Essex Column

Thursday, Sept. 24, the League of Women Voters will hold a forum at the Essex Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. so you can meet the candidates running for town supervisor. This is not a debate but questions from the audience will be put to the candidates, Sharon Boisen and Edward Gardner, by League members. This will be a great opportunity to hear what they think about town issues. Also Sept. 24, licensed acupuncturist Will Hartzell will give a talk on acupuncture at Lake Champlain Yoga on Main Street, directly across from the town hall. His lecture starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by refreshments.

On Sept. 25, the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir will offer a free concert at the Essex Community Church at 7:30 p.m. This choir has 60 members, mostly non-professional singers, from all over central Vermont. They have a five piece band and should make the windows rattle in downtown. Although the event is free, donations would certainly be appreciated.

I’ve been working at the Elizabethtown Farmers Market on Fridays at Juniper Hill’s vegetable stand. Although the market is now done for the season, it’s been very enjoyable to get to know the other vendors and especially the regular customers, who come from all walks of life. My favorite is a cheerful woman who firmly believes in the restorative powers of kale and actually likes the taste. She buys a case every week and brings a large family entourage to help carry all of her other purchases. I also like the guy we call “The Man in Black” and the two elderly English ladies who crack jokes and block traffic. There are even feisty folks from “the city” who will happily argue just for the sport of it. Last week’s topic was imported versus local garlic. On the farm itself, the summer greenhouses have been cleaned out and planted to spinach and other cold hardy leaf crops. The plan is to sell them over the winter but with the excellent weather of the last few weeks, they’re going to be ready before Christmas. For a change, the weather’s been too good.

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