The Cape Ann Farmers Market is BACK!

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The Cape Ann Farmers Market is happy to announce a Drive Thru/Pre-Order Cape Ann Farmers Market at Gloucester’s O’Maley Middle School starting Thursday June 4! 

Thank you to the CAFM community for your patience as we have been working hard to put together a plan to keep you, our patrons, and our vendors safe in this time of uncertainty. Cape Ann Farmers Market will look different this season, but we are, as always grateful for the opportunity to contribute to food access and security in our community.

For the 2020 summer season, the Cape Ann Farmers Market will be:

Thursdays 3:00-6:30
at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School
32 Cherry Street Gloucester

*Drive-thru and pre-order ONLY*

Summer is nearly here, and along with it comes the first delicious greens, radishes, and green garlic from our local farms. The harvest is coming in as it always does, and the Cape Ann Farmers Market is working to make sure that you can access it safely in these uncertain times. Preorder NOW to get your veggies, fruit, and baked goods for Thursday – or for the season if you become a shareholder at one of our farms. New Entry Sustainable Farming Project and Farmer Dave’s  still have vegetable and fruit CSA shares available that you can pick up right at the Cape Ann Farmers Market. You can even use your SNAP/HIP benefits to sign up!

For this Thursday, you can preorder from one of the links below (more to come in future weeks), or come pick up your CSA share if you’re already a member:

Farmer Dave’s – Get your order in by 12:00 pm Wednesday before our Thursday market, and pick up your veggies, baked goods, flowers, and more!

Marshview Farm  – Get a spring veggie sampler, eggs, lettuce, or bok choy! Get your order in ASAP!

A&J King – preorder all of your favorite bread, cookies, pastries, granola, and other sweet things on TUESDAY so that you can pick up your delicious treats on Thursday.

Kim Gregory Pure Pastry – delicious options across the board for gluten lovers and gluten free alike!

If you preorder from one of our vendors -or you are a current shareholder of one of our farms – we can’t wait to see you on Thursday!

Please visit our website at capeannfarmersmarket.org and review our guidelines for joining us at the market to help us keep our community, our farmers, our bakers, and each other safe! 

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**PLEASE NOTE: We too will be missing our home at Stage Fort Park and our friendly, social, open air market, but due to the current circumstances CAFM will be a drive-thru/pickup ONLY market held at O’Maley Innovation Middle School (32 Cherry Street, Gloucester). **

The Sawyer Free Library welcomes new Board President and Trustees

The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library (SFL) is pleased to announce that Marion (“Mern“) Sibley has been elected President of the Library Board of Directors. She succeeds John T. Brennan, who has been Board President for the past three years and will be leaving to become the President of the Sawyer Library Foundation. Mern Sibley joined the Sawyer Free Library Board of Trustees in 2017 and recently served as its Vice President. She formed and Chaired the Saunders House Stewardship Committee (SHSC), which is committed to ensuring that the venerable Saunders House, built in 1764, is restored, preserved, and fully accessible to the public to enjoy as an essential part of the Library. Sibley said, “I am excited to get started in my new role. I am fortunate to have much good groundwork laid by the collaboration between John Brennan, our hardworking past President, and our energetic, imaginative Library Board. These will be challenging and critical years for the Sawyer Free Library and our city.” She added, “Our Library is a key partner in sustaining the educational, economic and civic health of our community in a time of dramatic change and uncertainty. In Gloucester, we have something great in the Sawyer Free Library, and our Board and our Library staff want to make it even better.”

After being away for twenty-eight years, Ms. Sibley, a Gloucester native, proved you can go home again and returned to her old East Gloucester neighborhood in 2002. She credits her early experiences growing up in this fishing town for giving her a love of nature and its complexities, leading Sibley to embark on a career in biology. After a long career in research and process development at New England Biolabs in Ipswich, MA, she retired in the fall of 2016. Finding herself with more time to get involved in her community, Ms. Sibley was drawn to the work ongoing to maintain and improve the Sawyer Free Library. “For me, the Library has always been a place to study, to find resources, to meet people, and sometimes, to just sit and daydream. It is a haven for people of all ages and from all walks of life – providing free programs and resources that improve lives across our great city and beyond,” said Sibley.  “And I believe, now more than ever, with schools closed, programs cancelled and everything seemingly on hold, SFL and its committed librarians continue to demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, and the essential role the library plays to so many during this time of unprecedented community need.”

Joining Sibley as a part of the leadership team of Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library Board of Trustees will be the newly elected Vice President Fran AliberteAnne-Marie Anderson will serve as Secretary, with Joe Grella remaining as the Treasurer, and Budget, Finance, and Investment Chair.  Also, Melanie Murray-Brown and Neil Glickstein were elected as the newest members of the Library’s Board of Trustees. 

Melanie Murray-Brown, who has been a volunteer on the Library’s Corporate Communications Committee for many years, is the Director of Development of Backyard Growers. The longtime Gloucester resident brings to the Board over 20 years of experience working with mission-driven nonprofit, community, and government organizations.

Neil Glickstein is a retired science teacher who moved to Gloucester in 1979, where he and his wife, who is also an educator, raised their two sons. Upon moving to Cape Ann, he first directed an aquaculture training program in Gloucester Harbor. He then began his long and fulfilling teaching career at several secondary schools, colleges, and schooner training programs, including Governor’s Academy, Waring School, Endicott College, and, most recently, GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy.

SFL board members have a variety of experience and backgrounds, including finance, business management, research, writing, legal, and marketing. SFL board members volunteer their time and talents and have three-year staggered terms.