Six years in and the New Glasgow Farmers Market is thriving with talent, food, and community. This year, to adjust for the growing crowds and loyal enthusiasm the market is expanding its season.
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Fleur Mainville is looking forward to the upcoming season at the New Glasgow Farmers Market. She is the manager of the market.
Opening May 17 the market will run until Nov. 29, a month later than it normally does.
“It’s definitely supply and demand,” said Fleur Mainville, market manager. “We’re getting close to a full vendor list.”
Currently the market carries everything from a wide variety of primary producers and crafters, to food vendors who are cooking up all different varieties of food. Mainville hopes that as the market expands in the future it will be able to have a permanent structure and host vendors all year round.
What really keeps the market going are the regulars, who show up nearly every week without fail.
“Our loyal customers are really fierce,” said Mainville. “Our customers are coming rain and shine.”
With a lot of primary producers taking advantage of the market to sell their goods directly to the customer there are new opportunities that open up. This year the market will be hosting a community kitchen for those who would like to rent it out. The community kitchen will host different cooks making food from local ingredients.
The primary producers have been a good draw for the crowds in the past, bringing a farm to table element for shoppers.
“They want to know where their food is coming from,” said Mainville.
Any and all people looking to become a vendor are welcome as well, which helps create a unique atmosphere. There is even a special designation for younger vendors who wish to participate, called 15 for 15. This allows anyone 15 or younger to rent a vendors table for 15 dollars.
“It’s a very casual and social experience,” said Mainville. “There’s something for everyone.”