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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!

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

 

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!

Meet Robin Byrne, River Wind Woolies

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Robin Byrne at River Wind Woolies has been making and selling lots of pretty woolen pillows this season.

Here’s one of her latest:

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Artist Jill Hoy, a Stonington favorite, bought one this summer.

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Stop by the Stonington Farmers Market on Friday and pick up one or two of Robin’s sweet pillows. Ask Robin about her wool-covered soap!

Look for Robin’s big yellow River Wind Woolies sign, down the hill and to the right (toward the Island Community Center).

Robin lives in Brooksville, Maine, with her husband, two sons, six cats, one dog, some chickens and sometimes other livestock.

“For as long as I can remember I have been crafting with my hands, the first of which were taught to me by my mother and grandmother,” says Robin. “Because of the influence of these two great women I am always drawn back to fiber and needle work. I hope you line my work as much as I do making it!”

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.

 

Owls Off Island

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Chenille Queen

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Chenille is a soft, silky, vibrant yarn and Mary Eaton knows how to weave it into wonderful designs. Dream Weaver  jacquard chenille sweaters (and much more!) are available at the Stonington Farmers Market every Friday from 10AM to Noon.

Every Friday There’s a Bluemoon

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Marse Armory’s Bluemoon Market Arts is a fixture at the Stonington Farmers Market on Fridays from 10AM to Noon. She offers a profusion of her hand made colorful glass jewelry and objets d’art. You can also find her at many of the other markets around the region.

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Look for Bluemoon Market Arts at the commons in Castine for the July 14th Bastille Day festivities all day long. Or check out the Bluemoon Market Arts Etsy Shop. Call 512-445-5215 for more info.

 

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For YOUR Home

Handmade @ Home has an extraordinary array of finely crafted wooden utensils for your kitchen or art studio. They also have some cool tote bags and other items. Find Rebecca and David every Friday at the Stonington Farmers Market from 10AM to Noon.

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A new product from Handmade @ Home this year is their pure beeswax candles. They come wrapped in charming printed paper and make a wonderful addition to your home. Try one of these as a hostess gift and you’re sure to be asked to return again and again. Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 9.01.52 AMScreen Shot 2016-07-05 at 9.02.06 AM

Guatemala + Stonington

If you’re a fan of Nancy Wynne and her colorful Guatemalan textiles at the Stonington Farmers Market each summer, you’ll  want to know about her Guatemala Housing Alliance activities. All profits from sales of the handicrafts go to this foundation. Donations gladly accepted at their website.

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