by June Pichel Cook
CRAFTSBURY – The Craftsbury Farmers Market will close for the 2020 season on Saturday, September 26, and will celebrate with music. Local musicians Ned Houston and Don Houghton will be on hand to entertain shoppers with lively and favorite tunes.
Steering Committee Chair Kris Coville said, “It will be good to have music at our last market for the season.”
Markets are permitted to feature live music, but social distancing protocols must be observed at all times. Facial coverings are required at indoor and outdoor settings when gathering with others.
Coville said shoppers may eat lunch outside the vending and walk-through areas.
“The season in Craftsbury has been pretty good,” she said. “Following the strange new protocols in force made it very different. It doesn’t feel the same.”
Throughout the season the market featured eight to 10 vendors each Saturday on the Common; 10 vendors are expected for the last market of the season offering their fall harvests, products, and prepared foods.
“It has been a different market season,” Coville said. “We really appreciated the support of the community coming out to the market each week and are trying to close with a festive feel.”
Coville hopes the market will return to standard operating practices in 2021.
“We are crossing our fingers for a more normal market season,” she said.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture required farmers markets to keep a 12-foot distance between vendors and require traffic to move in one direction with a clear entry/exit point. A table with a sanitizing station at the market’s entrance acted as a space for runners to drop off products for customer pick-up.
Coville expressed appreciation to vendors and patrons for following safety protocols. The Craftsbury Farmers Market will be on the Common from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.