There are many things to discover each week at the Midtown Farmers Market (E. Lake St. and 22nd Ave. S.). For example, you might discover an exotic melon, sample a new flavor, or learn about honeybees in northern climates. My discovery this summer was artist and seamstress Martha Zemur.
I’d been looking for a chefstyle kitchen apron for several years—with no luck. Then, while shopping at the market one Saturday, I came upon Martha and her hand-sewn aprons. I didn’t see an apron in the colors I wanted, but “The Apron Lady,” as Martha calls herself, said she could custom-sew an apron for me.
The following week Martha showed me fabrics she thought might work for my apron. In the meantime, I had found some scraps of material that fit my kitchen décor (lemons, limes, and oranges). Martha saw no problem in turning the scraps into an apron. When I returned to Martha’s booth the next Saturday, there it was—the perfect apron! It was perfectly stitched, double sided and lined, with lime green and orange ties and a pocket. Plus, it was just the right length for me.
My next project for Martha is kitchen curtains. If you’d like Martha, a Longfellow resident, to sew something for you, contact her at email@example.com.
And, be aware, there’s only one more day to make market discoveries. The last Tuesday market was Oct. 25 and the last Saturday market will be Oct. 29 (8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.).