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Things To Do- Cape Ann Farmers’ Market

Thursday, September 11th

Cape Ann Farmers’ Market

3:30 – 6:30 pm Harbor Loop (rain or shine)

Children’s activity at the Community Tent, 4pm: Fun craft activity with Kathy Middleton-recycling.

Education Tables: Sustainable Cape Ann, Kathy Middleton-recycling, Green Roundtable-Green Building.

Crafts: Helen Parker Textiles, Camilla MacFadyen (block print t-shirts), Twin Lights-pottery

Produce: Brox Farm (produce and fruit), Backyard Growers (produce, eggs and seedlings), Three Sisters Farm (produce and seedlings), Cider Hill Farm (produce, fruit and baked goods), and The Food Project (produce and fruit)

Other Foods: Steve Connolly’s (fish), Swiss Bakers (baked goods & Swiss treats), AJ King (artisan baked breads & sweets), In Good Taste (salsa), Sassy River Sauces (pestos, chutneys & tapenades), Common Crow (ready-to-eat foods, regional beef, cheese & eggs), Pleasant Street Tea Company (ready-to-eat foods, iced tea & coffee), and Couttes Specialty Foods

Music: Trisha deCaprio – fiddler and vocalist

Seafood Throwdown: Two restaurant chefs will compete in this week’s Seafood Throwdown. Chefs from Passports and Dogbar, both Main Street restaurants, will find out what secret seafood they will be cooking with at 4:30pm. Once they discover the secret seafood, they will each be given $25 and 15 minutes to use the Farmers’ Market as their pantry and then an hour to prepare, cook, and plate samples for three judges and Farmers’ Market customers chosen randomly by volunteers and given a green “time to eat seafood” ticket. Our judges will be Boston based celebrity chef Didi Emmons and Michael Wheeler of http://www.dancingspoon.com.

Guest Post- Erika Hansen Has a Where The Locals Go Coupon Book Story

From Erika-

Here’s the story about Cape Ann Savings Bank:
A customer came into Main Street’s own Bubbles, a shop that is all about pampering and froufrou and glitter, looking rather confused.  Bubbles herself, a/k/a Trisha Sanford, asked how she could help.
“The bank sent me here for a $300 coupon off my closing cost…I’m sorry.  I knew it must have been a joke” and he turned to leave.  “No, wait,” says Trisha.  “That sounds like the Where the Locals Go! coupon book.”
She promptly picked up a copy (for sale right at the register), looked in the directory, and sure enough, on p. 135 was a coupon from Cape Ann Savings Bank to receive $300 off your closing cost.  The man quickly paid his $10 for the coupon book, went back to the bank, saved $290 and now has hundreds of other coupons from the book to use!
For $10, buying this book is a no-brainer.  In addition to the discounts, the book is full of information about Cape Ann and highlights local heroes in our community.
It is for sale throughout Cape Ann at many stores including The Bookstore and Dogtown Book Shop, Toad Hall in Rockport and Manchester By The Book and will be for sale at the upcoming Rhythm & Flavors concert.   Come by and get your copy before they are all gone!  Coupons are good through March 31, 2009.

Things To Do- Cape Ann Farmers Market July 10-October 9

The Cape Ann Farmers’ market located on Harbor Loop starts its third season on Thursday, July 10th. This season brings a new manager, Jessica Hayes, whose experience in agriculture, non-profit management and community organizing has helped grow this market into a true local market. “With record high fuel prices and grain shortages conventional food prices are skyrocketing making local farmers’ markets a viable economic alternative for purchasing farm fresh produce, meats, cheese and other local goods” stated the new manager, Jessica Hayes. “Further, public markets help stimulate the local economy, provide local jobs and protect productive lands” added Niki Bogin of the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market advisory team.

The market has diversified to include Cape Ann artisans, local musicians, a children’s activity and two education tables focused on alternative energy and environmental sustainability. Rotating educational displays will cover topics including wind and solar power, ways to minimize our carbon footprint, organic gardening, compost, recycling and beekeeping in Essex County. The children’s activities are hosted and taught by community volunteers and will feature beading, pottery, crafts from recycled goods and fun with food. The children’s activities will take place every market day at 4:00 pm. Local guitar instructors and harmony vocalists, Janice Fullman and Sheila Jones start this year’s “open market” music series at 4:45 p.m. They sing and blend their acoustic guitars on a repertoire of “classic hits”.

Participating artisans include the Present Collective, Twin Lights Pottery, Helen Parker Textiles, Camilla Macfadyen’s block print clothes as well as jewelers, ironworkers and fiber artists. Returning produce vendors include Cider Hill Farms, The Farm stand at Brox Farm and The Food Project. New this year from South Hamilton is Three Sisters Farm which is working towards organic certification and practices biointensive growing. Additionally the Back Yard Growers will expand to a weekly table including 5 – 10 Cape Ann growers selling their homegrown produce, flowers, seedlings, compost, dried herbal teas, fresh local eggs, meat and poultry shares. The backyard growers are also hosting an “ask the farmer” hour at their booth.

Artisan baker A.J. King of Salem will join the market once a month and the Swiss Baker returns weekly. The Pleasant Street Tea Company will provide various ready-to-eat wraps, coffee and herbal teas; the Common Crow returns with an expanded offering of regional artisan meats, poultry, cheese and eggs along with prepared foods, snacks and beverages. Steve Connolly’s Seafood will once again sell fresh fish including local shellfish such as lobster and crab rolls. Additionally, the Fishermen’s Wives Association will join the market to sell their cookbook and talk about the fishing community of Gloucester. Baer’s Best Beans returns with their heirloom dried beans, Sunflowers and In Good Taste will be back with their specialty salsa. Couttes Specialty Foods brings an array of home made jams and will alternate weeks with a new vendor, Sassy River Sauces which flavors the market with tapenades, pestos and chutneys.

The Cape Ann Farmers’ Market accepts WIC, EBT, debit cards, Senior Farmers’ Market Coupons and cash. The Farmers’ Market is a project of Sustainable Cape Ann who will be a weekly presence at the market answering questions about building viable sustainability projects on Cape Ann. To volunteer, donate funds or for more information check out http://www.sustainablecapeann.org or call 978.281.1127.

The Details:
Cape Ann Farmers’ Market
July 10 – Oct 9
3:30 – 6:30
Harbor Loop

Where The Locals Go Coupon Spotlight- Again and Again

Where The Locals Go

Today’s Where The Locals Go Coupon Spotlight is on Again and Again Inc, located in East Gloucester Square. Again and Again produces hand made bags and pouches from “retired” sailcloth. A fantastic idea for a sustainable Cape Ann. There are two coupons located in the $10 Where The Locals Go coupon book for 10% off any purchase at Again and Again. I will be showcasing some of her very cool and hip designs over the next few days. Her website is http/://www.againnagain.com check it out

Again and Again, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

New Feature- Where the Locals Go Coupon Spotlights

From the Sustainable Cape Ann website-

“Introducing a Coupon Book of Local Proportions (excerpts from the welcome statement)

Welcome to Cape Ann’s first Where the Locals Go! Coupon Book. Two local nonprofits, Sustainable Cape Ann and Cape Ann Business Incubator, have joined together to create this exciting new book.

Our objective is to encourage Cape Ann residents to support our local economy by purchasing more of the goods and services we need from locally owned businesses — ensuring that more of our consumer dollars are circulating and sustaining Cape Ann communities. Response to this initiative has been amazing, evidenced by the 100+ businesses that are providing thousands of dollars worth of discounts to community members through this book.

Coupon BookWe take our motto “Buy Local, Be Local, Think Local First” from Michael Shuman and the folks at BALLE (www.livingeconomies.org), namely that when we need to make a purchase, we simply consider first whether there is a reasonable local option.

We hope this book will be a resource for you to discover and re-discover our local business gems as well as an opportunity for you to connect with the friends and neighbors who add vitality to our community through their businesses.

Please keep in touch. Let us know what you loved — and what you didn’t — so we can improve the book for the next edition!

In the meantime, happy shopping and dining!

Alex Lamb & Erika Hansen

For feedback, contact: 978.281.1127

or info@sustainablecapeann.org

I’ll be occasionally highlighting one of the many coupons that will more than pay for the cost of this local coupon book ($10). What I find is if you actually buy the book at one of the participating stores and use the coupon on the spot you would actually pay for the book and then some right off the bat.