Annual May Market at Phelps-Hatheway always satisfies

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Mon., May. 20, 2013
Emily, Kathryn and Keith stand behind their table. They are part of the Suffield Regional Agriscience school.  The school prepares students for careers in food science, floral design and agricultural mechanics.  They sell plants every year at the May Market. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Emily, Kathryn and Keith stand behind their table. They are part of the Suffield Regional Agriscience school. The school prepares students for careers in food science, floral design and agricultural mechanics. They sell plants every year at the May Market. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Questionably gray skies did not keep away the many dedicated people who come out to the May Market annually just prior to Mother’s Day.  The market, run by the Suffield Garden Club for the last 39 years, was begun by one of the club’s matriarch members, Patty Aarons, according to member Peggy Robards, and has retained its small-town charm and diverse offerings.

“Originally, members would make [all the arrangements] and sell them,” said Robards. “But over time, the vendors increased,” she said.  Some of the more unique items this year included pottery toad homes, re-purposed tennis racquets decorated with floral arrangements, one-of-a-kind jewelry and herbs dug from Suffield Garden Club members’ own yards.

“Everything is garden related,” said Judy Edwards who was welcoming visitors as they approached the entrance to the Phelps-Hatheway Museum and Garden.

Local students from the Suffield Regional Agriscience program were on hand to sell their well appreciated geraniums, vegetables and herbs.  All of the students’ plants were grown in class, providing them with an educational opportunity and buyers with a quality plant to bring home and cherish.

One the favorite places for buyers to shop is the tag sale, whichis always set up inside the immense historic barn on the grounds of the museum.

“This is our biggest event of the year,” said Robards.

One of the most cheerful and inviting tables was set up under a tent with about 40 different colored drinking mugs.   Members donate mugs every year, in all shapes and sizes, and market visitors can purchase the beverage of their choice and take the mug home with them.

“One of the goals of the Garden Club is conservation,” said Jean Egan. “I’ve been doing this for eight years.  People come year after year to pick their mug,” she said. She said sometimes people just buy the mugs because they like them.

Proceeds from this event are used on community-wide projects.

The Suffield Garden Club was established in 1934.


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