Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket fea­tures lo­cal pro­duce, hand­crafted goods

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE— Ev­ery Thurs­day af­ter­noon, lo­cal ven­dors sell their freshly picked pro­duce and hand­crafted goods at the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket.

The mar­ket is set up from 3 to 7 p.m. in the park­ing lot at Long Wharf Park. Shop­pers bring their bas­kets and bags to fill with all man­ner of pro­duce, lis­ten to live mu­sic, and the out­door set­ting makes it a per­fect sum­mer­time out­ing for fam­i­lies with kids and pets.

Shop­ping at the lo­cal farm­ers mar­ket sup­ports small

busi­ness in the com­mu­nity, and gives shop­pers the op­por­tu­nity to be more in­formed about the prod­ucts they buy. The prod­ucts are gen­er­ally sold by the very peo­ple who grew them.

In ad­di­tion to fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, shop­pers will find unique, hand­crafted goods cre­ated by lo­cals. Tom Maskell at Tom’s Cus­tom Leather makes and sells hand­bags, wal­lets, belts, key-rings and more. Amanda Lane at Kaye’s Trea­sures is a brand-new small busi­ness sell­ing items such as bracelets, ear­rings, lu­mi­nar­ies and ther­mal rice pillows at the mar­ket.

Rose McCaster-Brown is the pro­pri­etress of Soap Mixol­ogy sell­ing nat­u­ral soaps and lo­tions. Swamp Bon­nie Art had one-of-a-kind cus­tom art pieces for sale.

The mar­ket is even a place for lo­cal stores and restau­rants to pro­mote them­selves. Over­flow Cafe was out to tell ev­ery­one about its food and open mic nights held ev­ery Fri­day.

Some other ven­dors to be found at the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket in­clude Har­ris Farms, Til­mon’s Is­land Wine, Kraus Pro­duce, The Bay Mush­rooms, LeCompte Bay Farms, Cedar Run Farm, CD Pro­duce, Tri­an­gle Acres, Free­man’s Farm Pro­duce, and Knopp’s Farm, to name a few.

July 23 through July 31 is the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge, a pro­gram of the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion. The pro­gram chal­lenges peo­ple to pledge to eat at least one thing from a lo­cal farm each day for the week.

Ven­dor Steve Knopp, of Knopp’s Farm, spoke about why it is im­por­tant to buy your food from your lo­cal farms.

“It’s better to buy lo­cal over the gro­cery stores,” Knopp said. “It sup­por ts your neigh­bor. I would rather sup­port my neigh­bors over out-of­s­tate ven­dors. When you buy lo­cal, you know what you’re get­ting, and there’s a greater sense of trust.

“With the pro­duce at the gro­cery store, it’s not lo­cal, you don’t know where it came from, and you don’t know what sprays or pes­ti­cides might have been used,” he said. “I trust who I know, and I want to make sure I know what I’m feed­ing to my own chil­dren.”

Knopp’s sen­ti­ments echo those of the Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge, which names a few rea­sons why lo­cal and state of­fi­cials urge peo­ple to buy and eat lo­cal food: ex­cep­tional taste and fresh­ness, sup­port for in­de­pen­dent and fam­ily farms, a stronger lo­cal econ­omy, better health and safety for your fam­ily and pro­tec­tion for the en­vi­ron­ment.

More in­for­ma­tion about the chal­lenge can be found at www.buy­lo­calchal­lenge.com. Keep up to date with the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket by vis­it­ing its Facebook page.

Steve Knopp, owner of Knopp’s Farm in Fed­er­als­burg, comes to the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ev­ery week to sell his fresh, lo­cally grown pro­duce.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Visit the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ev­ery Thurs­day from 3 to 7 p.m. at Long Wharf Park.

PHOTOS BY VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE

Visit the Cam­bridge Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ev­ery Thurs­day from 3 to 7 p.m. at Long Wharf Park.

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