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market scene bestJune 6, 2015: a cool but exciting opening day for 1,756 visitors!

Opening day of the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans market brought energy and color to a brisk “June-uary” morning downtown. The chilly weather did not deter a lively crowd of tourists, islanders, and summer residents. The Market was buzzing with excitement to see what Nantucket’s growers, artists and creative minds have been up to this winter and spring. New and returning vendors filled Cambridge Street with an array of fresh produce and plants, whimsical crafts, sweet treats, refreshing juices and much more!

Boatyard Farm basket of produce

The Market welcomed new island growers, including Nantucket Organics, Lazy Man Gardens, and ACK Sweet Water Farm, as well as seasoned growers, Boatyard Farm. Their tables boasted the freshest of this spring’s bounty, including organic greens, spicy radishes, sweet carrots and herbs. Lazy Man Gardens had a wildly successful first day, selling out of their organic kale and lettuce by noon! But do not worry! They will be back next Saturday with plenty more of their popular greens.

 

KODAK Digital Still CameraEach week between now and mid-August, the Market will grow. This coming Saturday, June 13th, Pumpkin Pond Farm will be adding to the group of local farmers selling their organically grown produce. We will have twenty-one artisans offering their incredibly diverse crafts and products. Painted shells, quilts, collages, pottery, you name it- island artists have it all! You can pick up a variety of island-made food products from ACKFresh, Nantucket Jams, and new vendor, Ambergris, with fresh-baked cookies, who will all be present at our second market this Saturday.

 

Linda-Simmons-@-300dpi-254x300Fun for kids!

Make sure to bring your kids to the market this week! Not only will children love the bight colors, smells and excitement of the market, but they are in for a special treat with storytime with Rev. Linda Simmons of Nantucket Unitarian Universalist Church! The first of many such events this season, storytime will be held in the Big Yellow Tent from 10:30-11:00, with Rev. Simmons in costume!

 

 

DSCF5198Farmer Profile: Lazy Man Gardens

Lazy Man Gardens, along with ACK Sweet Water Farm, is a part of the Sustainable Nantucket Community Farm Institute, which is in its inaugural season. The Community Farm Institute provides Nantucketers with the space, resources and training to grow food and encourages sustainable, island agriculture. Site Manager and grower John Kuszpa showed what amazing results hard work and community efforts can provide! With the help of his family, John sold butter head lettuce, baby Red Russian kale and baby carrots at the Saturday market downtown. The organic greens were quickly a Lazy Man Gardens lettuce & carrots closefavorite among shoppers and vanished within hours! This week John will be bringing Boston lettuce, carrots and French breakfast radishes.

Lazy Man’s produce is also available through Nantucket Green Grocer on Amelia Drive and is sure to be a staple in the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market this summer. We cannot wait to see what other amazing crops they produce! Check out their latest pictures and updates on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lazymangardens

 

Nicolette Callaway holds picturesNew Artisan Profile: Nicolette Callaway

New to the Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market this year, Nicolette Callaway is an artist who creates vibrant collages inspired by the landscapes and wildlife of Nantucket. Miss Callaway transforms clippings from magazines into colorful yet calming pieces of our natural world. Her works focus on animals, including butterflies, dogs, seals, and grasshoppers anchored by an island setting, from Brant Point, to the sandy beaches of the south shore.

Nicolette brant pointNicolette sells her original collages mounted on gorgeous reclaimed wood and handmade prints of her pieces. To learn more about her artistic process and works, check out her website: http://www.nicolettecallaway.com/

 

 

 

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Returning Artisan Profile: Clay Twombly

Island artist and yoga instructor Clay Twombly is well known for his exquisite intentional jewelry. These creations, called “malas,” are thoughtfully made to bring positive energies to the wearer. Clay makes a variety of necklaces and bracelets using classic and unique materials, including sandalwood, quartz, agate, amazonite, jade and turquoise. Each stone has its own healing properties and meaning.

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Clay has a special collection of Nantucket malas that have soothing ocean colors and island-shaped pendants. You cannot miss his gorgeous display while perusing the market! Check out his website for more information about his story and the meaning behind the stones: http://claytwombly.com/

 

American Seasons food2015 Nantucket Grown Restaurant Raffle

If you love Nantucket, amazing food and supporting local agriculture, don’t miss out on the opportunity to win three amazing prizes! Raffle tickets are just $25 each and give you THREE chances to win. All of the prizes include three gourmet, five-course meals highlighting locally grown food at renowned island restaurants.

Prize details:

3 Gourmet Dinners, chef designed for your

4 Guests to include 5 Locally Grown Courses with wine

Prize 1: American Seasons, Oran Mor AND Ventuno

Prize 2: The Pearl, The Chanticleer AND The Nautilus

Prize 3: Straight Wharf, Black-Eyed Susan’s AND Languedoc Bistro

Raffle tickets can be purchased online, by calling 508-228-3399, or by visiting our office at 14 Federal St. You can also stop by the market to see Audrey from Sustainable Nantucket and buy tickets, or ask questions about the raffle.

Three winning tickets will be drawn July 18, 2015* at our Farm Fresh Feast.

Good Luck!

For more information:

https://www.sustainablenantucket.org/events-2/restaurant-raffle/

 

radishesVegetable of the week: Radishes

A sure sign of summer- radishes are here and ready to brighten up your salad or sandwich! There are many varieties to choose from, including the mild French breakfast, gorgeous purple amethyst, colorful watermelon and zesty icicle. Radishes not only add that signature bite to your dish, but also provide a plethora of health benefits. This filling root vegetable has only 19 calories per cup and has 2 grams of fiber. One serving has almost a third of your daily requirement of vitamin C, an essential nutrient responsible for healthy growth and development of body tissues. Don’t chuck the greens, either! Radish greens can be used raw in juices or cooked to your liking and are rich in vitamin K and folate. My favorite radish recipe is simple: toss a generous layer of thin slices atop crunchy Portuguese toast and drizzle with olive oil, sea salt and pepper.

For information on healthy eating, check out the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website: http://www.eatright.org/

 

 

Alice TownsendMarket Intern Profile: Alice Townsend ~ Meet our Blogger!

As a current nutrition student, vegetable freak and Nantucket fanatic, I am ecstatic to be working with Sustainable Nantucket this summer. I spend my time between Nantucket and Boston, where I am studying to become a Registered Dietitian with a focus on community nutrition. The past couple of summers I worked at the Bartlett’s Farm produce truck on Main Street, selling fresh, locally grown vegetables to the residents and tourists of Nantucket. My favorite part of the job was the connections I made with people through food. I traded recipes, shared growing tips, discussed the intricacies of this week’s corn variety, and debated the superiority of certain heirloom tomatoes. I loved seeing the look on kids’ faces when they tried a sugar snap pea for the first time and realized that vegetables could be sweet and delicious. I reveled in watching a devoted New Jersey corn-eater take a bite of a raw ear of Nantucket corn, and discover the incredible flavor our salty air, sandy soil, and summer sun can provide. I am looking forward to sharing this passion for healthy, locally produced food at The Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market this summer.

I will be filling the role of the Market SNAP intern. For those of you who don’t know, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federal food assistance program. SNAP allows people of limited income to enjoy the amazing, locally produced fruit, vegetables and other food products our island farmers, foragers, and cooks provide. You can find me every Saturday at the Sustainable Nantucket table at the Market downtown selling SN merchandise and running the SNAP table. Come ask me about SNAP or just chat about your favorite Nantucket grown veggie that week. See you downtown!

New SNAP ImageFor more information on SNAP and how to apply: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dta/food-assistance.html

We match every SNAP dollar with another dollar up to $10 for a total of $20 spending power every Market!

Get your Double Dollars!