The Hampstead Farmers Market will open its ninth season with an opening day celebration Saturday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. until noon on the carnival grounds of Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department.
In addition to the awesome local and surrounding area vendors, there will be live music by Bert Kekauoha from 9 a.m. until noon. Kids can keep themselves occupied and in awe with the magic of Dave Thomen of D’s Magic, from 10 to 11 a.m.; and then visit the face painting area, where they will offer complimentary face painting from 10 a.m. to noon.
Hampstead Mayor Christopher Nevin will be there for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m.
What can you expect new this year at the market? According to a press release they have “formed a new partnership within the community.” This includes a new breakfast vendors plan, 11 new vendors to it’s already established base of 22 vendors and obtained commitments for live music throughout the season.
“The Hampstead Farmers Market Advisory committee has been hard at work this winter planning some great additions and good changes for the market,” said Marlene Duff, market manager, in the press release.
In addition, NESAP and the farmers market have formed a partnership to help provide fresh and healthy food to families in need in the community. “Through this program, NESAP’s food assistance program is able to provide HFM gift certificates to its clients,” according to the news release, “who will then be able to use them to purchase food from vendors at the market.”
The market is expanding in other areas as well, including its new approach to providing fresh breakfast items to its customers. This will allow for a person or nonprofit to attend the market for a month at a time to make and serve breakfast to its customers.
“We found that to expect any one person to serve breakfast the entire season is an unrealistic goal,” Duff said, “so we came up with a way to feature special ‘breakfast chefs’ each month.”
June’s chefs will be Lisa and Harry Maempel, July will feature Trinity United Church of Christ in Manchester, August’s chef will be the Manchester Maniacs 4-H Club, and in September they will feature B&R Pit.
While there will be new vendors this year, there are some veteran vendors that are worth visiting. Some of those include Bev’s Nuts, CaroLove Soaps, Collins Creek Farm, Whispering Breeze Farm, Wike Family Farms and many more. Some of the merchandise available for purchase include flowers, jewelry, photography, organic produce, produce, wood items, free0range eggs, meat, and more.
The new vendors include Cliff’s Salsa, Cannon Apiary (honey), Gratefully Baked Delights, Sparkling Stars Farm, Crochet Your Way, Origo Coffee, The Bakers Guild, In Heart Crafty Corner, Skaro Farms, Hiddenvale Flowers, and Stained Glass Your Way.
Last year’s season concluded on Sept. 30, 2017, with a record-breaking attendance of just more than 23,000 visitors.
The fire department is located at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.
Second Demo Derby set for June 9
The second Demolition Derby of the season is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at Upperco Volunteer Fire Company.
Gates open at 1 p.m. and the main event will begin at 4 p.m. The theme for this demo is “Disney,” come and celebrate Donald Duck’s birthday. Admission is $15 for ages 18 and older, $10 for those 12 to 17 years old, and free for those 11 and younger.
A driver meet-and-greet begins at 2 p.m.; and bring the kids for the Kids Power Wheels Derby, with ages groups of 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 years old. Stay after to watch some fireworks as well. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sunday, June 10.
The fire company is located at 5415 Arcadia Ave., Upperco. For information, call 410-887-1576 or visit www.uppercovfc.org.
Spring Garden fundraisers
Spring Garden Elementary School is working on fundraisers for their new playground, which they hope to see in about two years. There are many fundraisers happening at the school, so they can reach their goal of $100,000. They have been working on this now for almost two months.
A fun run for students is planned for Wednesday, June 6, and while it will help raise funds for the playground fund, it also promotes a healthy lifestyle for the students. Students are collecting pledges via cash, check and online donations. The schools’ site can be viewed at secure.eventsonline.us, and the donation deadline is Friday, June 8.
Some other fundraisers included a portion of proceeds from sales from Schwan’s was donated to the school; raffle tickets were sold for a winner and a friend to ride to school one morning with Iggy, the school mascot (the winner was drawn on May 19, during the Garden Party), and tickets are still being sold for an upcoming Orioles game. Any orders and money are due by Friday, May 25, and the tickets are $20 each for lower reserve, a $4 savings per ticket to the June 16 Orioles game.
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- Movie dates: event 7 p.m., movie at dusk, 2933 Manchester Baptist Church Road, Manchester. June 16, “Star Wars IV: A New Hope.” Bring non-perishable food. Information: 443-291-6317; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Annual Lion “Dick” Murray Memorial Golf Outing: June 15, registration 12:15, start 1 p.m., Oakmont Green Golf Course, 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead. $85/player; $320/foursome. Proceeds will benefit the Hampstead Lions Park Fund. Information: Dennis Sew, 443-463-4231 or email@example.com.