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A Dream of a Midsummer Day

Friday, July 13, 2018?  A lucky day for those who happened by the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market!  Sunny skies prevailed, and the mood of our shoppers as they streamed onto the shopping green was just as sunny.

 

Chris Fee played keyboard from the start of the day until the market closed at 1 – and what a selection of music he chose!If you were to drive by our market on any given Friday, your eye might be caught by the LINE of people leading to the Great Harvest table with its wide selection of bakery goods.  Whole grain breads, cinnamon buns, muffins, fruit squares and cookies – all made fresh locally-and offered with a warm smile each week from Blessing, Great Harvest’s new sales person at our market!

There’s more than food at our market – fresh and delectable though it may be.

A relative newcomer to us here in Charlestown, but not to the business she runs, is Jackie Smiley of Jackie’s Herbals.  Her handmade creams, sprays and lotions contain locally sourced ingredients that soften, heal, and protect. Stop by to learn more from Jackie herself!

 

A stop at the Charlestown Land Trust Market table any week results in warm greetings, an opportunity to purchase shopping bags, transformed from previous uses by Sue Tremblay….and just right for use at our market…or elsewhere.  But a stop at the market table also yields information about the Charlestown Land Trust itself and ways to protect this rural, coastal, picturesque corner of the RI.  You might just decide to attend our CLT Summer Party and Auction on Thurs., July 26th….It will be FUN!

Just two booths over from the Market Table, Audrey of Audrey’s Creations, engages with customers who look for her unique, hand crafted jewelry.  Some incorporate beach finds, others reflect light….Each piece has its own beauty.4 F Audrey

 

Heading back to the promise of FOOD, stop by at Narragansett Farm.  Choose from fresh produce (eggplant already!) and ask about the farm where the vegetables are grown.  You might also want to learn about the Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative.

To round out the morning, take a stroll over to Pure Haven Essentials. Over the past few years shoppers have learned to value this line of products – from lip balm to creams to an array of personal care items – made with natural ingredients and absolutely NO harmful chemicals.  Talk with Diane to learn more.

 

Along with our Farmers’ Market which does business OUTSIDE, The Church of the Holy Spirit (the ones who welcome our CLT Market each summer season) held their annual Rummage Sale INSIDE the Church.  That meant there were a LOT of cars in the parking lot.  Weren’t we fortunate to have parking attendants with panache?

Coming this Friday, July 20th? Look for URI Master Gardeners with their soil testing advice and other tips about gardening in Southern RI.  And if you’ve never had the experience of visiting ReStore located at the north end of town, stop at their table.  ReStore carries any number of home improvement items from used appliances to second hand pots and pans.  Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity, with several active chapters in RI.

On deck for music is Paula Cesler.  Be sure to join us!

 

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Steamers, Corn…and Empanadas?

Friday, July 6, 2018

Neither wind nor rain deterred shoppers this past Friday….even though it was touch and go for awhile.

Ninigret Oyster Farm is known for it’s straight-from-the-pond shellfish.  There are always abundant numbers of oysters and little necks, sweet and fresh.  Once in awhile mussels and even chowder clams show up.  But STEAMERS?  In recent years, they have been more of a rarity.  This summer, however, steamers (soft shell clams) have made it to 2 of our 3 markets.  The quantities are likely to be limited so get to the market early if steamers are on your list for summer dining.

 

 

Securing all those carefully crafted pottery pieces pieces amidst powerful wind gusts?  The Creators of Kelley Kreations have it down.  Otherwise shoppers would not have had the pleasure of choosing from their fine wares this past Friday…mugs that fit comfortably in one’s hands, tiny clay frogs glazed upon a variety of serving dishes..Imagination unlimited…..Stop by to see for yourself.

 

Looking to be more a part of the summer fun and free of extra meal preparation?  Try Meadow Brook Inn‘s smorgasbord of side dishes! You’ll find an international array of choices – empanadas, eggplant parmesan,  tzatziki – to name a few.  Create delectable summer meals without being tied to the kitchen.

Narragansett Farm joined us this week with, among other veggies, broccoli heads the size of cantaloupes…and delicious they were!  More from their farm in a later entry….

 

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CORN….One of the ways that we know summer is ripening into its fullness is the coming of CORN…And there it was, at Burnside Acres this very week!

As for something REALLY new and different?  We welcomed Yore Body Care + Laundry.  Products to peruse, art projects to pursue….

 

The wind persisted all morning, sweeping in shoppers and visitors….and many took pleasure in mixing with the YMCA Garden Club, a lively group with a mission to raise funds for children to attend camp.  The positive energy in this group was notable!  Also with us this week were representatives from AFS sharing information about the student exchange programs that they sponsor in local communities.

 

3 Patrice AuctionWhile not a Farmers’ Market item, the Charlestown Land Trust is hosting a Summer Party and Silent Auction on Thursday, July 26th at the Nordic Lodge on Pasquisset Pond in Charlestown.  The CLT throws a great party so get your tickets at the market table on Friday morning or go to our website: Charlestown Land Trust.  As for the location: right in the heart of town showcasing some of the reasons that Charlestown Land Trust is so passionate about preserving our open spaces….

This Friday, July 13th, stop by to hear music by Peter Weremay.  We love having Peter at our market each year as do our shoppers!  And Eileen will be on hand to talk about having an energy audit at YOUR house.  This service is free, comprehensive, and sponsored by RISE Engineering.  Next winter you’ll be glad to have looked into your options!

Bringing Together the Old and the New!

Friday, June 29, 2018  Have you met the alpacas Carl and Gandolf

For the past couple years they have been attracting visitors to their shady space at our market, adjacent to The Lazy K Ranch  booth where beautiful alpaca yarn items are available for shoppers.  Those alpaca creations will keep the wearer warm next winter while bringing back fond summer memories.

Our  market businesses surround a grassy expanse, much like a village green.  After visiting with the alpacas a shopper might head west around the green which means a stop at Sand Hill Cove PhotographyDon Cameron uses his artist’s eye when capturing scenes from South County.  His cards and matted pictures make it possible for people to bring home images of favorite places here in Charlestown and beyond.

But if a shopper turns east, then Stoney Hill Cattle Company awaits.  This local farm, returning to our market this year, produces delicious meat and poultry products from animals that  have led lives grazing and rooting in the pastures located on Shumuncanuc Hill Road right here in Charlestown.  There are fresh eggs and this particular market day, there were MUSHROOMS! Perfect to top off a grilled steak!

New to our market this year are SunFresh/Spirulina products produced in our own RI.  Choose from a variety of  protein rich granolas and snack foods. Samples are right there for all-presenting a tasty and nutritious set of choices.

Our community often gathers around the musicians that visit our market each week.  Farm Dog had a following of all ages spreading blankets and preparing to keep time to the tunes.

 

Our visiting community groups this week included Ray from Charlestown Parks and Rec offering information about the ever expanding opportunities for activities, many at Ninigret Park, just down the road.  Scott MacNeill, Director of the Frosty Drew Observatory, offered viewers a look, through his special scope, at the red, wave embued aura surrounding the sun.

Not far away was the URI Master Gardeners’ booth with answers to questions, soil testing availability, advice, and FREE SEEDS!

Having local nonprofit organizations show up at our market each summer can open up awareness and bring new information to our shoppers…Thanks to all of the those who volunteer their time to share with us!

This week our SNAP/CREDIT table was in full swing.  Julie was (and will be) available to exchange credit cards for market cash.  And shoppers with SNAP cards?  Bring them along to double your purchasing power for fruits and vegetables by receiving Bonus Bucks (thanks to Farm Fresh RI).

This coming Friday, BE ON HAND for Indie Cycle where all your old electronics can be recycled for free….anything with a cord might be eligible for this service.  The Y Garden Club will be on hand with their local gardening knowledge.  And for music, we have Charlestown’s own Chris Fee!

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!

 

 

THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE OUR CLT FARMERS’ MARKET SEASON THE BEST EVER!

Friday, September 1, 2017

With the Friday of Labor Day Weekend marking our traditional end-of-the-season, there was a bevvy of activity throughout and good vibrations all around!

Music by Glorybound….

…One last opportunity to check well water quality….

 

 

 

...and, as always, an abundance of ripe and ready produce, perfect for holiday weekend celebrating.

 

 

 

 

 

Travel with our talented and faithful Charlestown Land Trust photographers, Roger and Fred, for one more spin around our 2017 market.

Closing out our Tenth Season with an album of PICTURES seems an appropriate way to do the CREDITS for Season # 10….These pictures really do tell a story of our weekly “doings”.

 

 

Note Linda, our Program/Music coordinator shown here with Sarah, our Market Manager.  If you visited our market on any given Friday you would surely have had a chance to see them busily going about their tasks,  perhaps sharing a conversation with YOU.

The Volunteersessential to our weekly operation – some who showed up early to set up, others who came in to staff our market table and assist vendors, still more who helped with clean up at the end…. They exemplified teamwork, ready, capable, and cheerful!

 

 

 

 

If you chose to wend your way around our market green here’s a sampling of what you would have seen on September 1st….Mind you, each week there would be new surprises along with the vendors you rely on for summertime staples.

The Vendors:

Audrey’s Jewelry

Great Harvest’s Breads and Pastries

Kelley’s Kreations

Vicki’s Jams, Jellies, and Condiments

Ninigret Oysters

Beth’s artists-in-the-making

LuLaRoe

The SNAP/Credit/Debit Table

The Lemonade Kids

 

Lazy K Ranch

Sand Hill Cove Photography

Mary’s Crafts

Narrow Lane Orchard

Luckyfoot Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here too, are some of our Neighbors and Visitors you may have met enjoying our much loved corner of RI….

A special Thank You to the Church of the Holy Spirit for generously sharing their lovely grounds with us each Friday all summer long!

It’s time to settle into Fall, then hunker down for Winter….But every now and then, why not take a “walk” through this past season of Summer Pleasures by scrolling through our Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market blog?  And come next Spring, we at the CLT will be hatching plans for our 2018 Market.

Something for EVERYONE!

 Friday, August 25, 2017

For starters, Friday was PARTY DAY!  The Charlestown Land Trust says thank you at the end of each season with hot dogs and watermelon for all.   Not to worry if you were unable to travel to where the food was being cooked and sliced….At this “restaurant” our shoppers and vendors benefitted from “service with a smile”

And then there was the MUSIC!  From the time that the bell sounded signaling the market opening,there was music, music, music…of all sorts offered by an array of musicians…throughout the morning.  Fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People stepped in time to the music as they shopped at vendor booths, old and new.  Luscious Heirloom tomatoes…

 

 

 

 

 

Grape-sized, sweet kiwi….crunchy apples…

Briny, fresh shellfish right out of the pond….

 

A wide assortment of salads and salsas, side dishes and specialty foods…

Bright, comfortable clothing for the beach…or anywhere!

We welcomed a fresh water advocate from the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed Association and a salt water advocate from Save the Bay who updated us on what’s happening in our section of the Ocean (Pond and River) State.

There were special visits from two local artists, one of whom gave some budding young artists a chance to express themselves. 

 

Glancing around the market it was clear that people weren’t the only ones present.   Charlestown Animal Shelter brought along some friendly, well behaved canine friends….as did several shoppers and a couple vendors as well.  Just like their human counterparts, everyone got along…

Our talented CLT volunteer photographers circulate throughout the market each week and create stories with their cameras….But, as always, their subjects have a choice about their pictures… Hearty thanks to those from Thundermist for staffing our SNAP/CREDIT/DEBIT table this summer making the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market more available to our whole community.

Take a look at these happy faces….

                  

     

Add yours to the mix and join us this coming Friday, September 1st for our Final Market Day for Season #10!  URI’s water testing people will be on hand.  Music by Glorybound.  Stock up for your Labor Day Weekend!  You will be glad to be at the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market …and we will be delighted to welcome you!

Everywhere You Looked…..

Friday, August 18, 2017

….lively HAPPENINGS were underway!

Following a path across the Market Green brought attendees from one opportunity to another.  As always there was the shopping for premier locally harvested fare…And then SO much more!

HERA was with us, hosting the second annual Faerie House Making event complete with all the fixings…..All ages were welcome.

Just next door there was Music for the People brought to us by Tunes-n-Tales….a collection of singers and musicians who sang songs we knew and songs we didn’t.  They provided everyone with percussion instruments and blankets for sitting. We all played and sang along  with abandon.  Fun!

And then, it was time for The Ladies of the Rolling Pin, a group of dancers and musicians in the Morris Dance style tradition.  Imaginative in dress and dance steps, they contributed to the celebratory tone of the day.


 

 

 

 

 

There in the midst of the dancers was our very own Market Manager Sarah!

Just next door on the market green was South County Art Ass’n complete with a potter’s wheel for demonstration and opportunities to learn more about what is available at their Kingston studio.

 

 

All of this was in conjunction with our usual array of  vendors….The deliciously local food, quality products from nearby craftspeople, prepared herbal products, pure lotions and a booth staffed with people offering information about our beloved Charlestown.

 

                        

                                                                         

This coming Friday, Aug. 25th, be ready for COMMUNITY CELELBRATION TIME. Bring your instruments to jam, your songs and singing voices and there you will be – in the midst of the festivities.  We’ll be providing picnic fare, free for all!

Part of all the fun will be a chance to chat with people from the Wood-Pawcatuck Watershed Association and meet friends from the Charlestown Animal Shelter.

You can count on the Charlestown Land Trust Farmers’ Market to provide the freshest of fresh food, SNAP and Credit/Debit options, welcoming faces – always welcoming faces!  So Join Us!