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Joyce Endee

The Berlin Local Works Farmers' Market exceeds goals this year

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October 03, 2012
BERLIN – The last outdoor Farmer's Market of the season took place two weeks ago wrapping up an overall successful year, and it has grown substantially.

Laura Jamison, coordinator of the market, said that vendors made 30 percent more this year compared to the last two previous years exceeding her 10 percent goal. She expects that number to grow next year.

"We (Berlin) have the second largest farmers' market next to Portsmouth in the state of New Hampshire and within a 100 mile radius," she said, "and we plan to make it bigger and better."

The move from Mechanic Street to Pleasant Street has provided more space to add more vendors and to expand, and Jamison said that there is plenty of room to add new vendors for next year. Some future plans for next year, noted Jamison, are to add additional seating and shading.

Although last Thursday's market had a good turnout, Jamison said that it appears to be a trend for visitors to show up more during the earlier part of the season.

"I recommend customers to come out in September since it is harvest season and there are more products available," she said.

WREN's (Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network) Local Works Farmers' Market is held in Berlin and in Bethlehem every season. Next year, Berlin's market will start up again on June 27 and run until September 19. The Bethlehem market is held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the last one will be held on October 13.

Two indoor markets are scheduled for this year at the Berlin High School cafe. The first, Harvest Market, will be held on November 17 from 10am to 2pm, and the second, Holiday Market, will take place on December 8 from 10am to 2pm.

The markets give local farmers, growers, crafters, and artisans the opportunity to sell their products to the public in an effort to encourage the community to buy and sell locally. WREN has partnered with BIDPA (Berlin Industrial Development and Parks Authority) to help boost Berlin's economy and to support local merchants.

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