Pouring rain and cold temperatures didn’t stop the Bethel Farmers’ Market from opening for the season on Saturday, May 25. Some of my favorite vendors were there, including Abbott’s Family Farm, Meadow Ridge Perennial Farm, Maine Lobster Boys, Middle Intervale Farm, and Vegetables Dance. A newcomer this season is Angry Mountain Farm from Albany, who offered fresh baked goods, including pretzel rolls, bread, and bagels. Their rosemary and garlic flatbreads (crisp and sprinkled with a touch of sea salt) won rave reviews from my book discussion group at our Saturday brunch. Other finds: delicate baby spinach, parsnips, and rhubarb. The Bethel Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the green near the Norway Savings Bank at Route 2 and the Parkway.
The Annual Bethel Library Plant Sale is this Saturday, June 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. The sale takes place rain or shine on the lawn beside the library at 5 Broad Street. It’s one of the best places in the area to get inexpensive perennials. This year special gardener’s “door prizes” will be given away from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. All the funds raised go to help the library provide books, movies, magazines, programs, and other services to our community, along with maintaining the library building. If you can’t come to the plant sale, you can still make a contribution to the library by donating to the library’s Annual Giving Campaign. This year, the library’s goal is to raise $13,000 by June 30. They are still short of that goal. Donations to the library’s annual fund can be sent to: Bethel Library, P.O. Box 130 Bethel, ME. 04217.
I was honored this week to have my short story, “Hay Day,” selected for publication later this year in the book “Summer Stories.” This was the result of a short story competition sponsored by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance and Shanti Arts Publishing. Mainers were invited to write short stories inspired by a series of paintings by Leslie Anderson. Her paintings depicted scenes of summer life in Maine. Writers submitted fifty-four short stories. Award-winning Maine author, Ron Currie, Jr., selected twelve stories by ten authors to be published alongside Anderson’s paintings.
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