Put the July 19 Tappahannock Farmers’ Market on your calendar, and you’ll experience the abundance and artistic creativity of this beautiful, riverfront community under the shade trees around the courthouse. This month, you can find the Welcome Tent in front of the wine garden on Cross Street. Stop by and pick up a program to locate new and returning vendors and ask how you can get involved in supporting the market team.
Vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, and trees will always be the highlight of the mid-summer market. Look for all of your favorite vendors and plan to try out some new and favorite recipes when you get home. Remember how amazingly fresh these products are giving them extra nutritional value and taste! Sunflowers will also brighten your home at $2 a stem, $20 a dozen, or bulk order discounts from Faver Field Farms.
July brings a celebration of creativity with an art contest open to everyone. Bring along your entries for first and second cash prizes ($30 and $20) as well as rosettes for first, second and third place in the following categories: Painting Adult, Painting Youth (16 and under), Photography Adult, and Photography Youth (16 and under).
This month’s strolling minstrels are 15-year old Essex High School and Governors School student and the RivahFest Idol runner-up Andrew Magruder and his friend, 18-year old Tyler Vieras. Listen for the guitar and fiddle of their bluegrass music, and, between songs, ask them about their musical background and aspirations.
Featured artists for July are market regular jewelry designer Lily Swann (Miz Trixie Piggle), painter Susan Ramsey, and photographer Kathryn Murray. Each has shared insights into her inspiration, experience, and creations.
Lily Swann enjoys handcrafting each piece of one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculpture in her Reedville studio, using art glass, semi-precious stones, pearls, sterling silver, bits and baubles- even a fabulous vintage find on occasion! From the strikingly elaborate wearable art sets, each with their own theme, to more sedate non-traditional ways to wear pearls, she makes each piece with care, a bit of whimsy, and unique creativity. Her jewelry includes big, bold and chunky funky, ultra feminine with a twist, eclectically delightful creations, petite crochet, wire wrapping, and her two newest ventures- “de-lucious” ceramic crab sculptures and jewelry and sea sculptures made of vintage silverware.
Susan Mahan Ramsey has always been interested in the creative arts. Since retiring and moving to Sharps, she has concentrated primarily on painting with watercolor, and recently she has been experimenting with other water media. Sue is an avid gardener, an award winning flower designer, and loves to travel. Her photographs, gardens, and flower arranging are often the inspiration for her paintings. Sue has had her work accepted into the Virginia Watercolor Society Show and the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Show. Sue has also been awarded prizes as an exhibiting member of the Rappahannock Art League. Her paintings, as well as greeting cards featuring her paintings, are exhibited and sold at the RAL Gallery in Kilmarnock, as well as being available at her studio in Sharps.
Kathryn Murray lives at Naylors Beach, just outside of Warsaw, Virginia. She finds her inspiration in the simple and beautiful places which surround her. A photographer for 40 years, just in the last 5 has she participated in numerous shows (local and national) and has been selling through galleries in the area. Her work has been seen extensively on covers of the Real Estate Review as well as in The House & Home magazine. Annual report covers in 2012 include Rappahannock General Hospital and River Counties Community Foundation. Known for her misty scenes with beautiful light, the photos are infused in aluminum and require no framing. This is a new process that is rarely seen but offers a crisp and archival alternative to traditional photos. Her work can be found at the Rappahannock Art League, Urban Harbor Art Gallery, Gloucester on Main as well as Jarrett Thor in Colonial Beach.
Look for new vendor Kristi Reynolds who will be bringing natural, organic herbal products she has been creating since 1989. A musician by training, she loves to see how many hats she can wear: pianist, singer, guitarist, organist, teacher, chef, herbalist, knitter, gardener, mother, wife. Now living in King William County, Kristi planted the garden and then set about finding what could be done with the resultant herbs. She started with simple herb mixtures to use in the kitchen. Since then, she’s learned there are endless uses for herbs. She learned to knit, she couldn’t stop so added a knitting part to her business. Kristi loves sharing products and ideas with like-minded people and will be happy to take special requests, especially on knitted items, for a specific color or pattern.
Wesley Pippenger will be offering a special market-day price of $45 for his gorgeous book Tappahannock and Essex County, Virginia in Early Photographs. His captions capture local history and the people who created it as well as the evolution of the landscape and buildings.
Remember, you can come early for breakfast and stay for snacks, lunch, and even a glass of wine. You’re guaranteed to see friends and find a spot in the shade to catch up while enjoying the bounty from the market vendors. You might also like to pick up some gifts for future occasions.
Belle Mount and Vault Field Wineries will be on hand in the Dillard and Katona wine garden offering samples of their wines, and their sommeliers will be happy to advise you on appropriate pairings for the feasts you are cooking up.
The Farmers’ Market in Tappahannock will continue to be held on the third Saturdays through November, sponsored by Tappahannock’s Main Street Program. For more information about the Farmers’ Market, participating as a vendor or as a volunteer, please visit www.tappahannockmarket.com call 804-445-2067 or email email@example.com Please remember the market continues to be a successful event because you support it! Thank you!