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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

August and September Music Schedule

Please note that the summer market ends on September 30th.

Vendor Profile: Mt. Pleasant Farm

Wes Mattern owns the 8.5 acre Mt. Pleasant Farm in Tunbridge, VT. He also farms an acre in the valley where he concentrates on hot weather crops. In exchange for the land, Mattern donates food to the food bank and the local church.

At the market, you will find Wes hanging out under his vintage scale cheerfully slicing the famous oatmeal molasses bread (come early or you'll miss out), handing out dill and bread and butter pickle samples, or polishing and spritzing his beautiful vegetables. He has a wide range of vegetables and some unusual varieties such as the Romanian frying pepper.

This is Wes' first year with melons and he has grown honeydew, cantaloupe and the French Charentais melon, which is delicious if you were wondering. If you are in the mood for tomatoes, try one of his heirloom Brandywine tomatoes that he started all the way back in February. So flavorful!

Stop by this Friday for free samples of oatmeal molasses bread or to try a taste of his delicious pickles. You'll be happy you did.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vendor Profile: Harmony Farm

Formerly Hartland Flower Farm, Harmony Farm is in the process of reinventing itself. No longer a commercial cut-flower farm, Harmony Farm is a now a nature-based, non-profit educational center in Hartland, Vermont. Lucky for us, we can still buy their lovely bouquets at the Hartland Farmer's Market.

Currently, you'll find the most charming wildflower bouquets at the Harmony Farm booth. Last week's bunches included white gooseneck loosestrife, blue globe thistle, goldenrod and black-eyed susans. In September, you can look forward to hydrangeas, which are popular with Harmony Farm's repeat customers. If you missed this year's peony bunches, you'll be delighted to find a peony or two tucked into the wildflower bouquets.

Flowers help add a little cheer to the dinner table and of course would make the perfect, simple birthday or congratulations gift. The bouquets are wrapped in a pretty brown kraft paper and tied with ribbon--a beautiful presentation.

To learn more about Harmony Farm and to view their current workshop calendar, visit their website or stop by their booth at the Hartland Farmer's Market on Friday.