Friday, November 29, 2013

Need post-Thanksgiving inspiration?

Visit Cheverly Community Market on Pinterest for over 7,000 recipes as well as tips and techniques to help you get the most from your market purchases. We've searched the web for wonderful ways to reimagine your Thanksgiving leftovers, celebrate Hanukkah, and eat healthy between all those holiday celebrations.
And don't forget, our annual Holiday Market is coming up in just two weeks. Visit us on Saturday, December 14, and support local small businesses through your purchases of handmade art and craft and locally produced foods and wines. This season, go local!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Make it a Maryland Christmas: Order your trees from Cheverly Community Market!

Make it a Maryland Christmas with beautiful local Christmas trees and celebrate local!
This year, we are again offering beautiful trees from Mayne’s Farm in Middletown, Maryland. We'll have a selection of fragrant traditional Douglas Firs, ranging from 6' to 8'. Proceeds benefit Cheverly Community Market and help us to prepare for our next season. We're proud to bring these trees to Cheverly and thank Megan Daly for helping us with this effort!

Douglas Firs (short needle)
6'-7' $45 (plus fee for prepaid credit orders)
7'-8' $55 (plus fee for prepaid credit orders) 

Guarantee that you get one of these gorgoeus fresh trees by pre-ordering today! You can pre-order or reserve online via EventBrite. Pre-ordering and prepayment ensure that a tree will be ready for you any time during our Holiday Market on December 14 from 8am to noon. OR you can reserve a tree, which will allow you to pick up a tree from 8am to 11am on December 14 and pay for it at that time (cash, credit card, or check payable to Cheverly Community Market). Please note that your pre-paid credit card order includes a small handling fee to offset costs and support Cheverly Community Market's ongoing mission. 

The last day to order trees is Friday, December 6. Any non-prepaid trees not picked up by 11am on December 14 are put up for general sale, first-come first-served.

Please make sure to print out and bring your receipt with you to Holiday Market on Saturday, December 14, at the Cheverly Community Center. 

Thank you for supporting Cheverly Community Market! 

Thank you!

Thank you all for an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving Market on Saturday -- we had great vendors, and volunteers, great music, great crowds -- and we heard many times that this was, perhaps, our best Market yet. We're inclined to agree!

Congratulations to our three raffle basket winners: Ann Barsi, Mrs. Mohindra, and Wendy Shenk-Evans -- our vendors were very generous in their donations and these baskets were fantastic. In fact, Ann Barsi sent us this effusive email:
WOW! Was I a big winner!! Just as we got home from stocking up on all manner of goodies at the Thanksgiving Market, I got a phone call saying we'd won BASKET #1 in the raffle. I couldn't believe all of the amazing things tucked into that winning basket..... 
- $10 gift certificate for the next market
- 1 quart Simple Pleasures Ice Cream certificate
- Bottle of Cygnus wine
- Bar of Black Diamond Soap from Essential Reign
- Tin of Organic Shea Butter
- Fresh apples and squash
- Big bag of Moctec Chips
- Silver Earrings
- Hand-made Ceramic dish from Madeleine Golde
- Baby Boppy from Stefanie Krimsky
- 2 jars of Martha's Jams
- Fresh Collard and Tomato Bruschetta from Gone Greens
- Ceramic Mexican Ornament from New Starts Farm
- Community Market Shopping Bag
- Handled Fruit Basket 
Even by a conservative estimate, that's over $120 worth of goodies for the price of a raffle ticket. All of these gifts were donated by the loyal vendors to promote our Cheverly Community Market. I know I need to thank each and every one of them for making our town's market so special. If you haven't supported the Market by getting a raffle ticket before, make sure you do next time - you too might be the big winner!! 
Ann Barsi
We'll have another raffle at our Holiday Market on December 14 -- make sure to enter!

We're still taking orders for Maryland Christmas trees from Mayne's Farm -- you may order and pay online via EventBrite (you may also reserve via EventBrite and pay at the Market on December 14). The deadline is Friday, December 6, so place your order today!

Again, many thanks for a spectacular market -- we're already working on our Holiday Market (December 14) and will have lots of news to share with you over the coming weeks. In the meantime, Cheverly Community Market wishes you and yours a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving (and safe travels for those of you leaving Cheverly). We are honored to be part of this great community.
(PS... Still looking for Thanksgiving recipes or tips and techniques for making that perfect holiday meal? Visit us on Pinterest -- we've selected nearly 7,000 recipes that celebrate seasonal goodness!)

Friday, November 22, 2013

Our BIG Thanksgiving Market Lineup

We have friends old and new -- 45 vendors, community groups, and entertainers -- coming to Cheverly to share in one of our biggest events of the year, and we can't wait! This Saturday from 8am to noon, the Community Center transforms into a one-stop shopping/eating/socializing scene and we know you won't want to miss it!
Find the best local ingredients for your holiday table or for the journey to someone else's table, and make a big dent in your holiday shopping lists at the same time. We also think of ourselves as Cheverly's neighborhood coffee house -- grab a coffee and some breakfast, then spend time chatting with friends and neighbors as you listen to great live local music. Come to think of it, that's better than a coffee shop!
Don't forget to visit the Cheverly Community Market table to order your fresh Maryland Christmas tree,  buy Market gift certificates or logo bags, enter our 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!

VENDORS (If you've pre-ordered items, make sure to pick them up!)
Alcoba Coffee Beans
All in the Details Floral Design
Azur Soleil Organics
Benny's Fruit Stand/Rebert Farm
C&JD's Stand
Cafe Ambrosia
Cakes and Confections Bakery
Cakes by Ruthann
Cheverly Breadbasket
Classic & Carefree Bake Shoppe
Cygnus Wine Cellars
D& D Enterprises
Essential Reign Naturals & Organics
Gigi's Quilts
Gone Greens
Grateful Table
Handmade Habitat
Honestly Homemade
Hooked and Loopy
Kelly Mulligan Photographs
Lee Dickenson
Lidiya Buchin
Little Peeps Emporium
Madeleine Golde
Martha's Jams
Mary D's Creations
Natural Nick's Produce
New Starts Farm
Night Night
Pax River
Platinum Jewelry by Crystal B
Profusions of Glass
Shlagel Farms
Simple Pleasures Ice Cream
Slippery Crockery
Two Oceans Seafood
Waltz Family Farm

Boy Scout Troop 257
Friends of Bladensburg Library
Little Libraries

Music by Charles & Kelly
CPRC Storytime at 10am

We are thankful for so much at this time of year. For family, for friends. For our health, for our homes. For wonderful food and a great neighborhood. At Cheverly Community Market, we are especially thankful for our wonderful community: our long-term vendors who bring amazing things to us at every market, our occasional vendors who bring us special treats, our many volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the season (and off-season, too!), to the Town of Cheverly for continuing to support this growing concern, and to everyone who comes out and shows their support by attending, promoting and purchasing goods. Cheverly Community Market is, truly, a community endevour. We are so very grateful to all of you.

Please come visit and support your friends and extended Cheverly family this Saturday at our Thanksgiving Market. We're looking forward to seeing you -- and sharing part of this pre-holiday weekend with you -- at Cheverly Community Market this Saturday, 8am to noon at the Cheverly Community Center.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Market: Shlagel Farms

The basis of every great meal is great ingredients. From the most basic baked potato to the most daunting sauces requiring perfect mirepoix, if your ingredients don't shine, neither will your dish.
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.

Thanksgiving Market: Cheverly Community Market Raffle

We'll continue a fine Cheverly Community Market tradition this Saturday morning: the Thanksgiving Market Basket Raffle! Several baskets will be filled with all sorts of wonderful items donated by our fantastic vendors, and each will include a Market gift certificate and a Market logo reusable shopping bag. Tickets are just $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be available at the Market table in the lobby of the Community Center, and the drawing will be at 11am. Proceeds benefit Cheverly Community Market in gearing up for our 2014 season!

Thanksgiving Market: Mary D's Creations

Mary D. Lee of Mary D's Creations handcrafts jewelry, crochet work and sewn items in her Hyattsville home. What started as a hobby and gifts for family members became a business in 2009, when she learned about craft fairs. Visit Ms. Lee at Thanksgiving Market this Saturday for unique earrings, bracelets and necklaces, as well as hand crocheted items including sweater sets for babies and a few sweaters for older children. This week, Ms. Lee is expanding her line with earrings and bracelets in christmas colors and more hooded sweaters in new colors, so make sure to stop by and see what's new at Mary D's Creations!

Thanksgiving Market: Pax River Alpacas

It's one of our favorite Market duties of the year: the pleasure of welcoming Pax River Alpacas to Cheverly Community Market, and Thanksgiving Market is the perfect time to do it!
Alpaca yarn is incredibly soft and durable -- some of the nicest stuff you'll ever knit. A few skeins would be an ideal gift for your favorite knitter. And if you're a knitter and still working on those holiday gifts, you'll love working with this gorgeous, luxurious fiber.
Visit Pax River at Thanksgiving Market for stunning yarns and see the difference in your knitting and crochet projects. They'll also have some wonderful handknit items for sale -- beautiful, thoughtful gifts, indeed!

Thanksgiving Market: Classic & Carefree Bake Shoppe

We are so glad to welcome Market favorites Danielle and Laura (aka the Cupcake Girls to Market regulars) of Classic & Carefree Bake Shoppe back to the Market this Saturday! We know that many people have missed Laura and Danielle, and we're thrilled to have them -- and their delicious treats -- back with us this weekend.
Classic & Carefree Bake Shoppe, run by childhood friends Laura Sandell and Danielle McKinney, creates cupcakes and baked goods for any occasion. Elegant, unique cupcakes are paired with a line of gluten- and allergen-free items to meet various health and diet needs, including grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, and vegan options to satisfy the most careful eater.

Thanksgiving Market: Profusions of Glass

Riverdale's Tina Van Pelt creates gorgeous glasswork in her studio and sells them as Profusions of Glass. Tina enjoys working with several kinds of glass: both American "Bullseye" glass, as well as Effettre Murano Italian glass, and often includes gold foil and other metals into her artwork.
A very popular vendor with Cheverly Community Market's Thanksgiving and Holiday Markets for the past several years, we're always interested in the beautiful items and craftsmanship we find at Profusions of Glass. Make sure to stop by and meet Tina, and find really gorgeous gifts -- or treat yourself -- this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Market: C&JD's Stand

We can think of few things that work up an appetite like a morning at Cheverly Community Market. After you've done all your shopping (groceries and gifts!), enjoyed coffee, pastries and great local music, and visited caught up with all your friends and neighbors, we know you're worn out and peckish...and who really wants to cook at that point? We have a great suggestion: a hot, delicious meal from Bowie's C&JD's Stand.

North Carolina style Barbeque by the pound or by the sandwich
Pulled Chicken
Macaroni and Cheese
Italian Sausages
Half Smokes
Hot dogs
Dinners (barbeque or pulled chicken with macaroni and cheese and a vegetable)
Bean Soup
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate
This was soooo good!

Visit the C&JD's Carolyn Ruffin-Mason in her big blue truck this Saturday until noon, and enjoy a hot, delicious meal to cap off your Thanksgiving Market visit!

Thanksgiving Market: Night Night

Night Night, the brainchild of Cheverly's Stefanie Krimsky, will be selling handmade stuffed toys and loveys for nighttime cuddling. Made from soft fleece with ribbon accents and jingle bells, the toys are both adorable and engaging. She will also be selling wooden Cheverly ornaments that she and her husband handcraft. The ornaments depict the Cheverly sign and are handpainted and accented with snow and wreath details for the Christmas season... Why not make a special Cheverly gift this year for your favorite Cheverly resident by pairing a Cheverly ornament with a Cheverly Community Market gift certificate? What a good idea!

Thanksgiving Market: Cheverly Boy Scout Troop 257

We can think of very few decorations that hearken the holidays quite like gorgeous fresh green wreaths and lush poinsettias. Cheverly Boy Scout Troop 257 will be selling beautiful locally grown poinsettias, wreaths, greenery, and other items at Thanksgiving Market this Saturday. Pick up a few poinsettias and wreaths to adorn your home or give as very special, natural gifts.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thanksgiving Market: Benny's Fruit Stand/Rebert Farm

At Cheverly Community Market, we're big fans of the Rebert brothers, and we know you are, too. They bring a great variety of our favorite fall fruits to Cheverly from their Pennsylvania farm, and they arrive before first light on Saturday mornings with a truck full of luscious, perfect fruit. That is dedication.
There are so many wonderful things to eat at the end of the growing year: apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli....these the basis of many delicious dishes we enjoy all winter long! This Saturday, stock up on wonderful fresh produce from Benny's Fruit Stand/Rebert Farm. The Rebert brothers will have a will have a variety of apples, fresh pressed cider, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, winter squash, and celery.
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Thanksgiving Market: Cafe Ambrosia and Music by Charles & Kelly

What's better than chatting with friends and neighbors over a coffee on a Saturday morning? Thanks to Cafe Ambrosia, run by the Ladies of Charity of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Cheverly Community Market is just the place to do that! Grab a cup of coffee, pick up something to nibble on, pull up a chair at our cafe tables, enjoy live music (this week: the return of longtime Market favorites Charles & Kelly), and catch up on the events of the week. It's one of our favorite things about Saturday mornings at Cheverly Community Market...our very own version of a local coffee house!

Thanksgiving Market: D&D Affordables

Find affordable gifts at the D&D Affordables table at Thanksgiving Market! D&D has been popular with Cheverly Community Market customers at our special markets in the past two years, and we know of several little girls who have found jewelry to adorn themselves and their friends, whether they're incognito (regular school girls) or magic princesses with super powers (they will save the world!)

Make sure to visit D&D this Saturday at the Thanksgiving Market -- you'll find a nice selection of merchandise at reasonable prices. A very good stop for children and adults alike doing gift shopping for grandmothers, aunts and other favorite people!

Thanksgiving Market: Friends of Bladensburg Library

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Friends of Bladensburg Library will be at Thanksgiving Market! They'll have information and membership forms, as well as a drawing for a $25 Cheverly Community Market gift certificate for people who join the library at Thanksgiving Market. They'll also sell books and games to support the library's mission, so stop by and meet some of the people from your local library!

Thanksgiving Market: Pottery by Lee Dickenson

Potter Lee Dickenson lives nearby in Brentwood, Maryland, and has been a potter for about 10 years. She works out of the Glen Echo Pottery Studio, in addition to working on a pottery wheel in her own home. It's a kick wheel, which Lee is convinced provides her with needed exercise. Pottery at Glen Echo is high fired to a temperature of about 2300 degrees fahrenheit. It's food safe, and dishwasher safe.
Make sure to stop by and shop with Lee this Saturday at Thanksgiving Market -- she has beautiful, one-of-a-kind work that will be enhance your table (or a very lucky gift recipient's home) for years to come! Lee's wheel thrown pottery is both functional and decorative. Fired in earth tones, the glazes are food safe, and the pieces can be put in the dishwasher or microwave.