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Saturday Rutland Farmer’s Markets are back outside, excitement abounds

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 accomplishment.

Last weekend the market moved downtown and outside, until fall.

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 Roots table.

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