Wilmot Market Season Begins
It’s farmers market season with the Wilmot town green soon to become a popular venue for keeping farms and small businesses sustainable. According to the USDA census, New Hampshire ranks no. 1 in the US for direct sales as a percentage of all farm sales. Direct sales provide a higher return for farms than what they would otherwise receive on the open market. That is good for farms and good for the community, keeping our rural landscape green and providing customers with fresh, quality local foods. Another key ingredient of the Wilmot Farmers Market is the social hub created by live music, neighbors meeting neighbors and customers getting to interact with the people that grow their foods and make their favorite products. This market season will boast a variety of different farm and artisan products such as honey, meats, eggs, vegetables, bakery items, crafts, knits, woodworking, wool, body care, preserves and prepared foods. The education tent features area groups and rural topics of interest. The Merrimack County Conservation District offers use of credit / debit cards to be used at the market along with SNAP/EBT with a Granite State Market Match up to $20. The match program allows participants to actually get a 50% discount on SNAP eligible foods. This season, the market introduces Power of Produce, an eight week program which introduces children to farmers markets and teaches them about produce. POP participants receive $3 in market bucks for each week they visit the program tent. Thanks to the cooperation of the MCCD, the program will operate along with the SNAP/Credit Card tent.
The market runs every Saturday, June 23 through September 29 from 9-noon at the town green, 9 Kearsarge Valley Road in Wilmot. For more information, including a schedule of musicians and list of participating vendors, visit wilmotfarmersmarket.com or follow them on Facebook.