October 15, 2018

Kismet Place Farmers’ Market kicks off season Sunday in Williston

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Kismet Place on Blair Park Road is hosting a farmers’ market on Sundays.

By Riley Jenson

Special to the Observer

The Kismet Place Farmers’ Market will begin its first summer season Sunday in Williston.

The market will be held in the Kismet Place parking lot at 373 Blair Park Road, rain or shine, and will run from 1-4 p.m. every Sunday until Sept. 16. There will be picnic tables, indoor restrooms and a bouncy house sponsored by SunCommon.

Seventeen vendors are expected at the start of the season, and the list continues to grow. Shoppers can expect various food vendors, farmers selling fresh produce, local meats, homemade breads, maple syrup, drinks, handmade crafts and essential oil products.

The market will also welcome two Champlain Valley Union High School students — Sierra Polly and Julie Watson — who will have a fundraising table for a mission project in the Dominican Republic as part of their graduation challenge.

Kismet Place owner Sharon Gutwin of RehabGYM said the purpose of the farmers’ market is “to connect people in the community in support of local business and (to) cultivate healthy relationships.”

Gutwin’s shamrock macaw bird, Kismet, the namesake of Kismet Place, will make an appearance at the market on warmer days.

Gutwin led the effort to revive a farmers’ market in Williston after a two-year hiatus. Launched in 2007, the farmers’ market was originally located on the village green next to the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library.

Gutwin notes that Kismet Place is easily accessible by car, bike and foot. She said she is interested in sharing the “beautiful, centrally located property” with the community of Williston and believes a farmers’ market is a great way to do so.

Riley Jenson is a Champlain Valley Union High School graduate, a student at Endicott College and a Williston Observer intern.

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