Check back regularly to find out about new basket designs, one-of-a-kind baskets, or "doings" around the farm that may have been added to our store.
Fall brings the harvest and I have had so many requests for my mini pumpkin and raspberry baskets, approximately 2-3" tall, that I am offering them online. Each has a removable lid and are big enough to hold a small handful of candy corn or Skittles! A perfect addition to the harvest table or remembrance.
The Appalachian Egg Basket, whose name is derived from the purpose for which it was made, gathering eggs from the hen house, is ridged in the middle to prevent the eggs from rolling against each other and breaking. This ridge also allowed for the basket to sit on the hip while gathering the eggs or to sit on the back of a horse or mule on the way to market.
Our 14" Aroostook Potato basket has been "beefed" up turning it into a real "work horse" for the garden or at Farmer's Market. This basket is perfect for use with CSA's [Community Supported Agriculture]. Simply take it to the farm to be filled with produce and reuse it for the entire season. The handle has been upgraded to a 1" oak handle while the rim has been reinforced with 3/4" oak. Optional handle imprint reading "Community Supported Agriculture" available.
A perennial favorite, the classic Aroostook Potato Basket has a charm all it's own. Originally used to harvest potatoes before mechanization this abundant basket still works for harvesting from the garden, toting produce from Farmer's Market, cradling magazines, toys, mittens and scarfs. For those with a simpler taste in baskets this elegant offering is sure to please.
My newest market basket is dressed in a stenciled border of white pine sprigs offset by a double border of forest green arrow weave finished with a scalloped braided border and embellished with a stoneware white pine accouterment, 18"X8"X14"
This style basket has been used for years to hold wood by the hearth and has made a smooth transition to a garden gathering basket. It is generous in design, 12 X 18 X 14, and also makes an ideal carrier for picnics, pot luck suppers, Farmer's Market, or magazines. With its woven Gretchen border it is a lovely, serviceable, design.
I love color and have been playing around with new concepts for baskets. This basket has part of my grapevine lashed together for the rim with round reed weavers dyed in summer shades of blues, peach, greens and red. When I began this basket the shape reminded me of a mussel shell but as it progressed it began to resemble half of a milkweed pod, hence the name, Milkweed Pod in Summer Hues. The basket measures 25 inches long and about 10 inches across. It is a shallow, irregular basket and would be a lovely accent piece in the home.
Tuesdays beginning in June, 9:30-12:00 at the Brooksville Farmer's Market located in the parking lot of the Community Center in South Brooksville.
An elderly friend, at the age of 90, once told me the wealthiest people were not those with the most money but those who had good friends. I am fortunate to have some very good friends and offer some of their websites for your consideration. Beth Stafford, a very talented, creative, North Carolina artist; Rackliffe Pottery, hand-thrown, family owned pottery, offering Maine themes; plus my good friend Laura Brainerd who runs a unique bed and breakfast in Union, Maine. And of course, all my equine friends with all their pretty horses, Flyin Fox Ranch, Crossover Stables, and Harris Paint Horses.
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