Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Hartland Farmers' Market is signing up vendors for this summer's market season.

2013 Vendor Applications and Market Rules are available for download under our Resources section.  Applications will also be available for pick up at the Hartland Four Corners Post Office and the Upper Valley Food Co-Op after Sat., April 27th.

            Spring has finally arrived in the Upper Valley.  These warmer days serve as a reminder that summer and the outdoor market season are just around the corner.  This year the Hartland Farmers’ Market, with renewed energy and fresh perspectives, plans to build on what we learned last summer to make 2013 the most successful market season yet.

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new manager of the Hartland Farmers’ Market.  I am passionate about creating a market that showcases the skills and talents of our vendor community and serves as a venue to bring you together with your customers.  My priorities for the market this summer include: assembling a diverse group of vendors to attract more patrons and add value to the market, as well as increasing our web presence with a greater focus on our social media outlets.

Since taking on this position, I have spent much time reflecting on why vendors choose a farmers’ market to sell their products   It seems to me that the biggest appeal of a farmers market is not the profits for vendors, but the more intangible benefits.  Last summer, my family’s blueberry bushes produced what seemed like an endless amount of delicious fruit.  The berries piled up by the bucket and bagful.  Thus, I took my first venture into making jam so that this bounty would not go to waste.  Amazingly, my jam was a success.  I was proud of my new skill set yet what was more important was the satisfaction I felt by sharing my product with appreciative friends and family.

As individuals who have special skills and products to offer, I imagine that my story may resonate with vendors in some way.  They put considerable amounts of hard work, artistry, and dedication into their products and at a farmers’ market, share the fruits of their labor with appreciative customers through direct exchanges.

The list of vendors is beginning to fill out and I am excited to see how the market takes shape.  Please consider joining the Hartland Farmers’ Market for the summer season.  If there are any questions about this summer’s market or about the application please do not hesitate to contact me, I would be happy to hear from you.  

I look forward to meeting you this summer at the market!

                                            Yours Sincerely,

                                                                                        Sarah Sincerbeaux, Market Manager