Friday, July 23, 2010

Market Spotlight!

One of the surprise perks of writing mysteries about farmers' markets is meeting market vendors (in person or via email) and learning about their products.

One vendor I've been fortunate to get to know is Rachel Stewart, who makes beautiful jewelry as well as hand-knitted products and sells them at the Sagamore Farmers' Market in Layfayette, Indiana. Here are pictures of her and some of her work:

Pretty stuff, huh?

Here's the Sagamore market Facebook page:!/pages/West-Lafayette-IN/Sagamore-West-Farmers-Market/121968051151869?ref=ts&__a=10&ajaxpipe=1

Some market particulars:
Located in Cumberland Park in West Layfayette, IN. In a parking lot, near the high school athletic fields.
Open: Wednesday afternoons, from 3 to 6:30.
There are 30-40 vendors, depending on the weather

Some vendors:
1 lemonade stand
3 bakeries
1 pork burgers
1 restaurant
4 jewelry (Rachel, 2 handmade glass beads, 1 strung/woven beads)
2 knitting (Rachel and one other)
1 tie-dye
1 handmade purses and flip-flops
1 knitted bears and bread dough flowers
1 honey
4 herbs/plants for gardens
1 popcorn
1 bison
6+ fresh veggies/fruit
1 winery
plus a few roving churches/causes/sign ups (these usually do a 3-week deal, not the whole summer)

The best part -- Rachel is offering a discount to anyone who says they saw this post: $2 off sets, $1 off earrings.

Some writers travel the country to visit bookstores. Hopefully, I'll be able to do the same some day, but I'll be adding farmers' markets to my stops. If you do meet Rachel, please tell her hello for me.


update: links weren't working, copy and paste to see the good stuff.

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