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Middlebury Farmers’ Market moves outdoors May 11

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Farmers’ Market seeks to create more opportunities for community collaboration and engagement at its Wednesday and Saturday outdoor markets during the 2019 season, which kicks off this Saturday, May 11. Market organizers believe these new collaborations will not only strengthen the market but the community as well.
The summer outdoor markets will take place at the VFW parking lot off Exchange Street from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays, May 11 through Oct. 26, and on Wednesdays, June 19 through Oct. 16.
Youth engagement is a central priority. Accordingly, the Farmers’ Market is working toward offering a Power of Produce Club — or “POP Club” — which is a farmers’ market program for children, and a Teen Enterprise Zone, which welcomes teen vendors. The POP Club and Teen Enterprise Zone initiatives will provide produce-related education to young people and families about nutrition and entrepreneurial skills while also supporting their local economy.
The idea is that local businesses will provide donations to support these initiatives, and several businesses have already committed to making contributions. To reach the necessary funding goals, additional donations are still needed. Other business owners and community residents who are interested in supporting this initiative are asked contact the market coordinator at middleburyfarmersmkt@yahoo.com.
The market is also collaborating with Kelly Hickey, a local artisan who created Edie and Glo, a handmade vintage clothing business. Hickey has also been hired by the Better Middlebury Partnership to manage the former Clay’s storefront now called Bundle. In partnership with Hickey, the Farmers’ Market will host a pop-up in the Bundle space on June 27 from 3:30 to 7 p.m.
Finally, the Middlebury Farmers’ Market and Ilsley Public Library are teaming up to offer a mobile library at five Wednesday markets. This collaboration will begin June 19 and run every third Wednesday of the month through October. Ilsley Director Dana Hart will set up a curated selection of cookbooks, novels and resources for checkout at the market. Customers with Ilsley Library cards are welcome to browse the selection and check out or return materials right at the Farmers’ Market. Don’t have a card yet? No problem. Middlebury residents will also be able to sign-up for a card at these Wednesday markets.
Through these community collaborations, the Middlebury Farmers’ Market hopes to expand its offerings to customers while establishing a stronger partnership with local businesses and community organizations.
To get more information on collaborating with the Middlebury Farmers’ Market email the market coordinator at middleburyfarmersmkt@yahoo.com.

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