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Out & About: Newly minted Sunapee Farmers Market leads summer schedule

  • Laura Austin, of 4 Corners Farm in Newbury, Vt., left, brings out baskets of strawberries for shopper Gigi Gallaway, of West Lebanon, middle, as Kelsey Pollard, of Grantham, right, and Marie Gray, of Newbury, foreground left, pack the more berries at the Norwich Farmers Market in Norwich, Vt., Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News file photograph — James M. Patterson

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/1/2021 9:52:34 PM
Modified: 5/18/2021 3:52:01 PM

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, there will be another reason to stop by Sunapee Harbor.

That’s when the new Sunapee Farmers Market from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Labor Day Weekend. Around 15 vendors will be at the market, including about 11 who will be there for the full season and others who will rotate in and out.

The idea for the market came from Sunapee business owner Deborah Pasculano, resident Scott Blewitt and Donna Gazelle and Barbara Sullivan, of Project Sunapee, a community nonprofit organization.

“We all decided we wanted a farmers market and went from there,” Pasculano said. “Every surrounding town has a market. Why don’t we have one?”

The group quickly got to work registering with the state as an official market and reaching out to vendors.

“I said it had to be in the Harbor and it had to be on a Saturday because there’s a lot of weekenders here,” Pasculano said.

She reached out to more than 100 vendors to see if they would be interested. Beaver Pond Farm, Two Mountain Farm and Whitney Brook Farm. The market waived vendor fees and relied on corporate sponsorships instead.

“They’re taking a risk, spending their whole summer on a first-time market,” Pasculano said. There are also plans to have one nonprofit organization and one artist each Saturday.

“I really want to support the community with local food. That’s the goal of the market,” Pasculano said. “My hopes are that it’s so successful we can do it again next year.”

Farmers markets

Woodstock: Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m., June 2-Oct. 16, Woodstock Green, Route 4. Masks encouraged. Woodstockvt.com.

Hanover: Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., June 2-Sept. 29, Richmond Middle School Field, 63 Lyme Road. hanoverrec.com.

Lebanon: Thursdays, 3-7 p.m., May 20-Sept. 30, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. Masks required. lebanonfarmersmarket.org.

Chelsea: Fridays, 3-6 p.m., May 21-Sept. 24, North Common, Route 110 and Route 113. Masks encouraged. High-risk patrons can shop from 3-3:30 p.m. chelseafarmersmarket.org.

Royalton: Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., May 28-Sept. 30, Town Green, South Windsor Street, South Royalton. Facebook: “Royalton Farmers Market.” 802-763-8302.

Hartland: Fridays, 4-7 p.m. May 28-Sept. 24, Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5. Online and in-person. Order online Monday-Wednesday and pick up Friday. Masks required. hartlandfarmersmarket.com.

Newport: Fridays, 3-6 p.m., June 11-Oct. 1, Town Common, North Main Street. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Newport Farmers Market.”

Sunapee: Saturdays, 8:30-11:30 a.m., May 29-Sept. 4, Sunapee Harbor, 68-72 Main St. sunapeefarmersmarket.com.

Norwich: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 1-Oct. 30, 281 Route 5. Masks required. norwichfarmersmarket.org.

Randolph: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., May 1-Oct. 30, Gifford Green, 44 S. Main St. Masks required. randfarmmarket@yahoo.com.

Canaan: Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., May 23-Oct. 3, Town Common, Route 4/Route 118. Masks encouraged. Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market.”

Editor’s note: Email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.




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