Farmers Market provides local food, fun and song

Editor's note: This report is part of an ongoing summer series featuring area farmers markets.

This summer has been a boon to local farmers markets. Abundant sunshine and warm weather helped produce a bumper crop of tomatoes, sweet corn, tomatoes, and other local produce.

On hand to entertain late summer shoppers at the Hinesburg Lions Club's Farmers Market last week-located along Route 116 in the heart of Hinesburg-were Vermont performers John and Marge Butterfield.

The Butterfields have been playing together their 38 years of married life. They especially like to play the Carribean-style music because John was brought up in Jamaica although he spent his senior year of high school in Springfield, Vt. They play in six different farmers markets in Vermont.

Marge hails from the Albany, N.Y., area and works as a paralegal for Hinesburg attorney Joseph Fallon. John, an engineer, is part owner of Hallam Associates Consulting Engineers.

Both the Butterfields are licensed pilots and often fly their Cessna 182 four seater plane to song dates.

Coming up in the remaining weeks of the Hinesburg Farmers Market:

The professional singing duo, "Rik and Bec", will perform at the Hinesburg Lions' Farmers' Market on Thursday, Sept. 16. The concert begins at 5 p.m.

Rebecca Padula (Bec) lends her rich alto voice to a variety of song styles including over 40 of her own compositions. She has opened for such singers as Patty Larkin and Rachael Bissex. She also is a filmmaker and made a documentary of Vermont folksinger Margaret MacArthur.

Together with Rik Palieri, the duo will offer a program of ballads, blues and banjo tunes for the entertainment of the popular market's customers and vendors.

Palieri, a resident of Hinesburg, also writes original songs and plays a host of instruments including the mouth bow, 6 and 12 string guitars, the Native American flute and a rare set of Polish bagpipes. He travels frequently in the U.S. and Europe and recently retuned from an overseas tour.

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