by a Fri.-of-Labor Day Market, Fri., Sept. 7, 2015 with most of your favorite vendors….) there’s much to appreciate…

Here are some of the faces from the summer….: shoppers, vendors, volunteers, Land Trust members, and faces from our generous “landlords” at the Church of the Holy Spirit….Be prepared for a looooong series of great photos!  (And there is more info at the end of this week’s posting…)0 R bread shopping9 R Peaches9 R blackberry height9 R bargaining at magnolia

9 R shopping9 R shopping Magnolia9 R Shoppers9 R Linda9 F kid time9 R shopping for photos9 R Pat8 R child activ.7 R shopping7 R Sandy and Pete7 R plants9 F Lemonade and Carissa7 R CLT family7 R Amanda7 F child setting up9 R Joy and the watermelon9 R Linda me and oysters

Oh, the list could continue for pages, but mention must be made of last week’s music with Nick Cicchese…such a range of styles that brought smiles from all corners of the market!9 R music

Special guests included the Water Quality people from URI talking with visitors about issues of drinking water from wells, a reality for all Charlestown residents.

9 R safe wate

Special guest Susan Korte, creator of the website “What Grows on in RI”, explained how this site connects people with environmental events and resources from all over the state…Quite a comprehensive collection of things to KNOW.

9 F What Grows on in RI

Plan to join us this coming week, Fri., Aug. 28th  at the Market where the Charlestown Land Trust will have an EXTRA surprise…starting around 11 AM….But stroll through the market beforehand and then Join Us for something special!!!

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Our Market Attitude…

Friday, August 14, 2015  When this license plate was spotted in our parking lot this past week, it seemed to reflect the attitude at our Market every Friday morning….and we are tickled to share it.

8 R message

Yes, we ARE happy….Happy to welcome regular shoppers and new visitors each week!  Happy to have farmers and vendors who bring us consistently delicious, high quality products, happy to be part of a community that values a country way of life.

Each of the following photographs serves to underscore the fact that a morning at the Farmers’ Market yields happy satisfied customers!

8 F Luckyfoot8 F Meadowbrook8 F oysters in line

8 F Audrey's jewels 1

8 F Bread bread bread8 F picture our natural beauty8 F Kelley's8 F Burnside cookin8 F artisan at work8 F Lemonade

Even the pooch at the Ava Anderson booth below appears relaxed and glad to be where he is!8 F Ava

As ever there was much more going on beyond the regular array of vendors…..We had Fish and Wildlife in attendance, complete with a rabbit no longer seeking to nibble at your garden…8 F guest...rabbit8 F special event

And there was Save the Bay, citizen advocate group of RI’s treasured Narragansett Bay, sharing information about protecting our waterways.8 F Save the Bay

 

Every week something new….along with the much sought after regular choices at the market.  Join us each Friday through the end of the month!

 

Heart of Summer

Friday, August 7, 2015

Heart of Summer, Heart of Gold….At this point in the season we might sing along with Neil Young.  There is produce galore!  But the items that nearly everyone craves are: tomatoes and corn  or should we say corn and tomatoes?  Take a look why:

7 R tomato rainbow2

7 R yellow tomatoes7 R tomatoes up close7 R corn

For the first time this summer we had peaches and blackberries….and we still had blueberries – a fruit lover’s dream!

7 F blackberries

7 F blueberries

Woven into the week’s shopping experience was information from People’s Power and Light, a renewable energy company…7 F PPL….and composting expertise, there for the asking….

7 F composting

Plus a visit from the people at Sea Grant, a vital agency assisting our aquaculture farms and those who care for our fragile water ecosystems.7 F Sea Grant

Children engaged (eagerly) in yet another activity session with volunteers from the Church of the Holy Spirit….Each week they provide opportunities for kids to interact with nature and create or construct something that reflects an appreciation of the environment.7 R church

All the while, Mike Bussey’s MUSIC lifted spirits and put a spring in shoppers’ steps.7 R Mike on music

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye out for some of our new vendors, like the Rope Basket selection…

7 F Rope baskets

There’s always something new at the market as well as high quality produce that you can count on for flavor and eye appeal. 7 R peppers

 

Those Lazy Hazy (Amazing) Days of Summer!

July 31, 2015   What’s Amazing? Mid Summer Season is here already with days that are consistently warm and produce which is ripe and abundant…5 F BurnsideF 2 Luckyfoot 3

….and there is an inclination to kick back and enjoy the moments at hand. 6 R Market table

Whether in the company of….Old friends….6 R two old guard

…Or Young friends….5 F time outR 2 plant selling

 Volunteer friends….R 2 volunteers 1

…or Vendor friends3 R Pat and Co.

And of course, the music! This week Mark Hinkley performed on keyboard 6 R Mark the Music Manand our very own opera singer added his music which filtered through the market atmosphere…6 R Linda and don't know

And a fine mix of other types of goods to delight and serve everyone!5 F Ava3 R Audrey

The Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market will keep you coming back, Friday after Friday, all summer long.