Greenbelt Farmers Market: Another Visit
On May 13, I visited the Greenbelt Farmers Market on its opening day. At that time, strawberries were in season. On July 8, I visited the market again, and this time cantaloupes and honeydews were freshly picked. On this day there was also a special visitor–Proteus Bicycles from College Park.
Proteus Bicycles on Route 1 in College Park is the closest full-service bike shop to Greenbelt. The shop has been operating at their location for 40 years and has a loyal following in the region.
Laurie Lemieux (right) adjusts the rear light of Anne Shipps’s bicycle. It is a Bianchi Torino bike that Shipps bought from Proteus Bicycles last year. Lemieux is a co-owner of Proteus Bicycles and a Greenbelt resident. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner and is in the process of transitioning into her full time job running the bike shop. She and an employee bought the shop from its departing owner this May and will take over the place in August.
Jeff Lemieux, Laurie’s husband, is also an avid cyclist. Here he is putting frozen berries into a blender that is attached to the back of a Kona Ute cargo bike. He says that this bike came to Proteus used and because the shop does not sell second-hand bikes, employees use it to run errands such as getting pizza. He says that it weighs 200 pounds and was made in Seattle, and he has seen as many as three kids riding on its back.
Jeff Lemieux pours juice into the frozen berry mix.
Zach Brewster-Geisz pedals the cargo bike whose rear wheel operates the attached blender.
Jeff Lemieux gives away the freshly made smoothie.
Zach Brewster-Geisz brought his folding bike made by Brompton Bicycle in the U.K. He says that it has 16-inch wheels, weighs 30 pounds, and costs $2,000. He tells that he brings the folded bike with him on the Metro during rush hours, when ordinary bikes are not allowed, and then rides it from the U Street station to Georgetown.
Laurie Lemieux discusses with a visitor best biking routes. Various maps are available.
Lemieux tells me that she has long been an avid cyclist and a bike commuter and had been a regular customer at Proteus Bicycles for 7 years when she bought the shop. Before that she worked as a nurse practitioner and recently resigned her teaching position to run the shop full time. She is learning about bike fitting and everything else about running a bicycle shop. She also tells me about Thursday night potluck gatherings at the shop and Saturday morning bike rides which leave from the shop.
Luke Tornatore has just graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School and was a member of the school’s chamber orchestra. He will attend New York University in the fall, and this summer he has played violin at the Greenbelt Farmers Market on several Sundays. He tells me that he started playing violin in third grade when he was 8 and today, as a matter of fact, is his 18th birthday. When this photo is taken, Tornatore is playing Gavotte from “Mignon” by Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896), a French composer.
Lee Ann Clark (right) of Two Ocean True Foods offers customers frozen fish from Alaska. The company has two operations: its farm north of Baltimore raises free-range chickens for meat and eggs and its vessel in Bristol Bay, Alaska catches a variety of wild fish.
Three species of wild Alaskan salmon are available: keta, coho, and sockeye. There are also wild Alaskan halibut, wild Atlantic mahi mahi, and wild Pacific ahi tuna. From the farm are whole free-range chickens.
Here Clark looks through a folder for labels of her company’s products. The two photos show her two daughters holding Alaskan sockeye salmon. She says that normally her daughters come to Greenbelt’s market but because this is the salmon season, they are in Alaska. The Alaskan salmon season usually starts on the first of June and lasts eight weeks.
A customer reads product labels for wild Pacific keta and coho salmon from Two Ocean True Foods. “From Southwest Alaska where our fishing vessel, Jack of Hearts, plys the salmon grounds on the rollicking waters of Bristol Bay…”
This shopper comes prepared with her bag and Cold Ice gel packs.
Sunflowers, $6.50 a bunch, from Glade Link Farms in Frederick County, Maryland
Kenny Whitmore of Glade Link Farms puts out freshly picked blueberries ($4.25 a box). On the table are also beets ($2.50 a bunch) and squash (75 cents each).
Blueberries are in season from late June to early August.
Mystic Water Soap is at the Greenbelt Farmers Market the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
Based in Riverdale Park, Maryland, “Michelle Burns of Mystic Water Soaps makes her products from scratch by the traditional cold-process method using olive oil, vegetable oils, shea nut and cocoa butters. She incorporates milk, honey, essential oils and botanicals to make a true soap that retains all its natural glycerin and cleanses your skin gently. Her soap is long-lasting, made from original recipes that she have perfected over the years. She will also be offering essential oils, perfume oils, lotions, bath salts, dusting powder and body scrubs.”
Sea Salt (“Gentle exfoliation, Fresh herbal scent”), Marrakesh (“Exfoliating Sea Salt Soap w/ Shea Butter”), Dead Sea Mud (“With tea tree oil and activated charcoal”), and Pink Sand (“An abrasive salt & pumice soap for feet and hands”). Sea salt soap, rich in minerals, has been Mystic’s bestseller for six years, Burns tells me.
Dwight Holmes shows a neck cooler.
“Your neck cooler is filled with water-absorbing crystals which are activated by soaking the neck cooler in cold water until they fully expand. Tied loosely around the neck, it will help you stay more comfortable in hot weather. It can be reused indefinitely—wash by hand occasionally in cool water with mild detergent, rinse well and hang to dry (do not put in washing machine or dryer).”
A variety of perfumed oils are available including amber, black pomegranate, blue lotus, dark moon, dolce veleno, earth rose, Egyptian musk, evening star, full moon, good karma, innocence, jasmine, kimono, lavender vanilla, lilac, lily of the valley, orchid & lily, pink sugar, sandalwood, sangre del drago, Savannah, white musk, and willow.
Michelle Burns demonstrates how to use her shaving soap to make lather. “Mystic Water Shaving Soap is a soft, tallow-based soap made with shea butter and aloe vera that makes an exceptionally rich and creamy lather. It provides a slick, comfortable shave and doesn’t dry your skin.”
Soaps shown here include melon, Ethiopian coffee, oatmeal milk & honey, white tea & ginger, red clover tea, fresh peach, blackberry sage, black raspberry cream, dragon’s lair, Irish traveller, jasmine, key lime, golden amber, vanilla sandalwood, gulab jamun, guava, cedar & sage, lilac wood, stella blue, dark moon, magnolia blossom, ocean, earth rose, sandalwood, goddess, pink sugar, orange blossom special…
Palmyra Farm near Hagerstown, Maryland is a new vendor at Greenbelt Farmers Market this year, and it offers cheeses from the farm’s award winning Ayrshire cows. Here on the left are spreads ($7 a box) and on the right half-pound blocks ($8).
Here are Chesapeake Bay cheddar, tomato basil cheddar, and hot pepper colby. Also available are colby, garlic colby, cheddar, smoked cheddar, and feta cheeses.
Here are dill cheese spread and Chesapeake cheese spread. Also available are blueberry and hot pepper.
Pat Hochmuth stands at the Pat Hochmuth Farm stand. The farm is in Delmar in Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and Hochmuth is offering melons picked yesterday.
These cantaloupes are $2 each or $5 for three.
These larger cantaloupes are $3 each.
Honey dews are $3 each.
Sun jewel melons are $1.50 each.
Tomatoes are $4 a quart.