By Greg Elias
Williston residents will find a cornucopia of food and crafts, seasoned with music and accompanied by ready-to-eat meals, when a pair of farmers’ markets opens this week.
The Williston Farmers’ Market opens for the season on Saturday. It will be held weekly through Oct. 13 on the green next to Dorothy Alling Library in Williston Village. Hours each Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The other market will be held Wednesdays in a grass-covered field next to New England Federal Credit Union off Harvest Lane. It begins on July 11, and will be open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. each week.
The village market will host live music some weeks, said Christina Mead, the Williston resident who organized the market. The first act booked is the Vermont Suzuki Violins, a youth group. The musicians will play in the gazebo next to the green on July 21.
Mead said she is talking with a folk singing duo called the Native Daughters and hopes to find other musicians to perform, although there probably won’t be music every week.
“The idea is just to be a showcase,” she said. “If people want to perform, I’m open to it.”
Vendors will offer an eclectic variety of Vermont-made produce and crafts. Many of the vendors listed on the market’s Web site are home-based businesses from Williston.
Among them are Beltz & Whistles, which crafts belts, decorative pillows and jewelry; Boutin Berries & Veggies, which grows fruits and vegetables; LuLu Art & Design, which sells paintings, cards and candles; and Three Brothers Bake Shop, which makes baked goods.
The market also plans a youth day at which students from Williston Central School and perhaps elsewhere will offer food they have grown and goods they have made, Mead said. It is part of a program sponsored by the Vermont chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Mead asked students interested in participating to contact her via e-mail at email@example.com.
Meanwhile, New England Federal Credit Union has firmed up plans for its market.
It will host 20 to 25 vendors in all, with offerings ranging from maple syrup to organic meat, said Cindy Morgan, NEFCU’s marketing director.
Morgan said the idea is to have a diverse enough range of products to allow one-stop shopping.
“The goal was to have a really good mix of vendors so you can actually buy everything you need for a meal in one place,” she said.
Mead said she’s both eager and a little apprehensive as her market’s opening day approaches. In particular, she hopes the weather cooperates and everything goes as planned.
“I’m very excited,” Mead said. “But I think I’m like anybody who has put a lot of work into something – a little anxious.”