Strawberry Festival – 2020 – 44th Annual

Posted on January 29, 2020 Posted by Tom Coleman

The South Berwick Strawberry Festival Is Located on Central School grounds  197 Main Street, South Berwick, ME 03908   next to Dunkin Donuts The Strawberry Festival is a annual event filled with entertainment, food, artisans and strawberry shortcakes! Our festival grows every year and manages to keep its small town country flavor boasting 20,000+ visitors each year   Free Parking @Marshwood Great Works School on Rt 236, Community Center on Norton St, Powder House Hill, and Our Lady of the Angels Church Parking lot. with free trolley rides to the festival site! 2019 SOUTH BERWICK’s 44TH Annual STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL – PRESS RELEASE  Notes Always the last Saturday in June, this year the festival will be on 24 June 2017 The South Berwick Strawberry Festival officially kicks off summer for this quaint, southern Maine town of South Berwick. All over town one can see the bright red, white, and green strawberry flags that not only line the main streets, but can also be seen flying from many houses. The day is filled with food, entertainment, games, and crafts. For forty-two consecutive years, hundreds of volunteers from the community of South Berwick, have come together for this locale centered tradition. As always, official Festival activities will take place only within the boundaries of Central School, located on Main Street, in the center of town. A stop at the Strawberry Festival Information Booth is a must-do, to find out more about the day’s schedules for the multiple entertainment venues, locations of crafters and non-profit organizations booths, as well as the various activities throughout the fair grounds. At the information booth you can also purchase the official strawberry festival T-shirts. After months of planning and coordination the preparation for the festival shifts into high gear with the preparation of the strawberries on Friday, when the morning before the Festival at the Community Center, where over a hundred and fifty volunteers get together for a good old fashioned berry social to hull, slice, and sugar the berries. Early Saturday morning as smells of a pancake breakfast drift through the air, craft vendors setup their booths, grills get fired up and strawberry tent volunteers slice the biscuits, and move everything under the Strawberry Shortcake serving tent so all will be ready when the Festival vendors officially open @ 9:00 am.  Strawberry Tent, Food and Entertainment Strawberry shortcakes have always been a favorite of the Festival and the order line typically wends across the front lawn of Central school. The volunteer staff will begin serving at 9:00am and continue until we run out of supplies. We will prepare and serve over 250 cases of fresh strawberries, 70 gallons of freshly whipped cream, 300 dozen biscuits and 60 luscious cheesecakes. The greater portion of the courtyard is ringed by a huge section of food booths offering items such as fruit cups and smoothies, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and cold drinks, fried dough, lobster rolls, and entire BBQ chicken meals. In addition to shortcakes and cheesecakes There will be a community pancake breakfast from @ 6:00 – 10:00 Food items are prepared and sold by local non-profit groups that include The Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Military Veterans, Masons, Rotarians, local student groups and other non-profit organizations from the community. Front and back stages present Entertainers that draw crowds as varied acts perform a mix of folk music, jazz, rock, and dancing. Old Fashion Trolley rides Transportation between overflow parking lots and the Festival grounds is FREE via an old fashion trolley ride. Running @ every 20 mins, from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. the trolleys will provide free transportation to the Festival from parking locations at Marshwood Great Works School on Rt 236, Community Center on Norton St, Powder House Hill, and Our Lady of the Angels Church Parking lot at 162 Agamenticus road. Road Race For early risers local activities begin @ 8:00 am, with a pancake breakfast and a 5 mile Road Race and 2.5 mile Fun Walk, sponsored by the South Berwick Recreation Department and local businesses, that kicks off from the Marshwood Middle School on Academy St. Crafters Over 90 juried artisans will be on hand to display and sell their hand-made wares, including clothing, pottery, wood products, jewelry, paintings, photographs, candles, jams and dips, furniture, chocolates, fudge and much, much more. These crafters will be located both at the side of and in front of Central School. Remember be kind to your pets and have them stay in the coolness of your home. Web Site  You can visit us at our website at to volunteer for the day of the Festival or Hulling day the Friday before the Festival


Posted on October 29, 2019 Posted by Tom Coleman

Helping Local Non-Profits Proceeds from the South Berwick Strawberry Festival go directly towards helping local Non-profit organizations. If you are a South Berwick, Eliot, or Rollinsford non-profit organization and would like to participate in this year’s festival, fill out the Non-Profit application below and return it to us soon. If you are a local Non-profit organization from South Berwick, Eliot, or Rollinsford and would like to apply for one of our grants, please fill out the Non-Profit Grant application at the links below. For more information, please e-mail   Come Join the Fun!


Posted on January 22, 2020 Posted by Tom Coleman

Live music, animals, fun games and more! Come join us for family friendly, fun and superb entertainment!   If you are an entertainer and would like to participate at our 2019 Festival, please contact  Photos from previous years


Posted on November 11, 2019 Posted by Tom Coleman

Crafters, be a part of our 44th Annual South Berwick Strawberry Festival.   Over the history of our festival, it has been the creative talents and craftsmanship of our artisans that have kept people from all over New England and beyond coming to this treasured event. If you would like to be an artisan at this year’s adventure, please fill out the application below and return it to us soon so that you can be considered for one of our 120 highly sought-after booth spaces. This year is going to be special! Over 120 juried artisans will be on hand to display and sell their hand-made wares, including clothing, pottery, wood products, jewelry, paintings, photographs, candles, jams and dips, furniture, chocolates, fudge and much, much more. These crafters will be located both at the side of and in front of Central School. 

Annoying Aviaries: How to Keep Birds Out of Your Garden

Posted on January 20, 2020 Posted by Tom Coleman

Bird control in gardens and farms is not just a hobby concept, it could impact your bread and butter income, or your food supply. A study on vineyards in Canada showed that vineyards that did not have bird control lost approximately 50 percent of their Cabernet Franc grapes and 100 percent of their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A lack of bird control could lead to devastating losses for any farm or garden regardless of size. You put a lot of energy, time, and money into your garden. Find out how to keep birds out of your garden to ensure those are resources well spent. How to Keep Birds Out of Your Garden There are both old school and twenty-first-century methods of keeping birds out of your garden. The methods you choose will likely be determined by the kinds of birds you have eating your crops, and what kinds of crops that you have. You can use any of these methods whether you are gardening out of a window box in your condominium, or tilling acres of land. Blackbirds and crows are among the most common birds of prey to gardens, but there are a number of birds that may drop by your banquet of fruits and vegetables. At the same time, some of these birds may be useful in eating the insects that will also be very interested in this same feast. But you still want to control them. From netting to bird bangers, there are a number of ways to keep the birds of prey away. Old School Methods Bird netting is one of the most common ways to prevent birds from coming to eat. Horticultural author Pippa Greenwood says that netting is the only sure fire way to prevent and deter birds. It is also the most common bird deterrent. Use poles or stakes around the fruits and vegetables and then drape netting overtop to protect them. Another old-school method is to soak dried corn kernels in whiskey and then scatter it across your crops and farm. It will make the birds a little tipsy once, and they won’t be inclined to return. Check out this gallery of market vegetables and the farm they have grown on to learn more about protecting your veggies from Mother Nature’s creatures. Hi-Tech Methods of Farm Protection If you have a large farm or garden to protect or depend on crops for your income or food, you might want to employ more technical methods of farm protection available today. One form of technology is known as a bird buster and imitates the high screech of an owl to scare away birds. Bird bangers are also very useful and employ the use of a propane-fired cannon to send out intermittent bangs throughout the day to scare birds. In Canada, one study learned that a double-firing bird banger protected more than twice the area of the farm than one that was single-firing. Bird kites are also very popular. These are kites that look like birds and scare actual birds away. The Falcon Frightkite by is a very popular and cost-effective way of chasing away birds that are eating your profits. Become Inspired Your garden is going to be your baby for several months of the year, whether you are using it for income or to put food on the table. All of those hopes and dreams all start with one seed, that could turn into a devastating loss due to creatures of a feather. If you don’t figure out how to keep birds out of your garden you may have serious issues. It is estimated that if one bird eats just 4 kernels or grapes a day, an entire flock of 5,000 will consume 1,000 kilograms or 2,204 pounds of food in just ten days. This could sink an entire year for a farmer that depends on these crops to survive. When you are finding out how to protect your garden from birds, use an integrated approach with both old school and hi-tech methods of acoustic, visual, and physical barriers for bird control. Become inspired through this amazing gallery of fresh foods that are farmed right to the table at Oakley’s Farm Market in Hebron, Maryland.

7 Tips on Winning the Lottery That You Can’t Afford to Miss Out On

Posted on November 1, 2019 Posted by Tom Coleman

People across America spend billions of dollars on lottery tickets. In most cases, those proceeds go towards fixing critical infrastructure issues that communities face. Given that fact, even when you buy a losing lottery ticket, you’re sort of winning. It’s almost like charity, right? Let’s face it though… Nobody buys a lottery ticket to lose. They buy lottery tickets because they want to win enough money to never have to work another day in their lives. If you’re a frequent lottery player that hasn’t been able to hit it big quite yet, we might be able to help. We’ve scoured our local community for tips on winning the lottery and what we learned was pretty darn interesting. Here’s what you need to know… 1. The More Tickets You Buy, The Higher Your Chances of Winning A lot of people we know have told us things like, “If you’re meant to win the lottery, you’re going to do so with a single ticket.” That’s a nice sentiment but in reality, the more tickets you buy, the higher your odds are of winning are. Of course, the more tickets you buy the more you stand to lose as well. If you look at people who typically win lottery games, they found their success by playing multiple tickets at a time. Take a page out of their book and make sure that you buy two or three tickets the next time you choose to try and win your fortune. 2. Form a Lottery Pool Buying multiple tickets can get pretty pricey. So what if you could play tons of tickets while only purchasing one? Sounds impossible, right? Wrong! People do it all the time via lottery pools! Lottery pools are when you get a group of friends or co-workers together and each person buys a ticket. Once bought, you’ll throw those tickets into a single bucket. If one of the tickets wins, you all split the winnings. Sure, you’ll win a little bit less in a lotto pool than you would if you had won the lottery solo. Those reduced earnings won’t matter much though given that splitting 100 million dollars 10 ways still equals a pretty big paycheck. 3. Never Choose Consecutive Numbers Part of winning the lottery is playing the statistics game. Per that fact, you reduce your statistical odds significantly when playing the lottery if you choose consecutive numbers. The odds of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 being pulled from a lottery game is much lower than 7 random numbers getting pulled. Bottom line, picking numbers at random tends to be a safe bet. 4. Always Double-Check Your Tickets Thousands of lottery winners never collect their prize. Sounds pretty unbelievable but it’s true. Many of them don’t collect because they quickly skimmed over their tickets, misread them and assumed that they had lost. Could you imagine how you’d feel if you accidentally threw out a multi-million dollar ticket because you mistook the number 1 for the number 7? That scenario is too painful to even think about! To avoid that fate, double-check your tickets before throwing them into the garbage. Heck, we’d even advocate that you double-check other people’s discarded tickets to see if you can cash in on their errors. 5. Don’t Pick Numbers That End With the Same Digit This tip on winning the lottery is similar to the tip that we outlined in point number 3. Statically, the odds of the lottery pulling two numbers that end in the same digit are much lower than the game picking numbers with different digits. To increase your winning odds, make sure that you at most have one number that shares the last digit (ex: 24 and 54). The more diverse your final digits are, the better your odds of winning will be. 6. Try Less Popular Lottery Games Whenever a lottery game’s prize money swells to a high number, the news starts covering the game and everybody gets enticed to start playing. The more people that play a lottery game though, the lower your chances are of winning. That’s why lottery experts contend that one of the best ways to increase your chances of winning is to play less popular games. There are many lottery games that don’t get any publicity that you can play every week. Pick one that has decent prize money and keep your fingers crossed! You can learn more about the different lottery games that exist online. 7. Play With Lottery Software If you’re not a statistician, it can be hard to pick lottery numbers that are statistically the most likely to get pulled. Rather than racking your brain trying to pick the perfect combination, give lottery software a whirl. There are plenty of paid and free lottery programs out there that analyze historical games to determine which numbers have the best odds of being pulled during a future game. While lottery software is by no means a sure-fire way to win, it is a great way to incrementally improve your chances of getting rich. Wrapping Up Our Tips on Winning the Lottery There are a lot of avid lottery players out there. By listening to what they have to say, you might give your odds of winning a serious boost. We hope that our tips above have made you feel more confident in playing and our team wants to remind you to always game responsibly! Playing the lottery isn’t a replacement for earning money. It’s meant to be fun. Don’t lose sight of that! Want more fun tips on winning the lottery and information on everything that’s going on in and around your community? If so, check out additional write-ups on our blog!

5 Harmless Car Pranks to Play on Your Best Friend

Posted on January 15, 2020 Posted by Tom Coleman

Our cars are some of our most valuable treasures. For some people more than others. Whether you spend $1,000 dollars, $100,000, or anywhere in between, there’s a special bond that forms between you and your car. You rely on it. You spend time in it. Some people, up to 40%, even name their cars. Therefore, what better way to mess with your friend than to mess with their car? Check out these 5 classic and harmless car pranks! 1. Wrap It One of the most common car pranks is the “sealed for freshness” saran wrap. However, it deserves its popularity. Wrapping a car in saran wrap will make it impossible to get into without some serious work and it’s completely safe and harmless. However, saran wrap is not your only option for the classic car wrap. If keeping it fresh is your top priority, you can also use aluminum foil. If flare and pizzazz is more your style, you can use Christmas or birthday wrapping paper. Don’t forget the bow! 2. Sticker It Another best among harmless car pranks is the sticky note approach. Sticky notes have a non-damaging adhesive safe for all surfaces. This method allows you to be quite creative and artistic, too. With the wide variety of stick note colors, the sky is your limit. You can give your friend the “paint job” they’ve always wanted, or the one you’ve always wanted them to have. Do they need racing stripes? Perhaps some pink tires? It’s up to you now! While we’re on the topic of stickers, why not a custom bumper sticker? Companies like allow you to create your own bumper sticker and order as many as you want for a super low cost. Think about it. Doesn’t your buddy’s macho truck need 100 pink bumper stickers proclaiming his love for kitties? It does. 3. “Sell” It If you want other people in on your car prank (even if they don’t know it), put your friend’s car up for sale. You can post it on Craigslist, Facebook, or even put up a sign on their car. People will be calling your friend, inquiring about their car and they will have no idea what’s going on. Make sure it’s priced to sell though, you want lots of interested buyers! 4. Hit and Run It One of the funniest car pranks, especially if your friend happens to be OCD about their car, is the hit and run prank. All you have to do is leave a vague note left by a careless driver about accidentally bumping into your friend’s car. Be sure not to give away where it was hit, though, you want them searching for the “damage” for a while. It also helps if you mention in the note that the driver doesn’t have insurance and is only writing the note because there were witnesses. Finally, as your friend starts to realize there might not be any visible damage, point out a random area and swear you can see scratches there. 5. Fill It Last but certainly not least of all car pranks is the “stuffed” prank. There are limitless options of what media to use for this masterpiece, but balloons, shredded paper, ping-pong balls, and packing peanuts are popular choices. The goal is simple, fill your friend’s car to the brim with whatever you choose. They will have no idea what to do with all of it and won’t even be able to drive anywhere! Car Pranks Aside Here at Oakley Farm Market, we are all about community and fun! Harmless car pranks are a great way to show your friend or family member how much you are thinking about them! Just make sure you help them clean up! For more about us, click here!

10 Helpful Things You Should Be Doing When Unemployed & Looking for Work

Posted on January 22, 2020 Posted by Tom Coleman

4% of Americans are unemployed. Real talk – if you’re currently unemployed, you may find yourself struggling with motivation, low self-esteem, depression or other mental health issues. Know that you’re not alone and this is a very normal reaction to being unemployed, especially for longer periods. To avoid participating in behaviors which will make finding a job even more difficult, such as substance abuse, take a look at this list for things to do when unemployed: 1. Exercise Boosts Your Confidence You may wonder how going outside for a run, or cycling along the local canal path can help you find a job. But, it’s been proven time and time again that exercise can help boost your health. It can also: Make you feel more alert. Improve your confidence. Give you a sense of pride in what your body can do. Reduce chronic disease risk. Help you lose weight. Better yet, exercise can actually make you feel happier. It’s not magic and it will take some hard work. But, during your time of unemployment, there’s nothing better to do than throw yourself into your favorite sport or form of exercise. Plus, what better to write on your resume than “last year I completed a marathon/triathlon”? 2. Make a Schedule and Stick to It Being unemployed when you’re also juggling other commitments, such as family, can be extremely difficult. To make sure your responsibilities are maintained, plan a schedule for your days. Have a set routine which you follow, giving you time to look after little ones AND look for jobs. Even if you don’t have other commitments besides looking after yourself, having a schedule can give you a sense of purpose and a reason to get out of bed. For example: 8 am – wake up, meditate, shower and get ready for the day. 9 am – breakfast and wash up dishes. 9:30 am – exercise. 10:30 am – start looking for jobs. 1 pm – plan a delicious, healthy lunch or meet a friend for lunch. 2 pm – work on a personal project/volunteer/help a neighbor with their garden. 4 pm – look for work or apply for jobs you found in the morning. 7 pm – visit family after work. Of course, this is just a brief example. But, by filling your time and planning things to do, you’ll ensure you’re socializing, looking after yourself AND looking for jobs. Make sure to break up the time you spend looking for jobs so that it doesn’t feel disheartening. 3. Boost Your Skills Finding a personal project can help bring purpose to your life. Even people in employment struggle to figure out what their “purpose” in life is. During your time of unemployment, try to find out what you love doing most. Then, when you’re in employment, even if you don’t love the work, you’ll have a sense of purpose outside of the job. This is invaluable. Perhaps your interests are cooking or learning languages? If so, find a course in your area which can help you boost your skills. Can’t afford to do a course? Focus on learning at home. There are plenty of free resources online, all you need to do is look for what you’re interested in and commit to one thing at a time. Perhaps you can’t find a skill to work on as a personal project. Instead, why not train for the job you want? This will show self-motivation which all employers respect. 4. Volunteering Is Good for You When feeling sorry for yourself, what better way to stop moping around than to help others and volunteer your time. By not thinking about yourself for just a few hours of the week, you’ll realize that everyone has their problems and you’ll find that your own mood is boosted by doing good by others. Better yet, if you volunteer regularly, you’ll form a community and make new friends. There are many worthy causes to look into when you first decide to volunteer. For example, why not work with refugees to help them get established in your town? You may also want to look into volunteering positions which can help you boost certain skills. Who knows, work could come from your volunteering position too. 5. Sell Everything You Don’t Need If you’re struggling financially, then a good idea is to sell items which you don’t need. Did you know, there are more self-storage facilities in the US than there are McDonald’s? If you’re guilty of hoarding lots of stuff, it’s time to set up an eBay account. You don’t need to go full-blown minimalist and only keep 150 items. But, by selling things you don’t use, you’ll be freeing up your space AND boosting your finances. While you’re at it, you may find that you’re very gifted at selling on eBay and could set up a small side business. Sure, it may not replace a full-time job, but many people make a tidy sum each month by buying vintage clothing, doing it up and selling it on… 6. Find Part Time Work If your small online clothing business doesn’t take off, then why not consider looking for other work online? Websites such as Fiverr or Upwork can help you boost your skills and earn a couple of dollars per project. Alternatively, you may want to join a temp agency for a few months. Although neither are permanent solutions, they will help ensure you have money at the end of the month. If neither of these proves to be a viable solution for you, then considering a loan may be the only option left. If this is the case, always do your research to ensure you’re getting a good deal. Read more about this before making a decision. 7. Take Advantage of this Time One-THIRD of our lives is spent at work. Although being unemployed certainly poses many difficulties, it also brings some benefits. For example, this is the time to form habits and become the person you want to be. Focus on your relationships, your mental health, and your physical health. When your time of unemployment comes to an end, you can deem it a success if you’ve grown as a person, even if your family doesn’t see it that way. Try All of These Things to Do When Unemployed If you’re struggling to find positive things to do when unemployed, make sure to start with everything in this list! Still struggling to find fun and meaning in your life? Why not revert back to your childish ways when you were happiest.