As we wrap up our winter market season, we’d like to take a moment to thank the entire crew at the former junior high school at 650 Main for hosting the Bennington Farmers’ Market this past winter. We enjoyed being a part of the transformation of the building over the last several months and we’re looking forward to seeing the continued improvements there when we return next winter.
According to Vermont’s phased reopening plan, announced today, all farmers’ markets, including ours, are allowed to operate under Universal Guidance (https://accd.vermont.gov/covid-19/universal-guidance#universal-guidance). That means we will continue to require all vendors and customers to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and to stay home if sick.
We will also add a second hand washing station to our summer season outdoor market, starting May 1. Many thanks to Chris Callahan and the University of Vermont Extension services for providing both hand washing stations!
We’ve scheduled a full season of music at the summer farmers’ market, with plenty of original music and traditional favorites from local and regional musicians alike.* Love bluegrass? Jazz? Rock and roll? We’ve got a little bit of everything:
May 1 – Nate Martel
May 8 –
Hillary Chase Sky Alan
May 15 – Bennington Traditional Jazz Band
May 22 – Hale Mountain Pickers
May 29 – Dave and Dave Duo
June 5 – Deb Cavanaugh
June 12 – Hillary Chase
June 19 – Ransom Notes
June 26 – Passin’ Thru
July 3 – Aura Shards
July 10 – Jared Polens
July 17 – Adela and Jude
July 24 – Lee Paquin
July 31 – Dave and Dave Duo
August 7 – Passin’ Thru
August 14 – Ron Hausthor
August 21 – Jared Polens
August 28 – Nate Martel
September 4 – Hale Mountain Pickers
September 11 – Deb Cavanaugh
September 18 – Dandelion Wine
September 25 – Dane Whitman
October 2 – Ron Hausthor
October 9 – Bennington Traditional Jazz Band
October 16 – Aura Shards
October 23 – Barry Hyman
October 30 – Cindy and Kelly
Make sure to come check out your favorite musicians every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the market’s new summer location at the deer park, across from Tastee Freeze (100 Veterans Memorial Drive).
If you or somebody you know would like to play at the Bennington Farmers’ Market, please email BenningtonFarmersMarket@gmail.com for more information.
*Performers are subject to change.
Good news – we’ve given our vendors the option of setting up outside for in-person shopping in the month of April at our winter location on Main Street. We’ve missed seeing our customers and we’re eager to get back to setting up our tents and having you stop by. Stay tuned for more details!
For those of you who prefer to shop online for curbside pickup, we will continue to offer that option throughout the summer. Make sure to visit https://benningtonfm.eatfromfarms.com to see everything our vendors have to offer, from jellies, syrups, honey, meat, and baked goods to soaps and more!
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.
Want to get involved with the market as we grow? Consider becoming a vendor at the market; we’d love to see what you have for sale. If you don’t have anything to sell, we could always use some volunteers; email us at BenningtonFarmersMarket@gmail.com to find out how to lend a hand. Or you could always support the market by becoming a member.
Finally, please welcome to all of our new and returning sponsors, without whom none of this would be possible: The Memory Clinic, Sacred Heart St. Francis De Sales Church, Bennington Express Lube and Car Wash, Wassick Tire, Maple Leaf Realty, Centerline Architects, West Mountain Animal Hospital, and the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce.
Are you a local farmer who’d like to reach new customers? Handy in the kitchen? Is your backyard garden yielding far more than you alone can eat? Ready to go pro with your crafts? Become a vendor at the farmers market! We’re always looking to add to our vendor roster, so if this year is your year, make sure to read up on how to become a Bennington Farmers Market vendor and download the 2021 Summer market vendor application now!
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!
UPDATE: We’ve started a GoFundMe for a new trailer. Every little bit helps!
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: