The indoor market at the Vermont Farmers Food Center finished up
the season in much the same way as it started: satisfied customers,
a diverse group of vendors and a well-deserved feeling of
Last weekend the market moved downtown and outside, until
Organizers were keen to keep those good feelings and support
alive and during a 'blessing of the farmer' ceremony at the year's
first Rutland Farmer's Market in Depot Park. Tracy Weatherhogg from
Grace Church, UCC, in Rutland was there to give the blessing to
ensure a productive and bountiful growing season. During the
ceremony, Althalia Young sang the 'Garden Song.' Then, songwriter,
Ron Pulcer and friends performed a special song written, especially
for the occasion.
Saturday's market brought a crowd of people downtown despite the
threat of rain.
Mother Earth herself also appeared at the event as a large
puppet created by Grace Brigham. Mother Earth thanked local farmers
and proceeded to make the rounds amongst the vendors who packed
into every available space in the park.
Dennis Duhaime of Radical Roots Farm was glad to be selling
outside again. "We do have to deal with the elements out here
though," he said as the wind picked up a little and a light rain
began to fall. Business was brisk though and customers were
undeterred as they bought tulips in vases for Mother's Day as well
as the variety of greens, vegetables and plants at the Radical
Les Leeson of Leeson Glass said he was impressed by the number
of people came out despite the wet weather in the afternoon. "It
really was a super day and I can't wait for the next few months of
these Saturdays," he said.
Photo by Nathan Allen