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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's Time for Cape League Baseball 2013

Red, white, and blue Cape league logo
 By Charlie Preus

All is good in New England, the Red Sox are leading their division, yes I know its way early, but any time we are out front of the New York Yankees is a good thing. Even better than the Red Sox for us Cape Coders, is the fact that the Cape Cod Baseball League starts playing this week. The CCBL is a one of the country’s premier leagues for displaying college level talent. Select college players from all across the United States are invited to spend the summer on the Cape playing for one of the ten teams in the league. Nine of the teams play at Cape Town’s from Bourne to Orleans and the tenth is just over the Bourne Bridge in Wareham. All ten teams kick off the season with games on Wednesday and you can see a game somewhere almost every night of the summer until the playoffs start on August 6th.

Map showing Cape Cod baseball league team locations
The Cape league, in addition to providing great summer time entertainment to the locals and visitors, is a major proving ground for prospective Major League Baseball players. In the 2013 MLB draft held June 6-8th, the Draft’s number one overall pick by the Houston Astros was Mark Appel who played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2011. The second pick was Kris Bryant who played for the Chatham Anglers and at number six was Colin Moran who played for my team, the Bourne Braves. In fact twenty of the top thirty-three first round picks spent their summers playing in the CCBL. These new draftees will be joining the 253 other CCBL alumni that played on MLB teams in the 2012 season. The alumni includes catcher Buster Posey of the World Champion San Francisco Giants who was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2010, National League MVP and batting champion in 2012, and leader of the team that has won two of the last three world series. In 2006 and 2007, you could have watched him all summer as he played shortstop for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. 

If you like baseball and plan to visit Cape Cod, stay with us at our Sandwich Inn and we will direct you to the ten great fields. All of the regular season games start between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. You can spend the day visiting the many Cape Cod attractions and at the end of the day catch a game. Better yet, if you have a relative or favorite local college player in the CCLB, stay with us and we’ll help you with a sight-seeing schedule around their games so you can end each day viewing his next game.

Check out the full Cape Cod League ten team schedule and pick the dates to stay with us based on the local team you want to support or the future MVP you want to watch.

Note: Charlie Preus is the assistant innkeeper, wine steward, and general entertainment for the guests at our inn.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

A New Season of Sandwich Farmers' Markets

photo of fruits, vegetables, and a lobster on a farm
Farmers' markets on Cape Cod have been multiplying in recent years to meet the growing demand for locally grown foods. From Sandwich to Provincetown and the islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, no matter where you are visiting, it is easier than ever to find a farmers' market.

Varying in size and types of products, the modern farmers' market provides much more than the fruits and vegetables of yesterday. With new growing techniques and the interest in organically grown products, terms such as hydroponic, aquaponics, sustainable agriculture, and dietary movements such as slow food and raw food are becoming more familiar.

Here in Sandwich we are fortunate to have two farmers' markets each week. On Tuesdays from June to October, purveyors of an array of locally produced products populate booths at the Sandwich Farmers' Market on the Town Green at 164 Route 6A. From the end of April through early October, a field at 34 Mettinghouse Road is the site of the Oakcrest Cove Farmers' Market. This market is open from 9 am until 1 pm.

display of strawberries at Sandwich Farmers' MarketBooths with breads, handmade soaps, live lobsters, cheese, pasta, wine, pastries, fruits, herbs, veggies, and other local products for your shopping pleasure are available at both Sandwich Farmers' Markets. Some of the purveyors you will find are Burgess Farm, Salty Lou's, Fromage A Trois, E & T Farms, Dave's Cape Cod Smokehouse, Pain D'Avignon, Summer House Natural Soaps, Nantucket Wild Gourmet Smokehouse, Coastal Vineyards, and Allan Farm.

The farm at Camp Burgess in Sandwich is a year-round organic farm growing vegetables, herbs, and producing eggs. A flock of dwarf goats "mow" the weeds and a recently adopted barn cat is the resident mouser. This educational farm teaches campers about local and sustainable farming as they learn about the cost of food and the importance of farmers in any culture. Of the food produced at the farm, some is used in the camp's dining hall, some goes to the Sandwich Farmers Market, and a portion goes to local food pantries.

Salty Lou's from East Sandwich, a direct to you lobster business, sells live lobsters that are harvested from Cape Cod waters. Fromage a Trois from West Barnstable, a pasta and cheese shop, sells handcrafted cheese and pastas. E & T Farms from West Barnstable has hydroponic vegetables, herbs, blueberries, and their local honey.

Dave's Cape Cod Smoke House from Harwich has natural hickory smoked meats, fish and shellfish. He has a different produce for each season of the farmers market. Pain D'Avignon from Hyannis, a traditional French bread bakery, sells their wonderful fresh-baked breads.

photo of jars of homemade granola
Honey I/m Home Granola
In addition to their handcrafted natural soaps, the Summer House Natural Soaps from West Barnstable sells their herbs and flowers. Nantucket Wild Gourmet Smokehouse from Chatham sells the smoked salmon that they make, and Coastal Vineyards from South Dartmouth has boutique, local wines. Allan Farm from Westport, MA has organic greens, herbs, and produce.

Honey I'm Home from Plymouth, MA has a selection of their products that are made with local ingredients. Some of the yummies you will find in their booth are breads, granola, galettes, cookies, and cupcakes.

Other farms with booths at the Sandwich Farmers Market are Freitas Farm from Middleborough, MA, with fruit and veggies, and J. H. Beaulieu Livestock and Produce Farm with their naturally-grown and field raised beef.

Visit a local farmers' market and support your local farmers and artisans. Regular updates on the vendors appearing at the Sandwich Farmers' market are posted online at Buy Fresh Buy Local on Cape Cod. You can also see a map that shows locations of farmers' markets on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.