Dear Granola FriendsThe year really has gone fast and it’s almost Thanksgiving and the Holidays again. Since I last sent a newsletter I had a wonderful few days in Tuscany with my Mum and siblings (no partners or children!) to celebrate her 80th birthday. It was sunny and perfect and funny and I only had two rows with my brother so I feel great although sad as ever to leave them all in England.However, good times are coming here for Thanksgiving – Imogen will be home from College for the first time (Maine will seem warm after Minnesota), Cecily is off to Prague having met stringent conditions (apply to college, get a weekend job and plan for her independent studies work) and Sam is now the bringer inner of wood! Clifton is preparing madly for winter (pigs, cows, chickens, gardens, screens, leaves, gutters, wood) and I am busy with granola and making all the rest just sort of happen! We have a huge turkey who is happily roaming around a farm on Mount Desert Island and I just hope the poor thing will fit in my oven! (Not the granola oven!).I have lovely pictures of granola gift ideas here and on the website order form – we would love to do your gifts for you and hope you like the jars and bags we have found. We are also delighted to do as many corporate gifts as you would like – just order as soon as possible. Anything not obvious, please email me and I will happily send them out to your friends and clients for you. Any combination of burlap bags, jars and bags etc is possible – just call (207-374-2251) or email and we will sort out what you want. I can also do different size jars etc so just ask if you want a different mix.The cows were real! As Clifton was setting up for the pictures in the field they escaped and when he rounded them up, I was taking the pictures. They are so friendly and curious they just wanted to see what was on the table! The best caption for the cow picture wins a burlap bag of granola goodies. Bring it on!
FaRview Farm‘s Ann Flewelling and Charlie Read are both home recovering now from their car collision that was state-wide news here in Maine. Many of our Stonington Farmers Market community have asked what they could do to help our fellow Frendors in their time of need. I asked Ann if there was anything we could do. Ann and Charlie are pretty much covered during the week but the weekend meals and some fresh faces to visit with would be very welcome.
If you’d like to drop by to say hi on the weekends or holidays please contact Ann directly via her email at email@example.com. If you wish to send a card of support and need their snail mail address please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be emailed to you. Here is one of Ann’s photographs of FaRview Farm followed by Ann’s letter.
Dear Katy & Frendors,
After a three week stint at Eastern Maine Medical Center beginning Oct 21st, Charlie and I graduated from ICU to Trauma to Rehab, thence home a week ago Nov 10th. We’re confined to our first floor, wheeling around like clumsy would-be pros, right legs held high. Quite a pair we are, each impaired on the right side, foot, leg, chest (sternums, ribs), arm. Also Charlie has left broken collar bone and I have a c7 neck fracture of C7. He has 10 fractures, I have only 9. Gotta laugh. And we do. Happy to be here.
Are making do quite well. Have friends coming in about 9 pm to 6 am to sleep above us just for the safety of it, not that we’ve needed anything so far.
Community response has been so generous. GSA began sending delicious meals this Mon and Thurs. Can imagine that a weekend dish and/or visit from SFM would be wonderful.
Got a handicap ramp finished yesterday, just in time to navigate to a ride to Bangor for a Trauma clinic appointment.
Amedisys http://www.amedisys.com/ is providing us with excellent in home nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy care.
We’re told we might be home and wheelchair bound for 3 to 6 months, though always improving. We are so fortunate that everything that is currently “broken” in us should heal with time.
Have been so grateful and touched by the huge outpouring of friendly gestures and concern.
Much appreciation to you for being in touch.
Mary Eaton shows at the Stonington Farmers Market under the name Dream Weaver. There’s nothing like a bit of color to brighten up your dreary winter. You can also see some of Mary’s colorful work at the Deer Isle Art Association Gallery Small Works Show from Nov 21-Dec 21 with opening reception on Nov 21 from 4-6PM.
Just because the season is over for the Stonington Farmers Market doesn’t mean you don’t have a lot of other reasons to shop Stonington in the winter season. Here are four!:
Make Stonington your destination on November 28-29, when the downtown of Down East’s prettiest working waterfront will again buzz with activity as local businesses and craft vendors offer specials, discounts, and a decorated downtown, including Opera House Arts’ annual free holiday movie and caroling at the Stonington Opera House onFriday, November 28 at 2 p.m.
Holiday festivities will begin in Maine’s leading lobster port on “Black Friday,” November 28, with Opera House Arts’ free holiday matinee at 2 p.m. The matinee will include caroling from the Deer Isle-Stonington High School Show Choir as well as special free cookies and hot chocolate. The carolers will lead attendees from the matinee to Stonington’s second Pop-Up Marketplace, where they and others will find favorite food and craft vendors from the Stonington Farmers Market and beyond, at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street from 4 to 7 p.m. Isalos Fine Art will be hosting their final show opening reception for “The Last Picture Show” during this same time, and Water’s Edge Wines will be anchoring the east end of Main Street with a wine tasting. Other downtown businesses including The Dry Dock and Unexpected Treasures are extending their hours and offering special discounts. Saturday, November 29 will feature Stonington’s traditional Holiday Craft Fair at the Island Community Center, including the arrival of Santa.
Stonington Farmers Market is home to many vendors including the Island Heritage Trust. Here’s what’s happening in November with IHT and sign up now for some fun workshops if you’re hunting for things to do in November!
Calling all farmers and friends of the Stonington Farmers Market. This film you won’t want to miss.
Opera House Arts (OHA), the Island Culinary and Ecological Center, and Maine Farmland rust are proud to present the new film, Growing Local, Sunday, November 16 at 5 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local farmers.
Growing Local is a collaboration between Maine Farmland Trust and Seedlight Pictures. The film points to both the vibrancy and the growing pains of the local food movement in Maine, and the uncertain fate of the farmers and farmland that keep it alive. The film contains three short vignettes: “Seeding A Dream,” “Pig Not Pork,” and “Changing Hands.” Each focuses on a different challenge hindering the growth of the local food movement, and points toward possible solutions.
“While many are aware of the challenges faced by small farmers today, these three short films weave together the interconnectedness of farms, community and health in a unique and innovative way,” said John Piotti, President and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust. “They make us think about our values, about things we may take for granted, and, most importantly, what we can do to effect positive change.”
Stonington Farmers Market vendors Geoff Warner and Iana Cranewing are taking flight with Geoff’s Owl Stools once again. Take a road trip to Providence Nov 7-9th to see them at the Fine Furnishings Show: