Who knew that art lovers patronize the Brooksville Farmers Market?
The market is near Buck’s Harbor Marina and Buck’s Harbor Yacht Club, so as you can imagine it attracts quite a few yachters and summer cottagers. Many of the cottagers go back generations to Brooksville. The Brooksville Farmers Market is also near a charming country store called (you guessed it) Buck’s Harbor Market and a fine restaurant called, yup, Buck’s.
Other vendors include Blue-Zee Farm, where Renata sells the best red peppers ever along with blueberries, lettuce and other produce, and Poland Farm, where Kevin sells farm-grown beef and pork. Sometimes he brings his guitar and sings King of the Road for me. (Along with other songs.) I did a watercolor of Kevin a few years ago:
I can’t leave out Courtney Haight, who, when he isn’t playing the steel drums, sells heirloom tomatoes, vinegars and barnboard tables.
Vendors also sell jewelry, coffee, lime fizz, jam, granola, books, photographs, eggs, lard, ceramics, textile art and lunch.
Brooksville Farmers Market
This spring I thought I’d try selling prints and cards at the Brooksville Farmers Market. I asked my mom to come up with a display (she’s much better at it than I am) and borrowed a tent from my friend Spoon Bob.
As an afterthought, I included a few original watercolors in mats.
And I brought along four birdhouses that my dad painted over the winter.
The birdhouses, a steal at $39 each, have all gone home with a happy owner. So have a surprising number (to me) of original watercolors, along with quite a few prints.
These two guys are easily my best sellers.
So every Tuesday I schlep the tent, the tables, the tablecloths, the fake calla lilies, the box of cards, the box of prints, the easel, the framed painting, the cash box and the print rack, I drive them to Brooksville and I set them up. From 9:30 a.m. to noon I’m there, meeting new people and swapping market gossip with the other vendors.
So please come on down and say Hi!