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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!

Wings, Waves & Woods Is Coming Up

You know summer is just around the corner (well, maybe it’s a long corner) when it’s time for Wings, Waves & Woods, the Island Heritage Trust‘s annual 3-day birding festival.

wings waves woodsThe popular event features birding by foot, by boat and by plane. You can listen to a night serenade of spring peepers, woodcock, thrushes and sparrows. You can bird by kayak, or along the Deer isle Thorofare, or all the way out to Seal Island to see the puffins. The new owners of Inn on the Harbor are offering a drawing workshop and the new owners of Pilgrim’s Inn will serve coffee and goodies for birders one morning.

There are birdwalks in the morning, too, including one for nesting eagles. Penobscot Air is offering 20-minute flights for a birdseye view of Deer Isle.

Here’s how IHT describes Wings, Waves & Woods:

This three-day festival offers a low-key opportunity to experience birding for beginners to practiced birders. Guided trips explore the rugged Maine coast looking for returning migrants as well as species which have not yet left for breeding in the Arctic. Boat trips include opportunities to see Atlantic Puffins, Purple Sandpipers, Black Guillemots, and Great Cormorants. The opening Art Reception, of two and three dimensional art, features birds as well as their habitats.

If you’re interested, contact Island Heritage Trust (IHT) at 207-348-2455 or marissa@islandheritagetrust.org; or register Friday, May 2019, 4:30-6:00 PM at reception and art exhibit “Wings, Waves & Woods” at Pearson Legacy Gallery, 13 Dow Rd, Deer Isle.

Registration is $35 and includes entry to all activities, except where fees are noted. Registration packets include: bird list, nature preserve info, maps, Island Guide, local coupons, the coveted WWW cap and help support next year’s event.

For boat trips allow plenty of time for parking and boarding and dress warmly! For bad weather notices and program info/updates call IHT at 348-2455 or check the Wings, Waves and Woods Facebook page.

Want to come to just one or two activities? No problem–just show up! Suggested donation of $5.

For a complete schedule, click here.

 

Crafters Find a New ROOST

Some of the Stonington Farmers Market‘s finest artisans will be selling their unique handmade items at ROOST Maine in Ellsworth on Saturday, Nov. 12. (Yup, November is coming up on us!) It’s at the Moore Community & Conference Center on 5 General Moore Way, just off State Street.

ROOST will feature more than 25 local artisans, live music and light fare. You won’t find any junk there, because the show is curated and juried. There’s plenty of parking and admission is free.

Bob Gillmor, better known as Spoon Bob, will be there dispensing wit and selling his wooden spoons, cooking spatulas (right and left handed) pie servers, cocktail muddlers and magic wands.

Perhaps he’ll bring his two enterprising grandsons, Thomas and Matthew.

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Bob Gillmor, Thomas Coolidge and Matthew Coolidge.

Bob has been told many times his spoons are the BEST.

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A small selection of Bob’s spoons.

Robin Byrne of River Wind Woolies will also be there with gorgeous wool pillows she’s been cranking out this fall.

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Robin Byrne at the Stonington Farmers Market this summer.

Robin assures us we shouldn’t worry — she’s working on all of her usuals too, like felted jar covers, beverage bottle covers, gloves from upcycled sweaters, acorn ornaments and those adorable ball and bell garlands. “Who knows,” she said. “Maybe there will be a surprise or two this holiday shopping season!”

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Robin’s been having fun making pillows like this.

Gillian Mowrey of Mowrey Handcrafts will also be at ROOST. The ROOST folks say they’re so excited Gillian will be there this year.

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Gillian Mowrey behind some of her creations.

Gillian’s ceramic work includes wall plaques, vessels and bird baths. She loves animals and gathers inspiration from the animal kingdom. Gillian makes the most charming animal ornaments, like the fox pictured below:

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This one belongs on someone’s tree.

Stay tuned and we’ll bring you news about more of your favorite vendors who will be at the ROOST show.

 

 

 

Uplifting Documentary at the Opera House Thursday Night

Get inspired tonight at the Stonington Opera House, which presents a film about a Harlem-born artist and poet who lives on the Cranberry Islands. There, 94-year-old Ashley Bryan, celebrates joy, explores the mystery of faith and mediates the darkness of war and racism.

ashley_bryan_01You’ll be glad you saw Ashley Bryan’s World by Sedgwick filmmaker Richard Kane and Brooksville artist Robert Shetterly.

Ashley Bryan wrote and illustrated his first children’s book in 1962, when he was 40.  He was the first African-American to write and illustrate a children’s book that was published.

“I never gave up,” he once said. “Many were more gifted than I but they gave up. They dropped out. What they faced out there in the world–they gave up.”

Since then he published more than 50 books, mostly about the African-American experience.

Life and Times of Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan was born in 1923 in Harlem and grew up in the Bronx, where he learned to draw, paint and play instruments at school from artists and musicians in the Works Progress Administration. He went to Cooper Union School of Art on a scholarship, the only African-American to win one. He was drafted during World War II and served as a porter in the U.S. Army. After the war he went to graduate school at Columbia University, studying philosophy so he could understand war. He then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Europe.

He taught at Queen’s College, Lafayette College and Dartmouth College, from which he retired in the 1980s. He moved to the Cranberry Islands, where he makes puppets and stained glass windows out of sea glass.

He was the U.S. nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006, the highest award for creators of children’s  books. He also won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his contribution to American children’s literature in 2009.

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Melody Lewis-Kane and Richard Kane

Richard and his wife Melody Lewis-Kane are the founders of Kane-Lewis Productions in Sedgwick. Richard Shetterly is known for his series, “Americans Who Tell the Truth.”

The Stonington Opera House is a vendor at the Stonington Farmers Market.

Photo of Ashley Bryan By Sue Hill – http://www.winterswork.com/wwashl.html, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6508295.

 

 

Finding Tinder Hearth Bread

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Visitors to the Stonington Farmers Market know that long line in the middle of the market consists of Tinder Hearth bread fanatics. If you don’t get there early enough, this is what you’ll find under the Tinder Hearth tent:

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Actually, Tinder Hearth’s many fans know they can get the delicious wood-fired European bread at local retail outlets.

On Tuesdays and Fridays, you can find Tinder Hearth bread at the following places:

The Galley in Deer Isle
44 North Coffee in Deer Isle
Burnt Cove Market in Stonington
The Blue Hill Wine Shop in Blue Hill
The Blue Hill Co-Op in Blue Hill
John Edwards Market in Ellsworth
Tiller and Rye in Brewer
The Natural Living Center in Bangor
The Store in Orono

You can also find at the Winter Market in Blue Hill on Saturdays from 9:30-Noon.

Tinder Hearth is located at 1452 Coastal Rd. in Brooksville. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays you can buy pastry as well as bread at the bakery. And on Tuesday and Friday evenings, you can order a Tinder Hearth pizza in the morning and eat it there in the evening. But you must call ahead at (207)326-8381.

This Friday, Sept. 16, will be your last chance this year to buy Tinder Hearth bread at the Stonington Farmers Market, as it’s the last market of the year. So come on by!

Today Is Market Day!

This is the second to last Friday in 2016 the Stonington Farmers Market will be open with some of the best, most sophisticated local food in the country. You’ll find wonderful cheeses and meats, coffees and chais, salsas, jams and ciders.

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You’ll also find frozen clam chowder pies and lobster crisps, organic breads, pies and sweets galore, and produce, produce, produce!

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And where else can you find such a variety of top-quality crafts, from wooden spoons to ceramic tiles, recycled sail bags, hand-woven clothing, gorgeous earrings and necklaces.

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Some of our craftspeople will be selling their wares at other venues throughout the year. Dana Billings will take his recycled sailbags, mats and baskets to the prestigious 2016 Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival in Wells, Maine, right after today’s market.

So come on down!

Recipe Ideas for the 2016 Harvest

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This is a great year for locally grown, organic peaches and onions. So … peach relish! Tomatoes and beans and garlic are three other stars of this season. We have a recipe for them, too.

The Stonington Farmers Market is a great place to find the latest, freshest, highest quality produce. So take advantage of the short season and stop by for peaches, onions, vinegar, tomatoes, beans, garlic and more.

You can buy produce from the Yellow Birch Farm, Blue Zee Farm, Haight Farm, Old Ackley Farm and 5 Star Nursery & Orchard (forgive us if we left anyone out — the webmaster is new). And you can get lots of lovely garlic from Libra Farms.

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Here’s a recipe from Epicurious for peach relish:

4 medium peaches, about 1 1/2 pounds, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-wide slices

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon hot red-pepper flakes

1 small red onion, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/8 inch thick (1 cup)

3/4 teaspoon salt

Combine peaches, sugar, vinegar, and hot pepper flakes, and briskly simmer, uncovered, until liquid thickens slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in onion and salt and simmer for 5 minutes. Relish will continue to thicken as it cools.

And here’s a recipe for Braised Tomatoes with Green Beans and Garlic adapted from Food and Wine:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, preferably canola

1 large onion, thinly sliced

12 garlic cloves, 6 minced

1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/2 pounds green beans

One pound tomatoes, diced and seeded

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the sliced onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the minced garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the green beans and 6 whole garlic cloves and cook for about 2 minutes, tossing to coat the beans.

Pour the diced tomatoes and their juices into the skillet and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the green beans are very tender, about 40 minutes. Season the braised green beans with salt and pepper. Transfer them to a platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

The Story of Lucy’s Granola

 

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If you haven’t heard the story of Lucy’s Granola yet, here it is:

One Saturday morning six years ago, Lucy forgot to bake a cake for the monthly library bake sale in her small town of East Blue Hill, Maine. Always thinking, Lucy took the big batch of granola she had just made, split it into mason jars and took it down to the bake sale. The granola sold out quickly and soon neighbors were coming to Lucy’s door requesting more.

Now Lucy’s Granola can be found in grocery stores in 15 states!

Fans of Lucy’s Granola say it’s lighter and sweeter than most granolas.

Lucy’s Granola isn’t just for breakfast. Here, for example, is a recipe for granola cookies.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed

2 1/4 cups Lucy’s Granola (any variety)

3 tablespoons flour (we used all-purpose, but you could experiment with other flours)

pinch of salt

1 egg lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375°

Heat butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until butter has melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in flour, salt, vanilla, egg and granola.
Drop cookie batter by small teaspoons onto parchment lined baking sheets. Use a small amount of dough– these are going to spread out! Leave 2 inches between each cookie.
Bake for 5-7 minutes. They will spread out and bubble. Be careful not to over bake.
Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 30 seconds and move parchment and cookies to a rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container.

Come pick up some of Lucy’s delicious granola at the Stonington Farmers Market on Friday.

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.

 

Be Smart. Buy Blueberries.

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Don’t let the summer go by without buying some healthful Maine wild blueberries at the Stonington Farmers Market. There are only three more Fridays until the market ends, and the blueberries are going fast!

You can’t get these babies just anywhere. Wild blueberries are unique to eastern Maine, because of its rocky acidic soil and cool climate.

The wild blueberry is smaller and sweeter than its cousin, the high-bush blueberry. A Mainer will tell you high-bush blueberries are just wrong.

Blueberries Make You Smarter

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Renata Scarano of Blue Zee Farm

All blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent disease. But wild blueberries have twice the antioxidants of high-bush blueberries.

New studies also suggest blueberries can improve memory in older adults.

Even when frozen, blueberries are still an excellent source of antioxidants. That’s why you want to order organic wild Maine blueberries in bulk from Blue Zee Farm. Talk to Renata Scarano about ordering some on the next Friday you’re at the Stonington Farmers Market. Renata runs the Blue Hill organic farm with her husband Mark and little girl Julia.

If you can’t make it to the Stonington Farmers Market, you can call Blue Zee at (207) 374-9976.

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