March 5, 2009
Future of the Williston Farmers’ Market
Three years ago I had a vision for a farmers’ market in Williston. I wanted a space that would be accessible by walking, biking or vehicle and would be large enough to accommodate future growth, vendor variety and special market events such as local music and cooking demonstrations.
There were construction plans for the green at Maple Tree Place, which meant it would be a few years before the market could begin (“Farmers’ Market ponders move to new home,” Feb. 19). Also, there was not a shared vision or purpose for the farmers’ market. It wasn’t rejected; it just wasn’t the right time.
The Williston Farmers’ Market located on the village green has grown immensely over the last two years. There have been obstacles to overcome: Excessive rain on the green makes it unusable and there is limited access to electricity. Although the market continues to increase in gross sales, many wonder if the other side of town fails to visit the market due to location. There is a lack of a real town “center” where the majority of businesses and people congregate. Some vendors and customers who visit the market never knew the historic village existed.
At the heart of every market there are sellers and buyers who reflect the community spirit. The future of the market relies on committed vendors selling high quality products and the support of the community to help promote the market and make it profitable for the vendors.
It is my greatest hope that no matter where the market settles, people will continue to visit and shop at the weekly market. There will be the same vendors you know and love selling fresh, high quality, locally grown/made products. Our Web site, www.willistonfarmersmarket.com, will keep you updated and questions and comments are welcomed. Thanks for supporting the farmers’ market.
Founder of Williston Farmers’ Market
Questioning intersection changes
I was unable to attend the latest meeting on the discussion of a traffic light or roundabout at the intersection near the Korner Kwik Stop to ease traffic problems. I agree with Bernie Perreault’s statement: “The traffic at that intersection is a nonissue.”
I have several questions. Who felt like we needed more traffic control at this intersection and wanted a study done? I would like to hear more about accidents. A recent Observer article (“Study restarts debate over village intersection,” Jan. 22) said the state commented there had been 25 accidents from 2001 to 2006. What kind of accidents? Were there serious injuries? At what time of day did the bulk of them occur? What were figures before 2001? People living near this intersection would be the best eyewitnesses to how dangerous this intersection has become, and I value the opinions from those people.
When people study the driver’s manual to get a license, they learn the rule about stopping for a stop sign. Also one learns about who goes first if two cars come to a four-way stop at the same time. Are these not traffic rules that need to be enforced at this intersection? Drivers need to be courteous and obey the present rules. It seems we have roads and bridges that need more attention.
I have been through this intersection at all hours of the day. Visibility is good from all directions. I have never found a large number of people ignoring the stop signs. Mostly, traffic flows as it should.
I am opposed to the idea of a traffic light or roundabout that would impact our historic district, even though I have been told by the state historic people that if an area warrants traffic control the least intrusive would be a roundabout.
I need lots of persuasion to change this historic intersection.