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Community Farmer's Market ends season

Friday, October 12, 2012

Plans for the trial run of extending the Community Farmer's Market in Bloomfield have been reconsidered, and the market is officially closed for the season.

"I had the vendors ask me to extend, then we had some really decreased participation because we were encouraging vendors to particpate in other festivals and events," organizer Vickie Hatfield said.

The market was orginally set to close for the season Sept. 29, but inquiries from vendors to extend the season sent Hatfield to seek an extension from the Bloomfield Town Council.

While the extension was granted to the final Saturday in October, the vendors have requested the market be closed for the season due to other festivals in the area.

"This was a trial run. It (the extension) was something they asked for in July and August. We started seeing a decrease in vend and foot traffic in September because of the other area festivals," Hatfield said.

The Farmer's Market Committee encouraged vendors to participate in the Solsberry Festival, Made in Greene County Showcase and Apple Festival.

"We encouraged vendor to participate because it not only shows support to surrounding communities, but also exposes them to a greater customer base," Hatfield said. "Next year we are going to try to coordinate around that and put out a schedule around that to work around other communities."

She noted she was excited to learn the Community Farmer's Market vendors were invited to the Greene County Planning Committee's Interstate 69 celebration Oct. 20.

Hatfield said she is in the process of contacting all the vendors and added this would be a great opportunity for vendors to get exposure.

"These (other events) really are helpful. One of the vendors said they part in four other festivals in a row and it was really helpful to them," Hatfield said.

Hatfield said she wanted to thank the tremendous help of the town for providing barricades and other necessities to ensure the market was a success.

She also noted a special thanks to B&C Disposal for working with the market to ensure all trash was properly disposed of.

"It was a wonderful year. Starting February we are going to start planning for next season," Hatfield said.

She added several of the vendors have joined the committee to make the event a bigger success next year.

For more information about joining the committee or to inquire about the Farmer's Market, visit www.bloomfieldcoc.com or email bloomfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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