The Bennington area is one of the few places in the state that doesn't have such a market.
The Bennington Banner reports the market recently became incorporated as a nonprofit cooperative with the state. Officials have been working with existing cooperatives around the state, including the Brattleboro Food Co-op, to help develop it.
Kelly McElheny is a food and natural resources educator who is on the board of directors for the project. She said the Bennington area has been designated a "food desert" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means it's difficult for many people to obtain healthy, affordable food - yet there are many farms and producers in the area.