"Use to be an herb farm" . . .

- the words leapt off the page of real estate listings!

I called for an appointment - just to see it, you know. Two small stone buildings and . . . a greenhouse! What potential. That was late in 2004. Lots of work has been done with lots more to go. The gardens surrounded by stonewalls are filling with herbs, wild flowers, medicinal plants, vegetables and fruit trees. Turkeys walk thru as well as a fox. Hawks glide over head. Hummingbirds visit the arbor with scarlet runners planted just for them. Plans for more garden beds fill the air. Stone walkways are taking shape adding to those that have existed here for years. The greenhouse will be planted again for the fall and winter.

The days fly by! Must get back to work.

This property was part of a larger farm years ago. In more recent years Dorothy Norton, one of the members of the Folly Cove Designers lived here. Her sister Peggy, also a Folly Cove Designer member, lived in the little house out front. They had an herb mail order business with many items offered from the plants they grew.

The gardens are coming along with many loads of seaweed, marsh grass and other composted able materials added. The greenhouse is now thriving after many years of work on the soil. It provided greens for the table most every day. It also houses several potted plants-the neighbor's and mine-during the winter months.


Annisquam Sewing Circle Christmas Fair & Luncheon

ASC member creating a favorite item - a boxwood tree
The ladies of the Circle have been busy all year long preparing for the Annual Christmas Fair.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Fair 8a - 12:30p
followed by the Annual Luncheon
Luncheon 12:30p 
 in the
Village Hall
34 Leonard Street, Annisquam, MA 01930

You will find many one-of-a-kind items  including hand-knit hats and scarves, gifts for adults, teens, children and pets, gourmet foods, potted bulbs, holiday greens for inside and out and so much more.

Lines form before the doors open! Come early and do your gift shopping!

Come early for the best selection! Free to all. Gifts for everyone on your list.
A reservation for the Luncheon a must!

Reserve a table for your group - please call Linette French at 978.283.2247.



Don't miss the ANNISQUAM SEWING CIRCLE'S ANNUAL PLANT SALE on Saturday, May 24th from 8 am to NOON!

The PLANT SALE includes a wide array of the freshest, brightest Annuals and Perennials from a leading, local garden center. There will be hanging baskets, bedding plants, rose bushes ~ all chosen to thrive on Cape Ann. You'll also find precious perennial plant treasures dug from our member's gardens at a bargain prices!

Entertaining Memorial Day Weekend? Likewise not to be missed is our BAKE SALE TABLE with delicious pies, cakes, and savory treats. Many items will be prepared from recipes in our award-winning Annisquam Sewing Circle Cookbook, " A Circle of Recipes,” which celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the Sewing Circle. “A Circle of Recipes” cookbooks will be sold at the sale and make a wonderful hostess gift. Come early for the best selection at this always-popular MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENT! The plant sale is in Annisquam, Gloucester, off Rt. 127. Turn at Leonard Street at the Annisquam Village Church and follow the street to the Village Hall.


A quick supper or appetizer using greens from the garden!

Crustless Veggie & Cheese Pie

Preheat oven to 400

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large fry or sauce pan
  • Add 1-½ cups finely chopped onion. Cook until tender approx. 3 minutes.
  • Add 1 pound frozen spinach or 2-½ cups fresh, finely chopped greens (kale, chard, mustard greens, spinach). Cook 1 minute.
  • Add finely grated rind of one lemon, ½ cup finely chopped flat parsley, 6 ounces by weigh feta cheese (can use part feta, part cheddar or any other combo you like)
  • In 2 cup measure of bowl combine 1-½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese or small-curl cottage cheese, 2 eggs, ½ cup finely grated Romano cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, ground black pepper to taste until well blended.
  • Add to onion mix.
You can stop here and bake later.
  • Scrape into 9" or 10" pie plate.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Brush each of 8 thawed sheets of fillo dough with the 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Crumple each as you go into nest shape and place on top of filling. 
  • Return to oven. Bake 10-15 minutes until film is golden brown. 
  • Serve hot or cool. 
Fillo does not stay crispy when refrigerated so eat and enjoy!



October 12 and 13, 2013
10a - 5p
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street
Gloucester MA 01930-1322

Admission FREE!

The Annisquam Arts and Crafts Show  - now in its 29th year - promises to be one of the most exciting yet.  It will feature a greatly expanded collection of arts and crafts - much of it created especially for this show.  Over 40 different artists will be represented – with work that ranges from landscapes, portraits and abstract watercolors to painted furniture, ceramics, jewelry, knitwear and printed silks.

One of the highlights will be an oil painting entitled Crane Beach by the distinguished artist Dorothy Arnold.  Generously donated by her family, it will be sold by silent auction during the course of the show.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Annisquam Village Church.


The Backyard Growers Program on Cape Ann

The Backyard Growers Program (BYG), in partnership with The Food Project, helps low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents create sustainable backyard vegetable gardens. We provide raised beds, compost, garden installation, seedlings, seeds, training, and mentoring.

To

You can LIKE Backyard Growers Program on FaceBook.

Click here to VOTE on FaceBook for the Backyard Growers Program for a $10,000 grant from Tom's of Maine

Now's the time to prune Forsythia

Looks severe?
Here is a photo of the plant a year after the pruning.

 and two years after the pruning. In addition to a more attractive shrub you can starting many cuttings for more plants!

Annisquam Arts & Crafts Show

Saturday, October 12 & October 13
10:00a to 5:00p
Annisquam Village Hall
34 Leonard Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Celebrate the beauty of the autumn season and the arts at the Village Hall, where local artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their handcrafted items including pottery, jewelry, fabric arts, children’s toys, homemade treats, photographs and paintings.  

Click here to see some of the 2013 items!


Annisquam Sea Fair 2013 Beautiful flowers!

Flowers were from the beautiful gardens of Annisquam and donated by Goose Cove Gardens and Russell's Florist - arranged ready for display and for sale by the handful!

To view photos of Sea Fair in 1939


Big doings on this side of Cape Ann!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Annual Sea Fair in the center of the Village of Annisquam (Gloucester) MA from 10 to 3with books, jewelry, hats, the famous Wax Works, fun and games for children of all ages, including a dunk tank and a 'jail', fresh flowers, art work and more! Followed by Diner on the Bridge (tickets available at the Annisquam Exchange, 10-4 thru Friday) and the Illumination of Lobster Cove.

and . . .

The Rummage Sale and Yard Sale at St Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington Street, Lanesville (Gloucester), from 9-12 on: Saturday, July 27, 2013 and Saturday, August 3, 2013 with Clothes, Shoes, Books, Music, Puzzles and Nisu (Finnish coffee bread)

Always looking for interesting books so will be checking out both!