Category Archives: Market News

New Products Coming to the Stonington Farmers market

Stonington Farmers Market vendors have been hard at work over the winter preparing for the summer market, which starts on May 26. It takes place at the Island Community Center on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine. The market is friendly to dogs , but we ask that you keep your dogs leashed at all times.

Some of your favorite vendors will be there again this year. Yellow Birch Farm will be back with fresh produce, cajeta and chevre. We learn from Missy Greene via Instagram:

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Signs of spring in the greens garden: chives! We’re making chive and onion chèvre this week, available this Friday at our farm stand spring preview, 3-5pm.

Robin Byrne at River Wind Woolies will bring new merino wool and cashmere pillows, finger-less gloves made from recycled wool and cashmere sweaters and beaded leather wrap bracelets.

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Fingerless gloves (but you guessed that).

If you don’t know Robin, here’s a little background:

I am Robin Byrne. I live in coastal Brooksville, Maine with my husband, 2 sons, 6 cats, one dog, some chickens and sometimes other livestock. For as long as I can remember I have been making things with my hands, the first of which were taught to me by my mother and grandmother. Because of the influence of these two great women I am always drawn back to fiber and needle work. I hope you love my work as much as I do making it!

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Seeing spots before your eyes? Fear not. These 16″ square pillows will help you see straight to comfort!

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Nope, you’re not seeing double, it’s not trick photography…it’s TWINS! Two soft and lovely merino wool and cashmere 16 inch twin pillows.

Mary Eaton from Dream Weaver on Deer Isle is introducing new chenille vests.

Be sure and stop by Dream Weaver and check out the new chenille vests for 2017! Pick one out in your favorite color and maybe get one as a gift for someone special!

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See you soon!

Yes, Summer Is Coming!

Summer WILL come to Deer Isle, though it may take a little while. Meanwhile, the deadline is drawing near to apply to the Stonington Farmers Market as a vendor.

If you’re interested in applying, click on this link. Be sure to send your application to:

Stonington Farmers Market Application

c/o The Lobster Shack

PO Box 318

Stonington, ME  04681

There’s a lot to look forward to this summer in addition to the Stonington Farmers Market, one of the biggest and best in Maine. Fisherman’s Friend and the Harbor View are getting a new look (read about it here). The Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle has new owners, as does the Inn on the Harbor. (Read about it here.)

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Here’s where 44 North Coffee will reside this summer in Deer Isle, along with their cafe in Stonington and their tent at the Stonington Farmers Market. 

Deer Isle Village is coming to life, with new owners at the Pilgrim’s Inn (read about it here) and 44 North Coffee moving to Main Street from the Seamark building. (They’ll still have their popular cafe in Stonington as well, and you’ll see them on Saturdays at the Stonington Farmers Market.)

A revitalized Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce has new plans for summer events in both towns. And, of course, a full menu of events will be offered by the Opera House, the public libraries in Deer Isle and Stonington, the Island Heritage Trust and the Deer Isle Artists Association, not to mention all the galleries on the island. So watch this space to help plan your glorious summer.

 

And now a word from Farmer Bob (and Marcie)

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Anne Bossi, Bob Bowen and granddaughter Paige

Bob Bowen, who started the Stonington Farmers Market 24 years ago, posted a thank you to all our vendors and customers in the comments section of a previous post. We didn’t want them to get lost, so we’re including them in a separate post:

Thank you to all the vendors who helped make this a trouble free year, Hope to see you all next year. Plus maybe more vegetable farmers. That should help grow the market.
Also thanks to all the wonderful customers who make it all worth while. We appreciate the regular customers who return yearly plus all the locals who come weekly. Especially the younger people who will be customers for years to come.
This is the end of the 24th year of the Market that started in Deer Isle, outgrew the area and moved down to Stonington. And thanks to the town of Stonington for the continued support. Nice to feel wanted !!
Bob Bowen
Father of market !

Bob and his wife Anne Bossi are the proud owners of Sunset Acres Farm in Brooksville.  Granddaughter Paige has inherited their entrepreneurial spirit. She makes and sells dog bones. (You may have seen her hugging any number of dogs at the market.)

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Marcie Amory

We also wanted to make sure you saw a post by Marcie Amory, a market stalwart and proprietor of Bluemoon Market Arts. On the last day of the market, Marcie posted:

Great day! Sure will miss everyone! Be sure to connect with your favorite vendors all year long! We all all eager to assist you. We have email addresses as well as Etsy Shops and Facebook pages … I personally will ship free and make you anything you need within my inventory to provide. Thanks all for a great summer in Stonington… Will be thinking of all of you in Texas this winter !!! Be well!!!
All my love💙❤️❤️💜!! Marcie/
Bluemoon Market Arts / fused glass artist

 

2017 Farmers Market Application

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Come join the wonderful farmers, bakers, craftspeople and other vendors for the 2017 Stonington Farmers Market.  Space is limited, and it’s important to get your application in on time. The deadline is March 15, so you have plenty of time to get it in.

Be sure to list every item you plan to sell on the application. Please print and send to Caty Frazier at:

 C/O: Lobster Shack

20 Jericho Way

Stonington, ME 04681

Click on the link here for the 2017 Stonington Farmers Market application.

 

Passing the Torch

Katy Allgeyer is stepping down as Stonington Farmers’ Market webmaster and Facebook administrator extraordinaire. Katy created the website and Facebook page seven years ago, and now she’s moving on.

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Leslie Miller Landrigan will try to fill  Katy’s shoes. You’ll find her selling frozen seafood pies at the Avalon Kitchens space Friday (next to 44 North) at the market. She was a journalist in Washington, D.C. before moving to Stonington last year. Come say hello at the Stonington Farmers’ Market Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Above is a photo of Leslie in Katy’s kitchen, receiving the e-Torch from Katy. If you have story ideas, questions or comments, email her at stoningtonfarmersmarket@hotmail.com.

 

Project Looms Large

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Next Friday from 10AM to Noon when you’re at the Stonington Farmers Market, be sure to tell Mary Eaton of Dream Weaver that you saw the article written about her in the Island Advantages newspaper this week. Go purchase the paper at Burnt Cove market or elsewhere around the island if you’d like to find out what big project she’s working on that got her noticed. Congratulations, Mary!

Abundant Beauty

Check out Iana Cranewing at the Stonington Farmers Market this morning from 10AM to Noon to get your own custom floral arrangement from Sweetgrass Studio. The artist is featured in this wonderful Ellsworth American article by Jennifer Osborn.

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Finding Dory This Weekend

Stonington Opera House has a movie this weekend that is fun for the entire family. Finding Dory. See schedule below or stop by the Stonington Farmers Market this Friday from 10AM to Noon to find out more at the OHA! Booth.

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Art Scope Sets Sights on Deer Isle

Screen Shot 2016-08-19 at 12.24.03 PMArt Scope magazine–in conjunction with Carolyn Hecker of Pearson Legacy Gallery– is covering the island this weekend and producing an Art Map of galleries and studios to lend more publicity to our arts scene. We’re told this weekend is a possible forerunner to an Art Scope sponsored Deer Isle Art Festival next summer. Stay tuned! Meanwhile,  Stonington Farmers Market vendors Hutton Gallery and  Art By Katy will be participating in this all weekend open studios event. Maps are available via Pearson Legacy Gallery.

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Hutton Gallery represents several local artists. The jewelry shown is by Susan Hutton.

 

 

Annual Meeting After Market This Week

The Annual Stonington Farmers Market Vendors Meeting will be held 10 minutes after market this Friday. We ask everyone to assemble at Bob Bowen’s Sunset Acres Farm & Dairy tent to discuss the market agenda.

Please bring any issues and questions you may have to this meeting. So far on the agenda will be discussion of the new website manager, donation to the town for doing signage, and the need to recruit more vegetable farmers to our market. As always we know you are busy people and will try to keep the meeting as short as possible. Though it is not mandatory to attend, we appreciate that every professional vendor should make an effort to participate and help shape the direction we go in. We have purposely set the meeting date in August to make sure most vendors will still be around to make it. This is *your* market. Thank you.

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