Yarmouth farmers market to be reborn at 317 Main

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YARMOUTH — A new farmers market will soon be up and running, and with the help of a local music organization, there will be as much entertainment as there will be food.

Starting June 4, Mill Street Market will be open every Thursday at the corner of Mill and Main streets in front of 317 Main Community Music Center. The outdoor market will operate from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. through Aug. 27.

“(The center) always has its eye on opportunities to support community building initiatives,” 317 Executive Director John Williams said in a press release. “We hope that Mill Street Market will be another way to bring the greater Yarmouth community together with music, food, and fun.”

Yarmouth’s previous famers market, which took place on Thursdays in front of Town Hall, was run by former Town Planner Vanessa Farr for four years. With Farr’s departure from her job, the market will no longer operate.

Amy Sinclair, who is the coordinator of the Mill Street Market, said she believes the market wouldn’t have continued even if Farr still worked for Yarmouth.

“My understanding was that even before Farr said she was leaving, the town wasn’t planning on having the market this year,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair said there wasn’t enough “foot traffic” at the previous market, but she doesn’t think that will be a problem at the new one.

“I think a piece that was lacking before was regular promotion,” she said.

Sinclair said she plans on posting about the new market each week on various social media websites. She said this, along with all of the offerings, should attract people to the market.

“We wanted to build on the strengths of the original market and add some new elements that will make it even more of a Yarmouth mainstay,” she said.

In addition to locally grown food, different musicians from 317 will perform each week. There will also be a craft table for kids, staffed by the youth advisory group from Firehouse Arts.

Vendors participating in Mill Street Market will include Friday Pie Club of Yarmouth, Maples Gelato of Yarmouth, Deri Farm of North Yarmouth, Pleasant Valley Acres of Cumberland, Tidal River CSA of Woolwich, Randall Sea and Farm of Freeport, Honeysuckle Way Flower Farm of Whitefield, Kids Gone Raw of Portland, Grey Goose Gourmet of Wayne, and Turtle Rock Farm of Brunswick. There will also be two food trucks: Locally Sauced and Wicked Good Truck.

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs will also be sold by 317 for donations.

“Yarmouth is a community that supports local businesses and definitely supports local farms,” Sinclair said. “It’s a community that likes to see their neighbors, and a local farmers market is the fabric of a community.”

Sinclair said she expects Mill Street Market to become a fixture.

“It needs a year or two of hand holding,” she said, “but I think after that it will become an institution.”

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.