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Brewery supports local artisans with ‘Crafts, Drafts and Bluegrass’

Alexis Manore
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Posted 8/14/22

Woodland Farm Brewery is hosting “Crafts, Drafts, and Bluegrass,” an outdoor craft market to support local artisans and to provide attendees with music, food, drinks and hand-crafted goods. …

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Brewery supports local artisans with ‘Crafts, Drafts and Bluegrass’

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UTICA — Woodland Farm Brewery is hosting “Crafts, Drafts, and Bluegrass,” an outdoor craft market to support local artisans and to provide attendees with music, food, drinks and hand-crafted goods.     

The event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, rain or shine. There will be 15 to 20 local craft vendors that are attending, including Color Street Style, a Utica-based business that sells dried nail polish strips; Cottonwood Handmade, which sells artisan soaps, lotions and skin care products; Bunnys, Books and Bears, a business based in Oriskany Falls that sells crochet stuffed animals and handbound books; and Car’s Clay Art, which sells homemade polymer clay creations. Other vendors are selling apparel, woodworking, jewelry and more.     

Keith Redhead, the owner of Woodland Farm Brewery, said while the brewery has hosted small craft-selling events in the past and has tested the waters with holding an outdoor market, he wanted to take the next step up by pairing the craft market with music, food and drinks.   

“Anything local, handmade and hand-crafted is what we’re aiming for from vendors,” Redhead said. “We thought, ‘Why not pair it with some music and have a whole afternoon dedicated to it?’”  

Remsen Social Club, a band based in Remsen, will be performing at the market from 2 to 5 p.m. Redhead has been working with Remsen Social Club since Woodland Farm Brewery opened in 2015, from hosting its performances to brewing a beer named after the band. 

“They’re high energy, they’re fun … They’re always a good time,” Redhead said. “They’re good friends of ours, we try to support them and they support us.”   

Redhead said he hopes to hold an outdoor craft market at the brewery once a month until winter, and then at least one indoor craft market during the holiday season for Christmas gift shopping.  

 

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