By Caitlyn Maltese
Elm Staff Writer
It’s officially Farmers’ Market season. Saturday, March 21 marked the first of many Saturdays where local vendors come out to the heart of downtown Chestertown and sell their goods.
The Chestertown’s Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market is a weekly event that is held every Saturday morning from the third Saturday in March to the last Saturday in December. Merchants and shoppers gather in Fountain Park from 8 a.m. to noon. Though Winter Market remains open throughout the winter, residents rejoice when the sun comes out and the artisans return to an event with plenty of participants.
According to the organizer’s website, “you’ll find wonderful fresh home grown produce, herbs, breads, soaps, plants and cut flowers as well as the hand-crafted works of local artisans a the market.”
Here are some of the treasures:
Lapp Family Bakery
Headed by Mervin and Sue Lapp, the Lapp Family Bakery is one of the largest tables at the market. They offer delicious home-baked goods such as specialty pies, bread, granola, cookies, cinnamon and sticky buns, and even old-fashioned whoopie pies.
They are located in Worton but every Saturday they come to Chestertown to sell their goods. The Lapps originally opened their business in 1991 to provide work at home for their children. However, their business grew in 1992 when they started to work at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market.
They have participated in the market for over 20 years now, and are still going strong. They are known to be one of the first tables to sell out.
Galena Blooms Farm
Galena Blooms Farm sells a variety of handcrafted products made with resources from their farm in Galena. They have been at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market for about 15 years now.
“We cultivate a wide variety of native and specialty cut flowers and herbs on our pesticide-free farm in Galena,” they said in a statement on their website galenablooms.com.
As well as flowers, they offer a range of body care products. They sell home-made natural soaps, body scrubs, floral bath oil, homemade insect repellent, herbal hair conditioner, herbal infused vinegars, pet shampoo and much more. They try to take every possible thing that they grow on their farm and use them in their products. They also offer products that are harder to find such as mint jelly.
Calico Fields Lavender
Run by Jay and Christa Falstad, Calico Fields is a small family farm in Millington that makes handcrafted natural products. They offer a selection of lavender scented items such as lip balm, body oils, aromatherapy mist, hand sanitizer, body cream, etc. They also offer a variety of jams, candles, bath soaps and salts, essential oils, and fresh and dried lavender.
Almost 16 years ago, Carl Schaumann, the man behind the name, quit his job at a cooperative grocery store in North Carolina to become a stay-at-home dad and open his own small, home-based artisan bakery.
Based in Warwick, Shaumann comes out to Chestertown to sell his wares. Among some of his recent breads are rustic, seven grain, sesame smeolia, focaccia, Caraway rye, Irish soda bread, and many more.
If you’re hoping for some fresh bread, get there early. He has been known to run out of baked goods in two hours.
A recent addition to the group of vendors, Figg’s Ordinary is a stand that offers tasty options for those who choose to avoid gluten in their diet. This Saturday, April 18 marked their third appearance on the scene. They offer a variety of homemade gluten-free and refined sugar-free baked goods.
The various stands found at the market offer Chestertown residents and Washington College students a vast array of baked goods, natural products, and unique hand crafted gifts to choose from. The treasures found there represent the whimsy and charm of a small, historical waterfront college town.