The Bean, Twitchell and Frazier families of Carr Mountain Farm, offering fresh pork, poultry, vegetables and baked goods, is one of nearly two dozen booths that can be found each Saturday at the new Wentworth Farmers' Market off Route 25 in Wentworth. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
July 30, 2020WENTWORTH – This summer, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a toll on farmers and small businesses that rely each year on markets, Old Home Day celebrations and other venues where they sell their produce and goods. Donna King, with the help of friends Deb Ziemba and Arlene Patten, decided to start a new option for them — the Wentworth Farmers' Market, where local vendors could set up shop each Saturday.
"It's so needed right now. All these vendors wanted a place to go and we have a huge ball field here in Wentworth that's just sitting empty this summer," King said. "I thought it was the perfect spot. People can be socially distanced here while safely shopping at an outdoor market."
Last Saturday, there were more than 20 booths circling the field selling crafts, baked goods, art, vegetables, home and garden plants, locally made jewelry and more.
Carr Mountain Farm is a joint venture of the Bean, Twitchell and Frazier families who teamed up this summer, each bringing with their own individual contributions to the business. Together they offer not only fresh vegetables from their gardens but cut flowers, baked goods, fresh pork and poultry, too.
"This is our first time doing a farmers' market, and the kids have loved helping out here today," they said. "It's been a really good experience for not only them but us, too."
King and her grandchildren had a booth beside Carr Mountain Farm offering Whitcher's Honey from her sister's hives, as well as cinnamon buns made by granddaughter Evelyn Sidor and bluebird houses built by her grandson Wesley. They, too, had vegetables fresh from the garden along with cookbooks filled with great recipes for the honey they were selling.
Across the way shoppers could purchase pints of blueberries, popcorn balls and muffins. There were hand-turned wooden utensils, photos, note cards, even New Hampshire-themed cornhole games available.
Oak Tree Witchery LLC of Wentworth had a number of natural teas, tinctures, pain salves and other nature-based remedies. Among those were their own lip balm sticks, the proceeds from which will benefit the Wentworth Fire Department.
Northstar Botanicals of Wentworth attracted shoppers who were interested in owner Nancy Sheddick's floral displays, natural soaps and perennial plants. For indoors, she also had a few pots of lovely, hard-to-find orchids for sale.
"I'm just thrilled that Wentworth has this market this year. It's so needed here, especially now, and it's just around the corner from my house," Sheddick said.
Warm Country Glow had seasonal floral displays and candles and Starlight Woods of Canaan offered a vast array of handmade walking sticks and other decorative wood products. Dakota Blue jewelry of Warren was selling their genuine crystal handmade bracelets while other booths had hand sewn baby items, knit goods and all types of home décor.
There were also local artists with their talents on display but most unusual of them all was the Ohana Family's art booth where Daman Ohana had origami flowers, birds and other intricate paper art for sale.
Wentworth Congregational Church will be at the market each weekend, too. At their information booth they have pamphlets explaining their church restoration project and representatives are also accepting tax-deductible donations toward the cause. Built in 1876, the federal-style meeting house has many unique features and is considered to be one of the most widely photographed historic churches in the country.
"There's something new every week and we're very pleased with the support everyone here has received so far. It's been wonderful," King said.
Wentworth Farmers' Market is open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Saturday until the end of August. Located on Hamilton Field, visitors to the town will find it just off Route 25 in Wentworth, across from Shawnee's Market.