by Melissa Dumont
The opening of the Douglas Farmers Market on June 14th was a huge success for the vendors, as well as for the hundreds of visitors who came. The vendors are local craftspeople who can be found at the Douglas Farmers Market every Saturday from June to October. “I put forth a mission to revive the Douglas Farmers Market last year,” says Molly Hollibaugh, one of the market’s coordinators. “I wanted to create a weekly event where community members of all ages would cross paths and also have access to luscious goods that grow and get created in our own back yards.”
The market features The Lemonade Stand, which was last week to the American Cancer Society. Each week a different group can operate the stand, to fund their various causes. If no group volunteers, the stand helps to fund the market itself.
The Rhubarb Challenge is an annual event at the Market. Anyone can submit a rhubarb confection of their choice. This year Keith Menard won in the condiments category. He submitted his delicious Straszberry Rhubarb Hard Apple Cider. “I wanted to combine the Douglas history of cider making with the challenge of incorporating rhubarb,” Keith says. Barbara Scanlon won for her sweet Rhubarb Pie, made with a vodka crust and locally grown rhubarb. “My brother-in-law declared my pie the best he had ever had, so I decided to enter the contest,” says Barbara. Dorothy Foisy won the grand prize for her savory Rhubarb Chutney. “This was the first time I ever made the recipe,” says Dorothy. “The result of a mother/daughter day of baking.”
Jeff Backer of Potter Hill Farm is an organic farmer. “Although I’m not certified,” he says. “It’s very complicated to become certified, because of the government agencies involved.” Nevertheless, everything he grows is grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. There are no genetically modified vegetables among his beautiful produce. Jeff also raises grass-fed beef, and pigs that eat only organic grains. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Ignacio operates the Little House Homestead, where she makes soaps with unusual ingredients, including sea salt, bentonite, and charcoal. The soaps are visually stunning, and, Julie says, certain types are very beneficial for treating acne. You can reach Julie at email@example.com
Matt Dalessio makes scrumptious tidbits at Matt’s Magic Brownies. He calls himself a “Conjurer of Delicious Treats.” He will bake brownies and other goodies upon request. “We use only the finest imported French Valrhona cocoa and the freshest local eggs and butter,” he says. You can reach him at 973-573-1174 or at MattsMagicBrownies.com.
Maureen Agley and Jay Cohen had two of their beautiful alpacas at the market. “We encourage farm visits.” Maureen says. “Our modest retail store offers hand selected items that are milled locally from our own fleece. We offer raw fleece for spinning, yarn, alpaca accessories such as hats and scarves, and some of the cutest and softest toys you have ever seen.” They can be reached at 508-839-9856, or at AngelHairAlpacas.webs.com.
Last but not least, the market will host a weekly story time for families through August 16th. Why not come and listen, and visit the vendors, and pat the alpacas? Spend a delightful Saturday at Douglas Farmers Market. The market is at 283 Main street on the grounds of the E.N. Jenckes stores. Hours are Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For special events, visit the website www.douglasfarmersmarket.org.