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Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16


by Carla Occaso

Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16
Barre Farmer’s Market to Open May 16

BARRE — The farmer’s market is returning to the Vermont Granite Museum beginning Saturday, May 16. This location was a new place last year after previously being located at the lawn beside the “Youth Triumphant” statue at the intersection of Routes 14 and 302 on Thursdays. But last year they switched to Saturdays, which went well, according to Aaron Goon, the husband of Maayan Kasimov, last year’s market manager.

“They had great music almost every week and the general atmosphere was fun and inviting,” Goon said, contrasting the Barre market to what he characterized as the more crowded and slicker Montpelier farmer’s market. “The Barre market is quaint, and homey and it is just a really wonderful event. People love the atmosphere … the vibes. It was really personable. I hope that carries on (this) year.”

Goon said the market attracted a mix of vendors that included old-time farmers coming from farms that had been in the family for generations, such as Alan LePage’s stand, to young and inspired farmers, such as the Bear Roots Farm farmers. In addition, there were several prepared food vendors offering Mexican, Thai and Middle Eastern food, Goon said. In fact, Goon and his wife ran a falafel stand. According to this year’s market manager Joann Darling in a press release, “the Barre Farmer’s  Market promotes a sustainable venue for locally grown and prepared fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, flowers, vegetable starts and artisan crafts.” In addition, live music and special events will be offered, she said.

“Barre boasts one of the best farmer’s markets in the state, where the area’s vibrant farm and food folk meet weekly all summer long. It’s small, but every tent offers something awesome, from basic meat and produce to goat offal to whole geese to gooseberries to heirloom cucumbers to herbs to baked goods. With a community-supported food co-op in the works and more farms taking root in the hills around town, the scene in Barre is only going to get better,” Darling stated.

The market will be located at the museum at 7 Jones Brother Road in Barre on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 17. Opening day May 16 will feature two children’s events, one titled “My Vegetable Patch” and the other titled “Garden Poetry Contest.” EBT and debit cards are accepted. More infomation is available at http://www.barrefarmersmarketvt.com/.  and by contacting Joann Darling, market manager by e-mail at barrefarmersmarket@gmail.com or calling 802-505-8437.