July 29, 2014

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Williston Farmers’ Market moves to Wednesdays

By Luke Baynes

Observer staff

Williston farmers’ market opens June 6 on the Town Green.

On Wednesday, June 6—the 68th anniversary of the Allied forces’ D-Day invasion of Normandy—local vendors are set to invade the Williston Village Green for the start of the sixth annual Williston Farmers’ Market season.

The farmers’ market has been held on Saturdays for the past five years. Event organizer Christina Mead said she switched to Wednesdays this year to gird against the post-Independence Day drop in attendance.

“It seemed in the first five years, we would do really well in June, then after the Fourth of July hit attendance was down,” Mead said. “Summer is short and people aren’t around on the weekends.”

The market will be held Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is scheduled to run from June 6 to Oct. 10. Mead pointed out that the Williston Town Band holds its summer concerts on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on the village bandstand, which she hopes will provide overlap in attendance for the two events.

Mead said she chose 4 p.m. as the starting time because it is the start of rush hour in the village, when eastbound traffic often backs up on Williston Road all the way from the four-way stop by the Williston Federated Church to the Village Green.

“We were thinking of the get-out-of-work traffic,” said Mead. “There’s a lot of traffic on that road, and that’s the prime rush hour.”

Returning vendors include the Boutin Family Farm, Ants in Your Pants Farm, Comeau Family Sugarhouse, Marsha Drake Jewelry, Leslie Trifilio Jewelry and Sunflower Soaps. Other businesses lined up for the season include Lindemann’s Totes, Jewels by Jenni, Euro Restaurant, Flavors of India, O Bread Bakery, The Squeezed Lemon, Sonia’s Salsa and Kammel Fudge.

Vendors have the option of purchasing space for $20 on a week-to-week basis, or committing to the entire season for $150.

The farmers’ market will also continue its tradition of holding youth days, in which kids are given the opportunity to sell handmade goods or locally grown produce from their own booths.

For more information about the 2012 Williston Farmers’ Market, contact Christina Mead at [email protected]

 

June brings farmers market to Essex

By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

Fresh produce, tasty treats and live music will be back in Essex Junction for the third season of the Five Corners Farmers’ Market.

The market is set to begin June 1, with 30 vendors, a food truck and live entertainment. It will offer local fruit and vegetables, baked goods, wine, artisanal cheeses, grass-fed beef, natural pork, maple products and more.

“It’s such a vibrant market,” said Nicole L’Huillier Fenton, who helps organize the weekly event. “Each market definitely has its own characteristics, and what makes ours unique is it’s a very happening place to be on a Friday afternoon and evening. It has a festival feeling.”

L’Huillier Fenton said people often end up staying at the market all evening—eating dinner, listening to the live music and stocking up on the week’s groceries.

This year, it will be even easier to buy local goodies, with the option to pay using a debit card and EBT at the market manager’s tent.

New this season, Michael Byrne of The Accidental Farmer will run the market’s first food truck, featuring grass-fed beef burgers, salads, pastas and other goods. Market-goers can also pick up dinner at one of several prepared food stands—including Indian and Caribbean flavors, European favorites and wood-fired pizza—then top the evening off with homemade ice cream or a vegan cupcake.

The market is set for every Friday until Oct. 5, from 3:30–7:30p.m. It will be held at Lincoln Place, off Railroad Avenue, with nearby parking lots designated for market use.

For more info: 5cornersfarmersmarket.com. 

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