Vol. 3 Issue 5 – Congratulations to all the University of Maryland Graduates!

It’s that time of the year again.  Graduations.  We’ll be seeing caps and gowns along with lots of out of town visitors.  If you know of someone who is visiting bring them by the market.  There they can meet other local residents as well as taste some great local foods and stock up on the fruits and vegetables.  Maybe a beautiful plant would be the perfect graduation gift.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor for our market please let us know.  We are always looking for more vendors. Our criteria is that the items have to be hand made.  If you prepare food- we are looking for other prepared food vendors.  Lastly, we are looking for a bread vendor.  If you know of a local company that would like to sell bread at our market please stop by the market’s information table to speak with either Julie or one of the Market’s Board members.

This week we welcome back Heavenly Created Desserts and Baker Charley!  We’re happy to have them back.

Also this week, the City of College Park will host a clean up of the North College Park area from 9 to 11am.  Those interested, please meet at the Farmers Market for a light breakfast.  Pizza will be served after the event.  All who participate will receive a t-shirt.  Please visit the Facebook site for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1720546341571300/

Lastly, this weekend we have a member from the College Park Arts Exchange with a button making station.  They will provide pictures, pins and help you make a button. Come by and  participate in this fun activity for all ages.

Next weekend:
The College Park VFW will be at the market selling poppies to honor those whom we lost in our wars.  Please support our VFW.
Also, we will have our next Senior Saturday.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Unique Eats and Scents: pickles, honey, preserves and soaps
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items

If you are thinking of planting to help the bees, butterflies and birds please read this below.

Did you know that flower shapes and colors matter to pollinators? Bees prefer white, yellow and blue blooms. Birds like red, orange and white. Bright, vivid colors, including red, yellow and purple, draw butterflies. Butterflies and bees favor flat, open blooms with big petals, for easy landings and short nectar tubes. Tubular, trumpet-shaped blooms, such as honeysuckle and lobelia flowers, are hummingbird favorites. With their long beaks, these birds reach nectar that insects and other birds can’t.

Also, in case you are thinking you would like to add an animal into your home please look into Adopt a Pet Day. on June 4th.  It’s a great way of giving our furry friends a forever home.

MEET THE VENDOR: Calvert Farms
Pam Stegall Roberts of Calvert Farm operates  at several farmers markets in our area. Her staff will bring a variety of organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, free-range eggs, baked goods, raw honey, mushrooms, and bedding plants to our market.
Calvert Farm is a small family farm who practices organic farming.
This year (2017) is the farm’s 23rd growing season. Calvert Farm continues a tradition of working with other small farms to bring variety and freshness to your table using sustainable / natural methods.