Sackville’s Farmers Market has had another thriving year and the board is inviting market-goers, vendors and the general public to its annual general meeting tonight (Sept. 25) to find out more about how they can contribute to its growing success.
“The market is extremely important to Sackville,” said Virgil Hammock, chair of the Sackville Farmers Market Inc. board, which was formed last year to organize and operate the Saturday morning markets. “The public seems to enjoy the street market and each year there’s a noticeable increase in vendors and of people coming out to the market.”
The AGM will be held tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the Sackville Legion on Lorne Street and “we would certainly urge the public to attend.”
The Sackville Farmers Market, which expands out onto Bridge Street during the spring and summer months, regularly attracts 35-plus vendors each week, ranging from meat producers to jewelry makers to cupcake bakers to vegetable farmers and much more.
Hammock attributes much of the market’s success to its atmosphere, with a festival-like feel out on the street – from the live musical entertainment and crowds of people milling about each Saturday in downtown Sackville.
“We feel a lot has to do with it being a street market,” he said, pointing out that the street closure, which runs from May to October, is made possible thanks to the town’s support. “And we’d like to see the market grow even more.”
A new board will be elected at tonight’s meeting, including a new chair, as Hammock is stepping down from the executive.
“I’ve enjoyed my time on the market . . . but I think it’s time for some new voices and new opportunities.”
Along with becoming a voting member of Sackville Farmers’ Market Inc., which requires an annual fee, area residents also have the option of becoming “supporting members” of the market, paying a one-time fee of $10.