On Sunday evening, a group of about 65 people joined us for a Garden Soirée at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden. We saw a number of new faces who were new to Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and the Tom Settlemire Community Garden, which was especially exciting to us, and were thrilled to see so many dear, familiar faces, too!
For those who are unfamiliar with the lovely space where we held this Garden Soiree, the Tom Settlemire Community Garden is made of 80 rentable plots, which we work to make accessible to people of all means. We also have a Common Good Garden in which we grow food for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, a plot is set aside for Brunswick High where students are learning how to farm, and we bring hundreds of children to the garden from the Brunswick and Mt. Ararat school districts to learn about nature and gardening each year.
Vessel and Vine crafted specialty cocktails for the event and set up a beautiful spread of snacks for attendees to enjoy. We were also lucky enough to have vendors from the BTLT Farmers’ Market at Crystal Spring Farm contributed to the delicious items enjoyed at the Soiree: Turtle Rock Farm, Winter Hill Farm, Keough Family Farm, Fresh Pickins, Gracie’s Garden, Smith’s Smokehouse and Copper Tail Farm. While Crystal Spring Farm and Hardshore Gin can’t be found at our farmers’ market, they also contributed to the delicious beverages we enjoyed.
This all made for a golden, summer evening in Maine. We are so happy to have been joined by many happy faces on Sunday, and feel lucky to have such wonderful neighbors and friends!