A Helping Hand for the Market
There are lots of little and big details when it comes to running a farmer’s market. There is the obvious — a business plan, a place to hold the market, insurance, trash removal, advertising, a need for vendors, and signage.
Signage in the form of removable sandwich boards was suggested by folks who knew farmer’s markets.
Andrew ‘Drew’ Schiller of Marked Tree Road was looking for a project to complete his Eagle Scout rank. Andrew had to come up with size dimensions and plans to be reviewed by several groups before his plans could be put into actions.
With the price of lumber, especially plywood skyrocketing, Andrew had a considerable task of making eleven sturdy sandwich boards in time.
The signs were used to direct vendors and customers alike. With a short timeline and the upcoming market just weeks away Drew, with the help of his troop, were able to complete the project on time. The boards were used Sunday at the inaugural farmer’s market at Blair Square on the rail trail. Well done Andrew and Troop 73!
Vendors were allowed to enter the trail from Central Street to unload their vehicles on Sunday, exiting onto Front Street via the cut-through lane. The market steering committee inadvertently failed to post signage at the cut-through exit directing vehicles onto Front Street.
You guessed it. A renegade driver unfamiliar with the trail was hightailing it towards the Exchange Street bridge. With market volunteers chasing the vehicle down the trail, the driver managed to disappear. Thanks Andrew, we’ll use your sandwich boards a little more prudently next week.
Did he ever return?
No he never returned
And his fate is still unlearn’d
He may ride forever
‘neath the Phipps Hill Tunnel
He’s the man who never returned!