No plans for the weekend? We’ve got you covered. Start things off right with some local wine. Isaaks of Salem owner Ian Bennett will be handing out samples from 4:00 to 7:00 tonight at Shubie’s in Marblehead. Try all three varieties: Dry Honey, Popp Road Raspberry, and Sweet Tooth Honey. If you’re a fan of the Vineyard Road, you may want to return to Shubie’s between 12:00 and 3:00 on Saturday for samples from their portfolio.
Also on Friday are two farm openings: Cider Hill in Amesbury and Smolak Farms in North Andover. Cider Hill has spent months renovating their store, including updating the bakery to a full-scratch operation. Owner Glenn Cook says the new offerings will include bread baked from grain ground right before the bread is made. The peach trees are blooming, the apple trees are next, and the chickens are arriving around lunchtime.
Smolak Farms is sporting a renovated animal and playground area and says the farm stand will be getting a makeover to have more of a café feel. There will be espressos, lattes, chai, and lunch specials to accompany their pies, muffins, and donuts. Opening day activities include free hayrides, free crafts and games for children in the barn (10:00-2:00), and cider donuts for half price.
Sunday is Mother’s Day, of course, and if you haven’t already made plans, head over to Wine ConneXtion in Andover on Saturday from 12:00 – 5:00 for ideas on treating mom to breakfast in bed. They’ve teamed up with Salem’s A&J King Bakery and Ocean Spray Juice for a tasting of wine, champagne, juice, and baked goods. Offerings include chocolate bouchon, caramel bread pudding, and seasonal tarts with farm-grown berries and sweetened ricotta. Best of all, donations from the event will benefit the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.
And if you’re looking for last minute brunch ideas, take a look at our Mother’s Day round up.
And as usual, here are some terrific weekend picks from some of our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:
The lovely lady of Lighter and Local, Kimmy Bingham, gives us tasty recipes and her picks here
Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.
Find out what’s happening all over New England with the Two Palaverers.
Jane Ward talks chocolate as well at weekend picks at Food and Fiction.