Farmers’ market seeks vendors for winter

BRATTLEBORO — Vendor applications are now being accepted for next season of the Winter Farmers' Market, which will be held at a new location: the C. F. Church Building at 80 Flat St.

Prospective vendors are encouraged to submit an application prior to the Sept. 15 deadline.

The Winter Market opens for the 2018-19 season, its 13th, on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will be open over the next 22 Saturdays through March 30, 2019. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Products typically include locally grown and produced fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, food for lunch, and handcrafted items such as clothing, jewelry, pottery, and soaps.

This is a juried market. New vendors or returning vendors with new craft, prepared food or value-added products will need to present their items for jury at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 80 Flat St.

Agriculture vendors selling farm produce do not need to be juried.

Preference is given to regional agricultural vendors interested in bringing new, unduplicated products to market, according to a press release from the market.

The market's mission is to support sustainable agriculture by providing a viable winter-season direct market outlet for local community-based farms while building community and promoting regional sustainability.

Additionally, the market's sustainability mission places an emphasis on sourcing ingredients from local and regional growers and producers for prepared foods sold at the market.

The Winter Farmers' Market is a project of Post Oil Solutions, a grassroots citizen sustainability group in Windham County. Its goal is to raise awareness about sustainable practices for the region's homes, neighborhoods, and larger communities and to begin creating the infrastructure needed for a post-oil society. The creation of a community-based food system is a critical component of that infrastructure.

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