By Kerri Boland
Cheryl Jacobs has been a standby of the Denman Island markets for years with her stunning silver and semi-precious stone jewelry. I feel fortunate enough to have commissioned a ring I wear daily from her several years ago and I get compliments on it almost every time I wear it. Her style is impeccable, and her quality is likewise. She’ll be at the market next week for the last time this season, as she starts back up teaching in the fall, so be sure to stop in and take a look.
Sam and Emily of Two Roads Farm have taken the Denman market by storm since their arrival a few years ago. I am in constant amazement of the quantity of veg they produce and at the expansions of their farm – these two are serious workhorses! Emily said that their cucumbers have never done so well, and the new tomato greenhouse is growing tons of beautiful fruit. They’re growing 13 varieties of tomatoes this year, chosen for heirloom quality fruit in a plant that doesn’t die on the coast with either our droughts or our cool nights. Their tomatillos are also starting to come on now, so if you want to make salsa verde, now’s the time! They’ve got giant summer crisp lettuce that’s bigger than your head and you can also talk to Sam or Emily about bulk pricing on pickling cucumbers or cabbage (kimchi! Sauerkraut!). Whatever veg it is that you’re looking for, it’s likely that these two are growing it, and let’s do what we can to keep young families growing beautiful food on this island!