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Preparations under way to expand Farmer’s Market

February 28, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Town One Streetscapes is looking to expand on its Farmer's Market this summer and preparations are already under way. If all goes well, it is looking to make Halloween a little bigger in Poland Village.

"We are hoping to get permission to use the Village Hall Green this year and open the market up on Fridays," said Marci Black from Town One Streetscapes.

Last year was the first year for the Farmer's Market that was held on Saturday evenings at the Poland Library parking lot. It was held in conjunction with Yellow Creek Theater. The numbers from that first year looked good to market promotors from Town One Streetscapes.

"We kept a clicker on hand to record the number of people who visited the market," Black said.

The information collected showed 2,648 total shoppers which averaged out to 270 per day. Black said the largest number of shoppers for one day was 361.

Of participating vendors, the event saw 25 participating with an average of 12 vendors per day. A lot depended on the produce available.

Those participating completed a survey at the end. Most liked the signage and the flow generated by the library. What they liked the least was the limited space available and the poor visibility from the street, which is something Black hopes to deal with this year.

"We are going to approach Village Council and seek permission to use the Village Hall Green," Black said. "We can then hold a Friday market that would be more visible from the street."

The tentative dates for this year's market will run from June 15 through Sept. 28. Black said her organization is hoping for more proceeds this year and have already discussed what they plan to do with it.

"We want to combine efforts with the Poland Junior Women's League who puts on the Halloween parade," Black said. "We are hoping to expand it by offering pumpkin carving, and maybe a hayride through Poland Woods."

Black said she will be presenting the ideas at the March 5 village meeting.



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