Two of five new vendors came to the annual meeting of the Shelburne Farmers Market to meet the farmers, crafters, and bakers who will share the Saturday market on the Shelburne Parade Ground in a few weeks. Tod Whitaker, President of the Shelburne Business and Professional Association that organizes the summer markets, welcomed the group with the news that income for vendors at the market had risen 9 percent – a consistent trend over the six years the market has operated.
Continuing the tradition of balancing the kinds of vendors in the market (48 percent agriculture, 36 percent prepared foods, and 17 percent crafts), Whitaker said the new vendors this year will be West View Farm from New Haven, Midnight Goat Farm, John Gould Baker from Shelburne, and West River Creamery of Londonderry.
Tom and Kat McQuade of West View Farm will bring vegetables, fruit, flowers, and prepared foods, Yves Gonnet of Midnight Goat Farm produces goat cheese in a variety of flavors, John Gould makes bread and granola, and West River Creamery will bring cow and goat cheese while Freshies Farm from South Burlington will be selling chickens and turkeys.
The Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. The vendors at the April 4 meeting agreed that the ease of parking was a big advantage for market shoppers, and the location on Route 7 helped to attract tourists. A brief discussion of extending the 9 am to 1 pm hours concluded with the decision to keep the hours as they have been, recognizing that vendors who want to stay longer can do so.
Whitaker announced that the market’s traditional Shelburne Day event on Saturday, Aug. 17 would be expanded to take part in the town-wide celebration of Shelburne’s 250th Anniversary.