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Ludlow Farmers Market makes  changes for summer operation


Ludlow Farmers Market makes  changes for summer operation
Emma Wright, the new director of the Ludlow Farmers Market (LFM), recently spoke to the Ludlow Rotary Club discussing the changes made to the market’s location, date of operation, and organization.

Wright, formerly of Idaho where she was involved in farmer’s markets, indicated that the return of the LFM will feature a new location, new date of operation, and reduced rates for vendors for the entire season.

Previously, the market had been located on the lawn in front of Okemo Mountain School.  Wright felt that this was not the best location, believing it was not in the center of the village. A new site is now being considered, which may require the approval of the Ludlow Board of Trustees. But she indicated that the location would be in the center of the village to make it available to more walk-in customers.

As for the date and time of the market, which previously was on a Friday afternoon, Wright said the new market will operate on Sunday morning to allow greater foot traffic access to it.

The cost of vendors to participate for the market season will be lowered from that previously charged. Previous vendor charges were in the $400-450 range; the new rates will not exceed $150.

A new policy will be implemented requiring all products sold at the market to be Vermont-grown or Vermont-made.

Wright indicated that the new directors for LFM has been extremely supportive of all these changes. She added that, as the new director, she would be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the market. Previously, board members frequently had to serve this function due to the lack of a manager.

Emma Wright, the new director of the Ludlow Farmers Market (LFM), recently spoke to the Ludlow Rotary Club discussing the changes made to the market’s location, date of operation, and organization.

Wright, formerly of Idaho where she was involved in farmer’s markets, indicated that the return of the LFM will feature a new location, new date of operation, and reduced rates for vendors for the entire season.

Previously, the market had been located on the lawn in front of Okemo Mountain School.  Wright felt that this was not the best location, believing it was not in the center of the village. A new site is now being considered, which may require the approval of the Ludlow Board of Trustees. But she indicated that the location would be in the center of the village to make it available to more walk-in customers.

As for the date and time of the market, which previously was on a Friday afternoon, Wright said the new market will operate on Sunday morning to allow greater foot traffic access to it.

The cost of vendors to participate for the market season will be lowered from that previously charged. Previous vendor charges were in the $400-450 range; the new rates will not exceed $150.

A new policy will be implemented requiring all products sold at the market to be Vermont-grown or Vermont-made.

Wright indicated that the new directors for LFM has been extremely supportive of all these changes. She added that, as the new director, she would be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the market. Previously, board members frequently had to serve this function due to the lack of a manager.

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