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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  Fiber Lounge  from 10 to 12.
Next Saturday, March 4, is the last market of the season.

Raja Farm hats

Gail Callahan, The Kangaroo Dyer and creator of The Color Grid
and the Wedding Color Grid.
"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  reports,  " 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 Journey Wheel 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 Bosworth 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 Julia Farwell-Clay 
from  1 to 4 PM. There are only a few spots left (contact juliafarwellclay@gmail.com). 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."
" SAORI Weaving  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 Tidal Yarns,
 in collaboration with handweaver Stephanie Morton.

Richard Tripp of Windy Hill Farm and Ken Abert of Dorchester Farms
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 Farmis 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

Our thanks to Chris Lyons for joining us last week to talk
about the Massachusetts Cheese Guild.

Last fall The Prince of Wales wrote an article for  The Telegraph 

" 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!

Join 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 spinach

"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.

Fresh organic  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.

Bagel Alley
Bagel Alley

Roving from the Woollies of Shirkshire Farm.

Carr's Ciderhouse 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 Subito Farm
  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. 

Quiltmaker Margo Coates from Dragonfly Longarm Quilting Services
makes quilts and placemats Margo offers quilt making and finishing services.   C ommission  a unique quilt or have her finish a project
 that you  would  like to see completed sooner  rather than later.

Red Fire Farm lettuce

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:  topnotchhull@comcast.net.

Greenwood Hill Farm raises Merino sheep on their farm  in Hubbardston.
  Romney Ridge Farm will have knitting and felting kits and plenty
  of yarn.  Kelly would also like to invite you to UNWIND Weekend,
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.

Patti from On the Edge Knife Sharpening will join us to sharpen 
knives, scissors and garden tools.  You will find her working from 
her  white van at the back entrance of Russell's.

Iron Horse Farm

We are collecting handmade or new hats, gloves,
 mittens and scarves for  A Place to Turn in Natick. 
 Donations will be accepted through March 11.  

Our sponsor,  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.

Vendors this week:

Foxhill Farm
Woolies of Shirkeshire Farm


Thank you for your support!  
Peg Mallett, Market Manager