Craftsbury Farmers Market Plans Season Opening

by June Pichel Cook
photo by June Pichel Cook | April snow showers in the Northeast Kingdom on Dustan Road, Craftsbury Common. Can spring be far behind? The Craftsbury Farmers Market is gearing up for a spring revival despite April’s cruelest last comments.

CRAFTSBURY – Despite April’s cruel joke of snow showers, (rather than rain showers), the Craftsbury Farmers Market (CFM) is gearing up for an exciting 2021 summer season. A Zoom meeting last week drew both new and returning vendors, with over 20 participants.

The season opens Saturday, May 22, and continues every Saturday through October 2. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Following last year’s COVID restrictions, the market promises to be a rejuvenation, with a familiar feeling of social interaction, music and picnic tables. Social distancing, hand sanitizing, and mask wearing are still in place, and the market must adhere to state regulations affecting businesses.

Ordering on line and picking up products will be ongoing, but in-person shopping is more flexible than regulations imposed last season. Vendors may decide how they will manage their individual booths.

The CFM will not have a curbside pick-up table in front of the market as was implemented last year. Sanitizing stations will be placed at entrance points on either end of the market space.

Music will be coming back to the market and interested performers should contact Gabriela Benham or Kris Coville, who will coordinate the music events.

The market is planning to reinstate the Vermont Blueberry Festival, which was put on hold last year. A harvest festival may be a possibility; plans for special tastings are on hold until safety precautions can be vetted carefully.

At the Zoom meeting, vendors introduced themselves and explained their specialties. New product features at the market will include baskets; bath balms, scrubs, and salts; hot sauces, spices, and granolas; soft pretzels, meat pies, and mustards; frozen perogies, and sourdough breads. Young blacksmith Alder Hardt will be returning with his ironwork after last year’s brief respite.

The market is offering a broad spectrum of meats (including duck), eggs, cheese, milk, jams, jellies, canned goods; fresh produce, vegetables, and mushrooms, baked goods, fermented products and kombucha, fiber arts and knitted products, art and screen prints, herbs, flowers and hanging baskets, soaps and salves, quilts, and many other products. Market goers will have a wide variety of tasty hot food offerings, from Mexican to Middle-Eastern. The lemonade stand will be up, as will Raz Mille’s smoothies.

Coville, chair of the steering committee, was re-elected to the committee; Nancy VanWinkle serves as co-chair. New members elected were Aaron Malys and Nadav Mille, who will also serve as treasurer. The steering committee includes members Lyman Locke and Katie Sullivan; Liz Echeverria serves as secretary.

The market’s webmaster, Larry Bohen, will continue working with the CFM.

The group voted to continue having a market assistant on board at each session.For more information or interest in vending, e-mail craftsburyfarmersmkt@gmail.com.