Bring on the Summer!
The recent Memorial Day holiday weekend has swelled the population of New Preston, and it has been wonderful to greet returning friends and customers. They have returned despite the cold evening temperatures and lingering frosts from the Winter of 2015 that just didn't want to leave! We are happy to see it gone, however, to be remembered only in the sharing of local stories about its intensity. One for the record books, or so it seemed!
The sun is working hard to overcome the late onset of warmer weather, leading local farmers to indicate that the fields are three weeks later this year in planting and taking seed. That said, we are already beginning to see some early arrivals at the store. We have radishes and lettuce mix from Wild Carrot Farm, and spinach and arugula from Anderson Acres Farm. Sugar Water Farm, this year's newest arrival at The Smithy, thrilled customers with their assortment of greenhouse-grown, hydroponic produce. Many skeptics were won over by the flavor and goodness of their fresh produce. Sugar Water Farm will spend the summer, outdoor growing months, cleaning out their greenhouse, and making ready for the Fall growing season. You can be assured of year-round produce now, grown locally.
Memorial Day can only mean one thing at The Smithy-- the return to our summer hours. We are now open six days a week, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and closed Tuesdays. Please be sure to call to reserve pies or any other special items, so that we can be sure to have it on hand when you arrive.
The loft gallery @ The Smithy has just completed its third exhibit, and the artists will be on hand this Wednesday to mount the next showing. We are very excited about this one, as well. Susan and Carol have been working very hard, to ensure variety and balance in the various exhibits. They have teamed up with the Washington Art Association for this showing, and will feature art from many of the artists that inspired their beautiful cookbook. In addition to the art offered, we also have the cookbook on sale at The Smithy. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will go to WAA. The show, titled The Art of Food, will open on May 28, and the Artist's Reception is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, from 5 - 7 PM, and we hope that you will join us. The Smithy will remain open, beyond its normal closing time of 5:30, for any shopping that you might want to do during the reception.
We recognize that none of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of our community, however, and Carol, Susan, and I thank you for shopping with us. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can continue to improve your experience.
Have a wonderful day, be safe, and we hope to see you soon!