What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
Now that we are officially into December it’s looking and sounding like the holidays around here! We’ve turned on the holiday music, decked the halls, and we’re hustling around to get ready for the weekend events, though we also love the weekdays. It’s a little quieter, but that gives us a chance to spend a time with you coming up with meal ideas and gift suggestions. Just think of us as your “personal locavore shopper.”
Bill Averbach is gathering up potatoes for the 2nd Annual Latkes Festival on Friday and has challenged himself to make 1000 latkes in less than 3 hours beginning at 10 am. Who is going to eat all of those latkes? You are! There will be enough to feed a crowd, so gather ‘round in anticipation of Hanukkah. Pickleville also has a fresh batch of pickled garlic and kimchi, so don’t wait til Friday to have a sour day.
Later in the evening on Friday we’ll transform the market for our much anticipated First Friday Holiday Arts Market from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We’ve got more artists and vendors than we have space, so come see how we pack it in to give you the best chance to shop for local art, gifts and something for yourself. We’ll put a beverage in your hand, and entertain you with a young string trio who has been practicing for this event.
We’ll take a quick rest and come back on Saturday morning to admire the entries in our 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest. We still have a few kits available, so bring it on. A professional panel of judges will select the winners at noon on Saturday, December 8th. The Charlotte Waites will be on hand Saturday from 10 am until noon in their Renaissance costumes to serenade and entertain us with their unique musical instruments, puppets and medieval banter.
In vendor news this week, Jane Henderson of Commonwealth Farms asked me to share that she’ll have seasonal lilies, and lots of turmeric, which has well-known medicinal qualities. Also – fans of JW’s Farm should come today to gather up freshly harvested greens from the Food Hub, including broccoli raab, Vates kale, arugula, and mizuna. Windcrest Organics delivered carrots and beets, as well as baby chard, kale, and spinach, so fill your basket with seasonal greens! The Food Hub also has lots of sweet potatoes, which rival kale in nutritional value.
Essential Soap Company has been stocking up their inventory for gift giving! They have a table full of Stocking Stuffers for teachers, friends, co-workers, the Mailman… something for everyone. They have seasonal soaps like Pumpkin Spice, made with organic pumpkin puree, and Santa Baby, the scent of Christmas. This is definitely the season for creams that are very moisturizing and beneficial for your skin. Choose from Shea Butter, Honey Handcream, or After Bath Oils. The peppermint Honey Lips lip balm is sure to please, as well as their wildly popular Fantasy Foot Duo in a festive gift box! It includes one bar of Twinkle Toes pumice foot soap, and a jar of Sole Solution, an all-natural foot cream made with shea butter. You can also make your own gift box assortment.
Stay tuned for new vendor news soon, as well as a survey to get your feedback on potential upcoming changes and additions. We have our ears open because we’re building this market for you.
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager