Area is abundant in farmers’ markets

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FARMINGTON — Farmers’ markets around Franklin County are gearing up for the summer season. The final indoor market at the Grange Hall in West Farmington was held April 30. Area farmers — some new and many returning favorites — will again hold three outdoor markets in Farmington each week now through October, in addition to markets in New Sharon and Kingfield and the online farmers’ market, www.WesternMaineMarket.com.

Already underway are markets on Tuesdays 2-6 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.-2 p.m., both held next to the Better Living Center in the Narrow Gauge Cinema lot on Front Street, Farmington. For more information, contact Mitra Luick, Aloha Rainbow Farm, mitraluick@gmail.com.

The outdoor Saturday market in Farmington opens Saturday, May 7, in front of the district court building on Main Street, running 9 a.m.-noon through October. Contact person is Andy Marble, Marble Family Farms, 779-4858, marblefamilyfarms@hotmail.com.

Also on Saturday will be the New Sharon market at Douin’s Market, at the intersection of routes 2 and 27. The New Sharon market will open for the season May 14 and run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. through Labor Day. Contact Donna Dashnau, Gray Feather Farm, 491-9025, wildapple7@gmail.com.

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The Kingfield market will be held in front of Narrow Gauge Realty on Route 27, just north of downtown, Wednesdays 3-5:30 p.m. starting Wednesday, June 1. Contact Deborah Chadbourne, Rasmussen Farm, (857) 225-1199, dchadbou@sprynet.com.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online farmers’ market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong and a variety of pick-up locations. Order online or via email by 6 a.m. Thursdays to receive orders Fridays or Saturdays. For pick-up locations, visit www.WesternMaineMarket.com or contact Deborah Chadbourne, (857) 225-1199, info@westernmainemarket.com.

Local produce is also available at various individual farm stands, including David Pike’s Farm to You Market, next to Subway on routes 2 and 4 in Farmington, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Find out more about various farms, their offerings, the markets in which they participate and whether they have farm stands or CSAs, in the 2011 Mabel’s Book, now available from the Western Mountains Alliance office at 165 Front St. or online through www.WesternMountainsAlliance.org.

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