Good Earth Market will hold its 8th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the market’s grounds in Clarksville.
“Two of my long time employees — Sandy Powell and Dawn Pierro — both are excellent jewelry makers. They said, ‘We’d like to do a craft show here. We think it’d be great!’” recalled Sue Ryan, owner of Good Earth Market, of how the festival started. “It was just such a huge success, and it was wonderful for the market. We have a lot of new people who come on that day to check us out.”
Following the success of the first festival, which had 12 vendors, Ryan decided to continue the event. This year, the festival boasts 35 vendors, selling everything from pottery to sea glass jewelry to photography, and more.
“We’re going to do something different this year. We used to have it up front on the lawn, and now, with the Route 26 work, it has taken some of our space — we’re doing it in the back field,” said Ryan. “So we have lots of parking and lots of space for vendors.”
New to this year’s festival will be SoDel Concepts’ Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen.
“We are super-excited that SoDel Concepts’ Big Thunder food truck is going to be there all day. We are super psyched about that!” said Ryan. “Big Thunder has been on the farm before, for farm dinners, but never before for a craft show. They’re going to be cooking up some incredible breakfast burritos in the morning and will do lobster rolls and crabcakes for lunch. We have shaded seating underneath the patio where people can eat and enjoy the food.
“I’ve had such a longtime relationship with SoDel and love everything they do,” she added. “We’re psyched to see how this works out. It’s a great little spot. It’s great for them to come out to Clarksville and reach people in our area that may normally not be able to go to the food truck and check it out.”
Birch Tree Café will also be open during the festival, serving up gluten-free fare.
“People can come and have lunch while checking out all the local crafters,” Ryan said.
Those attending will also have the opportunity to purchase tomato plants, as the market will have 13 different varieties on sale.
Old World Bread will also have a selection of breads for sale during the festival.
“It’s the bread people line up for at the farmers’ markets. If people are dying because they haven’t had it since last summer, come Saturday! We’ll have plenty on hand,” said Ryan, noting that the bread is also sold at the market Fridays through Sundays through the winter.
Ryan said those who are interested in coming but not buying are welcome, too. She encouraged community members and visitors to stop by, stroll the gardens and see what wonderful art the local community is producing.
“It’s a very reasonable show for a small artist to get into. This is a great place for people who are just starting out, or who are just small local artists to sell their work,” she said. “One of the coolest things about living here is how creative people are who live here. The locals are very creative and art-oriented, and that’s what makes our area so cool.”
Good Earth Market is located at 31806 Good Earth Lane in Clarksville. For more information about the festival, visit www.goodearthmarket.com or call (302) 537-7100. Good Earth Market’s Rehoboth location is 38131 Terrace Road in Rehoboth Beach. That store’s phone number is (302) 226-3276.