Sharing the Wealth at the Chatham Farmers Market

Chatham Farmers Market brings people together through farm-fresh eggs, vegetables, homemade jams and jellies and delicious baked goods.

Written by Marina Davalos | Photography by Michael and Suz Karchmer

Sara Sneed, owner of The Bashful Tarte bakery, frequently has customers lining up at her booth before the Chatham Farmers Market opens at 3 p.m. “You can’t sell until the bell rings,” laughs Sneed. “The market doesn’t open till Kathy rings the bell.”

Sneed is referring to Kathy Sanders, owner of Thyme After Thyme herbs and manager of the farmers market. A Chatham native, Sanders returned to the Cape after living nearly 20 years in Colorado and opened up Thyme After Thyme to sell her all-natural “bath, beauty and soul” products. In the late 1990s, the Chatham Farmers Market was serendipitously located in front of her little shop on Morton Road and Route 28, and by default, she ended up managing it. “It fell right into my lap,” says Sanders, who had experience with farmers markets in Colorado.

Kathy Sanders, owner of Thyme After Thyme, is the manager of the Chatham Farmers Market.

As the Chatham Farmers Market began to grow and attract more farmers and more customers, space and parking became an issue. Enter Julie Eldredge-Dykens, artist and owner of Local Color Art Gallery, located next to Ocean State Job Lot on Route 28. “I heard through the grapevine that the farmers market was looking for a bigger place,” says Eldredge-Dykens. “I could envision their tents up on our property—I knew it could work.” Eldredge-Dykens rents the space for her gallery from the family of Jane (Harding) Patterson, who passed away in 2016. “We asked Job Lot if they would be OK with us hosting the market, and they agreed to let us use the parking lot. It’s a win-win situation.”

Dykens says she delights in hosting the market, and looks forward to it every Tuesday. “I love being in the company of so many great people.”

Jeff Deck, owner of Not Enough Acres Farm in Dennis, has been a vendor at the farmers market for six years. Sadie, his dog, accompanies him. “It’s great fun,” says Deck. “We’re always busy.” He sells primarily fresh greens. “We grow pretty much everything—kale, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, onions, carrots, asparagus,” he adds. Not Enough Acres has been in his wife Elizabeth (Crowell) Deck’s family since 1710, when it was given as a King’s grant.

The criteria for joining the farmers market as a vendor, says Sanders, is that the farm should be local, and if not a farm vendor, that products be handmade and/or sourced from local farm fare.

Farmer Green Man Dirty Dan specializes in fresh eggs. “We have 40 egg-laying chickens,” he says. Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest of Harwich sells homemade jellies and jams, and Summer House Natural Soaps of Hyannis sells homemade soaps, including dog soaps. Fromage à Trois in Dennis specializes in homemade cheeses and pasta.

And who could have pasta without tomatoes?

Stella Farms specializes in Heirloom tomatoes, growing more than 40 varieties at their farm in Sandwich. “My dad was the original tomato man,” says Eric Stella, who grew up outside of Boston. “I’m Italian. We had a huge tomato patch,” he says. In addition to growing traditional red tomatoes, such as hybrid red, big beefsteaks, Stella grows specialty tomatoes like black krim, indigo blue beauty and lucid gem.

Sanders, who sells her herbal products at the farmers market, reflects on the market’s success. “We’re at the right place at the right time. People are more aware these days, they want to meet their farmers and see where their food is coming from,” says Sanders. She adds that Chatham Farmers Market now accepts EBT cards. “We want everyone to be able to eat healthy.” Sanders says she has other programs in the works, such as teaching children how to grow food. “My goal is to get more young farmers involved,” she says. Sanders is passionate about fresh food and community, and sees the farmers market as a place for people from all walks of life to come together. “We’re a solid family,” she says.

Sneed of The Bashful Tarte, who sells homemade scones, muffins and cookies, agrees with Sanders. “It’s been such a great opportunity to meet local people who are my neighbors,” says Sneed.

“I really enjoy the sense of community. People come every week, even in the rain.”

The market sells a variety of products, from dog treats and herbal produts to homemade cookies and homegrown tomatoes.

Chatham Farmers Market Vendors

Allen Farms
Certified organic produce since 1987
Westport, allenfarmsorganics.com

The Art of Roasting
Coffee roasters
Chatham, 508-945-1613, theartofroasting.com

The Bashful Tarte

The Bashful Tarte crew, from left to right: Bella Cohrs, Mary Ellen Murray, owner Sara Sneed, Susanna Creel and Sophia Cohrs.

Occasion cakes, pies and desserts
23S Whites Path, South Yarmouth
508-619-3938, thebashfultarte.com

Blue Sky Ranch/Westminster Meats
Healthy, pasture-raised meats
Sandwich, Facebook: Blue Sky Ranch Cape Cod

Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance
Solutions that help stabilize the Cape’s small-boat fishing fleets
1566 Main St., Chatham
508-945-2432, capecodfishermen.org

Cape Cod Cooperative Extension / Master Gardeners’ Program
Providing horticultural information to the Cape
508-375-6690, capecodextension.org

Cape Cod Cranberry Harvest
Homemade jellies and jams
33 Rocky Way, Harwich
508-280-8237, cranberryharvest.com

Cape Cod Cutlery
Homemade historic and modern knives, plus kitchen cutlery
31 Timber Lane, Marstons Mills
capecodcutlery.com

Cape Cod Hummus / Pure Joy Farm
Small organic farm in Truro specializing in vegetables and eggs
Facebook: Pure Joy Farm

Cape Cod Kombucha
Small-batch kombucha brewed and fermented on the Outer Cape
316 US 6, Truro, 508-246-7765
Facebook: Cape Cod Kombucha LLC

Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn

Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn is as good as it sounds!

Homemade kettle corn
Route 6, Mattapoisett, 860-782-1916
Facebook: Cape Cod Wicked Good Kettle Corn

Coco Chew
Natural dog chews crafted from coconut fiber
cocochewllc.com

Eldredge Farm
17-acre farm specializing in crops, livestock, composting and wetland protection
24 Cranberry Trail, Brewster
508-760-2696, eldredgefarm.com

Elixir Confections
Homemade sweets and confections made to order
32 Souwest Drive, Harwich
774-408-7316, elixirconfections.com

The Floral Factory
Floral service featuring flowers for events and celebrations. Owned by Greta Ribb.
17 Field House Lane, Harwich, 508-360-3209
Facebook: The Floral Factory

Foss Farms
Backyard farming, organic living, cooking classes
Forestdale, 774-836-3723, fossfarms.com

Fromage à Trois: The West Village Pasta and Cheese Shoppe
Specializing in homemade cheeses and pasta
581 Main St., West Dennis
508-258-0212, fromageatroiscapecod.com

Green Man Dirty Dan’s
Cranberry farm plus fresh eggs
Facebook: Green Man Dirty Dan

Hemeon’s Farm
One of the Cape’s oldest farms, growing quality fruits and vegetables
Off 186 Bank St., Harwich, 508-432-3947

Local Color Art Gallery

The Local Color Gallery truck is one of †he first things customers see as they enter the market.

Eclectic art gallery featuring local artists
1652 Main St., Chatham
508-237-9233, localcolorchatham.com

The Local Juice Bar & Pantry
Café offering organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies, plus sandwiches and snacks
539 South St., Hyannis
508-775-5552, thelocaljuice.com

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge
Federally designated wilderness area
30 Wikis Way, Chatham, 508-945-0594, fws.gov

Monopati Farms
High-quality fresh farm products from the mountains of Kalamata, Greece
7 Queens Way, Sandwich
508-888-1045, monopatifarms.com

Not Enough Acres Farm
Six-acre farm growing vegetables and herbs, plus dairy and eggs
107 Sesuit Neck Road, Dennis, 508-737-3446
Facebook: Not Enough Acres Farm

Pain D’Avignon
European-style bakery featuring breads, treats and bistro meals
15 Hinckley Road, Hyannis
508-778-8588, paindavignon.com

Red Dogs & Company sells handcrafted dog supplies and treats

Red Dogs & Company
Grain-free dog treats, handcrafted dog products.
774-836-3195, reddogscompany.com

Stella Farms
Family-operated farm specializing in heirloom tomatoes
9 Victory Drive, Sandwich, 508-274-9328
Facebook: Stella Farms

Summer House Natural Soaps
Handmade natural soaps
1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis
508-827-4145, summerhousesoaps.com

Tekla’s Braids and Breads
Homemade Swedish and Finnish coffee breads
Facebook: Tekla’s Braids and Breads

Thyme After Thyme
Homemade herbal products for bath, beauty and soul
East Orleans, 508-247-7268, thymeafterthyme.org

Tuck-A-Way Farm
Quality produce and root crops, plus seasonal items
Depot Street at Barkley Way, North Harwich,
508-237-3515, Facebook: Tuck-A-Way Farm