Hessian Studio Named Martha Stewart American Made Craft Finalist!
We're thrilled to share the good news that market vendors Louis Hess and Guy Bostian of Hessian Studios have been named a finalist in Martha Stewart's American Made program! Congratulations!
As Louis and Guy shared with Martha, "[We] left the hustle and bustle of the New York City ad world to start our own business and to pursue our love of design and nature. I think we decided to start our business long before we actually did, which was a good thing because we needed a lot of time to develop our products into something we could be proud of and that others would enjoy and find useful. All of our products are hand made in small batches in our studio; which is in an outbuilding on Guy's family property. We can now work hard but also have a garden and chickens which is something we always wanted but very hard to attain in NYC. We are currently doing several local farmer's markets and festivals but have been picking up a string of stockists. We hope this evolves into slow and steady growth so we can maintain a work life balance and still have time to stop and smell the rose essential oil we use in our Flower Moon candle."
What's next? Here's what the American Made program shared: From all the published nominees, 1,000 finalists will be selected to compete for the American Made Awards across the categories of crafts, design, food, and style. Of these finalists, 800 will be handpicked by our panel of esteemed judges. But that's not your only chance to be a finalist—activate your social network on Facebook and Twitter to earn one of the remaining 200 wild-card spots. From the entire pool of finalists, 10 Award Winners will be named: nine by the judges and one by our audience.
Voting for the American Made Audience Choice Award Winner begins September 15, 2014. Martha Stewart's site says to check back for more details on final voting! Let's support Louis and Guy!
Well, we think the world of these two and are proud that the Salisbury Rowan Farmers Market is one venue through which they sell their products. Hessian Studio offers hand-poured soy and essential oil candles, handmade shea butter-based soaps, bath soaks, and mosquito repellent!
We're pretty sure they'll be busy in the weeks to come so please stop by, say congratulations, and stock up on their awesome products!
Market Chef Competition Continues
by Deirdre Parker Smith for The Salisbury Post, August 12, 2014
It was a busy, loud and frantic Market Chef competition on Saturday, with three chefs and their assistants vying for the win.
Becky and Autumn Ulrich, winners of the first competition on July 19, were back, along with Christine Wilson, who chose Quinn Scarvey, the first round's second place winner, as her assistant, and Penny Collins and Laura Vella, both of whom have "done some chefing," as Laura pointed out.
The secret ingredients for this round were guinea fowl from Yorke Reynolds and bitter melon from Lee Ly.
You could see some surprise on the contestants' faces. They also had to use three of these four ingredients: eggplant, tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers or mustard.
There was a mad grab for ingredients, then contestants had $10 and 15 minutes to shop. Christine and Quinn picked up purple okra and Thai basil. Penny and Laura got corn, scallions, zucchini, onion and basil, and Becky and Autumn got squash and basil.
Bitter melon was new to most of them. They'd been given a hint to think Asian before choosing their 10 pantry items, so they brought coconut milk, soy sauce, ginger, vinegars and rice.
Fabulous food from the Farmers Market
By DEIRDRE PARKER SMITH/SALISBURY POST
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 1:14 a.m.
Stepping into the wonderland of the Salisbury Farmers Market dazzles the senses. Over here are sweet sugar snap peas and crisp bok choy. Over there, rainbow swiss chard and feathery fennel. There's cantaloupe, South Carolina peaches and mouth-watering baked goods.
Where to start?
If you are well prepared and have recipes, it's easy to find what you need. But if you are a little more adventurous (or bad at planning), you look for what's gorgeous and fresh and then work out how to use it.
Because you can find plenty of protein at the market, from cheese and eggs to chicken, pork, beef and lamb to fresh Outer Banks fish, you can easily create a complete meal in one trip.
Shop early to get the best of the best. Some vendors encourage shoppers to pre-order so they'll be sure to have what you want. This is especially a good idea for Outer Banks Seafood and for Wild Turkey Farms. If Wild Turkey Farms has chicken, it won't last long. Everyone wants free-range chicken.
On an early weekend at this year's market, we bought andouille sausage from Wild Turkey Farms. Over at Lee Ly's table, we found pea shoots, something new and unusual. The Lys say you can use anything green in a stir fry, and they've never steered us wrong.
My husband and I got pea shoots and thin, crispy pea pods, along with fresh spinach and fresh garlic.
Welcome to the Salisbury Farmers Market
Home to the best local produce in the Carolinas, the Salisbury Farmers Market has a wide variety of products. You expect fresh produce and fruits, but did you know we also have local meat and crafts as well? View our complete vendor list and learn more about the people who grow, raise, and make the products as the market each week.
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April 26 to September 27--Wednesday and Saturdays from 8:00 am until 12 noon
Saturdays Market Only—October 4 to December 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Our market season ends on November 29, 2014