Monday, October 27, 2008

Coming Up Next: Thanksgiving Market

Yes, Thanksgiving seems like it's a long way off, but Halloween is at the end of the week, which means that Thanksgiving is really just around the corner! And that means that it's time to start planning a great feast. Cheverly Community Market is here to help.
Mark your calendar now: our second annual Thanksgiving Market will take place Saturday, November 22. We'll be inside the Community Center and there will be treats (those luscious pastries from Uptown Bakers, terrific coffee from Cheverly United Methodist Church and more) to help you stave off hunger as you shop for your Thanksgiving meal. You'll be able to order pies and turkeys, buy the best local, fresh produce, breads and wines and stock up on gifts for the holidays ahead. We think this is a really special Market, and hope you'll join us.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

UPDATE: Due to weather, HarvestMarket HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Unfortunately, it appears that Cheverly will be hit by some heavy rains Friday night and Saturday. Because we don't have an indoor option this Saturday (due to the Flea Market) we, reluctantly, must cancel this weekend's HarvestMarket. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you'll join us on Saturday, November 22 for the Thanksgiving Market. Thanksgiving Market is indoors at the Community Center, so rain or shine (or frost!) we'll be up and running!
This weekend, come see what makes Cheverly Community Market such a treasure (and pick up a few treasures of your own while your with us!) Basignani Winery joins us this weekend – we haven’t seen them in awhile, so this is a real treat! The Basignani vineyards are in Butler County – horse country north of Baltimore. They’ve been making exceptional wines for 15 years. Make sure to buy a bottle or two (or a case…the holidays are coming!) Pax River Alpacas will bring amazing yarns and felted gifts to the Market this weekend, as well as a few very special guests (alpacas!) Alpaca yarn is especially soft and a great choice for knitting up gifts! Al Pong will be coming again – you may have met him about two months ago at the market. He has beautiful plants, and this week he’ll bring Chinese Tree Peony plants. The Hot Noodles, Cheverly Community Market’s very own house band, will be bringing the mid-temp rock with a full line-up (all four members!) Jug Bay Farms can cover all your pumpkin needs for the week ahead! In addition to traditional orange pumpkins, Scott will have gourds, indian corn, acorn squash, sweet potatoes, greens and maybe some beans. And a very special treat: Jug Bay will have a limited supply of BLUE pumpkins They are an Australian variety and great for baking. Krishon Chocolates will be back this Saturday with a wonderful new confection: a new kind of caramel -- coconut. Eric makes these caramels using the best ingredients: Fair Trade organic evaporated cane juice, organic corn syrup, Trickling Springs cream (and Eric’s very own fresh butter), coconut oil, coconut cream, dark chocolate and rolled in toasted coconut. Of course, Eric will bring truffles, his signature Goddess Bars and bark as well. Great gifts…great Saturday afternoon treat! Budgie Bird Kitchens’ Claire Flintoff has been busy baking chocolate-ginger cookies and pumpkin bread, as well as pecan pie (samples – you can order full pecan pies at the Market and, if you live in Cheverly, she will deliver!) Cheverly United Methodist Church will have tea, hot chocolate and apple cider this week, plus that great free/fair trade organic coffee (and with the chilly weather, a cwarm cup will certainly be a treat!) They’ll also have a limited supply of Dutch Garden bulbs. Pre-orders will be available for pick up at the CUMC Coffee Booth, or email Melanie Hartwig-Davis. Circle C Oysters, Martha's Jams, Mystic Water Soaps and Cherry Glen Goat Cheese will have wonderful treats for your home, table and body. Moctec tortillas and chips and fresh bread and pastries from Uptown Bakers will complete the lineup for HarvestMarket. This will be an amazing Market. Bring your friends and family – make sure to come early – enjoy a breakfast treat (or two), a hot beverage (or two) and great local music, choose the perfect pumpkin for the best jack-o-lantern you’ve ever made, and take care of your shopping (and stocking up on holiday gifts!) … and do it all right in your own neighborhood. Truly a unique Cheverly experience! See you at the Market!

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Alpacas Are Coming! The Alpacas Are Coming!

One especially nice thing about the cooler temperatures? The alpacas are back at Cheverly Community Market! Come meet these beautiful creatures, buy some lovely yarn, a needle-felting kit or cute felted pumpkins this Saturday during HarvestMarket. Pax River Alpacas introduces Paca Barn Yarn. Luxuriously soft, locally grown, 100% alpaca yarns in natural colors. Alpaca yarns are super warm, light weight and non-allergenic. Alpaca/Merino and flash blends available. You can meet the alpacas at the Virtual Barn on their website.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Harvest Market this Saturday!

Join us next Saturday for a very special harvestmarket featuring our wonderful regular vendors, as well as wine, alpacas and a performance by the Hot Noodles (full band!) There will be cider, coffee, treats and gifts (start stocking up for the holidays!) and pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! And, of course, the very best fresh local meat, oysters, produce and bread available!
A full vendor list will be published here on Thursday. And we have lots of great things to share with you on the Market blog this week, so come back and visit soon.
See you at the harvestmarket!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

There's a lot to do this weekend!

Although there's no Cheverly Community Market this Saturday, you can still visit some of our vendors at some great events this weekend: In addition to the HarvestFest pumpkin patch at C&E Farms and the St. Mary's Oyster Festival, Scott Hertzberg of Jug Bay Farms will be at Mount Airy Mansion's Autumn Festival this weekend. It's quite an event -- artisans, food, hayrides...all sorts of great stuff. Visit their website for complete details, and make sure to stop by and say hello to Scott! We'll see you next weekend at our HarvestFestival, Saturday, October 25, 8:00am-noon. The alpacas will be with us (it's finally cool enough for them), wineries and Charles & Kelly will be joined by the other members of the Hot Noodles for a full show! We'll be in the trees in front of the Community Center -- make sure to visit the Flea Market going on inside the Community Center that morning! A full list of vendors will be posted here and on the website on Thursday. In the meantime, check the blog this week for recipes, vendor profiles and more fun stuff.
See you at the Market!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Looking for a fun outing this weekend?

Do we have something for you! It's time for the St. Mary's Oyster Festival, this Saturday and Sunday, October 18&19 at the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds. Our very favorite oyster rancher, Rich Pelz of Circle C Oyster Ranch will be there, and so will many fellow bi-valve aficionados. There's a cookoff, lots of entertainment and great food, and shucking contests. Get complete information and directions on the festival website ... and enjoy those oysters! My mouth is watering just thinking about all those lovely oysters! Note: I've just revisited their website -- the National Oyster Shucking Contest and Cookoff will be taking place this weekend...this is a big deal, folks!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

While you're waiting for the next Market...

why not go out for a night on the town (Takoma Park) and catch two members of Cheverly Community Market's very own house band, the Hot Noodles? It's an early night, so you'll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for our very special HarvestMarket the next morning!
See you Friday at Savory Cafe and Saturday morning -- bright and early -- at the Market!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Harvestfest Pumpkin Patch @ C&E Farm

If you've visited the Market, you've no doubt met Emma Dudley of C&E Farm. Mrs. Dudley brings the lovely herbs and other plants, beautiful Jerusalem artichokes and other plants to us. During Saturdays (10:00am-4:00pm) in October, C&E Farm is celebrating their Harvestfest with a great pumpkin patch, including face painting, small animals, hayrides and, of course, fresh produce. C&E Farm will also host groups by appointment on weekdays, so if you're looking for a great fall outing for your school or community group, consider a trip to the Dudley's farm! You can read more about C&E Farm on our vendor page, and read our vendor profile of Emma Dudley here.
C&E Farm
11415 Old Pond Drive
Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769
telephone: 301-352-2958

Saturday, October 4, 2008

New Photos on Flickr

What a fun Market this morning...and once the bread arrived, it got even better! New photos are posted on flickr. Have a story you'd like to share from this morning's Market? A recipe? Email us -- we'd love to share them with everyone! Next Market (Saturday, October 25, 8:00-11:00am) we'll celebrate Halloween and all things fall with a Harvest Market. Get your pumpkins and more! We'll have some great recipes posted on our website in the next few weeks, as well as special features about herbs and profiles of people you've seen at the Market here on our blog. Keep coming back for more news and info from the Cheverly Community Market.
See you at the Market!

Did you lose these?

These glasses were left at the Market this morning.
Are they yours?
Call Arvind & Crystal Lal (301-773-0635 ).

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Back to Basics at Saturday's Cheverly Community Market

It's been stressful few weeks in our country. Wall Street bailouts (or not -- we still don't know), the elections, the change of season... We're looking for something familiar, comfortable, and community-oriented this weekend to remind us about the good things in America. And we have the perfect suggestion: get local this Saturday morning. No debates, no soundbites and you won't need to hand over your retirement funds. Spend your money in your community, meet your friends and neighbors, stock up on staples for these first chilly fall weeks, share a breakfast treat and soothe your rattled mind and soul with great music from the Market's very own house band, the Hot Noodles.
Vendors this weekend:
Jug Bay Scott Hertzberg and his team bring more great vegetables for your fall meals.
C&E Farms Take home some of Emma Dudley's herbs to add to fall stews, and get a plant or two to beautify your home.
New Starts Farm Tom Baldwin has more lovely produce for you -- lovely squashes that are great roated and served with a creamy polenta.
Circle C Oysters Get the very best oysters in Maryland from Rich Pelz. You can't beat 'em.
Clan Stewart Terry Moist has beautiful meats, perfect for fall meals -- and don't forget the dog bones!
Martha's Jams Martha brings wonderful jams to us each Market. Ask her about cooking with them -- she has some great tips and ideas to share.
Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Goat cheese is delicious on warm toast with a little of Martha's jam! Or try the blue on a thinly sliced, toasted baguette with caramelized onions.
Budgie Bird Bakery Claire continues to bake delicious pies, breads and cookies. Make sure to visit her early -- she sells out quickly (but she does take orders!)
Methodist Church Coffee Enjoy great free/fair trade coffee and make sure to check out the crafts...the holidays are coming and it's a great time to stock up on gifts.
Cheverly Breadbasket Get your bread, tortillas, and rolls for the week, and enjoy those beautiful pastries at the Market this Saturday morning.
In a time of great upheaval, some things don't change: Our vendors' prices are still very fair (and the products are wonderful). The vendors are still hard-working and honest. The food is still wholesome.
Come support your local economy, take stock in community spirit, debate what you'll prepare for dinner, and elect to support the Community Market.
See you this Saturday at the Market!