What a wonderful first experience with kelp! My spirit of experimentation during the pandemic really paid off with our local Frenchboro Kelp Company and I am already a diehard fan. The ribbons of kelp were fresh, squeaky clean, perfectly blanched, and I felt as though I had the sea in my mouth. I’m looking forward to trying different forms of, and recipes with, the kelp, but so far I’m hooked with just eating it out of the bag. Thank you, Rachel Lee, for such an awesome and healthy product. I encourage everyone to check out their FaceBook page and, better yet, their kelp—but leave some for me!
Joshua Greene reminds us that the Swan’s Island Baptist Church will resume its in-person services on May 2 at 11 a.m. He, and many others, cannot wait to see you in person.
One of my favorite pastimes, as I dream of the ideal garden, is to receive tips from those islanders who really know the land. Michelle Whitman queries the island gardeners, “When is it safe to plant or when is the last frost? The Almanac says May 3 but I bet you all know better.“ Emmie McKay Sawyer provides sage advice and mentions some great resources: “Your cooler weather crops like peas, spinach and some lettuces can go in now, as can some onions. Sue Wheaton swears by not planting warmer weather crops such as tomatoes, beans or cucumbers until after the full moon that follows Memorial Day (early to middle June). Also, my mom [Wendy Joyce] and Esther [LeMoine] are a wealth of gardening knowledge, mostly from trial and error.“
Thinking about the planting season, I am pleased to pass on some information from Terry Staples: “If you are thinking about your future garden, we just received a bunch of seeds from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Healthy Acadia. If you can use some seeds, stop in and get some at the Atlantic Apartments #1.” We thank Terry for helping to provide for us now and in the future.
It’s time to once again reset your ferry schedule clocks. From May 3 through Oct. 12, the following schedule is in effect (note that schedules for Sundays and Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd, do not change from the current schedule): Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday — 6:45 a.m./7:30 a.m.; 8:15 a.m./9:00 a.m.; 9:45 a.m./11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m./2:15 p.m.; 3 p.m./3:45 p.m.; 4:30 p.m./5:15 p.m. Wednesday (2nd, 4th, 5th) and Thursday — 6:45 a.m./7:30 a.m.; 8:15 a.m./11 a.m.; 1:30 p.m./2:15 p.m.; 3 p.m./3:45 p.m.; 4:30 p.m./5:15 p.m. Wednesday (1st, 3rd) — 6:45 a.m./7:30 a.m.; 8:15 a.m./11 a.m.; 1:15 p.m./4 p.m.; 4:45 p.m./5:30 p.m. Sunday — 8:15 a.m./9 a.m.; 9:45 a.m./11 a.m.; 1:15 p.m./4 p.m.; 4:45 p.m./5:30 p.m.
Happy birthday to Sarah Jae MacDonald, Donald Carlson, Johnny Rozenski, Calvin LeMoine, Axel Raymond Staples, Cooper Wilson Staples and Abigail J. Dy. Anniversary blessings to Steve and Judy Green.
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