Calais Farmers’ Market Opens with Array of Local Offerings

The Calais Farmers’ Market was filled with smiling faces and local goods, from Glenn and Dawn Guiltner’s sheep wool to Laurel, Aidan and Liam Hegarty’s vegetables and produce to Bonita Jones’s well-stocked stand. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

By Lura Jackson

 

June in Calais signals the start of the farmers’ market, giving “city” residents the opportunity to share in the goods of their “country” brethren from the extended community. This year’s market, held in Triangle Park on Tuesdays from 3-5 p.m., is off to a good start with several vendors offering returning favorites as well as some new faces and new products to peruse.

Bonita and Brian Jones of Love 2 Garden have an abundance of bulk greens and veggies this year, including robust swiss chard, onions, turnips and salad greens. Within the next few weeks Love 2 Garden will be offering sugar snap peas, spinach, beets, peppers, carrots, green beans and a variety of tomatoes and squash. A variety of veggies in small pots are also available for those who want to try their hand at maintaining their own to reap the benefits of a continual harvest throughout the season, including Pak and Bok Choy, green leaf lettuce, and more. Love 2 Garden accepts WIC, enabling young families to partake of the freshest, most vitamin-rich vegetables available – those that are freshly picked from a local farm.

Laurel Hegarty and her two young sons, Liam and Aidan, have also returned this year to offer a selection of goods from Hegarty’s Homestead. Along with baggies of mixed greens, radishes and mung bean sprouts, you can find ready-to-eat brined whole sunflower seeds, organic eggs, cleaned and crushed egg shell powder and handmade scarves and paintings in their booth. Those looking for a great start to their own garden can pick up young potted plants, including kale and strawberries.

Ruth Savage of the Savage Garden is back this year with a wide selection of jarred goods, including relishes, salsas, spreads, jams and pickled veggies, from more basic options to Jalapeno Maple Zucchini Relish. Savage Garden offers its own blends of spices for making the perfect dish or complementing your favorite meal, from Oriental Orange Ginger to Poultry Seasoning and Mediterranean Lemon Pepper, as well as homemade soaps with a variety of scents. Or, if you’re in the market for fresh eggs, stop by the Savage Garden stand and get your fill.

Fans of Maine maple syrup will find what they’re looking for at Chandler’s Sugar Shack stand. Bob and Margie Chandler offer straight syrup in a selection of sizes from their Topsfield farm, including in thematic jars that are appropriate for a gift. If you’d like to try something different, Chandler’s maple cream is a treat for any time of day.

New to the Calais market this year is the Guiltner family of Shofar Farm. The five sheep of the farm have been busy making wool and the family has been busy shearing and cleaning it to make it ready for spinning. The family, who recently moved here from Idaho, are new to the sheep farming experience and invite those with experience working with the wool to stop by. Daughter Rebekah, meanwhile, has made her artistic talent available to the community in the form of custom face painting.

 

As the summer continues, more vendors will be adding their booths to the market. If you’d like to have your own booth offering vegetables or homemade goods, contact the Calais Farmers’ Market through Facebook at www.facebook.com/calaisfarmersmarket or call Ted Carter at 454-3896.