Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vendor Profile: MKR Designs and Linda Dion

Vermonter Maria Rogers has been handcrafting jewelry for over fifteen years. For the past five years, she's been selling her MKR Designs at farmers' markets. Using a mix of precious and semiprecious stones such as garnet, onyx, venetian glass, and swarovski crystal, Maria selects each component of her bracelets, necklaces, and rings carefully. The result? Handcrafted jewelry that would make the perfect gift for that special someone. Her price point is budget friendly as well.

In addition to jewelry, Maria also sells a variety of homemade baked goods such as orange zucchini bread, cinnamon apple cake and even cupcakes every once in awhile. She also has piping hot coffee to warm you up on these cooler evenings. Every week you will find a different surprise as Maria has fruit trees and a garden. Last week she brought Green Zebra tomatoes!

Stop by the market this week to talk to Maria about designing a custom piece of jewelry or give her a call at 802-674-2384.

Maria shares her booth at the Hartland Farmer's Market with Linda Dion who sells handmade bags to fit your every need. Computer bags, checkbook cases, makeup bags, eyeglass cases or coin purses, Linda makes them all! Her diaper bags are especially popular. She's been selling her bags at local farmers' markets for two years but has been sewing since high school.

Linda also sews aprons for adults and children. I love the John Deere fabric she uses.

If you need a bag, large or small, consider stopping by the market to check out Linda Dion's handmade creations. She is also open to custom orders, and you can contact her via email--ldion {at}

It's wonderful to have these craft vendors at the Hartland Farmer's Market! Don't forget about buying local when it comes to your gift needs.

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