Second maybe only to the solstice, the annually anticipated opening of Farmers’ Markets is a familiar indicator that summer is officially here. Take part in this season ritual by attending the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market (WAFM) every Thursday, 12:30 to 5:30, at Clark Park (233 South Main St.). Clark Park is located across from Huggins Hospital behind the Clark House Museum Complex.
Aside from these new logistical details, Farmers’ Market regulars can look forward to the same smiling vendors offering a variety of farm products from vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, to meats, dairy products, soaps, honey, jellies, and baked goods. In addition to some of the vendors that participated in the 2008 Market like Via Lactea Farm, Haines Hill Farm, Top of the Hill Farm, and Farm at Ledgehaven, additional vendors will also be joining the Market this year including Shepherds River Farm, Day Flower Farm, and more.
Equally important to sourcing the freshest foods in town, the Farmers’ Market is also an opportunity for the whole family to come out and build a relationship with the people who grow and produce the food we eat. There is also a good chance you will bump into someone you already know. Studies show that consumers have ten times as many conversations at farmers’ markets as they do at supermarket – an order of magnitude difference. As Bill McKibben says, “When you go to the farmers’ market . . . you’re not just acquiring tomatoes, you’re making friends.”
The Wolfeboro-based nonprofit organization, Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.), is the primary sponsor of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market. In order to help the Market run smoothly, G.A.L.A. asks community members to respect these logistical rules. In following their promotion of “low impact, high quality” lifestyle, people are encouraged to walk or bike to the market if possible. If arriving by car, G.A.L.A. asks that people park in the Clark House Museum Complex parking lot, as opposed to along the Park’s perimeter. The Market’s hours of operation will also be strictly enforced in order to allow vendors enough time to setup their booth and to comply with G.A.L.A.’s license agreement to use this parcel of public property.
The Wolfeboro Area Farmers’ Market Steering Committee has also decided to dedicate this opening day to Paul Zimmerman, as a gesture of appreciation for his many years of hosting the Market in Clark Plaza. Zimmerman has demonstrated immense generosity and support for the Market for many years past, and the Committee is grateful for his contributions. The WAFM Steering Committee is a volunteer group comprising of Market vendors and G.A.L.A. members who are responsible for governing Market operations. If you would like to volunteer with the Market by helping with vendor setup, signs, or parking, contact G.A.L.A. by emailing email@example.com or call G.A.L.A. Executive Director, Josh Arnold at 603.539.6460.