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Shelburne Farmers Market looking to its second season

SHELBURNE In one short summer the Shelburne Farmers Market became a Saturday must do on local calendars. The diverse selection of vegetables, fruits, cheeses, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, wood products, herbs, eggs, flowers, home-canned garden produce, jams and jellies, sauces, all brought to the market by the people who grew them and made them, and the convenient location on Shelburnes Parade Ground with lots of easy parking close by, attracted an ever increasing crowd of shoppers. The statistics from the first summer are impressive: 35 vendors, 27 of whom were committed to being at the Market every week all vendors from Vermont, all products made in Vermont and all agricultural produce grown in Vermont of the vendors, 48 percent were agricultural, 31 percent were prepared foods and 20 percent were crafters Shelburne Business and Professional Association ( SBPA), organizers of the Farmers Market, are holding a meeting on Thursday, March 15 to discuss plans for the 2007 Market and possible opportunities for growth and expansion. Tod Whitaker, president of SBPA, said that vendors were very pleased with the Shelburne Farmers Market in its first year, and that vendors and potential vendors would be welcome to the meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Office of The Terraces in Shelburne. Whitaker said that among the activities that might be added this year would be cooking with ingredients for sale at the market, food demonstrations by vendors, and musical entertainment. For information about the Market call Tod Whitaker at 985-2472 or email Whitaker@gmavt.net.

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