Variety offered at farmers market

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jun 21, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Three-year-old Gus Letowski learns about pumpkin seedlings from Kathy Cartwright at opening day of the Waldoboro Farmers Market June 18.

Waldoboro — Featuring more than a dozen vendors, Waldoboro's Farmers Market opened for the season June 18 at Cider Hill Farm on Main Street.

"It's all in the planning," said market president Janet Spear, who also runs Spear's Farm in Waldoboro. "The results are obvious with such a good diversified group of vendors."

Spear said the goal is to make Waldoboro a destination place, that is why the market is being held on Wednesdays. "Most other farmers markets are held on Fridays or weekends, and we wanted to accommodate the working people," said Spear.

"Everybody has come together to get this off the ground," she added.

Vendors include Borealis Breads, Mystique Cheese, Broken Acres Farm, Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, Twisted Maple Farm, Home Sweet Homestead, Laura Cabot Catering, White Duck Farm, Spear's Farm, a business called I Must Have It!, Almost Edible Soaps, and Community Shellfish, among others.

A children's garden also has taken root with youngsters being able to plant watermelon and pumpkin seedlings provided by the Extension Service. Kathy Cartwright helped educate the children on how and where to plant their chosen project. She is hoping to start up an avenue of 4-H with the farmers market.

The Waldoboro Public LIbrary also offered a storybook walk through the area. Featuring large panels from Camden author-illustrator Chris Van Dusen's book "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee," children could walk along and read the book while incorporating movement and various activities.

Library Director Cathrina Skov hopes to have a similar activity at the market in July and August.

Caren Clark, vice president of the market, was pleased with the turnout and organization. "The market coordinator Tyson Pease is very good," she said. "The vendors had their spots, set up and got rolling."

The market also offers live music and a weekly educational segment from the Medomak Valley Land Trust.

This week's featured musician was Lauren Crosby of Georgetown, singing and strumming the guitar to her folk-bluesy selections. The singer-songwriter's first album debuts in July.

"I've been singing since I was young," said Crosby, who "gigs" all over the midcoast to put herself through college. She is attending the University of Maine at Farmington to become an educator.

The Waldoboro Farmers Market will be held every Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. throughout summer and early fall.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Heidi Straghan of Almost Edible Soaps makes a sale to Claire Riser at the opening of Waldoboro's Farmers Market June 18. Straghan said her business is "all me and my goats." (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Eloise Bubar, 4, and Joy Krick, 9, peruse the goodies offered by Home Sweet Homestead at Waldoboro's Farmers Market June 18. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Farmers Market President Janet Spear is all smiles at opening day in Waldoboro June 18. The market will take place every Wednesday through early fall. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
April Reed-Cox of Twisted Maple Farm spins some yarn while exhibiting at the Waldoboro Farmers Market June 18. She was one of more than a dozen vendors offering a diverse array of items. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Belting out one of folk-bluesy songs is singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby of Georgetown. She was this week's entertainment at opening day of Waldoboro's Farmers Market. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: paula sutton | Jun 24, 2014 08:09

What a perfect addition to the community, Janet Spear is always cooking up ways to help out .  Promoting locally grown foods and other products is an excellent way to foster awareness of  a healthy lifestyle and an example of the free market here in our wonderful State of Maine.  To promote self sufficiency is to empower our residents the opportunity to take charge and care for themselves and families in a way that best suits them.  I encourage everyone to grow and raise their own food whenever possible.  There is no more rewarding experience than teaching your children to plan ahead  and reap what you sow.  Whether you eat fresh from your garden, can, freeze or dehydrate it , the act of eating your own food is one of the most basic human functions and can reconnect us to how our ancestors lived. 



Posted by: Town of Warren | Jun 23, 2014 21:18

Nice article and photo of Kathy Cartwright - who is always doing something wonderful for our kids.



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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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