Farm and sea will meet every Sunday this summer as the newest Island outdoor market sets up weekly at Dennis Alley (fomerly Waban) Park in Oak Bluffs.
At the edge of the large expanse of green directly across from Inkwell Beach, a handful of vendors set up on Sunday, June 26, to offer their wares. Adjacent to the market, the Apostolic Pentcostal House of Prayer was conducting its weekly outdoor services, and the sounds of singing and tambourines lent a festive air to the scene.
Kathleen Cowley, the market’s organizer, featured a selection from her store New Moon Magick, including vintage jewelry, antique linens and chenille bed spreads, imported beads, and Vineyard label botanicals. Next to her, Stephanie Rossi was crafting charming little animals and Christmas ornaments from local wool. Karen Coffey offered half-price Tarot card readings from two shaded lawn chairs, and local designer Minor Knight displayed her fun vintage-inspired clothing.
The second edition of the Oak Bluffs Open Market, on July 3, featured several additional vendors, including Rickards’ Bakery, M.V. Organics, Crowley Cheese from Vermont, and both Coco Adams and Pete the Pirate selling antiques. “People have been hoping to have a farmer’s market in town.” Ms. Cowley said. “We wanted to have a little bit of everything.”
As word of the market spreads, more vendors are expected to appear at the market in coming weeks. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.