Saturday, September 26, 2009

Photos from the Market

We've posted photosfrom today's Market on the Cheverly Community Market flickr page. Did you take photos today? We'd love your contributions to the pool -- we're closing in on 2,500 photos from our Market!
Also, our very favorite local band (and our regular Market house band), the Hot Noodles, plays tonight at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt. We hope to see some familiar Market faces tonight!

Thank You, Cheverly!

Wow! What a fantastic Market on Cheverly Avenue today. Many thanks to everyone who came out, especially our organizers, volunteers, Cheverly Police, Public Works, Mayor and Town Council, community groups and, of course, our wonderful vendors. It was amazing to see so many new faces -- people who had never been to Cheverly Community Market before. We hope that you come to see us at our regular Community Center location, too! We'd like to hear from you. Did you like the Market on Cheverly Avenue? Are you a regular, or was thus your first visit? Please let us know what you think. We love being part of the community, and need your input to make this the Market that you want. Photos will be posted on our flickr page shortly! See you October 10 at the Community Center for the next Cheverly Community Market!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cheverly Community Market on the Avenue: Roll Call

We have an amazing group of vendors and community groups for you this Saturday, 8:00am to 1:00pm, on Cheverly Avenue and in Legion Park. This Market celebrates Cheverly and the many wonderful people in it, and we're thrilled to be in the center of town!
Shlagel Farms
Rebert Farms/Benny's Fruit Stand
C&E Farm
Clan Stewart Farm
Eve's Cheese
Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe
Martha's Jams
CUMC Fair Trade Coffee Tea Gifts
Cheverly Breadbasket
Running Hare Vineyards
Radix Farm
New Starts Farm
Mystic Water Soaps
Rose Fennel Pottery
Linda Priebe
Soul Revolver
Community Groups
Mayor Julia Mosely
Town Council
American Legion
Cheverly Parent Resource Center
Cheverly Green Infrastructure
Progressive Cheverly
Friends of Lower Beaver Dam
Judith P. Hoyer Montessori and Early Childhood Center
Boy Scouts
Matt Williams
Cheverly Tree Commission
(For information on vendors, groups, parking, street closures and more, scroll down to recent blog posts.)

More great vendors announced for our big Market on Cheverly Avenue!

We're really looking forward to tomorrow morning's special Cheverly Community Market on the Avenue. We know you are, too. We've got some fantastic additions to our Saturday lineup, including our new coffee vendor, ChevBrew. Dan Scott will be brewing up coffee from Rockville's Mayorga Coffee Roasters, so we're in for a great treat. He'll also have juice for the kids. Stop by for a great cup of coffee and make sure Dan feels welcome tomorrow morning! We're very pleased that the Boy Scouts will be joining us, as will local student Matt Williams, who will be conducting a science experiment during the Market. Stop by and find out what he's doing! Judith P. Hoyer Montessori and Early Childhood Center school will have special activities for the kids, including a scavenger hunt and mini-pumpkin decorating (with mini pumpkins from Rebert's Farms.) The Cheverly Tree Commission will be on hand to discuss Cheverly's beautiful green canopy with you. You never know what else is in store -- make sure to come to Cheverly Community Market on the Avenue to experience the whole thing! It looks like we're in for a cool early Fall morning with temperatures in the 60s, so bring a sweater (and lots of bags to carry the wonderful fresh produce, meats, breads and other treats our vendors have in store for you!) On the off chance that we have rain, we'll be in the Community Center (inside at our regular Forest Road location), but the plan right now is Cheverly Avenue between Inwood and Forest, with extra parking at Cheverly United Methodist Church. We want to thank our many volunteers -- as well as the Public Works staff -- for making this special event possible. And we're very grateful to CUMC for providing overflow parking space.
See you Saturday on Cheverly Avenue!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Special Town Market THIS Saturday!

We're looking forward to a very special Cheverly Community Market this Saturday, 8:00am to 1:00pm. We'll celebrate our town -- the groups and people that make it a wonderful home -- with our regular vendors plus some special guests. And Cheverly's very own Beatles tribute band, Soul Revolver, will be playing -- that's a very special treat. In addition to community groups (including the American Legion, Cheverly Parent Resource Center, Cheverly Green Infrastructure, Progressive Cheverly, Friends of Lower Beaver Dam), and Judith P. Hoyer Montessori and Early Childhood Center will be on hand (they'll even have an activity for kids), as will Mayor Julia Mosely and members of the Town Council. And, of course, we'll have our great vendors...where would we be without them? This Market, we're very happy to welcome Radix Farm, a new small Prince George's County Farm started by Kristin Carbone, who has worked for several years with Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro. We're also very pleased to welcome back returning vendors New Starts Farm, Mystic Water Soaps, Rose Fennel Pottery, musician Linda Priebe, and for their second Market, Running Hare Vineyards of Calvert County. We are always so fortunate to have our regular vendors -- Shlagel Farms, Rebert Farms/Benny's Fruit Stand, C&E Farm, Clan Stewart Farm, Eve's Cheese, Simple Pleasures Ice Cafe, Martha's Jams, CUMC Fair Trade Coffee Tea Gifts, and Cheverly Breadbasket. This will be a great Market full of wonderful treats -- we're so excited to share everything with you! Remember: for this very special Market, we'll be located on Cheverly Avenue and in Legion Park. The town is closing Cheverly Avenue between Inwood and Forest for the event. Please be considerate of your friends and neighbors and consider walking. If you do need to drive, there will be parking available in the CUMC parking lot on Forest Road. Please be mindful of friends, neighbors and other area residents!
We look forward to seeing you at the Market on the Avenue this Saturday!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Join us for a SPECIAL MARKET, Saturday, September 26

Bring your family, neighbors and friends for a very special Cheverly Community Market, Saturday, September 26, on Cheverly Avenue. A portion of our main street will be blocked off between 8:00am and 1:00pm. In addition to our wonderful regular vendors (and the premiere of our new coffee & tea vendor), you'll be able to visit with local artists, community groups and our Town Council and Mayor. We'll also have a very special performance by Cheverly's own Beatles cover band, Soul Revolver (featuring members of our house band, the Hot Noodles) and more! We look forward to seeing many community members -- and anyone who cares about Cheverly -- for this truly "community" market.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More vendors announced for Saturday's Market (plus a recipe!)

Emma Dudley will have gorgeous plants in addition to vegetables and wonderful herbs, both well-known and unusual. Mrs. Dudley is a wonderful source of information about the history of the herbs and plants she carries, so ask away!
Clan Stewart get your fresh eggs, meat, pork and more. Terry Moist brings some of the best eggs you'll ever taste.
New Starts Farms Our dear friend Tom Baldwin will be back from New York State. He's bringing fall mums and herb plants to brighten your home.
Cheverly Breadbasket will have delicious breads, pastries, cookies and muffins and a very special treat: Grades A&B Maple Syrup from S&S Maple Camp in Western Maryland. Try Grade A this Sunday on French toast made with Firehook's French baguette, Clan Stewart's eggs, and topped with sliced fresh peaches from the market. Pure heaven. Some people prefer Grade B, which has a more pronounced maple flavor. Use it to sweeten bowl of oatmeal or use it to make a batch of Maple Gingerbread:
Maple Gingerbread 1/2 cup Grade B Maple Syrup
2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon soda 2 eggs 1 cup sour cream
PREHEAT oven to 325 F. degrees.Combine and sift dry ingredients. Mix maple syrup with beaten eggs and add sour cream. Combine the mixture and bake in greased 8" x 8" pan for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or favorite ice cream. Yield: About 8 to 10 servings.
See you Saturday at the Market!

Who's Coming to the Market this week?

In addition to our monthly plant clinics with Master Gardeners and terrific music from Charles & Kelly of the Hot Noodles, this week our vendors will have all sorts of wonderful treats for your early fall table...

Shlagel Farms Tomatoes (large and small...a new crop of yellow grapes just started), kale and collards, eggplant, green beans, ciders, apples, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, green peppers, red peppers, hot peppers (jalapeno, poblano, cubanelle, anaheim, italian long hots, and habanero), white sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupes, mums , flats of pansies that will bloom until spring…”I'm probably forgetting something so come and see for yourself!”

From Ellen Shlagel: “Although having Farmer Russ trapped inside due to rain is like having a grumpy bear in the house, we really needed a little moisture, so I'm thankful for the rain this week. He will be anxious until all of the beds for strawberries are made and the plants are in the ground. Construction on the petting zoo is zooming ahead. It's a little further from the house this year so my walk with heavy milk bottles for the babies will be a longer one, but it will be worth it to have a permanent structure for them. “Speaking of animal babies, Shlagel Farms is going to be handing out flyers with coupons for a discount visit to the farm. We open the farm up in October for school trips during the week and family trips on the weekends. You can visit a working family farm and have a kid safe hay ride, a trip through the petting zoo and turn through the straw maze. Our focus group are ages 2-8, although older kids will appreciate the visit as well. As a family you can pick your own pumpkin and make your own scarecrow if you want. Just bring clothes and we'll have the straw and string. We'll have flyers for you at the market coming soon.”

Rebert Farm/Benny’s Fruit Stand yellow peaches, the following apples - gala, honey crisp, golden supreme, macintosh, early red delicious, ida red, and smokehouse. We will fill out the table with pears, two types of grapes (pink tokay and concord), wintersquash, gourds, and indian corn Martha’s Jams In addition to her regular (and very delicious) flavors, Martha has just finished a special HOT pepper jelly. Some plum and maybe quince are in the making.

Cookies to Cocktails pie pops including banana nutella & pumpkin spice (made with Martha's jam), chocolate cake pops, vegan pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, scones, Fall-themed sugar cookies, coconut macaroons, cupcakes, ice cold milk & water

Fall Announcements... Having a Halloween party? Don't forget dessert! Cookies to Cocktails makes custom cakes, cupcakes, cookies or even Halloween-themed cake pops and pie pops!

Eve’s Cheese Eves cheese will be at the market with a variety of cheddar and colby cheeses. These cheese are made from whole grade a milk with no RBST (Hormones to increase milk production) The dairy, located in Chestertown, has herd of jersey cows and is a third generation family farm.

CUMC Fair Trade Coffee Tea Gifts After two years with the Market, Cheverly United Methodist Church is transferring the coffee booth to a very special new vendor: Dan Scott (you may know him from ChvBlog, Tia’s Lemonade and Chestnut Hill Honey...) All our fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea and gifts will be ON SALE at the markets September 12th and 26th. Limited quantities of fresh figs, fig preserves and fig molasses are also available at this time. COME BY ON SEPTEMBER 26th to make Dan feel loved (and busy) in the coffee booth!

Al Pong will have fragrant Sweet Olive (Osmanthus Fudingzhu), fragrant hardy Gardenia, Asian pears, apples, citrus trees - Pink lemon, Budda's hand, Meyer's lemon, Key lime, Ponderosa lemon, etc. and Prickley pears as well as goji berry plants

See you Saturday at the Market!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This is a BIG month at Cheverly Community Market

We're filling September with Markets -- we hope you'll fill your kitchen with produce, meat, seafood, jams and more! * Saturday, September 5: This Saturday, we'll celebrate Labor Day weekend with a special Market. Get great food for your own celebrations, whether you'll be in Cheverly or somewhere else. * Saturday, September 12: Our Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions and share their knowledge about fall gardening and more. And of course, you'll be able to get more of the delicious things you find at every Market. * Saturday, September 26: The Market will move to Cheverly Avenue for a special Community Market, 8:00am to 1:00pm (we've extended our regular hours for this special event!) Mayor Julia Mosely and Town Council will host an "open house" for residents, so stop by and chat. We're looking for other organizations, artists, schools, and local businesses to host tables. Interested? Contact Market manager Crystal Lal for details.

Who's Coming to Market this week? Rebert's Farm/Benny's Fruit Stand

School is back in session and fall is in the air... And our vendors are bringing produce that celebrates the change of season! Matt Rebert writes that they'll have lots of apples (Honey Crisp, Gala, Golden Supreme, Macintosh, and Smokehouse), as well as a variety of winter squash, two types of plums, yellow and white peaches, bartlett pears, and purple onions. In addition to including fresh fruits in those sack lunches for school and work (and picnics), now is the time for pies, crisps and cobblers of all types. They're also a great addition to salads, sandwiches (try brie, basil and peaches on toast), inventive salsas (peach over fish is delicious), or even cooked with your favorite meats. And winter squashes and red onions are perfect for these cooler early fall evenings -- roasted, accompanying a salad...what a terrific, simple fall supper.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Who's at the Market this Saturday? Martha's Jams!

We're so glad to have Martha Allen back this weekend -- we've missed you, Martha, and we need to stock up on your delicious jams! Of course these jams are delicious on toast or in a classic pb&j, but why not try something new this week? Incorporate a tablespoon full in the dressing for your delicious autumn salad. Add a bit to the marinade for meat or poultry. Braise tofu with jam mixed with olive oil before baking it. And how about a classic sweet omelet or crepes filled with jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar? There are so many ways to use jams to expand your cooking repertoire -- get creative!

Who's coming to Market this week? Shlagel Farms!

Ellen Shlagel of Shlagel Farms keeps us updated on happenings at the farm and what they'll have for you at our special Labor Day weekend Market this Saturday:
We are very busy on the farm this week starting construction on our petting zoo for October Harvest Days on our farm and beginning the necessary preparation of the land to plant next seasons strawberries. All this with our usual three times a week grocery store deliveries and other Farmer's Markets keeps us outside from first to last light.
This Saturday, we'll have yellow seedless melons, eggplant, grape tomatoes, red seedless melons, green peppers, red peppers, old-fashioned sugar baby seeded melons, variety of hot peppers (wonderful for salsa), cantaloupes, green beans, tasty red tomatoes, low-acid yellow tomatoes, green tomatoes (for frying), roma tomatoes, kale, collards, small red potatoes, juicy peaches, a limited supply of raspberries, plenty of the tasty cider (that many of you are hooked on!), sweet white corn and baby cucumbers. We're watching the field closely for the ripening of our Sprite Melons. The taste is between a pear and a honey dew and they're crisp like an apple. They were a huge hit last year; both for taste and for their incredible nutritional value. Keep your fingers crossed! They'll be coming soon!If anyone would like a full 25 lb box of Roma tomatoes which are so tasty in sauce when the snow is flying, please send us an e-mail by Thursday evening so that we can pick them on Friday. They're $20.00 per box. Regular tomatoes are $15.00 per box.That should help you plan many tasty and nutritious menus for next week.
The Shlagels

Who's at the Market this Saturday? Cookies to Cocktails!

We're so glad to have Liz Esposito and Cookies to Cocktails back with us to celebrate Labor Day Weekend at the Market! This Saturday, Cookies to Cocktails has your fall/back-to-school favorites this week including... * assorted pie pops (including banana-nutella and new pecan pie!) * assorted cake pops * fall-themed sugar cookies * ginger snaps new * pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins * coconut macaroons a returning favorite * assorted cupcakes * cold milk & water Liz writes that she may add some additional items (such as dog treats & corn muffins) depending on how the rest of the week goes :) Let's all hope her week goes smoothly so she cane bring these treats!