Monday, July 25, 2011

Message from the Market Manager: What's Ahead

How can we already be closing in on August?! It seems like school just got out, and here we are getting ready for Fall. Incredible! We have lots of great stuff to take you through this month and into September -- Market Manager BarbaraListon has some details to share with you...

August at the market is going to be SO exciting! The great combination of well timed sun and rain has made for bountiful crops and a rainbow of fruit and vegetables. Stop by the market table to pick up some recipes to using some of our local products. Products are at their most plentiful early in the morning, so try to come by early for the best selection.

Our featured wineries for August will be Elk Run on the 13th and Cygnus Wine Cellars on the 27th. This will be Cygnus’ only visit during our regular season. Mystic Water Soap will also be at the market on the 13th, while Kaylala Organic Apothecary will have all their natural products on the 27th.

Al Pong’s family will continue to have interesting plants at their stand for all you backyard farmers. Benny’s market’s luscious stone fruit is always a favorite. Looking for sundrenched fresh flowers? Emma Dudley of C&E Farm always has blooms that make any Cheverly gardener jealous. Shlagel Farms produce offerings keep getting more bountiful by the week - corn, tomatoes and melons will be August stars. Martha’s Jams continues to capture the color and taste of summer in her mouth watering jams – a perfect compliment to the Cheverly Breadbasket’s wide variety of healthy bread.

We have been able offer an amazing variety of sausages thanks to Simply Sausage. Stop by and sample Stanley’s latest offering. The Waltz Family Farm is now offering hormone-free chicken in addition to their wide variety of grass and grain fed beef, lamb, and pork. Their kielbasa is a barbecue staple. Like fish? Two Oceans Seafood is filleted, fresh frozen and cryopacked…ready to pop on the grill.

Now that the corn and melons are at the market, take advantage of our over-sized reusable Cheverly Community Market logo shopping bags. They are available at our market table. Stop by to say “Hi,” add your e-mail address to our list, offer suggestions and to pick up market recipes and local market brochures. We also have additional information about the WIC and FMNP programs.

It’s not too early to begin thinking about our holiday Markets on November 19 and December 10. They require a specific registration. You can find the applications on our website. We welcome licensed food vendors, crafts persons, wineries. Our Harvest and Holiday Markets take place inside the Community Center. Help us spread the word.

Of course, we'll also have more great music from Charles & Kelly and activities from great community groups, including CPRC storytime, Master Gardener Plant Clinics, Friends of Lower Beaverdam, and more! We're happy -- and very excited -- to share all this good stuff with you!

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