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Black River crafters sell their wares at Carthage market


CARTHAGE — Two Black River crafters spent Fridays this summer visiting and selling and making their wares at the Carthage Farmers Market.

Stacy A. Stegemoller and Mary Louise Hunt met at Black River Elementary where Mrs. Hunt was a third grade teacher and Mrs. Stegemoller was a volunteer.

Mrs. Stegemoller said she has been making kitchen towel toppers, coaster and wooden planters for a couple of years after being introduced to crafting by a friend.

“She does crafting full time — that makes it a job or a career — I just do it as a hobby,” Mrs. Stegemoller said of her friend.

Besides the Friday market, Mrs. Stegemoller sells through Facebook at, at craft shows through affliation with North Country Crafters and at a consignment shop, Purple Pirate in Henderson.

She said she learned woodworking used for the planters from her father. She said she crochets to keep her hands busy and her eyes off her husband’s driving.

As for the Carthage market, Mrs. Stegemoller said she and Mrs. Hunt are doing it for the “When Daddy Says No, Mommy Says Yes Fund” help pay for their children’s upcoming weddings.

Mrs. Hunt got started doing crafts by making a favorite shirt of her mother into an ornament. The ornaments can be made from any material which a patron can supply. The ornaments can be displayed year round or put on the tree at Mrs. Hunt’s son, Shawn, makes the coaster tiles adorned with comic characters and bowls made from vinyl records sold at the booth.

In addition to the farmers market, Mrs. Hunt sells her items online through Facebook at and Etsy at

The Carthage Farmers Market is held Fridays until Oct. 31 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pavilion on Riverside Drive. Village law prohibits dogs within 25 feet of the farmers market pavilion.

James Gratch will return to the market Sept. 5 and 19 providing live entertainment.

The Farmers Market Committee is looking for further entertainment for the Friday market. Musicians wishing to perform are welcome to volunteer their talents. Those interested may call Ronald R. Roch at 493-0021 for more information.

For more information about the market, call the chamber of commerce at 493-3590.

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