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When there is not much snow on the ground during winter weekends, our family finds ourselves hunting for accessible adventures. We found a road trip to a new-to-us weekend farmers’ market is always a highlight. There’s a thrill to discovering local farms and artisans. All of us enjoy chatting with vendors, sampling new foods, and of course, shopping for all nature of good things. For MP and DP, a visit to a local market is also a welcome respite from our weekly grocery store visits.

From Berwick to Orono, here are some weekend markets that are worth the trip:

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One of the things MP loves most about shopping fairs and festivals is the wonderful, creative people she meets. Over the summer, she had the chance to chat with two talented women—Molly Perry of Go Babe Slings and Lauren Watkinson, owner of Bird & Bear Boutique.

We love this print from Go Babe. So cute!

We love this print from Go Babe. So cute!

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During this white and wintery time of year, MP craves color. What a treat it was to discover the Wildflower Soup Etsy shop. Shop owner and Brunswick Mom, Tammy Johnson, makes dolls and colorful quilts that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Take a look:

baby-quilt

A sweet, cotton patchwork quilt for babies and toddlers.

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The holidays are fast approaching, and as long as you’re running around getting ready, you might as well indulge in one of Maine’s best treats. The Gelato Fiasco, which is located in Portland and Brunswick, is best known for its creamy, inspired flavors of gelato—a dense, Italian ice cream made with less air than the American version. Their sorbetto is equally delicious for those who are dairy free. What we love? The flavors are made from scratch daily.

cranberry-sorbetto

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When MP becomes a senior citizen, she hopes to be as plucky as the grandmother in Katie Clark’s popular Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck and Grandma Drove the Snowplow series. If you’re familiar with the Brunswick author’s books, you know her lovable protagonist is a dedicated problem solver. Grandma is ready to do whatever it takes to help her community, no matter the obstacle.

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Father’s Day is on Sunday, and MP needs to find a thoughtful gift for DP. Truth be told, he ordered himself a heart monitor for exercising, but that’s not quite what she had in mind. Here are some of the ideas she’s mulling over for Dad Potato’s big day:

1. A Visit to Lion’s Pride 

DP went to Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell recently and still raves about the visit. The pub, which boasts 35 Belgian beers on tap, was named the #1 beer bar in America by Beer Advocate Magazine. Impressive, right?  Jen and Chris Lively, who own Ebenezer’s, also own Ebenezer’s Brew Pub in Brunswick. The Brunswick location has a tremendous selection of beers and a menu that includes house made Belgian frites. We can’t wait to visit.

Handblown glass taps at Ebenezer’s in Brunswick

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While visiting the Rumpus Room in Brunswick, MP came across these wonderfully versatile baskets from Jessica Sullivan. Jessica’s home-based business, Baskets of Hope, helps to raise funds for Bolgatanga—the largest town in Upper East Ghana, Africa—where basket-weaving is the main source of income for many families.

We like the sturdy, leather carrying handle… perfect for little hands

The lovely fair trade baskets are made of grass fibers and colored with natural dyes by the townspeople of Bolgatanga.

A woman from Ghana puts the finishing touches on her basket

The owners of the Rumpus Room use the smallest baskets to hold crayons at their crafting tables and as shopping totes for play food. MP, who is always in search of ways to organize the team’s craft supplies, hopes to use them for beads, stickers and spools of ribbon. And Jessica says her children use the baskets to carry snacks along in the car… smart!

The baskets range in size, so you can use them to store larger items like stuffed animals, dolls and blocks. You can order the baskets directly from Jessica or at http://www.basketafrica.com.

Baskets of Hope
Fair Trade African Baskets
Jessica Sullivan
207.319.7768
JessicaBaskets@gmail.com

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