County Farmers Market to open tomorrow Eggs, crafts, baked goods and more mark event's first Easter

April 02, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Carroll County Farmers Market seems to open earlier every year.

Tomorrow's opening day will be the first Easter Farmers Market for the organization, now in its 22nd year. The hours will be longer, too, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The site is still the Carroll County Agriculture Center on Smith Avenue in Westminster.

"One of the vendors suggested doing an Easter Farmers Market, and we always have customers complaining we're not open long enough," said manager Connie Bialecki. "We've always had a good response to the Mother's Day market."

Organizers and vendors are hoping for a good response to this newest Farmers Market. In addition to the usual home-baked foods, Bullock's meats, fresh eggs and crafts, this market will feature many items just for the holiday, including Easter cakes and candies.

"We have 90 spaces rented, mostly crafts, but Karen Shaw will be there with fresh lamb, two ladies will have dyed Ukrainian eggs and there will be different kinds of baskets," said Ms. Bialecki.

"We'll also have Easter plants, miniature roses, violets, hyacinths, tulips, topiaries, pansies -- just a good variety of quality items because it is a juried market," she said.

By juried, Ms. Bialecki means a committee looks at photographs of craft works, seeking unusual items to bring in to the specialty markets.

One out-of-the-ordinary feature is the Ukrainian eggs. Bobbi Kutlik of Berrett is ready for tomorrow with dozens of brightly colored eggs, designed and decorated by a method more than 1,000 years old.

"They're known as Pysanky eggs rather than Ukrainian eggs," Mrs. Kutlik said. "A lot of people think the design is painted on, but it's not."

Instead, the design is put on using a specialized tool to draw the design with beeswax, then the egg, preferably emptied and dried out, is dyed one color at a time, from lighter to darker colors.

"I've never done it, but I'm told it's the same principle as batik," Mrs. Kutlik said.

The glossy eggs are varnished to protect them and help them last for years -- if handled with care, of course. They can be used on egg trees or as decorations in a little basket or napkin ring and as gifts.

Mrs. Kutlik also has a handout to give to buyers explaining the history of Pysanky and what some of the symbols on the eggs mean.

Naturally, the Easter Bunny will put in an appearance and hand out treats. And visitors will be eligible to win Easter baskets: Just check the lollipop you get upon entering. If it has a colored stem, you get an Easter basket.

The only thing missing at this market will be demonstrations of a craft, a favorite market feature during the summer.

"Some crafters do sit and work while they're at their space, but there's no formal demonstration," said Ms. Bialecki.

The market will be inside, so it's open rain or shine. Breakfast and lunch will be served all day. Admission is free.

Information: 875-2158.

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