ONEIDA — On summer Tuesday afternoons on Oneida’s Main Street, just outside the city’s downtown core, one can find a collection of unique artisans hoping to connect with consumers through their craft. Many of these vendors—farmers, artisans, educators, and advocates—are driven to attend the Madison County Historical Society’s annual Lawn Farmers’ Market so they can share their passions with others.
For Amy Jakacki, owner of Ma’s Soaps, which offers natural soaps, tinctures and other products, “I try to inspire people to get away from chemicals and get more to Mother Earth. She’s been practicing her craft for 11 years and wants to continue teaching people how “they don’t have to leave the woods, their gardens or their kitchens” to find some of nature’s most versatile and valuable ingredients, she said. -she explains.
For Joan Kimball – also known as “The Palm Reading Lady” – it’s simple: “I can help other people.” After 45 years, there have been many times someone has thanked Kimball for her services, she shared, and that’s what keeps her going.
Verona-based Freedom Farm has been an agricultural producer since 1983, explained co-owner Carolyn Peters, who runs the farm with her husband, Roy. This era focused on providing natural, quality animal products to consumers; meat from grass-fed Scottish Highland cattle is their speciality.
For Peters, believing in her product and wanting others to benefit as well is what brings her to Cottage Lawn for the first time this year, she said. And as a former schoolteacher, she loves speaking with the public, she added.
For many Cottage Lawn sellers, their hobby leads the way.
Thomas “Bob” Faduski is a Stockbridge Valley girls’ varsity basketball coach who likes to cut patterns into beautiful slabs of wood – the more natural the color variations in the grain, the better, the carpenter said. for nearly 25 years. “I love making patterns…many of the books I’ve used are Mandala coloring books. It just amazes me at the different models you can get. I’ll see something new and cut it. I cut two pieces this morning before coming,” he shared. His favorite pieces are created from the wood of mango trees and koa trees, which he sources when he visits his daughter in Hawaii.
Brandi Gall also turns to trees for her art. Causing a sort of fairy-tale woodsy vibe, Wooden Moon Studio offers wreaths, ceiling mobiles and other whimsical items. Sola flowers adorn the mobiles, made from the bark chips of the balsa, Gall explained.
Madison County Historical Society (MCHS) executive director Sydney Loftus said her organization is pleased to bring homegrown talent like this to the Oneida community and beyond, as visitors from surrounding areas come to join them.
“I think farmers’ markets are important in communities, and I think the interest of the community and going out and supporting our local farmers and understanding where your food is coming from and knowing who the person is who grows your food and builds that relationship – I think that’s kind of the heart of farmers markets,” Loftus remarked.
She continued, “If that’s the vehicle, so to speak, that the historical society can do that with our beautiful park-like grounds, then we’re behind that and can deliver that to the region.”
The Cottage Lawn Farmer’s Market takes place from 2-6 p.m. every Tuesday until August 30 at 435 Main Street. Story time for children, led by retired teachers, is offered weekly. Entertainment by The Pomeranians is scheduled for July 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Go online to the MCHS website, www.mchs1900.org, to learn more about the summer market and the first upcoming fall and winter markets hosted by MCHS. MCHS can also be reached at 315-363-4136.