March 1, 2017
Romney Ridge Farm Handsome Mike portrait by Kelly Corbett.
We welcome you to Farm Fiber Day on Saturday, March 4.
Farmers who tend their flock of sheep, alpaca, goats and rabbits
will join more than 40 food vendors, who offer fresh vegetables, cheese, fruit, eggs, meat, microgreens, mushrooms,
baked goods, jam, honey and Massachusetts wine and cider.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and hot beverages in the greenhouse.
Sixty-three vendors will attend and that means that we will be
using the entire first floor
of Russell's Garden Center to
accommodate them. We will have a map of the fiber vendors locations,
so that you will find them all.
Bring a project and a
friend to relax in our third floor
from 10 to 12.
Next Saturday, March 4, is the last market of the season.
Raja Farm hats
"I grew up in Malaysia where desserts are usually never baked but steamed, fried or stewed. And not many people owned ovens.
I never baked as a child. Never had grandmothers teaching me the virtues of creaming butter and sugar to achieve loftiness in cakes.
I didn't have a clue," says pastry chef Suzana Samad.
After a career in banking, Suzana earned a diploma in pastry arts at the Institute of Culinary Education and worked in restaurants and bakeries in
New York, Boston and Kuala Lumpur. Taking time off
when her children were born, Suzana
I am now building Butternut from scratch from my home kitchen with limited tools,
a Kitchenaid mixer and my 30-inch conventional Bosch oven, I make my products in small batches and most of my work is by hand."
For several years we have had the good fortune to have Jonathan and Sheila Bosworth from
join us to demonstrate how to use drop spindles, Journey Wheels and a Han wheel.
For the first time, they
will have a table full of
spindles available for purchase, and time to chat with you about your spinning projects.
|Sumac, a Bosworth drop spindle.
Learn the basics of Fair Isle Knitting with
1 to 4 PM. There are only a few spots left (contact firstname.lastname@example.org). Shop in the morning and learn a new skill in the afternoon. Julia will be selling patterns and her
new book, From Folly Cove, from 10 AM to noon.
"Our Indian Spiced Beetroot Savory Spread is a best seller," says
Wozz of WOZZ! Kitchen Creations. "We use fresh beets and our
own slow cooked blend of Indian spices to make this lovely
condiment which is both bold in color and flavor, pairs perfectly
with goats cheese, blue cheese, steak, burgers and is excellent folded through salads, couscous or atop bruschetta."
is an art of weaving by hand that is dedicated to free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude," says Mihoko Wakabayashi.
"SAORI Weaving is pure improvisation from the heart, with no premeditated pattern in mind. Colors unfold, designs emerge, and beauty blooms directly from the genius of each unique individual working in harmony with loom, thread, and the spark of the moment."
Apex Orchard apples are so delicious that some never make it home.
The Connecticut River Blanket, made using
Richard Tripp of
Windy Hill Farm and Ken Abert of
talk farming and fiber.
Goodies was conceived when Susan Callahan's daughter attended college in the seemingly faraway land of New York City. To stave off homesickness and show how much she was missed, Susan sent her a package of homemade cookies, which were lovingly referred to as "goodies." Do you know someone who could use some
Goodies Homemade Cookies?
Louise Walsh, founder of Evergreen Farm, is the creator of the largest AMERICAN wool bearing type of rabbit in the world to date - The Giant Angora, recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association. Louise will demonstrate how to spin yarn directly
from her rabbit onto her spinning wheel.
Winter Moon Roots radishes
Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm
The Campaign for Wool
is a global endeavour initiated by its patron, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, in order to raise awareness amongst consumers about the unique, natural, renewable and biodegradable benefits offered by the fibre," the website states.
"Encouraging collaboration between an international community of woolgrowers, major fashion designers, retailers, manufacturers, artisans and interior designers, the Campaign has been instrumental in educating consumers about the versatility of wool, and reconnecting them with its myriad uses; From luxurious fine merino knitwear and cloth through beautiful hardwearing interior products to fire-retardant insulation for the home."
"Since its launch in 2010, The Campaign for Wool has influenced
a new demand for wool on an international scale, and its efforts
have seen an outstanding threefold increase in the price farmers receive for their wool."
Celebrate our Flock's 20th Anniversary!
Sheep Shares 2017 and help celebrate
Foxfire FIber and Designs 20th year in yarn farming! Sheep Shares is the farm's yarn CSA .
"Our yearly wool clip reflects a year's work in meticulously caring
for our herd and growing wool - our principal farm product," says sheep farmer, Barbara Parry. "All wool in our yarns comes from our Cormo, Cormo-cross and Moorit sheep, raised by us here on our
farm in Shelburne, Massachusetts."
Rag Hill Farm handspun
|Daisy's Hat by Thea Colman knitted using Foxhill Farm Worsted Cormo. Photo courtesy of Baby Cocktails.
E & T Farms
"I've restocked the sample colorway for the Tool Box Cowl,"
says Stephanie Griego of
Dirty Water DyeWorks. "I'll also have plenty of hand dyed yarn, gradient
bundles and my new Lillian Sprinkles.
These skeins are perfect
when you need just a pop of color."
Laura Weinstein, AKA
The Cookie Lady, with full family support.
Beeswax Candle - ColorBlurz Worsted Weight yarn from
Good Karma Farm.
Nutty Life almond and cashew milk is available in
three flavors. Ask Caroline how her nut milk differs from
the unrefrigerated almond milks you find at the grocery store.
Erica Dwyer from
Artisan Yarns from Hampden Hills Alpacas and
Laura Busky from
North Brook Farm have been friends and collaborators for a long time. Every fall you will find them at the
Topsfield Fair, teaching the visitors about alpacas, fiber preparation
and doing spinning demonstrations.
Roving from the
Woollies of Shirkshire Farm.
makes artisan cider products, including
hard cider, cider vinegar, and
cider syrup in Hadley. Also joining us are Massachusetts wineries:
Mill River Winery,
Turtle Creek Winery
Nancy Miniter from
Lightning Ridge Farm is a weekly vendor.
In addition to fiber products from her sheep, including roving for spinning, rugs, the Baaaystate Blanket and her hard-to-keep-in-stock dryer balls, Nancy has a full line of lamb cuts for sale.
The other weekly meat vendors include
Codman Community Farm with Pete & Jen's Backyard Birds,
Laszlo Family Farm and
Lilac Hedge Farm. They have many options to choose from. Make room in your freezer, as this week is our second to last market of the season.
Valicenti Pasta Farm
is changing their usual spot to
for Farm Fiber Day. You will find them in "The Potting Shed",
which is the east entrance to Russell's at the lower level.
Valicenti makes pasta (including gluten free, vegan and dairy free) and ravioli using vegetables grown at the farm and sauces including Red Gravy, Golden Gravy, alla Norma and Arugula Pistachio Pesto.
Congratulations to Cindy Craft of
Subito Farm on the publication of her article on gradient yarn
in the Spring Issue of Spin-Off Magazine.
Stir-It-Up-Cuisine has joined us for years with delicious sweet/hot pepper jellies. Owner Patricia Kiernan is
a caterer who specializes in Jamaican food. She will serve jerk chicken and rice and beans.
Additional prepared foods are available from FishWives Specialty Foods, The Herb Lyceum, Samira's Homemade, Soul of India and VESTA Wood-fired Mobile Pizza.
Red Fire Farm
Quiltmaker Margo Coates from
Dragonfly Longarm Quilting Services
makes quilts and placemats
Margo offers quilt making and finishing services.
a unique quilt or have her finish a project
like to see completed sooner
rather than later.
Winterberry Farm in Colrain will run "Lambing Days and Nights" programs April 3-13 and April 27-24.
"Most of our lambs will be born during these days. Families are
invited to spend a day and night on the farm. You can spend your whole time hanging out with the sheep, you can visit the other farm animals, you can do chores - or not. We'll feed you three good farm meals, but eating may be delayed if a sheep is in labor. Seeing a
birth is not guaranteed, but we can promise barn birth videos.
And very young lambs bounding around!"
C & C Lobsters & Fish
offers a variety of very fresh seafood.
They suggest that you pre-order in order to ensure availability.
If you can't make it to the market, they are able to arrange home delivery. Email:
Greenwood Hill Farm raises Merino sheep on their farm
Romney Ridge Farm
will have knitting and felting kits and plenty
a casual weekend of knitting, hooking, needle felting and
spinning in Rowley, March 25-26.
Barbara and Chris from the Worcester County Sheep Association,
take the Baaaystate Blanket to a new level with their bag.
On the Edge Knife Sharpening will join us to sharpen
knives, scissors and garden tools. You will find her working from
white van at the back entrance of Russell's.
Iron Horse Farm
We are collecting handmade or new hats, gloves,
Donations will be accepted through March 11.
Russell's Garden Center
, welcomes dogs come to the store. However, during the hours of 10 AM to 2 PM, the Wayland Board of Health asks that we keep all pets from visiting during Market hours.
Thank you for your understanding.