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Meet the Vendor: Alfalfa Farm Winery

by Cara Rubinsky, Swirl & Slice volunteer
Ben Adelman of Alfalfa Farm WineryPeople love Alfalfa Farm Winery so much so that the owners rely on a dedicated corps of volunteers who show up several times a year to help with everything from harvesting the grapes to bottling the wine.
Richard Adelman and his family have run the Topsfield farm for 38 years. Adelman bought it to raise beef cattle and horses after his interest in farming was piqued by college classes and a social sciences teaching job at an agricultural college. In the mid-90s, his brother Dave, a chemical engineer and amateur winemaker, had the idea to try growing grapes and making wine there.
“We had no idea if it would work at all,” Adelman says.
It did, and now the Adelman family offers more than a half-dozen kinds of wine at any one time. Some of the grapes are grown right on the farm, while others are brought in from elsewhere. People who have seen the farm’s iconic silos are often surprised to learn it’s a winery. Even more surprising to some? That you can grow wine grapes in Massachusetts. When Adelman started making wine, his was only the 13th farm winery in the state. Now there are 40.
The five types of grapes grown on the farm are hardier varieties that can survive the tough New England climate. Adelman suggests customers try the marechal foch, an earthy-tasting red made with grapes grown on the farm. People also like the pinot grigio, but the most popular of all are cranberry and blueberry wines. Alfalfa Farm is all sold out of those at the moment, but Adelman is hoping there will be more by July.
The other thing that makes the winery special is the volunteers, who have formed a community of their own by getting to know each other while working together at the farm.
“People who come here, it’s kind of a different experience,” Adelman says. “We do tours, we do classes. A lot of people really like that.”
The winery is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays during the summer and 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall. Private and custom tastings are also available.

Somerville Arts Council Call: Craft Vendors Wanted!

The Hungry Tiger Street Festival, now it it’s second year, transforms Union Square into a night market like those of East Asia or Europe. Local
restaurants selling small street food and fire throwers draw in a big
crowd. We’ll keep the fun alive with face painting, buskars, interactive
booths, face painting, and more. Produced by the Somerville Arts Council, they’ve put out a call for vendors that can bring a unique spin on craft vending. Specifically items a customer can wear or carry with them (think masks, hair accessories, fake moustaches, buttons, maybe bags or purses, and especially anything that lights up).

See below for details of the application. If applying,  cut and paste
the vendor information  into an email and send to Meagan O’Brien,
megart04@gmail.com

 

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Somerville Arts Council Call: Craft Vendors Wanted!

Hungry Tiger Street Festival

A Festival of Food and Culture in Union Square

Application deadline: Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

About Somerville Arts Council
Since 1985, the Somerville Arts Council has been producing craft events that help the economic and creative growth of the city. Part of that has been the successful series of ArtsUnion craft fairs: Boston Handmade Marketplace, Sew What?!?!, and the Rock and Roll Yard Sale. It has also included building ArtBeat into a festival that includes 80+ incredible vendors. We continue this tradition now by including craft vendors in events like the Hungry Tiger Street Festival.

 

About the Hungry Tiger Street Festival

The Hungry Tiger Street Festival, now it it’s second year, transforms Union Square into a night market like those of East Asia or Europe. Local restaurants selling small street food and fire throwers draw in a big crowd. We had a large turn out last year, so please be prepared for that. We’ll keep the fun alive with face painting, buskars, interactive booths, face painting, and more. What we’re looking for you to add is a unique spin on craft vending. Specifically items a customer can wear or carry with them (think masks, hair accessories, fake moustaches, buttons, maybe bags or purses, and especially anything that lights up).

 

The Basics 
* This is a juried craft market.

* Work does not have to be something you can carry with you, Asian-themed, or lit up, but preference may be given to those who have work fitting the theme.

* There is a $25 fee to apply. If accepted, you will be provided (and limited to) one table and two chairs.
* The Somerville Arts Council reserves the right to amend or add to the applicable rules pertaining to and governing the Market at any time.

 

Date and Time
* The Hungry Tiger Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 6th at 6pm-10pm. Set-up will start at 4pm.

Set-Up and Operations (retain this information for reference if you are accepted)
* Table and chair spaces will be assigned to vendors by the Market Coordinator at Check-in (between 4pm-6pm)
* Set-up is not permitted before 4pm on Market day and vendors must be ready for operation by 6pm. Booths must be staffed during operating hours, 6pm-10pm. Vendors are not allowed to disassemble booths before 10pm. Operations of the Market should not be disrupted, nor the safety and convenience of shoppers or vendors be jeopardized.
* If bad weather or it rains the Hungry Tiger Street Festival will be held Sunday, August 12th from 6pm-10pm. Please make sure you are available both dates before applying.
* Vendors are responsible for keeping their space attractive during Market hours and for cleaning up their space after the Market closes, including removal of garbage and sweeping up any scraps. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Hungry Tiger Street Festival Craft Vendor Application
Please cut and paste this application into an email, answer the questions and attach 3-5 .jpgs of your work. Then send it by Friday, August 3rd to: megart04@gmail.com
You will receive an e-mail within 72 hours letting you know if you have been accepted. Once accepted you must mail a non-refundable $25 check to the Somerville Arts Council to reserve your table and chairs.

Applicant Name:

Business Name:

Address:

City/State/Zip:

Phone (Day):                           (Evening):

Email:

Crafts Category (pls circle): jewelry   ceramics   photos   prints   fabrics/textiles   drawings/paintings   other:

Price Range: $               to $

Describe the work you plan to sell at Hungry Tiger Street Festival:

 

Please provide a description of your booth set up:

Vendors for Union Square’s Saturday Market Finalized

There will be a number of new faces at the 2012 Union Square Farmers Market, along with old friends.

Mary Cat Chaikin had been our market manager back in 2005 at the launch of the market and she returns this year to the helm.   Since that initial launch into local food Mary Cat’s worked with a number of the farms where she sourced products for her business, Puddingstone Catering.  She’s also familiar to a number of specialty food companies where she’s brought her baking and customer service expertise.  We’re thrilled to have her back.

The offerings of the market continue to grow.  This year joining Fiore di Nonno’s fresh cheese will be Robinson Farm with a variety of certified organic, aged farmstead cheeses from grass-fed cow’s milk.

Hollis Hills Farms and Misty Brook Farm are expanding the meats offered by Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm.  Hollis Hills are bringing beef, pork and chicken, as well as a selection of maple products.  Misty Brook will sell veal and eggs.

Misty Brook is also a certified organic producer of vegetables and they’ll expand the wide assortment of products from our long standing vendors of Drumlin, Flats Mentor, Hutchins, Kimball, and Parker Farms.  Nicewicz continues to bring us their tasty tree fruit and corn.

We’re particularly excited to welcome Shady Oaks Organics from Newburyport, MA who will sell  raw, uncut cultivated oyster and shiitake mushrooms as well as “Grow Your Own” mushroom kits. They may also include a selection of wild foraged mushrooms as available.

In specialty foods, Cook’s Farm pies and baked goods are joined by the cheesecakes of 7ate9 Bakery in Melrose. 7ate9 has garnered a following after their stint selling at the Armory’s Winter Farmers Market.

Culinary Cruisers of Somerville were guests at the end of last season at our market this this year will be with us every week with kombucha and a new product, specialty popiscles. We’re tried their test batches and you’re going to love them!

Iggy’s Bread of the World, Seta’s Mediterranean Foods, and Taza Chocolate all return this year every week, while wineries Coastal Vineyard and Turtle Creek Wine alternate Saturdays with their brands of handcrafted Massachusetts wines.  Also stopping at the market for alternating Saturdays is Groundwork Somerville and the Community Growing Center, each bringing in seedlings and herbs.

SomerStreets Calls for Musicians, Vendors

 

The City of Somerville runs an event series called “SomerStreets,” one of the area’s largest public events, when the City closes the streets to cars and opens them to residents.  There are 3 upcoming SomerStreets festivals coming up and you can be involved.

  •  Sunday, August 21, 2011 Going Green on Rt. 16 noon-4pm Rt. 16 (Dilboy Field to Broadway)
  • Saturday, September 10, 2011 Rolling on the Mystic; noon-4pm Shore Drive (Blessing of the Bay Boat House)
  • Sunday, October 23, 2011 Fall event; noon-4 pm Somerville Avenue (Washington Street to Beacon Street) UNION SQUARE !

For any of these opportunities, please contact Carlene Campbell, Director of Community Relations at ccampbell@somervillema.gov  or (617) 625-6600 ext. 2615.

Call for Musicians: Musicians of all types are wanted to perform. This is a volunteer gig, but we offer fame and glory, an expected crowd of more than 5,000, and perhaps a chance to watch various demonstrations or see a pumpkins carved with power tools.

Call for Non-Profits: Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and we request that you provide an interactive game/activity for residents.

Call for Craft Vendors:  Craft vendors of all types are wanted to participate .  For craft vendors, send an email to ccampbell@somervillema.gov with “SomerStreets call for craft vendors” as the header. Each participant will have a 10 X 10 space at the event and the cost to participate in the event is $20.00 or for $30.00 if you would like a table and chairs.  Please make checks out to the City of Somerville and write SomerStreets in the “For” line.  Provide the following info:

  • 1. Name of artist or company
  • 2. Contact info: contact person, e-mail and snail mail, phone, fax and website (if applicable)
  • 3. Brief description and 3-5 low resolution jpgs of items to be sold
  • 4. Somerville affiliation (if any)
  • 5. Web site or MySpace url.

Mail or drop off forms: SomerStreets Attn: Carlene Campbell, Communications , 93 Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02143

Call for Vendors

The Hungry Tiger Street Festival on August 6, 2011 will transform Union Square, Somerville into a market like those of East Asia or Europe. Union Square restaurants representing cultures from all over the world will be there selling fresh, small, delicious foods. There will be buskars, entertainers, possibly fire dancers, face painting, and much more. The festival has decided to add a few last minute craft vendors to continue spicing up this already cultural, colorful event! We are looking for craft vendors who sell items a customer can wear or carry with them (think masks, hair accessories, fake moustaches, buttons, possibly bags or purses, anything that lights up, etc.)

Call for Vendors:  Application deadline is Friday, July 29, 2011

  • The Hungry Tiger Street Fair will take place Saturday, August 6th at 7pm-10pm. Set-up will start at 6pm.
  • This is a juried craft market. We will only be accepting (at most) ten craft vendors because this is a food based event.
  • To be considered as a vendor, all your items can be hand-crafted or imported. Vendors who sell items that
  • Work does not have to be seasonally themed, but preference may be given to those who have work fitting the theme.
  • There is a $20 fee to apply. If accepted, you will be provided a table and chairs. (Vendors must supply tent if desired)
  • The Somerville Arts Council reserves the right to amend or add to the applicable rules pertaining to and governing the Market at any time.
  • If bad weather or it rains the Hungry Tiger Street Festival will be held Sunday, August 7th from 7pm-10pm. Please make sure you are available both dates before applying.

To Apply:

Cut and paste the following information into an email, answering the questions and attaching 3-5 .jpgs of your work. Then send it by Friday, July 29th to: megart04@gmail.com

You will receive an e-mail within 24 hours letting you know if you have been accepted. Once accepted you must mail a non-refundable $20 check to the Somerville Arts Council to reserve your table and chairs.

Applicant Name:

Business Name:

Address:

City/State/Zip:

Phone (Day): (Evening):

Email:

Crafts Category (pls circle): jewelry ceramics photos prints fabrics/textiles drawings/paintings other:

Price Range: $ to $

Describe the work you plan to sell at Hungry Tiger Street Festival:

Please provide a description of your booth set up:

 

 

 

About Somerville Arts Council

Since 1985, the Somerville Arts Council has been producing craft events that help the economic and creative growth of the city. Part of that has been the successful series of ArtsUnion craft fairs: Boston Handmade Marketplace, Sew What?!?!, and the Rock and Roll Yard Sale. It has also included building ArtBeat into a festival that includes 80+ incredible vendors. We continue this tradition now by including craft vendors in events like the Hungry Tiger Street Festival.

2011 Union Square Farmers Market Vendors Announced

This season of the Union Square Farmers Market is literally going to blow up the Square. We’ve got not one, not two, not even three, but six new vendors joining us this season.

Seta’s Mediterranean Foods was a popular guest vendor last year and caused a sensation at the Winter Farmers Market up at the Armory. We’re pleased to welcome them as a weekly vendor as they offer up the best hummus, babaganoush and metch to be found anywhere.

Seta’s is sharing a space at our market with Fastachi who are bringing a variety of hand-picked, hand-roasted nuts and dried fruit.

For the first time ever we’re going to have fish at the market as Jordan Brothers brings the sea to us with flounder, cod and tuna, steamers, mussels, and lobsters, and lots more.

Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown has a herd of grass fed cows that gives them the raw ingredient for their line of artisan hard and soft cheeses.

We’ve not been approved yet by the City of Somerville but we’ve accepted two wineries this year. On alternating weeks Coastal Vineyard of Dartmouth and Turtle Creek of Lincoln we expect will offer bottles of hand-crafted Massachusetts wines.

We’re very pleased to welcome back all our long standing, beloved vendors including Drumlin, Kimballs Fruit Farm, and Parker Farm with produce right from the start of the season on June 4. Flats Mentor and Nicewicz have crops that harvest later so we’ll see them with their corn, peaches and  greens come July. Hutchins, the “new kids” from last year are joining us once and we’re looking forward to having them for many more. Stillmans is back with meats and flowers, Fiore di Nonno with fresh mozzarella, Taza with stone ground chocolate, Iggy’s with fresh baked bread and Cooks with their oh-so-tasty assortment of cakes, pies and preserves.

As they did in 2010, Groundwork Somerville and the Community Growing Center will switch off each week with a variety of potted plants, herbs and, while it lasts, maple syrup. Looks like the Urban Homesteaders, who hosted the skillshares in 2010, are caught up with a new project with the Boston Tree Party. We’re hoping that the Growing Center an Groundwork might able to provide some skillshares for us.

With all this new activity the guest vendor space at the market will be available only at the start and end of the season, when we’ll have some extra room around the swell of the season.

We’re developing our line-up of performers for the market now as well.

For either of these opportunities,  contact Market Manager Adrianne Schaefer at market@unionsquaremain.org