Spring is a time for new beginnings, and with the new season just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to announce that the Bennington Farmers’ Market will move to a new summer location this year!
Starting May 1, you’ll now be able to find the market at 100 Veterans Memorial Drive – in the glen beside the chamber of commerce building and the deer park (right about here). It’s a much larger location, one that should allow us to expand in the coming years. It’s also still easy to get to, with a Green Mountain Express bus line (the Green Line – South) running to that location for free multiple times on Saturdays and with plenty of available parking. Many thanks to the Vermont Veterans Home for making this possible.
Several new vendors will join us this summer, and we’ve booked a few new musicians to play at the market this summer too. Keep it tuned here or subscribe to our mailing list for further details.
Our beloved shed-style trailer has served us well for many years, but the time has come to replace it. If anybody has or knows of a single-axle enclosed trailer measuring 6×10 or 6×12 in good shape for a reasonable price, please let us know!
To keep our vendors and our customers safe with the recent rise in COVID cases in Bennington County, we’ve decided to go online only for the month of January. Online ordering through BenningtonFM.EatFromFarms.com will be the same as before: Make sure to get your orders in before the Thursday evening prior to the market. Curbside delivery will also operate the same as before, with one exception: Come pick up your order at 650 Main Street anytime from 10 a.m. to noon on the day of the market.
That said, we’re working to add new vendors and new products to the site. Firefly Farm is back with us, offering their delicious bread and pitas. And the market now has this year’s posters in stock! Keep an eye out for more in the coming days and weeks.
UPDATE: All February markets are online only as well. Stay tuned for information about our March markets.
We could have easily decided to forego winter markets this year. It would certainly have been the safest option to take, and we don’t blame anybody for the decisions they have made to keep themselves, their families, and the community in general safe.
At the same time, the Bennington Farmers Market owes it to the community to continue to operate during these times. As we saw back in the spring, national food distribution networks are fragile, so we need more resilient local food networks. Our vendors are family-run businesses. Our customers have come to rely on us.
So we will keep going for as long as we feel it is reasonably safe to do so. We have also made many changes to the market this winter to make it as safe as possible.
First, we’ve relocated to a bigger space to make physical distancing easier. The new location, the cafeteria in the former junior high school at 650 Main Street, will serve our needs for winter markets for years to come.
Second, we’ve improved our online pre-order and curbside pickup systems for anybody choosing not to shop in person. We think it’s a pretty robust system, the details of which you can get here, and we’re excited to offer these options for our customers.
Finally, we’re committed to everybody’s safety, so we ask first of all that everybody wear masks and practice physical distancing when visiting the market. We also ask for your patience as we continue to adapt to changing conditions and as we continue to refine our approach to providing an awesome little year-round farmers market.
As always, feel free to contact us with your suggestions, concerns, and questions. Or come see us at the new location from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on any of the below dates:
November 21 December 5 December 19 January 9 January 23 February 6 February 20 March 6 March 20 April 3 April 17
Please come to the market and you can either Preorder and go to designated parking spots for “Curbside Pickup Only” or walk through to the vendor’s stalls for your Pre-order Pickup. There will also be goods available for sale depending on availability. Hand washing station provided on site. Social distancing and safety guidelines along with masks required.