Cathy and Bill Schmidt of Ash, N.C., arranged the multi-colored yards signs with amusing sayings such as “This place is for the birds” and “May all your weeds be wildflowers” painted on them. The rest of the display included yard ornaments made with recycled metal implements and flower pots with wooden heads, tails and feet to simulate ducks, crocodiles and other animals.
“It’s a way for me to create,” Bill said, indicating his handiwork.
The Schmidts have been vendors at the Buddy Kelly’s Farmers Market in Shallotte, N.C., for four years and Cathy is now manager of the weekly event. She explained that more than three dozen vendors participate with hand-crafted items and home-grown fruits and vegetables.
Andrea Dail of Shallotte offers soaps, body wash, hair products and body creams containing goat’s milk and other natural products. She read about the benefits of goat’s milk and started experimenting with it a year ago when nothing cured her severe psoriasis. She explained that her psoriasis disappeared after she applied her own remedies.
“The benefits from goat’s milk are incredible,” she said. “It repairs damaged skin. It helps soothe poison ivy and psoriasis. Everything I use is natural. Nothing is artificial.”
Gerald and Barbara Muckenfuss of Ash have been part of the farmers market since it opened about seven years ago. They bring their home-grown tomatoes, a variety of squashes, beans and other produce as it is ready to be eaten. They are willing to explain exactly what the products are and other advantages to eating home-grown food.
Doris Shook of Shallotte started painting and designing gourds in 1997 and brings her array of them to the market. Birdhouses, boxes with lids and “anything I can think of making” are part of her display. One of her favorite items is a country cottage with a pine cone roof.
Leah Burch of Supply, N.C., brings her woven baskets and potted plants. Esther Moses of Nakina, N.C., and Deloris McCumbee of Ash have home-made wine bags, potholders, oven mitts, place mats, napkins, baby throws, pet pillows and other home-sewn items.
John and Becky Duchnowski of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., make braided jewelry and accessories from paracord, a type of nylon rope. Key chains, bracelets, necklaces and dog collars are available as well as custom-made requests. Helen Taylor of Shallotte makes aprons to fit men, women and children in an unlimited number of patterns and styles.
Rachel Johnson, economic development/media/events coordinator for the town of Shallotte, said up to 300 people visit the farmers market each week. In April 2015 the farmers market will move to the new Mulberry Street Park, now under construction.
Other events happening on the north end of the Strand include:
Master gardeners answer planting, gardening questions
What | Members of Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association answer people’s gardening questions. Free soil sampling is available.
Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.
When | 9 a.m.-noon Fridays through October
Cost | Free
Master gardener online plant sale
What | Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association will take online orders for plants that thrive in our coastal area
Where | www.bcmgva.org
When | now through Sept. 19
Cost | varied; PayPal and credit cards accepted
Details | Choices of various evergreen shrubs, flowering shrubs, grasses and perennials. Pick-up dates are Sept. 17-19, Brunswick County Government Complex, greenhouse, Old Ocean Hwy. (U.S. 17 Business), Bolivia, N.C.
Ingram Planetarium free programs
What | Each weekday a different program. Mondays: What’s Up in the Sky This Week, Tuesdays: History of Technology, Wednesdays: Sea Turtle Talk, Thursdays: To the Moon: Fridays, Science in Small Bytes Series
Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. (off Sunset Boulevard behind Food Lion), Sunset Beach, N.C.
When | noon June through August
Cost | Free. Admission required for Sky Theater Dome Shows,13+, $8, 62+, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free
Contact | 910-579-1016, www.MuseumPlanetarium.org
Details | Aug. 15 Friday program at noon, guest speaker Fred. R. David, author and historian, presents “Ancient Aliens” and explores the question of whether earth has been visited by aliens.
What | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum offers programs on marine environment in the area
Where | 799 Second Ave. N, North Myrtle Beach
When | 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 20 sharks, Aug. 27 jellyfish
Cost | $2 per child plus museum admission, adults, $6, 60+, students and military with I.D., $6, 4-12, $4, members and under 4, free
Contact | 427-7668, HistoryAndMore@North Myrtle Beachmuseum.com
Details | Children learn about the specific creature, play a game and make a take-home craft.
Day In The Yard
What | Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer six horticulture classes providing basic knowledge to maintain a garden in coastal North Carolina
Where | Cooperative Extension Training Center, Bldg. N, Government Complex, Old Ocean Highway (U.S. 17 Business), Bolivia, N.C.
When | 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 3-Oct.8 and 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 15-Nov. 19
Cost | $75
Contact | 910-253-2610, email@example.com
Details | Topics cover soil, irrigation, pruning, insects, diseases, plants and planting.
Toy Time at the museum
What | An interactive exhibit and program series utilizing tumbling, sliding, rocking, spinning, dancing and flying life-sized folk toys.
Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach
When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Saturday exhibit until Nov. 1.
Cost | Museum admission: adults, $6, seniors, students and military with I.D., $5, 4-12 years, $4, 3 and under, free
Details | Contact the museum to learn the extra cost for the Toy Time exhibit.