Farmers market returns to east end in August
A new day for an old favorite, the Ellsworth Farmers Market, will be designated when the weekly event returns to East End Park later this summer.
The market will operate on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. beginning Aug. 3 and continuing through Sept. 28, according to Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Assistant Laurel Cox. Depending on interest, the market may last beyond the end of September, Cox said Friday.
"Vendors have to register here at the chamber office," she said, referring to the chamber's recently relocated headquarters inside the upstairs of the M&I Bank building in the village's west business district. They can come there in person or call there at (715) 273-6442 to register, she added.
Cox said she's working with Nancy Brooks of Shady Lane Farms in Ellsworth, who's knowledgeable about regulations affecting such projects, to organize the market. Vendors will be expected to meet those regulations, including licensing.
A fee schedule giving the sellers two options has been established, the chamber assistant said. If they commit to attending six of the nine planned market events, they'll pay $15 for the season. If they'd rather attend on a weekly basis, they'll pay $5 each time.
"We won't duplicate," she said of the items to be made available.
As of last week, six vendors have indicated intentions to participate, Cox said. They're going to bring organic produce, jams, jellies and pickles, heirloom tomatoes, apples and bread.
The organizers are seeking participation for flowers, candy, berries, corn, honey, dog biscuits, maple syrup and fall items (gourds, pumpkins and the like), she said.
Additionally, the Ellsworth Co-op Creamery will be asked about selling their cheese curds there, she said. There may be other concessions and even entertainment as well.
"It will all be strictly local," she said, noting the organizers will arrange for signage.
Sellers who haven't registered with the chamber won't be allowed to be present on market days, the assistant said. As a public service, non-profit organizations such as FFA and 4-H will be permitted to set up tables for free with information about their groups, preferably related to agriculture.
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