Preparations for the Farmers’ Market
Greetings Folks! The stage is set for the Farmers’ Market at Blair Square beginning June 20th. Following word of its prospect, some of you mentioned that you would like to help out by volunteering. I welcome all the help that I can get.
During the winter months I placed several threads on Facebook, eliciting a community response to a proposed market. The positive vibes were over whelming! Among voices lending support for a market were the town’s EDC (Economic Development Committee), Rail Trail Committee, and Friends of the Community Farm.
Along with the help of Town Administrator Travis Ahern, we were able to sort through a business plan and insurance issues. Lt. George Leurini came forward with parking and safety issues and will provide the Axillary Police for the market.
With Peter Barbieri’s help, Celebrate Holliston covered the cost of market insurance ($1,000). The Framingham Union Aide Assoc. is donating $1,000 to purchase a portable wash station. Prospective
Eagle Scout Drew Schillers is creating sandwich boards to direct vendors and customers to parking locations. Cherie Hafford helped out with our flyers and applications.
I’m sure I’ve missed someone here, but as you can see, the community has stepped forward!
We’re hoping to have an “Artists’ Day” for local talent on our opening day, June 20th. Presently three farms have come forward—Out Post, MacArtur’s, and Silverwood—these will be our anchor farms.
We’re envisioning the market not only as a venue for products and services of local farmers, artisans and businesses, but also as a community gathering spot. With your help (I can’t do this alone) I have no doubt the market can be a great success.
I’ll be holding a meeting of the Steering Committee (that’s you) on Wednesday May 12th at 6:30 pm at the VFW meeting room (Next Generation Martial Arts building) 310 Woodland St. (rear left side of building). Bring your ideas, suggestions, complaints and thoughts.