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It's a trend and it's coming to Shelburne

Winter Farmers' Markets are springing up all over and next fall and winter there will be one in Shelburne.

After three years of success with the Shelburne Farmers' Market on the Shelburne Parade Ground in the heart of the village, the Shelburne Business and Professional Association will expand its service to lovers of locally produced food by operating a once-a-month winter market.

The market will be held in the Shelburne Town Center Gymnasium on one Saturday a month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The schedule of which Saturday the market will be open will be announced at a later date.

SBPA President Tod Whitaker, who is also the coordinator of the Farmers Market, said he expects a winter market will be popular both with food producers who can expand their marketing season and with shoppers who like the idea of buying local produce.

Speaking from the food producers' point of view, Josh Carter, Market Gardener at Shelburne Farms, said, "Having a direct retail venue to continue sales into the winter season provides growers with an enormous opportunity to expand production and earn extra income.

Because fresh produce is difficult for food consumers to find in the winter months, growers can charge a premium price for their product. This extra revenue allows farms and farmers to continue their simple livelihood on more solid financial footing. Providing food consumers with year-round access to fresh and local produce will increase their economic and social investment in the growing local food system in Shelburne and all of Vermont."

Check out www.sbpavt.org - and there's a membership application form for you.

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