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 cafĂ© 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