Market, fair aids school trip

BAR HARBOR — A Holiday Farmer’s Market and Craft Fair will take place Sunday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mount Desert Island High School cafeteria.

More than 23 farmers, bakers, artists, crafters, students, parents and teachers have joined forces to offer a special shopping opportunity the week before Thanksgiving.

“The spark for this event is an April 2016 educational trip to England and Paris with 52 students and teachers participating,” said trip leader and high school history teacher Beth Blugerman. This is the latest in a series of fundraisers the group has been working on over the past year. “We have some very talented people in our school and in the wider community. It’s fun to bring crafters and artisans together with farmers.”

“Though weekly MDI farm markets have ended, there’s still lots of fresh, local food available. This is a great way to get easy access to it,” said Caroline Pryor, one of the organizers and parent of Eliza MacDonald, a junior and trip participant.

Shoppers will find frozen organic blueberries, local cheeses, pies, meat, bread, vegetables, jam, chutney, unique and affordable hand-made ornaments, felted mittens, sea glass jewelry, wooden crafts, knitted hats, cards, calendars, wreaths, birch bark picture frames, pillows, aprons and lots more.

Local artists and crafters include Jen Judd-McGee, Patti Savoie, Michelle Souza, Julie Havene, Karen Ressel, The Community School teachers and parents.

Farms include Sweet Peas, Smith Family Farm, Sunset Acres and Blue Barrens. Old Dog Baking will have wood-fired, sourdough breads.

The Murphy family will take pre-orders for holiday season lobsters; daughter Paige, a junior, will travel in April. The MDI Music Boosters also will have a table.

Lunch will feature roast pork from the Brown Family, with high school senior Molly Brown going on the trip, and a vegetarian fall soup.

Vendors will support the England-Paris trip by donating a quality item to an upcoming silent auction or making an outright donation.

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