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Mar 05, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

Thorndale producers gear up for new farmers' market

St. Marys Journal Argus

Chet Greason

Metroland Media

The community of Thorndale has been talking about organizing a farmers’ market for a long time. This summer, it looks like it’s actually going to happen.

“Farmers in the community had a meeting in November and decided to get together,” explains the Thorndale Community Farmers’ Market co-chair Denis Heraud, who adds that Thorndale residents had been suggesting the idea for at least two years.

“We just needed people to bring it forward.”

A template vendor agreement for the proposed event has already been circulated, with an updated version expected later this week.

Thorndale’s farmers’ market would have a strong local focus. What constitutes ‘local’ will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Heraud says other markets in the area have been featuring fewer and fewer farmers, and more produce hauled in from far away on the back of a truck.

Instead, organizers hope to engage only producers and artisans from the immediate area.

“We’re going to keep it as local as we can, while trying to get as many vendors as we can,” says co-chair Laurie Ahrens.

Organizers are also hoping for a diverse line-up of vendors, including crafters. One stall will be made available to a different non-profit community group every week, while another will facilitate a different class, workshop, entertainer, or activity.

Market organizers are also planning to have a no live animal, second-hand, or mass-produced item policy, as well as a ban on brokers and resellers.

However, the reselling rule could be flexible should it mean the inclusion of a relatively local producer otherwise occupied at other markets.

“We’re trying to support the community first,” says Aherns.

The tentative kick-off date for the new farmers’ market is set for Saturday, June 6. The market will continue every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Oct. 10.

The location is yet to be confirmed, although organizers expect verification on a proposed site in the very near future.

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