Official: Whitingham Farmers' Market 'going well'


WHITINGHAM -- All is quiet in town, according to Selectboard Office Administrator Bonnie Jo Radasch. That is, with the exception of the Farmers' Market.

"The Farmers Market is going well," she said. "We're going into the ninth week with that."

According to Whitingham Farmers' Market Manager Kristine Sweeter, the Friday evening events have drawn all types of people to town. She was a member of the Whitingham Economic Development Group that came up with the idea to host a farmers market.

"It's been steady and there's been a steady flow of different types of people," she said. "Local people, people coming from out of town and local people coming from out of town. It's not just Whitingham and Halifax but also Wilmington, Dover, Readsboro and other areas as well."

The farmers' market began on June 20. Altogether, 28 vendors have applied and are now a part of it.

Each week, Sweeter says there are 10 to 16 vendors that show up and the plan is to run the farmers' market again next year. This year's closing date is Oct. 10.

Several local produce vendors regularly set up tents. Two of the bigger names are Wilmington's Back to the Land and Boyd Family Farm. Smaller farms based in Halifax and Whitingham also come out.

"We always have a lot of produce," Sweeter said. "We have a large variety from crafts to produce."

Brick oven pizza made on site is popular among attendees.

Local musician Greg Burnell will play at this Friday's event, which is being held from 4 to 7 p.m.

Sweeter said she believes local businesses have benefited from the farmers' market. Spoonwood Creamery, the Jacksonville General Store, Stone Soldier Pottery and the Sprague & Son Sugarhouse participated by keeping their doors open until the market closes and also posting signs for the event.

In a previous interview, Sweeter mentioned that the Economic Development Group looked into having a farmers' market when trying to find ways to showcase economic development locally.

Applications for the farmers' market are available on the website There is a Facebook page called "Whitingham Edg."

In other business:

-- An air pump for air conditioning was installed at the Municipal Center in Jacksonville.

-- Two Route 100 Scenic Byway signs have also been posted. There is one at each entrance to the town.

Signs are sprouting up in towns included in the designated byway, which include Wilmington, Dover, Jamaica, Wardsboro, Stratton, Londonderry, Stamford, Weston, Andover, Cavendish, Ludlow, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Killington, Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Rochester, Hancock and Granville.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.


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