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Farmers market to return to ‘more traditional’ roots

Updated: April 8, 2014 6:04AM



The Homewood Farmers Market is returning to its roots as a locally run market.

After three years under contract to Bensidoun USA as a French-style market, the Homewood market will be operated by local volunteers and return to a “more traditional farmers market” that’s “really relevant to the community,” market manager Kate Duff said.

“Over the past couple of years we have been moving into integrating the farmers market with the village of Homewood’s program of special events,” Duff said. “We find it’s much easier to do that with a local manager.”

She said the market will continue to be the starting point for the Dog Days of Summer “Pooch Parade” and will participate in “green” and environmental events such as electronics recycling and paper shredding.

The market, which has existed for more than 30 years, also plans to increase its involvement with local nonprofit organizations that use the venue weekly for activities, fundraising and family events as a way of “connecting with the community,” Duff said.

She said the market will continue to offer shoppers “fine foods, fresh produce and unique crafts” from current vendors such as Stamper Cheese, Enjoi Bakery and Veldenrust Farms and to add craft beers, wine and coffee from local vendors.

“The idea is to make the market a one-stop-shop if you’re going to be entertaining for the weekend,” Duff said.

Live music featuring local musicians and weekly family activities also will continue to be a staple of the market.

The Homewood Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from May 24 to Oct. 11.

Duff said the market is looking for new vendors, especially in the areas of organic and heirloom produce, ethnic foods and ready-to-eat foods. Applications will be accepted through April 25.

To apply as a vendor or to recommend a vendor, visit farmersmarket@homesweethomewood.com



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