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Farmers’ Markets, Now with More Crafts

Betsy Murray Dog Bone

A couple of weeks ago Betsy Murray of Sunshine on Water sent me her list of shows to add to our members only Shows page. On her list was six Wednesday nights at the Monroe Village Farmers’ Market.

I hadn’t thought about that market in a while so I started poking around the website. I was disappointed to see the list of artists appearing there this year hasn’t been updated to 2014, but still, I got a kick out of seeing a bunch of familiar names on their 2013 Artists list.

That got me thinking about all the area farmers’ markets and how in recent years, they have been allowing more and more craft artists to sell. I bet that serves them well at the very beginning of the season before they are filled to the brim with produce. I know the Fairport Farmers’ Market runs into November so that’s holiday gift buying season, again, when produce & plants have petered out.

A couple of years ago I was helping artists connect with various farmers’ markets and was so pleased to see how they are spread throughout the week. I’d always been of the mind that they fall on Saturday morning, like the Public Market (which runs other days too) and Fairport’s market.

I was thinking I should post a list of area markets for reference – I don’t know if they are already filled or if there are always openings, or any details, actually. But this thought has been rattling around in my brain for a number of days – and then today, as I was reading Greenovation President Deb Muratore’s column in their newsletter – boom! There’s the very link I would have looked for if I’d gotten that far.

I give you the 2014 Farmers’ Market Guide.

I’d love to hear about your experiences, if you’ve been selling at local farmers’ markets.

Monroe Village Farmers Market – July 18

(Click images for a closer look!)

Marie Ferner of MF Crafts will be at the Monroe Village Farmers Market this Wednesday, July 18.

Monroe Village Farmers Market
Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot
730 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY

4:00 – 7:00

Pamela Frame Arts

June 27
4:00 – 7:00 PM
Monroe Village Farmers Market

Blessed Sacrament Church Parking Lot
730 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY

Pamela Frame Arts

Pam calls herself “the other Pam” to me, because at one time I was having a merry mix-up in my head between her and another Rochester Artisan Pam. Actually it wasn’t until I met them both in person at the same time that I realized they weren’t the same person. Hey, I never said I was the sharpest knife in the drawer!

Pam’s newest creations are castle theaters, like the one pictured above. I saw them in person at the first show a couple of months ago where she offered them and I think the paint was still wet, that’s how “fresh” they were. She lovingly hand paints all the details that make these castles so adorable. Each one comes with 4 finger puppets, also made by Pam.

Imagine the hours of play unleashed by these incredible creations! Then the theater folds up nice and neat, puppets inside, latches shut and can be carried around by the built-in handle.

From Pam’s Etsy Shop biography:

“I began playing the cello when I was 11 or 12, and I am a professional cellist and teacher. While I was a child, our house was always full of arts and crafts, and we always had projects we were working on. Children’s classes at Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery were lots of fun, and I even gained a small reputation as a go-to kid for party decorations (the life-size elephant head was a notable job; chicken wire and wet newspaper everywhere). I enjoy being busy, and I can’t make two identical items – it’s not what I enjoy. Anything you see on this site is one-of-a-kind, made with great pleasure.”

But wait – there’s more!

This is what Pam was making when I first met her – jewelry from hand-painted wood beads. Again with the tiniest detail! Look at those tiny dots, for instance! After painting the beads individually, no two alike, Pam adds in glass beads for a very funky look. The added bonus is one can wear a big chunky necklace with very little weight. Nicely done.

If It’s Summer – Must be Time for Farmers Markets

While we would argue that fresh delicious food feeds both body and soul, it has also been said that man (and woman) does not live by bread alone. In order to ensure that we are providing total nutrition, each week the Monroe Village Farmers’ Market offers a local artist a vendor slot at minimal cost. We hope this gives our artists an opportunity to sell and promote their work, as well as to interact with our friendly shoppers.

This Wednesday you can visit Rochester Artisan Francesca DeCaire at the Monroe Village Farmers Market, which is held on Wednesday evenings, 4:00-7:00 (June 13 – October 17).

Francesca will be there with her lampworked beads, each one carefully crafted by her in her studio in The Hungerford. She has some jewelry for you ready to wear, and many beads for purchase so you can create your own artful accessories!

The Monroe Village Farmers’ Market began because a small group of neighbors wanted to bring fresh food and a spirit of community to Monroe Avenue. Shoppers at a farmers’ market have, on average, many more conversations than those in a grocery store.

Farmers’ Markets Love Artists

I received an email from Mary McConnell today, announcing openings at their 2012 Monroe Village Farmers’ Market. See their website for details and the application.

This is the kind of information available as a member of Rochester Artisans email group. Join us through Yahoo using the purple button at the top of the sidebar.

And I encourage anyone to email me information about other local markets and I’ll get that posted to our email list and files section on our Yahoo site.

It’s going to be a great summer! Heck, it already is, with this wackadoo weather we’ve been having. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. So far, no shoe.

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