After months of preparation, the market will be open for business
with about 25 different vendors at the Tarklin Community Center.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to do everything we can to support local growers,â€
said Peggy Pelletier, a member of the board. Vendors will be bringing
everything from lobsters to salsa to stained glass and gluten-free
bakery items. Most of the vendors have signed on for the full season
which runs through Oct. 14.
â€œItâ€™s been a learning experience,â€ Alison Estabrooks said.
The idea for the market came from Laura Doherty, the president of
the market. In January, Doherty placed an ad looking for any interest
in town for a market. There were 25 people at the first meeting, Linda
Collari said. A nine-member board of volunteers was soon established
and worked to gain town approval.
â€œWithout the dedication [from the board], the market would have never happened,â€ Collari said.
The group had to gain support within the town, then get liability
insurance and establish a set of bylaws before getting the green light
from town government. The market is also a non-profit organization, and
must follow the state guidelines.
â€œWe have an amazing board of great people who have helped to get [the market] together,â€ Estabrooks said.
There is an application process for vendors to get a spot at the
market. Applications are approved for a spot by a selection committee,
appointed by the board.
â€œWe wanted a representation of local farmers and artists,â€
Estabrooks said of keeping the market related to produce, but also
supporting local artists as well.
The board worked with Duxbury Youth Baseball to determine a time for
the market to be held. The market ends at 4:30 p.m. and vendors will be
off the property by 5 p.m., just in time for the games to start,
Estabrooks expressed disappointment with the current time, as it
makes it harder to involve customers who may commute to and from work.
â€œWeâ€™re starting with this and hopefully in the future we will be
able to have a longer time,â€ Estabrooks said. â€œFor now it will be the
time it is.â€
However, having an earlier start time will allow working customers
to go to the market on their lunch break. The market will offer
prepared foods, making it a great place for people who are looking to
get out and get something fresh for lunch, Collari said.
The market will be officially opened with the ringing of the bell by
Jack Williams. Williams has worked to preserve the Tarklin Community
Center â€œfor eons,â€ Pelletier said. The board wanted to commemorate his
hard work by allowing him to officially open the market for the season.
After the first week, children can enter a raffle to get the honor of
ringing the bell the following week. Winners of the raffle will be
announced at the end of the day.
The board wanted to get children involved in the market, and also
raise money through the raffle. There will be certain events throughout
the season at the market, such as face painting and interactive
storytelling, which will get children involved.
In an effort to give all local growers a place to sell their crops,
there will be a shared space set aside for backyard growers. This space
is strictly reserved for vendors selling homegrown things, Collari
said. Vendors can call ahead to reserve a small space.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to do everything we can to support local growers and support people to make use of their land,â€ Pelletier said.
â€œI think a lot of people are looking forward to coming and becoming a routine customer,â€ Estabrooks said.