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Farmer's Market returns to Berlin

BY SARAH KINNEY
The Berlin Farmer’s Market will be back for a fourth year on June 27.
The market is every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. until September 19.
For the market, a section of Pleasant Street near Citizen’s Bank will be blocked off for vendors, and traffic will be rerouted.
New this year, Paul Charest, owner of the building next to the lot used by the Farmer’s Market has allowed for his three-story brick wall to be painted.
Jason Tores, a graffiti artist from New York City, who operates Bad Art in Littleton, has volunteered his services to create a mural on the wall. WREN will be looking for donations of exterior paint before he starts painting on July 11.
The Farmer’s Market can have anywhere from 40 to 60 vendors. It is the second largest farmer’s market after Portsmouth.
The majority of the wares are food. There is also vendors for soap, flowers, chocolate, crafts, popcorn, massages, screen printed tee-shirts, maple syrup, and more, explained Farmer’s Market Coordinator, Laura Jamison. One of the requirements is that items sold have to have value added or created by the vendor. Things like Avon products or antiques, were examples she gave for prohibited sales.
There is a $35 annual membership fee for vendors who would like to sell at the market. People can drop in or out at any time. With membership, participants can sell at the Berlin and Bethlehem farmer’s markets, get a subscription to WREN’s magazine, and take advantage of entrepreneurial classes. At the end of the summer, vendors are also charged 5 percent of their sales to cover the cost of the musicians who perform at every market.
Jamison was very proud of Sweet Mama’s Bakery and Mountain Fire Pizza, which both started as micro businesses but have moved to brick and mortar stores in the last year.

  Farmer’s Market Calendar
July 4- No market in observation of Independence Day
July 11- Local Heroes Day with the Berlin Fire Dept., Police Dept., EMS, and National Guard
July 18 – Berlin Main Street Sidewalk Sale
July 25 – ATV Festival
Aug. 1- NH Eats Local Month
Aug. 8 - 4th Annual Flower Show
Aug. 22 – Dog Parade at 6 p.m.
Aug. 29 – Canning and Freezing information
Sept. 5 – Vegetable Show
Sept. 12 – Stone Soup Event
Sept. 19 – Last Market & Food Drive

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