Midtown Farmers Market: Making market discoveries

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 mzemur [at] gmail [dot] 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.).


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Hey Martha!

Zanetta btw...old student of yours : )