Farmers' market opens this weekend in Scarborough

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SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough Farmers’ Market will open on Sunday, June 6, in the lower parking lot of the high school. It runs weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the last harvest in late October.

This is the second year for the market, which features vendors from around southern Maine.

“The community has started to get the message,” said Caitlin Jordan, the marketing coordinator for the market and a farmer at Alewives Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth.

“There’s more demand and more support for the markets.”

Jordan said there are 10 vendors who have committed to regularly attending the market, and three more who are trying to get their paperwork completed before the market opens on Sunday.

The vendors include Root 1, The Sweet Specialist, Nellie’s Tea, Mainely Herbs, Spelt Right Baking and several others. The first market will feature spring vegetables such as asparagus, lettuce, spinach, radishes, as well as fresh flowers, cupcakes, breads and even beaded jewelry.

The ever-popular Cookie Lady will also be there selling freshly baked cookies.

Jordan said the market was well-attended last year. Even though it started out small, with only a few vendors, by the end of the season approximately 20 vendors were signed up. She hopes the stronger start this year will allow the market to grow even more.

“It’s a lot of work. We meet every other month through the winter. The hardest part is getting vendors to commit,” Jordan said.

Farmers and artisans often attend more than one market and can run into supply and time shortages in the height of the season, she noted.

The group will install a sign on Route 1 in a few weeks to remind people of the weekly market, which participants hope will drum up even more support for local farms and businesses.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net

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