New Location and Opening of the Centreville Farmers’ Market

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As the flowers begin to bloom and the weather turns noticeably warmer the thought of strolling through outdoor markets becomes much more attractive. For local Centreville residents that can only mean one thing – it’s time to open the Centreville Farmers’ Market.

This year the market is on the move to the Centreville Plaza at 611 to 631 Railroad Avenue. The market is hosted by Centreville Plaza LLC in partnership with Acme Markets. The new location is made possible by Edward Scott, owner of Centreville Plaza, LLC. The Centreville Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“With the infrastructure project in full swing it became important to find a new location to accommodate both our farmers and vendors as well as our shoppers,” says Carol D’Agostino, Centreville Main Street project. “We are grateful for the support that Centreville Plaza has provided by giving the market its home for the season. Acme Markets and Centreville store manager Donna Benton have been incredibly welcoming as well. We couldn’t be more pleasure by the reception we have received,” she adds.

Photo: Farmers and vendors got together at the Commerce Street Creamery Bistro in February to start planning this year’s market. From left, are: Arlene Warner; Holly Gorham; Lew Dodd; Charlene Dilworth; and Steve Knopp.

Special promotion to honor educators and school staff       

One of this year’s new market promotions will be a free raffle for teachers, educators as well as administrators and staff from all Queen Anne’s County schools. In recognition of National Teachers Appreciation Week, May 7 to 11, school staff from any Queen Anne’s County school visiting the Centreville Farmers’ Market can enter to win a basket of bounty from the market’s vendors. The winning raffle will be drawn on May 12.

Centreville Farmers’ Market is co-managed by Arlene Warner of Arlene’s Creations and Lew Dodd of Cedar Run Farm. As of press time this season’s new vendors include:

• Arlene’s Creations of Greensboro, baked goods and sewn items;
• Cedar Run Farm of Sudlersville, meat, chicken and eggs;
• Agape Gardens LLC of Queenstown, greens and produce;
• Dotti DK at the Bay Jewelry of Grasonville;
• Darling Rondeau Designs of Centreville, decorative wreaths;
• Knopp’s Farm on the Shore of Federalsburg, produce;
• Kristy’s Backyard Blooms of Centreville, flowers and plants;
• La Dolce Vita Farm of Chestertown, produce;
• Nature Pamperz Soaps of Upper Marlboro, soaps, lotions and bath products;
• Rainbow of Handicrafts of Centreville, handcrafted sewn items;
• Sand Hill Farm of Greensboro, produce, honey and cut flowers;
• Sand and Silk Soaps of Centreville, soaps;
• Southside Artworks of Henderson, watercolor and acrylic original paintings;

Vendor information

Centreville Farmers’ Market is still accepting farmer and vendor applications. The market is seeking vendors for gluten-free baked goods, artisan breads, locally made value-added food items (honey, sauces, etc), and locally roasted coffee vendors. The market is also interested in being a CSA (community supported agriculture) pick up point. Applications are available online at http://www.townofcentreville.org/departments/main-street.asp or at Town Hall.

For more information, contact market co-managers Arlene Warner at (410) 482-4959 or Lew Dodd at (410) 708-0554 or sales@cedarruncattle.com or Main Street Manager Carol D’Agostino at (410) 758-1180, ext. 17, mainstreet@townofcentreville.org. Market applications can be downloaded at www.townofcentreville.org/event/farmers-market-begins/. To stay connected throughout the market season, “like” facebook.com/centrevillemarket and facebook.com/centrevillemainstreet.

Crow Vineyard and Winery Offers Winter Wine Seminar Series

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Crow Vineyard and Winery, an authentic farm winery, vineyard and farmstay B&B, will hold its Winter Wine Seminar Series from 2pm to 4pm on January 21st, February 4th, March 25th and April 22nd. Each session will offer participants a chance to learn all about the world of wine from Winemaker, Michael Zollo, Vineyard Manager, Brandon Hoy, and Owners, Roy and Judy Crow. To register for one or all of the seminars, visit crowvineyardandwinery.com/events.

The Wine Seminar Series is a unique opportunity for the local community to join in one of the Crow’s’ many efforts to promote education in an unforgettable atmosphere. Since opening the farm to the public, the Crow’s continue their vision to share with visitors the opportunity to experience the farm, vineyard, winery and B&B firsthand. Throughout the year Crow Vineyard and Winery offers a number of events to take part in, as well as opportunities to volunteer during harvest season.

Winemaker Michael Zollo and Vineyard Manager Brandon Hoy offer an opportunity for participants to learn about grapes grown and wine created at Crow Vineyard & Winery.

This winter, join Crow Vineyard and Winery at one or all of their Wine Seminar Series sessions to learn more about the different aspects of the wine world. Sessions offered include:

Session 1: The Basics of Wine Tasting and Palate Tasting will help you train your palate into identifying and articulating flavors like a pro. You will learn tools and techniques to practice every time you enjoy a glass of wine.

Session 2: Pairing Food & Wine, learn the art of pairing food and wine through guided tastings and presentation.

Session 3: Grapes to Glass, great wine begins in the vineyard and ends in the winery. During this session you will spend time in the vineyard to learn techniques for premium grape growing on the Eastern Shore. Then you will spend time in the winery to explore winemaking techniques and be guided through a tasting.

Session 4: The Art and Science of Blending Wines, in this session you will work side-by-side with the winemaker to see the process of blending wines. You will also sample some of Crow’s future wines.

Each seminar is designed to help participants learn a little more about wine, their taste preferences and the process from vine to wine. Wine tastings and light appetizers will also be a part of each session.

All sessions will be held at Crow Vineyard & Winery, 12441 Vansants Corner Road, Kennedyville, Maryland

Cost: $25 per person for session 1-3, $20 for Wine Club Members

Session 4 will be $30 per person, $25 for Wine Club Members

Located in the rural heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Crow Vineyard & Winery is Kent County’s first winery. Family owned and operated, they embrace the heritage and traditions of Crow Farm and their wines embody the simple elegance of a working pastoral landscape. The Tasting Room is open 7 days a week from 12-5pm.  The family also runs a farmstay B&B and sells all-natural grass-fed beef. For more information visit crowvineyardandwinery.com or call 302-304-0551.

Twas the Day Before Dickens: Friday and Saturday Specials at Chester River Wine & Cheese

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Twas the Day Before Dickens…

…and all through the town, the creatures are stirring, and merry is the sound. Join us Saturday from 11-2 for a Ploughman’s Lunch in the garden entrance behind Chester River Wine & Cheese along Cannon St. We’re excited to partner with Chestertown’s well-loved award-winning restaurant, Luisa’s.

Warm up with us before strolling the shops and fun along High St. We’re serving a traditional farmer’s lunch of English Cheddar, Wensleydale, pickles, bread, and meat.  Luisa’s has prepared a ham and navy bean soup to warm your belly. As you eat you’ll be treated to the clip-clop of horse-drawn carriages as they leave from our neighbors at Cross St. Realtors. The full lunch is priced at $12 (including tax and beverage).

During the Ploughman’s Lunch, we’re also hosting our Saturday morning wine tasting.  In addition to our wines, we’re also serving a house made Lemonade and Lockbriar Farm’s Apple Cider. Wines we’re sampling include:

  • Clara C Prosecco Brut – Fresh, delicate, balanced on the palate and light in alcohol with a long fruity finish. Perfect as an aperitif, ideal with fish, it goes extremely well with hors-d’oeuvres and light first courses.
  • Les Trois Couronne Cotes du Rhone – Another nice wine from a terrific vintage.  A round wine with aromas of black fruits, spices, and licorice. This is a full-bodied wine with rounded elegant tannins and a long finish with notes of fruits and spices.
  • JH Andresen White Port – Highly aromatic and complex, blending notes of dried apricot, pound cake, hazelnut, but with a freshness and vivacity. That freshness continues on the palate, with a beautiful acidity and creaminess, resulting in a stylish and distinctive wine.

Join us for First Friday this evening. We’re offering a half-case special on our wines and 15% off select bottles. In Welcome Home we’re offering 10% off plush bathrobes by Pine Cone Hill.

 

Chocolate for Food Day!

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Hugo Chavez Ayala

October 24 is nationally designated as Food Day—a day to examine how to improve our diets, our foods, and food policies—and Washington College this year is taking on a sweet subject: Chocolate. Hugo Chavez Ayala, co-founder of Agrofloresta Mesoamerica, will discuss cacao cultivation and how the choices we make as consumers of chocolate can affect the people, landscape, and cultures of the countries that grow cacao.

The event at 6:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge is free and open to the public and will be followed by a chocolate tasting.

Ayala will explain the logistics of cacao cultivation and how the agroforestry system where it grows can have positive social and environmental impacts. He will also discuss the difference between mainstream versus artisanal chocolate, and how the consumer choices can make a difference in the producing countries.

Ayala is an agronomist with a master’s degree in sustainable rural development. After working in academia for several years, he launched Agrofloresta to prove the thesis that it was possible to have a sustainable cacao business in Southern Mexico. Currently, Agrofloresta is working on its second cacao season, exporting fine flavor cacao to the U.S. and Europe, and is exploring the sustainable trade of other products, while benefiting more than 200 farmers with better prices and capacity building.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society and the Student Environmental Alliance.

 

Easton Hosts Craft Beverage Summit

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Join Easton Economic Development Corporation on October 17, 2017 for an informal discussion of the economic and community impact of a brewery, distillery, or winery in the town of Easton, MD. Mayor Bob Willey will host a panel of professionals including Kevin Atticks of the Brewer’s Association of Maryland. Panelists will give an overview of the craft beverage industry in Maryland and answer questions regarding successful projects across the state.

A representative of the Maryland Comptroller’s Office will also be there to provide an explanation the state’s new “Reform on Tap” initiative. The task force is developing legislative proposals based on extensive review of Maryland’s beer laws and other states’ laws. The goal of the program is to facilitate the growth and success of Maryland’s craft beer industry and other independent businesses.

The summit will be at the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 S. Washington Street, Easton, MD. If you are a local brewer or distiller and would like to have a complimentary table to showcase your products, please call Pam Skillings, 410-690-7348. The event is free and open to the public.

About the EEDC
Easton Economic Development Corporation was launched in 2013 to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business creation in the historic Town of Easton, Maryland to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works toward managing Easton’s continued growth as a diverse and healthy “smart town,” leading innovation where the land and water meet. http://eastonedc.com/

About the Reform on Tap Initiative
In response to the passage of House Bill 1283 during the 2017 Legislative Session and with the goal of modernizing Maryland’s beer laws and promoting economic growth across the State, Comptroller Peter Franchot established “Reform on Tap” Task Force in April 2017. http://comptroller.marylandtaxes.com/

About the Brewer’s Association of MD
The Brewer’s Association of Maryland (BAM) founded in 1996, is the non-profit trade association of Maryland brewing companies. The mission of BAM is to grow, promote and protect the Maryland craft beer industry. http://marylandbeer.org/

Permaculture Profits: Integrating Specialty Crop Production & Livestock Management

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Future Harvest CASA in partnership with the Eastern Shore Resource Conservation & Development Council is offering an on-farm education day on April 28th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Join us at Perennial Roots Farm, 23345 Decormis Street, Accomac, Virginia, to learn about permaculture, specialty crop production, and integrated pasture management. Owners Stewart Lundy and Natalie McGill will share their experience raising vegetables, flowers, eggs, and meat for local markets. VSU Extension Agent Patrick Johnson will discuss his research utilizing permaculture in intensive vegetable production. We will also offer an optional hands-on barrel composting workshop. Be prepared for hands-on work with gloves and muck boots. The educational program will be followed by a potluck lunch.

Tickets are $10 for FHCASA members and $15 for non-members. Register online at prfieldday.eventbrite.com or by contacting Niamh Shortt at niamh@futureharvestcasa.org. For scholarship information, contact Josephine: 757-710-7266.

Local Winery Takes Awards at 2016 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition

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0d1a6199Governor Larry Hogan presented awards to the winning wineries for their entries in the 2016 Governor’s Cup Competition. Among the winners was Crow Vineyards of Kent County, with their estate grown Barbera Rose, capturing both Best in Class and Double Gold medals.

“This 2015 varietal was produced in the saignee method which results in a more intense presentation,” notes Judy Crow, “and has been a particular favorite with our customers.” Shown in the picture are Governor Larry Hogan, Judy and Roy Crow, owners.

Crow Vineyard (www.crowvineyardandwinery.com) is located in Kennedyville, MD, and the tasting room is open from 12 noon to 5pm, everyday.

Author and Chef Hank Shaw Returns to WC on Dec. 3

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hankshawAuthor, blogger, and chef Hank Shaw returns to Washington College on Saturday, December 3, to talk about his new book Buck, Buck, Moose, and to discuss the best ways to prepare that deer you bagged for your table. Following his talk he will demonstrate how to prepare underutilized parts of a deer, and he’ll be on hand to sign copies of his book.

The event at 3 p.m. in Litrenta Hall is free and open to the public.

This will be Shaw’s second visit to Washington College, following his talk in April 2015 that was based on his first cookbook, Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast. Shaw has published three books, including Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domestic, and now Buck, Buck, Moose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Deer, Elk, Antelope, Moose and other Antlered Things. Shaw has also published stories in Food & Wine and Field and Stream magazines.

His website/blog, the Hunter Angler Gardener Cook, won Best Food Blog by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and was nominated in 2009 and 2010. He also won the Bert Greene Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for Best Food Blog in both 2010 and 2011.

The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society and the Department of Anthropology. For more details, go to https://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12248-buck-buck-moose. For more information on Hank Shaw’s work visit http://honest-food.net/.

Feast and Famine: The Food System of the Mid-Shore on Oct. 24

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Living on the Eastern Shore, it’s impossible to ignore the fields and crops that make up a third of all of Maryland’s farmland. But did you know that one in ten residents on the mid-shore struggle to get enough to eat?

neoma-rohman-headshotStartling facts like that, and the issues surrounding our local food system, are central to a presentation by Neoma Rohman, “Feast and Famine: the Food System of the Mid-Shore,” marking National Food Day on Oct. 24. The talk at 6:30 p.m., in Hynson Lounge on the Washington College campus, is free and open to the public.

National Food Day is a celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food. Though we all need to eat, most Americans buy their food at the store and think very little about where it comes from, the people who grew it or made it, and the journey it traveled before it arrived on their table.

Rohman is a local-food activist who is deeply involved in food-system issues, especially those of food equity, food justice, locally grown foods, and sustainable growing practices. She and her small family maintain a tiny urban homestead. In her talk, she will address the perceptions and reality of the food system on the mid-shore, where she lives and works, exploring the realities of life here on the shore, how the “system” really works, and what you can do to help. After her presentation, stick around to talk more with Rohman and taste smoothies made from local aronia berries.

Feast and Famine: The Food System of the Mid-Shore is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College, the Chestertown Environmental Committee, Phi Beta Kappa Theta of Maryland, and Figg’s Ordinary. For more information on the workshop, visit the event page at http://www.washcoll.edu/live/events/12245-feast-and-famine-the-food-system-of-the-mid-shore. For more information on Neoma Rohman’s work visit http://eleventhhousesolutions.com/.