HINESBURG-It's farmers market time again in Hinesburg. The annual market opened for the season June 2 at the Community Church of Hinesburg on Route 116.
Along with regular vendors who bring their handmade crafts and produce and baked goods, several new vendors have signed up to be on tap each Thursday through Sept. 29.
Some of those new vendors will offer a variety of prepared foods so that customers can buy their readymade suppers when they are in a rush to prepare a meal after a day's work.
While the Lions Club had made plans to move the market to lot 1, located north of the firehouse and behind the police station, town crews were not able to get the ground properly graded and seeded in time for this summer.
Lot 1 is owned by the Town of Hinesburg; it is the town's responsibility to upgrade the area for use by Hinesburg residents.
As a result, the market will remain on its original site on the Community Church of Hinesburg grounds.
The parking lot beside the church is marked off into parking spaces for the convenience of patrons. Vendors do not take up parking spaces after they unload their products and tents (they park in the lot behind the Hinesburg Town Hall).
The market is staffed by Lions volunteers only. All proceeds are returned to the community in the form of assistance to persons needing vision or hearing tests, glasses or hearing aids, purchases for the Hinesburg Food Shelf, the annual Easter Egg Hunt and an annual $1,000 scholarship for a graduating senior who is a Hinesburg resident.