Archive for June, 2018

The Bell Sounded and the 2018 Season Began!

Friday, June 22, 2018 Picture perfect weather, a newly mown church lawn, and the buzz of vendors and volunteers  setting up for business on the First Day of our 11th Season.  Things at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market were about to pop.

Julia Bancroft, our new market manager, (along with a special contingent of volunteers) helped direct vendors and shoppers to their destinations.

When Linda rang the bell at 9:30 all was ready.

The shoppers arrived, Tom Burgess started playing music, and the hum of the market day was underway.

The thing about this Farmers’ Market is the way the vendors and shoppers and volunteers have evolved over the years into a community of diverse yet cohesive, genuinely interested and interesting people.  Individuals and businesses may vary over time, but the atmosphere is ever congenial and authentic.

Once again we’re fortunate to offer the freshest seasonal vegetables (and flowers) from Burnside Acres located just down the road, along with delectable microgreens from Wandering Star, one of our new vendors.

Scott MacNeil from the Frosty Drew Observatory was on hand with his “sunscope”….Interest is ALWAYS high when Scott joins us and age of the viewer is not a factor.

This year shoppers will find the vendors they’ve come to love and trust – from Great Harvest’s straight-from-the-oven breads and pastries to Ninigret Oyster Farm’s shellfish to the savory condiments and side dishes from Meadowbrook Inn and a healthy dose of artistry from Sandhill Cove photography and Kelley Kreations Pottery.

…But there are new vendors too – including Spirulina offering CrunchLina, a protein rich granola and healthy snacks, among other products.  And Stoney Hill Cattle Co., a Charlestown based farm with meats and poultry from animals who grew up grazing in town, is back with us.

Over the course of the Season each vendor will be featured on this blog with more information to familiarize readers with them and what makes Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market a destination each Friday morning all summer long.

For today, just a sampling…and a look at the children and families who enliven our market.

There are the ones selling lemonade and the ones romping over the grassy space in our center.  There are the ones who accompany their vendor families and the ones who meet while strolling through the market….

Remember that SNAP and Bonus Bucks are available this year!

Coming up this Friday, June 29th?  URI’s Master Gardeners will be on hand for soil testing.  Charlestown Parks and Rec will showcase what’s happening this summer in town, and Farm Dog will have everyone tapping their toes to their music.  Be sure to join us!