Weekly summer farmers market to launch in Bradford, Vt.

Valley News Staff Writer

Published: 06-01-2023 12:39 PM

Valley News Staff Writer

BRADFORD, Vt. — Bradford is the latest town to add an outdoor summer farmers market.

Beginning June 7, a market will take place every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Denny Park on Main Street in downtown Bradford through the end of September. More information can be found at thespaceonmain.org/markets.

The weekly market grows from the monthly artisan markets hosted by The Space on Main, a nonprofit community co-working space that is led by Monique Priestley. Depending on the month, there would be more than 20 vendors and 150 attendees.

“We would definitely have an off month once in a while, but for the most part it felt really well attended,” said Priestley, a Democratic lawmaker who represents Bradford, Fairlee, West Fairlee in the state House of Representatives. “The vendors asked if we could try it out weekly.”

Bradford residents usually have to travel at least 20 minutes to Lebanon, Norwich, Chelsea, St. Johnsbury, Vt.; Littleton, N.H.; or Montpelier to attend a weekly market, Priestley said. Up to 15 vendors and live music are expected at the Bradford market each week. One of those vendors is Margaret Loftus, who owns Crossmolina Farm in West Corinth with her husband, Jonathan Durham.

“There isn’t another farmers market that’s particularly close to Bradford,” said Loftus, who serves on the board of the Chelsea Farmers Market. “There are other great farm stands, but they’re a little different. I think it fills a need.”

She said Wednesday nights are a good fit.

“Having an option to do a market midweek, I think people really appreciate that,” Loftus said. “I think (the market) is just another way to help Bradford become a place that you think of to go do something, not just to drive through and go to Hannafords.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.

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Upper Valley farmers markets

Canaan:Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 21 through Oct. 1, Town Common, 7 On the Common Lane (intersection of Routes 4 and 118). Facebook: “Canaan Farmers and Artisans’ Market” or nhcanaanmarket@gmail.com.

Chelsea: Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., May 19 through Sept. 29, North Common, Route 110 and Route 113. chelseafarmersmarket.org.

Enfield: Second and fourth Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 13 through Oct. 14, Huse Park, 308 Route 4. enfield.nh.us/parks-recreation.

Lebanon: Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m., May 18 through Sept. 28, Colburn Park, 51 N. Park St. lebanonfarmersmarket.org.

Newport: Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m., May 26 through Sept. 29, Town Common, North Main Street. newportfarmersmarketnh.com or 603-304-8328.

Norwich: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 6 through Oct. 28, 281 Route 5. norwichfarmersmarket.org.

South Pomfret: Mt. Tom Farmers Market in South Pomfret: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 20 through Oct. 14. Saskadena Six parking lot, 247 Stage Road. foxxfarm22@gmail.com or 802-763-2070.

Sunapee: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, May 27 through Sept. 7, Ben Mere Park, Lake Avenue and Burkehaven Hill Road. sunapeefarmersmarket.com.

Royalton: Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m., May 26 through Oct. 26, Town Green, South Windsor Street, South Royalton. Facebook: “Royalton Farmers Market” or 802-763-8302.

West Hartford: Tuesdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., June 14 through Sept. 27, West Hartford Library, 5133 Route 14. 802-295-7992.

Windsor: Hartland farmers market, Fridays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., June 2 through Sept. 29, Artisan Park, 3 Artisans Way. hartlandfarmersmarket.com.

Woodstock: Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., June 2 through Oct. 16, Woodstock Green, Route 4. woodstockvt.com/events/market-on-the-green or info@woodstockvt.com.

Send additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.