Letter to the editor: Farmers market to stay at VFW

After the publication of the Dec. 31 article regarding the location of the Middlebury Farmers’ Market, “Downtown Site Sought for Farmers Market,” we wish to reassure our vendors and our customers that we are staying put at the VFW location on Exchange Street for the foreseeable future! 
It was unfortunate that the title gave some the impression that the market was on the verge of yet another move, and it has caused some concern among our customer and vendor base. As an economic driver in the area we want what is best for our town, our vendors and our customers. We engaged in the thoughtful discussion regarding the design of Triangle Park because we feel it is important that Middlebury has the ability to host a potential market or a myriad of other events in it’s future downtown. Certain design features that were implemented make this more feasible — thank you design team, planners and selectboard! We were grateful to give input, and we hope it means downtown options for lots of groups in the future post-construction Middlebury.
In the meantime we hope folks will help us make the most of our VFW location. Parking is easy, restrooms convenient, and we have been able to seamlessly transition to a year round winter market at the same location. The bread comes to market still warm, and the fresh greens have a flavor that is hard to find in January! Not to mention the local honey, crafts, jams, eggs, meats, licensed raw milk and baked goods. We look forward to the proposed pedestrian walkway and to the return of Greg’s Meat Market just a quarter-mile away. We will be back outside in May for another year of local food, crafts, music and fun among your neighbors. 
Middlebury Farmers’ Market Board
Hannah Sessions, Barb Wilson, Sharon Kerwin, Seth Ross, Chad Beckwith, Joan Cook and Brad Koehler

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