On Saturday, Dec. 4 the Washington Grange Farmers’ Market will be open for expanded hours – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – and guest vendors will offer many added products for holiday shoppers. This is the second annual seasonal celebration when the market and others businesses in town get together to offer their best. Special lunch selections will also be available from the Evening Star Grange Grill.

New this year will be an exciting collection of handmade items from The Common Thread, a group of area women who participate with their babies in Gibbs Library’s Music and Circle Time one morning a week. During the quiet moments there, they discovered a shared interest in crafts and have been practicing together weekly. Their creations include needle-felted fruit and vegetable ornaments, a Nativity scene, gnomes, felted wool ornaments, hats and toys, silver jewelry and many other seasonal gifts and decorations for the home. Amy Donaghy, Dayle Tognoni, Eri Pate, Sasha Kutsy, Joanie Dean and Chrys Delorimier will be happy to show their handcrafts.

Other guest vendors will include market favorite Natalie Gardner of Golden Apple Potters with some of her exciting new work. Gardner is happy to talk with patrons about their own ideas she might help transform into clay. Brazier Wire Products will offer their super-tough trap-wire bird feeders in many ultra-durable sizes and shapes. Yvonne Taylor of Black Locust Farm and Pixie Day from Sleighbell Farms will be on hand with their popular selections of delicious goat products. Black Locust offers luxurious cashmere yarn, jewelry, pelts, pillows and catnip mice. Chevon – an increasingly popular meat choice from goat – is available as kielbasa, teriyaki, pepperoni, and summer sausage. Taylor has a nice assortment of recipes to share, too. Sleighbell Farm’s pure and simple Neufchatel-type goat cheese comes plain or herbed and is a perennial favorite.

Sue Frank of Dog Patch Greens will be selling Guatemalan jewelry, toys, and textiles as well as her lush double-sided wreaths. Her profits go to Mayan Hearts, a group which works to provide clean water, adequate nutrition and basic health care to indigenous children in Guatemala. Frank will be making some wreaths while we watch, too.

Medomak Valley Land Trust will be on hand with their publications, conservation news and MVLT calendars. Also visiting from Waldoboro is the musical group The Rusty Hinges who will keep our toes tapping.

The usual wide variety of locally grown or produced items including ethnic and traditional baked goods, raw Jersey milk, butter, yogurt and cheeses, grass-fed beef, cage-free eggs, organic fall and winter vegetables, garlic, shallots, maple syrup and Maine sea salt. Vendors will also take orders for holiday baked goods.

Several Washington organizations including the Evening Star Grange, Historical Society, and Bicentennial Committee will also have articles for sale along with information about their projects.

For more information contact Sharon at 845-2140.