Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans Market News

Submitted by Sharon Norman, PFAM Secretary

 

On April 9, 2016, the former Princeton Farmers’ Market, now Princeton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market, met to plan for the sixth year in operation.  Much has changed while some things have remained the same.  Locally grown vegetables and fruits as well as artistically crafted items will still be the focus each week from June through September. However, the name change was suggested as artisans have been a big part of the market since the adventure started in 2011.  The area people as well as the people visiting over the summer have expressed often how great it is to have a farmers’ market in a small town with such diverse offerings.  As always, the support and encouragement are appreciated.  Also, people express from year to year about the time.  This has been taken into consideration so this year’s market will be from 3-5:00 p.m. each Thursday on West St. Last year, an exciting program was voted on and initiated by the market members which benefitted EBT users when purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables.  It was explained in posters and ads as “Two heads are better than one”. Simply meaning if an EBT card is used at the market for produce, the benefit to the customer is matched! Working with the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Market (MFFM), this year the program will again be available called Maine Harvest Bucks.  If a customer uses his/her EBT card, he/she will receive a matching amount of produce at a future market with a coupon. Please note coupons can be saved and redeemed at a later date before market ending or used any Thursday from 3-5:00 p.m. For an example, one mother chose to save her coupons and redeem them for the fall vegetables to help throughout the winter.  So, there are options.  Please share this information to help get the word out as others will benefit greatly. Formerly, the market was sponsored by the Princeton Grange.  That is no longer an option but the Grand Lake Stream Area Chamber of Commerce has become the new sponsor.  Several businesses and individuals have stepped forward as well to support the market with monetary donations.  These recent monetary changes donated by people show the importance of the farmers’ market and the desire to have it continue. Stay informed with ads in this paper, posters and Princeton Farmers’ and Artisans Market Facebook page.  Hope to see many people at the Seedling Sale on June 2nd. Happy gardening and creating.