Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Market Season Dates

The polar vortexes that we've experienced this winter have us longing for fresh, local produce and warm mornings with our friends at Cheverly Community Market! We're busily working to get the 2014 season ready for you -- to give you something to look forward to in the warmer months ahead, here are our 2014 season dates:

May 31 -- Opening Day & Cheverly Day
June 14
June 28
July 12
July 26
August 9
August 23
September 6
September 20
October 11
October 25
November 22 -- Thanksgiving Market
December 13 -- Holiday Market 

All markets take place at the Cheverly Community Center, 8am to noon.

The 2014 Vendor/Community Group applications will be available soon.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thank you for a tremendous 2013 season!

Cheverly Community Market thanks everyone -- our fantastic vendors, community groups, volunteers, board members, managers, and customers -- for a tremendous 2013 season! We are grateful to every one of you for the amazing support you've shared with us throughout the year and we're proud to count you as part of the Cheverly Community Market family.

2013 saw growth and change at Cheverly Community Market. In January, the Board met on retreat to discuss long-term plans. In February, Market Managers Kathryn Andrews and Liz O'Leary were presenters at the 2013 Maryland Department of Agriculture Conference, where they spoke about communications and enlisting community support. Did you notice the newly repainted Market signs this year? Those were repainted (with the help of Alex Carter) in April. And that's all before the first market of the season!

Cheverly Community Market opened earlier than usual in 2013 -- the first Saturday in May. And though, thanks to a long, cold winter, our wonderful produce vendors were a bit delayed in their offerings, we were thrilled to welcome many new vendors and community groups this year. We were also thrilled to be part of Cheverly Day in 2013, being very much a "Homegrown in Cheverly" part of the community. Throughout the 2013 season, from our first Market in May all the way through our big annual Thanksgiving and Holiday Markets, Cheverly Community Market has been proud to be part of this unique town, and we're pleased to welcome you to our family.

We enjoyed some great recognition this year -- in August, we were named one of the "101 Best Farmer's Markets in America" by Daily Dish, and in September, we were very pleased to be named #1 in Maryland and #16 in the United States in american Farmland Trust's "I Love My Farmer's Market" contest. These are feathers in our cap that we'll enjoy for many years to come!

In August, we said goodbye to Operations Manager Liz O'Leary, who moved to South Carolina with her family. We are so grateful to Liz for her work in 2012 and 2013 -- this was a time of real change, and Liz's charm, spirit, and good humor were great contributions. Happily, we gained a wonderful interim replacement, Diane Beedle. Diane has been a longtime supporter of the Market, and her excellent organizational and administrative abilities were a great addition to our group. Her contributions through the end of the season have been invaluable. And though Diane will not be continuing in this role in 2014, she is working on a special project for the Market, which we'll be very glad to share with you in the near future. To Diane and Liz, thank you.

Our fantastic board was busy this year -- we are working diligently toward 501(c)3 status, many thanks to Liz Tuckermanty. Cathy Wintermyer did yeoman's work as our wine ambassador, additional manager when needed, and the heart of the Market. We were thrilled to welcome Leela, daughter to Board President Monica Mohindra and husband Tom Smith. And while Monica took a much deserved leave of absence from the Board to care for her gorgeous newborn, Father Kevin Kennedy most ably stepped up and ran our meetings...and told the worst jokes you've ever heard :) Board members MJ Coolen and Rachel Mears were great -- Rachel could frequently be found helping the managers set up at 6:30am, and MJ was wonderful in helping the Market and the Town work together. As always, we are so very fortunate to have Kelly Fisher, our treasurer and music coordinator, on board. In addition to all the behind the scenes work Kelly performs for Cheverly Community Market, she and Charles Andrews are our house band, and have been since the beginning. Again, no words could adequately express our gratitude. In fact, that goes for the entire Board. This is a labor of love, and Cheverly is very, very lucky to have such a wonderful team of dedicated Board members guiding this organization. When you see these people, make sure to thank them.

We also extend a very special debt of thanks to Mayor Mike Callahan and his spectacular volunteer crew. In every weather, we count on their efforts. In fact, the Market simply could not function without this amazing group of men and women. And we'd be remiss if we forgot to thank our wonderful Department of Public Works, Town Administrator and the Town Council for all the support they provide throughout the year.

What does 2014 hold for Cheverly Community Market? We don't know all the details yet, but it's sure to be exciting and we can't wait to share it with you. The 2014 season will open in late May -- dates and vendor/community group applications will be available very soon.

Finally, a personal note. After six years (less a one-year break) working on communications at Cheverly Community Market, 2013 is my final season on this side of the Market table. Being part of the extraordinary team that has built Cheverly Community Market -- from the first start-up meeting and just four vendors to today’s nationally recognized mid-size market -- has been one of the great joys of my working life – a real labor of love. Thanks to all who have made this experience so wonderful. It’s been a privilege. I am eager to return in coming seasons as an occasional vendor (you’ll find all sorts of unique handmade goods under my pricklygirl art+craft moniker). I look forward to watching Cheverly Community Market continue to grow, and I can’t wait to hang out at those café tables and enjoy coffee on a lovely morning next summer.

Again, many thanks for five great years. I have wonderful memories of my time at the helm, and can’t wait to begin the next chapter!

Kathryn Andrews
Communications Manager
Cheverly Community Market

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Market 2013: The Big Lineup


What a great year we’ve had at Cheverly Community Market – thank you to everyone for making it possible. Let’s say goodbye to our 2013 market season with a great celebration this Saturday! Help us ring out 2013 and celebrate the season of giving this Saturday from 8am to noon at Holiday Market. Over 40  vendors and community groups, plus entertainment -- and we can't wait to share the morning with you! Please remember, these are all real, local people, so sometimes schedules are subject to change!

Alcoba Coffee Beans
All in the Details
Andrews & Dunham Damn Fine Tea
Benny’s Market/Rebert Farm
C&JD’s Stand
Café Ambrosia
Cakes by Ruthann
Carol’s Niece
Cheverly Breadbasket
Classic & Carefree
D&D Affordables
The Divine Café
Elk Run Vineyards
Essential Reign Naturals & Organics
Gigi’s Quilts
Gone Greens
The Grateful Table
Honestly Homemade
Kelly Mulligan Photographs
Lee Dickenson Pottery
Lydia Buchin
Lynda Jones-Burns
Madeleine Golde Pottery
Martha’s Jams
Mary D’s Creations
Mystic Water Soap
Natural Nick’s Produce
N’Diaye Design
New Starts Farm
Platinum Jewelry by Crystal B
Profusions of Glass
Shlagel Farms
Slippery Crockery
Tasha’s Cookies & Treats
Timeless Pages
TNT Arm Candy
Two Oceans Seafood
Waltz Family Farm

Boy Scout Troop 257
Little Free Libraries

CPRC Storytime at 11:00am
Music by the Eleanor Roosevelt High School Dixieland Jazz Combo

Get the very best ingredients for your holiday meals, do a lot of holiday gift shopping, pick up your Christmas tree (don’t forget those receipts!) and spend a wonderful Saturday morning with your friends, family, and neighbors at Cheverly Community Market. 

Don't forget to visit the Cheverly Community Market table to buy Market gift certificates or logo bags, enter our amazing gift basket raffle, or make a contribution to our Gigi Fund. Of course, you can always just stop by and say hello to our board members -- they want to hear from you!

We want to thank everyone who makes our special Markets possible -- especially Mayor Mike Callahan for his tireless efforts and wonderful attitude, the Department of Public Works, our amazing volunteers, our vendors, and you, our customers. This truly is a community and we're proud to share this day -- and every Market day-- with you. Thank you.

See YOU at Holiday Market!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Market: Meals at the Market

Why not make a full morning of Cheverly Community Market's Holiday Market on December 14?
Come early, eat breakfast with Cafe Ambrosia, do your shopping, enjoy Jamaican specialties from Cakes by Ruthann (and pick up wonderful rum cakes to share throughout the season), and do some more shopping as you listen to great performers playing Dixieland jazz.
All that shopping and visiting can make you hungry! Why not have a hot lunch at C&JD's Stand, then top off your day with fantastic cupcakes from Classic & Carefree Bake Shoppe?
However you choose to dine on Saturday, we hope you'll enjoy at least one meal with the wonderful vendors of Cheverly Community Market!

Holiday Market: Shlagel Farms

Shlagel Farms brings perfect local Maryland produce from the farm to the market -- all that's left is getting it on your table.
Select the very best of the season this Saturday at Cheverly Community Market, and make fresh, local produce the star of your dinner table.

Wonderful tastes & treasures this weekend at Holiday Market!

We're getting excited about Holiday Market this weekend, and we know you are, too! Wonderful tastes and treasures await you this Saturday at Cheverly Community Market, including these great vendors and groups:

Make sure to visit Cheverly's Boy Scout Troop 257 at Holiday Market this Saturday for beautiful holiday wreaths, greenery, poinsettias, and Virginia nuts. The Boy Scouts are a great asset to our town, and supporting them during the holidays benefits everyone.

Helen Crosskey brings her CrossKrafts line to Holiday Market this Saturday. Find wonderful clothing designed and sewn by Helen, as well  beautiful jewelry.

We always enjoy watching shoppers at D&D Affordables, a great source of thoughtful gifts for shoppers who want lovely items on a budget. In fact, many D&D customers come back year after year, selecting something for those on their gift lists and a little something for themselves, too!

Baltimore's Essential Reign Naturals & Organics joined us for the first time at Thanksgiving Market, and they were an immediate hit with Cheverly Community Market customers. Make sure to stop by and find out about  Black Diamond Soap, a Great way to take care of your skin this winter!

We were so happy that Gigi Lombardo  was able to join us for Thanksgiving Market. As many of you know, Gigi has been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung and brain cancer, and is currently undergoing treatment. She is returning for Holiday Market, bringing the remainder of the lovely quilted, crocheted, and knitted items that she's made over the years. Stop by her table and find handmade gifts for any age.

Did you get a chance to peruse the wonderful pottery at Thanksgiving Market? Lee Dickenson will return to Holiday Market with her beautiful work. These pieces would make very thoughtful gifts, and they'd be lovely on a holiday table.

We are big fans of the Little Library movement. The idea of thoughts being shared throughout a neighborhood -- of great stories winning new fans in unexpected corners -- is something we love about the community. Many of you are probably already members of one of Cheverly's many book groups, and you likely have some books that you've enjoyed but don't need to keep. Or maybe you're looking for a new read and you've been unsuccessful. That's where Little Free Libraries come in. Visit their table at Holiday Market to learn more, and bring a book or two that you'd like to share with your neighbors!

We were sorry that Mary was unable to join us at Thanksgiving Market -- blame it on an early winter flu bug. We're very happy that Mary D's Creations will return to Cheverly for Holiday Market. She makes truly lovely crocheted baby sweaters, as well as jewelry and other items. Make sure to stop by and see for yourself!

Cheverly's Diana Ndiaye is an internationally acclaimed artist who creates stunning fiber art and traditional crafts influenced by her field research in expressive culture in the African world, which has taken her to Senegal, Cape Verde, South Africa, Surinam, Haiti, French Guiana, Tortola, Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, France and several regions of the United States. Diana will bring jewelry, traditional crafts, woven bags, notecards, framed prints, scarves and small gift bookmarks to Holiday Market this Saturday. These would be stunning gifts for that very special, very stylish person in your life.

If you attended our Thanksgiving Market, you already know that Profusions of Glass makes gorgeous fused glass art pieces. Tina Van Pelt creates a full line of pendants, barrettes, earrings and pins, as well as architectural glass (such as drawer pulls and infused glass tiles that are designed to be used for backsplashes and accents) in her Riverdale studio. Make sure to stop by the Profusions of Glass table at Holiday Market this Saturday to meet Tina and see her beautiful work for yourself. These pieces are lovely gifts for any occasion, so it's a wonderful opportunity to purchase locally made, gorgeous gifts for the very special people in your life.

Cheverly's Caitlin Adams collects, restores and upcycles vintage housewares and clothing into modern pieces for her company, Slippery Crockery. She sells online on indie favorite Etsy, as well as at local festivals and fairs. Please give a warm welcome to Caitlin at Holiday Market this Saturday -- you'll find truly unique pieces that will delight for years to come.

Heather Dressel of Severna Park is a creative thinker, and her Whirlygiggles playsets celebrate childhood fun and exploration while encouraging children to USE their imaginations. One of the best parts is it also encourages grown-ups to join in the fun. Heather started her business making wall art and bow holders for children, and she plans to offer them at special market prices. Over time, Heather was inspired by her own munchkins to explore the creative play market as she became exhausted by the plastic and electronic toys that seemed to suck the imagination right out of them. We're so happy to have new vendor Whirlygiggles -- and these wonderful creative toys -- with us again for Holiday Market!

Make sure to visit all these great vendors at Saturday's Holiday Market, 8am to noon at the Cheverly Community Center!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Holiday Market: Great gift ideas for teen girls!

We all know how challenging it can be to shop for teenaged girls -- style is a hard thing and we want to make sure we're giving something unique that they'll love. It can really be a minefield. Cheverly Community Market is here to help this holiday season with vendors who have wonderful gifts for the teenager in your life!
Visit Katrina Briggs Gordon -- known to customers at Cheverly Community Market as Carol's Niece -- for terrific fabric covered button earrings, t-shirt scarves, crocheted necklace and earring sets, crocheted infinity scarves and oversized crocheted cowl scarves.
Lynda Jones-Burns is back at Cheverly Community Market this Saturday and we're so happy to have her! Lynda makes wonderful crocheted headbands, hats, and greeting cards -- make sure to pay her a visit.
We loved introducing Platinum Jewelry by Crystal B to Cheverly Community Market at Thanksgiving. Find beautiful earrings, necklaces, and bracelets for women, men, and kids (including character charms), as well as jeweled bottle openers, wine stoppers, and picture frames, terrific presents for everyone! Crystal will also have sports bracelets and breast cancer awareness bracelets, a thoughtful gift.
Did you see the wonderful scarves from Cheverly's Lidiya Buchin at Thanksgiving Market? She makes handknit ruffle scarves in beautiful colors. Visit her at Holiday Market for beautiful gifts, as well as something to keep you warm, gorgeous, and very stylish this holiday season!
Make sure to stop by and visit all these wonderful vendors at Holiday Market on December 14. Support your local artisans and small business people and make the teenaged girls in your life very happy!