When Stan and Cynthia began the Green Harvest Organic Farmer’s Market three years ago they were attempting to fill a gap in the availability of purchasing locally-harvested organic produce in the area. Since then, the market has expanded to include year-round artisans and vendors, all of whom honor the market’s philosophy of sustainability.
The uniqueness of this market compared to other farmer’s markets in the area is the addition of artisans selling everything from handmade greeting cards to screen printed shirts and jewelry. So bring the kids, get something for lunch, stock up on your organic produce and then spend some enjoyable time talking with the
My first stop was Treasure by the Sea, where I got to meet Joe and Jeanne. They have a wide variety of jams and jellies, some familiar (strawberry rhubarb) and some unique (autumn berry). They make every effort to wild pick the fruit used to make their jams and all of the recipes have been handed down from Jeanne’s English family.
They are obviously doing something right because she has been invited to participate in the 2014 American Made event hosted by Martha Stewart in New York City. Stop by and taste the autumn berry jam. I really enjoyed how you could taste the fruit as some jams are just too sweet for my taste preference.
Next I had a lovely conversation with Roberta and Mark Sherwin of Atlantic Artworks (formerly Sherwin Studios). Roberta was a scientific illustrator and Mark worked as a master engraver prior to embarking on their joint effort of creating screen printed shirts by hand. Many of the designs use Roberta’s illustrations and they are simply stunning. They offer printed shirts in both adult and children’s sizes so I couldn’t help but pick up a t-shirt for my son, who after spending several days at the beach this season is currently obsessed with all marine life. The shirts are printed with soy-based inks and Mark assured me that they use citrus-based cleaners to wash the screens (all of which he makes!). What I loved most about the designs (and Roberta is quite prolific, there were so many beautiful ones to choose from) is that they are true works of art that are pleasing to look at, but they also happen to accurately depict the animal. They accept both cash and credit cards (so you can stock up on gifts!).
My next stop was Mother Turtle Herbals. For those readers not yet familiar with Jennifer DelSignore’s shop, you are missing out. She really is the poster child for the Green Harvest Market, as she first began selling her hand made, natural skin care products here. Jennifer began making her own skin care products when her son (did I mention she has five kids?) developed a strong sensitivity to artificial
dyes. Boy was I glad she accepted
credit cards! I stocked up on a shampoo bar (perfect for packing in your carry-on luggage since it is solid), some lavender and rosemary soap (a gift), and a push-pop style tube of non-nano
zinc sunscreen combined with a variety of herbs and oils known to deter bugs. The sunscreen was a huge hit with my son who has a tendency to forcefully resist my attempts at sunscreen application. In the past I have tried having him “help” by applying the lotion himself, but that resulted in me being covered in several toddler-sized handprints of lotion and both of us in tears. This push pop is great because I was able to push it up just enough to dispense the appropriate amount of sunscreen, and he had full control of rubbing it on his arms and legs. It was rather easy to rub in too (especially for zinc-based lotion). Jennifer’s selection of products is impressive and now that I have had some time to try out a few I can say with confidence that I will be a repeat customer.
These are just a few of the vendors you can interact with. I had a nice chat with Marie at Cape Cod Saltworks, which is harvesting sea salt the old fashioned way. I sampled some gluten-free (and delicious) crackers at the White Lion Bakery (which will soon be stocked on shelves in Whole Foods) and had an
enjoyable time learning all about the container gardening systems for sale at Victory Garden.
So, in addition to hitting up the market for organic fruits and veggies you can get fresh eggs, wild harvested jams, unrefined sea salt harvested right here on Cape Cod, gluten-free baked goods (which also happen to be free of refined sugar), and a nice variety of organic soups, sandwiches and brick oven pizza.
The Green Harvest Organic Farmers' Market & Artisans' Fair is held every Tuesday from 12-4 at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds (formerly called the Barnstable County Fairgrounds) located at 1220 Nathan Ellis Hwy, East Falmouth. You can sign up for their newsletter to get a weekly listing of which vendors will be participating by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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