Middlebury Farmers Market is moving onto drier ground

MIDDLEBURY — While everyone can appreciate the improvements being made near Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury this summer, the construction site and the adjacent Marble Works lawn has had its share of mud and mess like any other construction site during this wildly wet summer.
Still, every Saturday and Wednesday the Middlebury Farmers Market has been open for business, with both vendors and customers alike putting aside any aversions they may have to mud for the sake of good food and company.
Now, beginning this Saturday, Aug. 3, the Middlebury Farmers Market is moving to drier quarters for the balance of the summer. The market will move 300 feet north, setting up on the north side of the Marble Works complex.
There will still be a row of parking available in front of Marble Works Pharmacy, Costello’s, Otter Creek Used Books and Otter Creek Yoga. The market will be in the center row of the parking lot. There will be signs and barricades to direct traffic.
This move will allow the management of the Marble Works to complete renovation work on the lawn facing the falls, including leveling for better drainage and reseeding.
The Middlebury Farmers Market will return to its usual spot at the foot of Printers Alley on the south side of the Marble Works next season.
“Although a change in location always presents new challenges for us, we are excited about the improvements and we’re looking forward to having an even nicer site for our market at the Marble Works next year,” said Middlebury Farmers Market board member Clayton Perkins, of Old Orchard Woodcrafts.
Board members and vendors of the market will pitch in to try to get the word out to the community so that shoppers will find the market despite the move. Although the new location will not be as visible from downtown, it is still at the Marble Works, and there will be signs posted.
Market manager Kelli Shuttleworth has also planned events for both Saturday and Wednesday markets, throughout the season.
“Wednesday is a great day for people who work in town to come buy lunch from one of our vendors, and pick up groceries for dinner at the same time,” she said. “It’s a nice chance to get a breath of fresh air during your lunch break. You’re going to eat fresh, and support small local businesses.”
Shuttleworth has a positive outlook on the move.
“We are fortunate to have such a supportive community — our loyal customers, our neighbors at Marble Works, and our market vendors with their incredible products; moving a few hundred feet won’t change that,” she said.
The market runs outdoors through October, and then continues Saturdays inside Mary Hogan School’s Gymnasium during the colder months.
For more information visit MiddleburyFarmersMarket.org or follow MiddleburyFarmersMarket on Facebook.

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