Here’s the latest from Stonington Farmers Market vendor El El Frijoles Restaurant:
Yup, it’s true. We really are opening another restaurant!
We are super excited to be bringing traditional, Downeast, dock-side take-out to the shores of the Bagaduce river. While it may take a little vision (or a healthy dose of optimism) to see it right now, come Memorial day we’ll open Dudley’s Refresher on the Castine Town dock (in the shadow of the State Ship!) and we’ll be serving our take on Maine’s most iconic cuisine. Daily cheffing duties will be ably handled by our long-time primary Frijolean Kara vanEmmerik and her staff of highly trained culinary zealots. We’ll be offering up Fish Tacos, Lobster Rolls, a Proper Chippy (that’s fish and chips, guv, with mushy peas!) a few dogs loaded with delicious Morse’s sauerkraut and the best burgers we can come up with. We are holding tightly to our conviction that the best food comes from close by, so we’ll be using locally grown, sourced or produced ingredients wherever we can, and Kara will be whipping up most of it from scratch. And yes, we’ll be serving Morton’s Moo ice cream as well!
All we need now is a building, some equipment to put into the building, some people to work with that equipment and some temperatures above freezing to make it all work out. Cross your fingers for us!
We received this email today from Henry Teverow. If you are interested in getting better cell phone reception at the Stonington Farmers Market and throughout the town, please take a moment to fill out the questionaire at the link. Thank you!
I’m writing about the upcoming cell phone tower that will hopefully be built in Stonington this summer. At the moment, we’re trying to get a wide variety of service providers to put antennas on the tower, so that everyone who’s got a cell phone can get service.
You can help with this process! What we need you to do is fill out this survey that we’ve created—click on this link and fill it out—it’s only a few questions long.
Thank you, and have a great day!
Economic Development Director
207-367-2351 ext. 11
Morning Ag Clips Newsletter had this interesting article about getting the internet out to farmers in extremely rural areas of Maine. CLICK HERE for full article. At the Stonington Farmers Market there has been talk of getting internet access via town free wifi. If anyone knows the status of that please let us know.
We’re getting kind of used to everyone whining about the harsh winter. However, we prefer the kind of wining that goes well with dining. Waters Edge Wine Shop in Stonington is having a complimentary wine tasting event this Friday from 4-7PM. Hosts Bette and Ken Kral invite you to join them as they kick of the Spring 2015 season.
As of today,we have 682 people registered to get the Stonington Farmers Market weblog posts directly to their email accounts. Probably most of our vendors are registered so that leaves roughly 600 people subscribing to hear our news. About half of the number of people we get through our actual market during high season traffic in July and August are here reading these posts all year long. They are subscribing–that means they want to hear what is going on with our Stonington Farmers Market vendor businesses. This is a wonderful opportunity (especially for those of us with small businesses that don’t even have our own websites) to create a customer base that will seek you out this summer at the market and maybe even on the off season during peak retail shopping periods such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation.
What’s posted here is what the webmaster receives from our vendor community. You may have noticed that certain vendors always have news. This is not favoritism. It’s just that some of us take our business seriously and are consistently marketing and creating. In addition to this weblog we have a Stonington Farmers Market Facebook Page. Every post on the website is automatically included on the Facebook page as well. Incidentally, we have 522 Friend Likes on our Facebook and for all we know these are additional people who don’t follow the website. Over 1200 people we are reaching with our current marketing efforts. And that is a fraction of the actual because many more people read the content without subscribing to it.
To keep this dynamic site going your webmaster needs a steady stream of your news. She tries to dig it up on her own by investigating Stonington Farmers Market vendor websites and facebook pages. But as you can imagine, that takes much more time than reading your targeted news in a press release or paragraph emailed to her directly. What is news? If you have a farm, our readers would love to see photos of your baby animals. If you’re growing seedlings, why not send us some info on that? If you’re making crafts in preparation for the busy summer season how about sending in some pics and a little bit about your process? People want to know more about the people behind the booths. Send in your news, your pics, your recipes. Help keep this site alive and vibrant!
This site was created and is operated on a volunteer basis by webmaster / vendor Katy Allgeyer.
We can’t wait for the Stonington Farmers Market to have our cuppa 44 North joe.
Frendor to the Stonington Farmers Market Jorge Castaneda of JC Turnings is trying to raise $10,000 via Indiegogo crowdsourcing to replace his wood turning studio. The winter has been very harsh this year and the studio roof was overburdened with snow. Luckily, the 81 year old master wood craftsman was not injured in the collapse. Please click this link if you can make a donation in any amount to help him out. Thank you!
Our frendors at Farview Farm are up on their feet again. We are happy to hear it and looking forward to the Summer 2015 season of the Stonington Farmers Market.
The Island Heritage Trust does far more for our community than teach us about nature. Its volunteers have a monthly outreach program to the Island Nursing Home. Next one is scheduled for March 17th. Please contact the IHT for info on how to participate. And sign up next summer to be an IHT volunteer at their booth at the Stonington Farmers Market.