Summer’s harvest fills the market

Market Manager Perrin Meriwether said this market year has been a good one.

(Susan Riemer/Staff Photo).

(Susan Riemer/Staff Photo).

Last Saturday’s morning clouds gave way to sun, drawing a throng of people to the Farmers Market at the Village Green.

This market year has been a good one, Market Manager Perrin Meriwether said on Saturday, while people filled the green and shopped from farmers and artisans while listening to Gus Reeves, the featured musician of the day. Both vendors and customers have been up over last year, he said, noting that the market now hosts more ready-to-eat, hot-food vendors than in previous years. That food, combined with the music, seems to draw more people, including families.

“They stay for a few hours and spend more dollars,” he said.

This is Meriwether’s third season at the market, and he said he is fielding more applications for vendors than he has before. Currently, each Saturday draws between 35 and 50 vendors.

Special events coming up at the market will include the Harvest Fair, which will coincide with CiderFest on Oct. 5, and fruit pressing every Saturday in October. The market will move indoors to VCA on Saturday, Nov. 2 and will offer a large craft market in December before it closes for the winter the Saturday before Christmas.

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